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How to Download iCloud Photos to Mac

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Gabriel Hammond

July 12, 2017 (Updated: July 30, 2020锛

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鈥淚 have a lot of photos on iCloud and I am looking for a way to download all of them to my Mac for safekeeping. Is there a way to download all of them at once?鈥

If you鈥檙e like our user above, you understand the importance of having more than one backup location for your pictures. This way if you ever lose some of the pictures, you will always have a safety net. But if you a lot of photos, downloading them from iCloud to your Mac can be quite difficult, unless you have a tool that allows for you to export them all at once. 聽Lucky for you, we have just the tool for job although we will share with you other ways you can download your photos from iCloud.

Download iCloud Photos to Mac Using iCloud Data Downloader

The best and easiest way to download a lot of photos from iCloud to your Mac is to have a tool that is designed to extract the photos and export them to your computer. The best tool to help you do that is iMyFone iTransor Lite iCloud Data Downloader. This program is designed to make it very easy for you to access your iCloud photos and export them to the Mac in a matter of minutes regardless of how many photos you have.

iMyFone iTransor Lite

iMyFone iTransor Lite is quick and simple as we shall see shortly. But before we get to how it works, here are some of the features that make it the ideal tool for the job.

Key Features:

  • It can be used to extract nearly all types of data from an iCloud backup file including photos, videos, messages and even third-party data.
  • It is simple, quick and highly effective. A simple 3 step-process is all you need to extract the photos.
  • It can also be used to export data from an iPhone or from an iTunes backup files
  • It has a preview function that allows for selective exportation of data.

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How to use iMyFone iTransor Lite to Download Photos from iCloud to Mac

Begin by downloading and installing iTransor Lite on your Mac and then launch the program. Once it鈥檚 open, follow these simple steps to download your photos.

Step 1: from the main window select, 鈥淓xport from iCloud Backup鈥 and then click 鈥淪tart.鈥 This will open another window from which you can select the type of data to be exported. Select 鈥淧hoto鈥 and click 鈥淣ext.鈥

select file types from iCloud backup

Step 2: Sign in to iCloud to access your backup files. Then, select the backup with the photos you need to export and click 鈥淣ext.鈥

log in iCloud account

Step 3: the program will analyze the backup file and find the photos. When the process is complete, select the photos you want to export from the results in the resultant window and click 鈥淓xport.鈥 Choose a folder location in the popup window that appears.

preview messages from iCloud

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Download Photos through on Mac

Alternatively, you can also download the photos to your Mac from Here鈥檚 a step by step guide.

Step 1: On any browser on your Mac, go to and sign in your Apple ID.

login to iCloud

Step 2: Choose the 鈥淎ll Photos鈥 album and hold down the Ctrl Key and click on the photos which you want.

select the photos

Step 4: Choose the 鈥淒ownload鈥 button at the top bar and confirm that you want to download all these photos.

Copy from iCloud Photo Sharing in OS X Mountain Lion or Later

If the photos you want to download are in your shared Photos library, follow these simple steps to manually import them to your Mac.

Step 1: Open Photos and click on the Shared tab.

Step 2: Double click on a shared Stream and then right click on a photo and choose import

To manually import shared streams in iPhoto library

Step 1: Open iPhoto and choose Shared > iCloud list

Step 2: Select a shared stream and hold down Command to select all the photos you want to import. Click 鈥淎dd to鈥 and then click 鈥淚mport.鈥

While manually importing the photos, or downloading them from could work, both these methods are time-consuming especially for someone with hundreds of photos to download. Why not use a simple, yet effective solution like iMyFone iTransor Lite?

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