How to Download Photos from iCloud to Windows PC

Want to transfer iCloud photos to PC but don’t know how? Here in this post, we summarized a few ways to help you transfer photos from iCloud to PC.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 18, 2020

The most amazing thing about iCloud is its tight integration with all iOS devices and Mac computers. It could automatically upload content to the Apple server and sync them to all iOS devices and Mac computers, but not to PC.

Recently, a lot of PC users emailed us, asking how to download photos from iCloud to PC. Here in this post, we summarized a few ways that could help you transfer photos to PC both from My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library.

1. What’s the Difference Between My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library

The first thing we want to clarify is the difference between My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library. When speaking of these two items. a lot of users got confused. Actually, photos from My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library are all can be called iCloud photos.

  • My Photo Stream only syncs 1000 maximum photos of the recent 30 days to all your iOS devices and Mac computers.
  • iCloud Photo Library, however, uploads all photos to iCloud and keeps them up to date across devices.

To decide which way to go, you can go to Settings on your iDevice, click on the iCloud, select Photos and scroll down to check if iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream is enabled. If iCloud Photo Library is enabled, then you can transfer photos from the iCloud Photo Library to PC. If My Photo Stream is enabled, you can transfer photos from My Photo Stream to PC.

Since now you have known which kind of photo you can transfer to PC, please choose one way below to make it.

2. Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC

This part focuses on ways of transferring photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC. Please adopt one of the methods below to transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC.

Method 1. Download iCloud Photos to PC via iCloud Control Panel

Step 1. Download iCloud Control Panel to your PC, log in your iCloud account and then click on Options next to Photos.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel - Step 1

Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel – Step 1

Step 2. Select iCloud Photo Library and click Done, then the iCloud Photo Library is enabled on your PC.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel - Step 2

Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel – Step 2

Step 3. After iCloud Photo Library is enabled, a folder named iCloud Photos will be created. Click on Download, then you can select photos to download to your PC.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel - Step 3

Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel – Step 3

Method 2. Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud.com

You can also directly download iCloud photos from the website, here are the detailed steps of transferring photos from iCloud to PC with iCloud.com:

Step 1. Go to iCloud.com, log in to your iCloud account.

Step 2. Click on the Photos.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud.com - Step 2

Download iCloud Photos to PC via iCloud.com – Step 2

Step 3. Select the photos you want to download, click the Download tab on the upper right.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud.com - Step 3

Download iCloud Photos to PC via iCloud.com – Step 3

After finish downloading, you can check the downloaded photos on your PC.

Method 3. Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library through AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans for iOS is specialized in managing iCloud content. It allows you to selectively transfer iCloud content to the computer without data loss and it is easy to transfer iCloud photos to PC. Besides, it could help you view, edit, and delete iCloud content in an easy way. What’s more, it supports transferring iCloud content to another iCloud account directly.

Now, let’s see how AnyTrans for iOS helps you in transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS and launch it on PC > Click on iCloud Manager tab > Sign in with your iCloud account (Apple ID).

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Transfer iCloud Photos to External Hard Drive with AnyTrans - Step 1

Transfer iCloud Photos to Computer with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Click on Photos on the managing content by category page.

Transfer iCloud Photos to External Hard Drive with AnyTrans - Step 2

Transfer iCloud Photos to Computer with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. Select photos you want to transfer and then click the To PC tab.

Also Read:
Differences between My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library >
How to Transfer Photos from iCloud to Mac >

3. Transfer iCloud Photos from My Photo Stream to PC

There are two methods of transferring photos from My Photo Stream to PC, we will introduce them one by one.

Method 1. iCloud Photos from My Photo Stream to PC through iCloud Control Panel

This method is actually quite similar to the method of transferring photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC. The main difference is, enabling My Photo Stream instead of iCloud Photo Library.

Step 1. Download the iCloud Control Panel and log in to your iCloud account.

Step 2. Click the Options next to Photos, then check the box of Upload to My Photo Stream.

Step 3. After My Photo Stream is enabled, a folder named iCloud Photos will be created. My Photo Stream will automatically download any new photos that you take on iOS devices to the Downloads folder just like method 1 in part 2.

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to PC via iCloud Control Panel - Step 2

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to PC via iCloud Control Panel

Method 2. Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to PC via AnyTrans for iOS

Besides photos in iCloud Photo Library, AnyTrans for iOS also enables users to transfer photos in My Photo Stream. Follow the steps below to see how to download photos from My Photo Stream via AnyTrans for iOS.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS and start it on your computer > Connect your iDevice to computer with USB cable > Choose Device Manager mode > Click on Photos option as the screenshot shows.

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

Transfer My Photo Stream Photos to Computer – Step 1

Step 2. Click on Photos and then select “My Photo Stream” at the left panel

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 3

Transfer My Photo Stream Photos to Computer – Step 2

Step 3.  Select the photos you prefer > Click on the “To PC” button at the top-right corner to transfer the photos to your PC.

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 4

Transfer My Photo Stream Photos to Computer – Step 3

The Bottom Line

Here are five ways of transferring iCloud photos to PC, hope these five ways could solve your problem. If you have any problems about this article, please don’t hesitate to let us know by email or leaving comments below. Last but not least, AnyTrans can also do well in managing data on your iDevices and iTunes.

Joy Taylor

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