For anyone who uses an Apple device, either iPhone or iPad, photos are automatically backed up to iCloud if iCloud Photos is enabled. But need may arise, and you might want to make a backup of these iCloud photos on your PC. Unlike downloading iCloud photos onto your Mac, this is a bit complicated than you may expect.
So how to transfer photos from iCloud to PC? Relax and read on as we will share with you some of the best methods to transfer photos from iCloud to PC running on Windows 10/8/7.
iCloud stores your photos via two means: iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream. Now let's take a quick overview of what each entails.
When you add new photos and videos to the iCloud Photo Library, they will be automatically downloaded onto your PC (Windows 7 and later). However, that's not always the case. You can manually download photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via Windows File Explorer. Here is how to do that:
On your PC, open a File Explorer window.
Click on iCloud Photos under Favorites, then click Download photos and videos.
Select the photos you want to save and click Download.
iCloud.com offers users another option to transfer pictures from the iCloud Photo Library to their PC. Like the previous method, you don't need to break a sweat completing the process. However, you'll need a browser and internet connection. To transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud.com, follow the steps below:
Launch your preferred browser and visit iCloud official site, then sign-in with your account.
Click Photos and select the photos you want to transfer, then click and hold the Download icon which is in the upper-right corner of the window.
To download your photos in its original resolution, you can select "Unmodified Original".
Lastly, click Download to transfer the chosen photos to your PC.
My Photo Stream saves photos automatically to your Windows computer as long as the feature is turned on. If it is, all your photos will be kept in a folder named "iCloud Photos" created by iCloud for Windows. New photos you take on your iOS devices will be saved in the Download folder in iCloud Photos on your PC.
Figuring out how to transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream can seem confusing for many users. So we'll introduce you to a simple solution. Read the next part to find out.
FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery is a professional software available for download on Windows and Mac, which can be used to backup iPhone/iPad to computer or selectively restore data from iTunes/iCloud backup. Using this tool, you can easily transfer all photos in iCloud to PC selectively. Not only photos, you can also transfer many other data like videos, contacts, text messages, WhatsApp, notes, etc. You are allowed to preview the data in the backup files and select whatever content you want to transfer. It is fully compatible with all the latest iOS devices and iOS versions, including iPhone 12, iPhone 11/11 Pro and iOS 15.
Here's how to transfer photos from iCloud to PC using FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery:
Step 1: Download the iPhone Data Recovery software on your PC and install it. Run the program and select "Recover Data from iCloud" to continue.
Step 2: Sign in to your iCloud account. Enter the verification code you received if you have enabled the two-factor authentication.
Step 3: Once you've logged into iCloud, the program will display all backup files in your account. Choose the one where you want to transfer data and click on "Download".
Step 4: In the pop-up window, choose "Photos" and any other type of files you would like to transfer, then click on "Recover to PC" to start downloading.
In this article, we've shown how to transfer photos from iCloud to PC, whether you are using a Windows 10, 8, or 7. The process involved are straightforward and easy to implement. Do let us know if these solutions worked for you. Please feel free to leave your questions or problems in the comments below.
Fay J. Melton has explored the area of technology and software for more than 5 years and he is enthusiastic about helping users solve various technology issues.