How to Transfer Photos from iCloud to External Hard Drive Easily & Quickly

Are you still confused by how to copy photos from iCloud to external hard drive? Follow this guide you can easily move your favorite photos from iCloud to any external hard drive.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Nov. 09, 2017, Last Updated: Jul. 18, 2019

There is no doubt that photos are so important for you because it keeps your unforgettable experiences and kinds of wonderful memories of lives. Therefore, you always want to save photos forever, right? Well, how can we keep these photos permanently?

You know that as long as you enable iCloud Photo Library and connect your iDevice to Wi-Fi, you can easily save all your photos to iCloud for preservation. As time goes by, more and more photos are stored in iCloud. Even if you’ve bought a 50GB storage space or larger storage plan, it is limited as well and it must be full one day, let alone the 5GB free storage space provided by iCloud.

In this case, use one or more large-capacity external hard drives to store photos is a better choice. Hence in this article, we will introduce two ways to help you easily transfer photos from iCloud to external hard drive. One is to download iCloud photos from the web browser, the other is to take advantage of a third-party tool.

Also Read: How to Transfer Data from One iCloud to Another iCloud >

How to Download iCloud Photos to Computer

As iCloud offers storage for users to save content, it also enables users to download it back. This method will introduce the way to export iCloud photos to the computer from the website, please follow the step-by-step guide below to see how to do it.

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com on your computer, log in with your Apple ID.

Step 2. You will see the interface as below when you log in.

Log in with Apple ID

Log in with Apple ID

Step 3. Choose Photos to start to manage your iCloud Photos.

Choose Photos to Start Manage

Choose Photos to Start Manage

Step 4. Find the photos you want to save to the external hard drive, click the download button on the upper right corner.

Download Selected Photos to the Computer

Download Selected Photos to the Computer

When the downloading process is finished, the photos you choose are successfully exported to your computer. Then connect your external hard drive to the computer via USB cable, copy and paste the downloaded photos to it.

Transfer Photos from iCloud to External Hard Drive with AnyTrans

The Tool You Need – AnyTrans for iOS

To download iCloud photos from the web browser, you can only choose photos one by one. It is pretty inconvenient for users who want to bulk download iCloud photos. Here to solve the problem, we find a third-party tool to help. AnyTrans for iOS is a professional iOS data management tool, which can help you easily manage your iPhone/iPad data like notes, music, photos, etc. Besides managing iOS data, AnyTrans for iOS adds a set of functions of managing iCloud contents to keep your iCloud files and data in the right place, like:

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS and launch it on your computer > Click iCloud Manager > Sign in your Apple ID > Connect your external hard drive to the computer.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Log in iCloud with Appple ID

Log in iCloud with Appple ID

Step 2. Scroll down or click the button > Click Photos.

Click Photos to Start Managing

Click Photos to Start Managing

Step 3. Choose the photos you want to transfer > Click the Setting button to change the export path > Select your external hard drive > Choose one Folder > Click “Open” to start transferring iCloud photos to your external hard drive.

Transfer Selected Photos to External Hard Drive

Transfer Selected Photos to External Hard Drive

1. You’ll not be allowed to log in your iCloud account on the third-party software with turning on TWO-STEP VERIFICATION, so please turn it off temporarily.

2. You can also use this method to copy contacts, calendars, notes, etc.

The Bottom Line

In this way, you can easily save iCloud photos to your external hard drive both on PC and Mac. Moreover, AnyTrans for iOS can help you transfer other kinds of iOS data like songs, videos, ringtones, etc. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Download AnyTrans for iOS to start a pleasant transfer tour.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.