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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Feb. 22, 2021

For most of the iOS users, iCloud is the very choice they choose to backup iPhone data, especially photos. As long as you enable the iCloud Photo Library and connect your iDevice to Wi-Fi, you can easily save all your photos to iCloud for preservation.

Also, iCloud Photo Library allows you to view files once the iCloud account logged in, like transferring photos from iCloud to an external hard drive for further use. Then how can you do that? Hence in this article, we will introduce how to easily move photos from iCloud to external hard drive on Windows PC and Mac. Check below and get iCloud photos to compuetr/hard drive quickly.

Further Reading: iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on PC/Mac Computer >

Select All iCloud Photos to Transfer with AnyTrans (PC/Mac)

If you want to select all photos on iCloud to transfer, then AnyTrans can help. As a professional iOS data management tool, it can help you easily manage your photos on iPhone/iPad/iPod, also notes, music, videos, contacts, etc. Besides, the iCloud Manager on AnyTrans enables you to download iCloud files selectively or wholly. You can check its features as below:

AnyTrans – A Brilliant iCloud Manager

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To transfer iCloud photos to external hard drive selectively:

Step 1. Download AnyTrans on your computer and connect your external hard drive to the computer > Click iCloud Manager > Sign in your Apple ID > Click Photos.

Click Photos from iCloud Manager

Click Photos from iCloud Manager

Step 2. Choose photos you want to transfer (you can Select All from the top-left corner) > Click the Download button.

Select Photos and Click Download Button

Select Photos and Click Download Button

Select all photos on iCloud to transfer:

Go to the homepage of iCloud Manager > Click Content to PC > Select export path and check Photos category > Click Next to start transferring.

Transfer the Whole Photos Category

Transfer the Whole Photos Category

Also read: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to USB Flash Drive>

How to Download iCloud Photos with iCloud.com

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. Get Photos from iCloud to Computer

Select Photos to Download

Login iCloud and Check Photos to Download

  1. Go to iCloud.com on your computer, log in with your Apple ID.
  2. You will see the interface below when you log in > Choose Photos to start to manage your iCloud Photos.
  3. Find the photos you want to save to the external hard drive, click the download button on the upper right corner (You can choose to only download original photos or edited photos included).

Step 2. Drag & Drop Photos Stored in Computer to Hard Drive

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 a USB cable, copy and paste the downloaded photos to it.

If you want to select all photos on iCloud, you can tap Ctrl+A. Then, you can download iCloud photos 1000 photos or less. But iCloud.com doesn’t allow to transfer photos more than 1000 with one-click.

Transfer Photos from Photos App to External Hard Drive on Mac

  1. Connect your hard drive with Mac and create a new folder in it.
  2. Open the Photos app on your Mac.
  3. Select the photos you want to transfer and choose Export from the File menu (also, here you can choose to only download original photos or edited photos included).

Also Read: How to Fix Photos not Showing Up in iPhoto >

The Bottom Line

In this way, you can easily save iCloud photos to your external hard drive both on PC and Mac. Moreover, AnyTrans can help you download photos from iCloud to an external hard drive with ease,  other kinds of iOS data like contacts, notes, ringtones, etc also supported. Besides, you can upload data to iCloud, merge two iCloud accounts, etc. Download AnyTrans to start a pleasant iCloud management tour.

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Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

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