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: Nov. 16, 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 do I transfer pictures from iCloud to my computer.

Here in this post, we summarized several ways that could help you transfer photos to PC both from My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library.

The Differences Between iCloud Photo Library and My Photo Stream

The first thing we may want to clarify is the differences between the iCloud Photo Library and my photo stream. However, when speaking of these two items. a lot of users get confused. 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 the 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.

Transfer Photos From iCloud Photo Library to PC via iCloud Control Panel

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

Download iCloud Control Panel and Click on Options

Download iCloud Control Panel and Click on Options

2. Select iCloud Photo Library and click Done. Then the iCloud Photo Library is enabled on your PC, which means you can access your iCloud photos on your PC.

Select iCloud Photo Library

Select iCloud Photo Library

3. Once the 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.

Select Photos to Download to Your PC

Select Photos to Download to Your PC

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:

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

2. Click on the Photos.

Click on the Photos While Log in to iCloud Website

Click on the Photos While Log in to iCloud Website

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

Download iCloud Photos to PC via iCloud.com

Download iCloud Photos to PC via iCloud.com

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

Transfer Photos From iCloud Photo Library to PC via AnyTrans

First, we’d like to introduce an easier way for you to transfer iCloud photos. AnyTrans 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 a 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 helps you in transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library to PC.

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

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Free Download

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Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Sign in iCloud Account in AnyTrans

Sign in iCloud Account in AnyTrans

Step 2. Click on Photos on the category page to manage content.

Click Photos in iCloud Manager

Click Photos in iCloud Manager

Step 3. Select photos you want to transfer and then click the Download tab to download photos from iCloud to your computer.

View and Transfer Photos

View and Transfer Photos

Transfer Photos From My Photo Stream to PC via 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.

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

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

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 the first method.

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

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

Transfer Photos From My Photo Stream to PC via AnyTrans

Besides photos in the iCloud Photo Library, AnyTrans 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.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans 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.

Go to Device Manager and Click Photos

Go to Device Manager and Click Photos

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

View Albums with AnyTrans

View Albums with AnyTrans

Step 3.  Select the photos you prefer > Click on the To PC button at the top side to transfer multiple photos to your PC.

Select Photos and Send to PC

Select Photos and Send to PC

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 with 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.