You have photos in the iCloud library and you want to download them in full resolution from the iCloud. iCloud library has all the photos and videos stored in original resolution.

So, you can access them anywhere and from any device. iCloud Photo Library also manages the library size of your device.

But what if you need download the full quality iCloud photos? In this guide, we will show you how to solve this issue.

Part 1: Download Full Resolution iCloud Photos to iPhone

If you want to download full resolution photos, you just need to choose a storage setting. When a setting is turned On, all your original photos will be in iCloud as well as your device. You can follow the steps below for downloading full resolution photos.

Step 1. Open Settings -> tap on “iCloud” and then choose “Photos”.

Step 2. Click on “Download and Keep Originals”.


Part 2: Download Full Resolution Photos from iCloud to PC

Follow the steps given below to download the full resolution photos聽from iCloud to PC.聽

Step 1. Open and go to iCloud for Windows page. Click Download.

Step 2. Open icloudsetup.exe. Accept the Terms in the license agreement and click on “Install”.聽Click on “Yes” in the next couple of pop-up windows and click on “Finish”.

Step 3. You will be asked to restart the computer for the changes to take effect. Click “Yes”.

Step 4. Enter the Apple ID and password and click “Sign in”.聽In the next window, choose if you want to share any usage information with Apple or not.

Step 5. Out of three options, click on “Options” next to “Photos” for checking your photo settings.

Step 6. In the Photos Options window, ensure that the iCloud Photo Library box is checked. Click on “Done” and then click on “Apply”.

Step 7. Click the Start button on your Windows computer.聽Then choose “iCloud Photos” which you just installed聽and click on “Download photos and videos”. When you do it for the first time, you might receive the message saying you need聽wait till downloads are available.

Step 8. In the “Download Photos and Videos” window, click on the “All” checkbox to select it or on the year whose photos and videos you need to download. Click on “Download”.

Step 9. After聽clicking聽“Downloads”, all the selected photos will begin to download to your computer.


Part 3: Download Full Resolution Photos from iCloud to Mac

You can download and save full resolution photos from iCloud to Mac聽by聽following聽the steps below.

Step 1. Open Photos on your Mac聽and click on “Photos” and then click “Preferences”.

Step 2. Click “iCloud”. You will need to sign in to the iCloud account if you are using Photos for the first time on your Mac.

Step 3. Select “Download Originals to this Mac” to enable it.聽When the update completes, close “Preferences”.聽Now click on the “Photos” tab. All your photos will be shown.

Step 4. Use Command + A for selecting all the photos. You can also choose individual photos if you don’t need all the photos.聽Now click on “File” and choose “Export”.

Step 5. Tap聽on “Export Unmodified Original” for getting the original photos or click on “Export Items” for editing the iCloud photos and if you need their current versions.

Step 6. In the pop-up window that appears for “Unmodified Originals”, click on “Export”.

Step 7. For the other choice, there will be multiple options displayed. Check the Movie Quality.

Step 8. Choose a folder to export.聽All the photos with full resolution will be downloaded to your Mac.


Part 4: Alternative to Download Full Quality iCloud Photos

The methods given above are official and require you to follow number of complex steps. For non-technical users, they are too difficult to follow. So you may need a聽third-party software if you want to download full quality photos from iCloud.

iMyFone D-Back is one of the most efficient and secure聽tools for downloading existing data and recovering lost data. You can use it with even the latest iPhone model iPhone XS聽Max/XR/XS running on iOS 12.

  • It can聽selectively or fully聽download full resolution photos from iPhone.
  • It can download full resolution photos聽without affecting your current data聽on iPhone.
  • There is聽no storage limitation.
  • It is simple to follow and the interface is friendly to use.

You can back up the entire data of your iPhone using iCloud backup service from Apple. Whenever your iPhone connects to a Wi-Fi network, the data will automatically get backed up to the iCloud.

Now, if you want to download the full resolution photos from iCloud, you can use iMyFone D-Back. Follow the steps given below.

Windows version    Mac version

Step 1.Open iMyFone D-Back software on your computer. Select “Recover from iCloud Backup” and click on “Start”.聽Sign in to the iCloud account with your Apple ID and password.

Fill in your iCloud account

Step 2.All the iCloud backups will be displayed on the computer. Choose the most relevant backup and click “Next”.

Select iCloud Backup

Step 3.Various file types will be displayed. Select “Photo” under “Photo & Video” from the multiple options shown on the screen and then click “Scan”.

Select the files you wish to recover

Step 4.When the scan is over, all the photos will be displayed on the computer screen. Select the photos you need to download and then click “Recover”.聽Either create a new folder or choose an existing one to save the downloaded full resolution photos from iCloud.

Preview File from iCloud Tab

Reviews of the above Four Ways

Using the above four methods, you can efficiently download the full resolution photos from iCloud.

  1. When you download the photos to your iPhone, the original resolution photos will take up lots of storage of your device. So, if you have a device with limited storage, this method will not work for you.
  2. You can also聽download the full quality photos from iCloud to PC or Mac,聽but the steps are complex and it is difficult for a common iPhone user to understand. It also takes a lot of time to download the full quality photos to PC or Mac.
  3. With iMyFone D-Back, the steps for downloading the photos are fairly simple and you can also preview the photos before downloading to your computer. In addition, both of existing and deleted photos can be downloaded. The software is popular among many iPhone users and it has been trusted by many professional websites.


Windows version    Mac version


If you have a doubt on how to download full resolution photos from iCloud, you cannot miss聽the above methods. Choose one suits your requirements and that is easy for you. Feel free to leave your comments below if you have any queries regarding this topic.聽