How to Transfer Photos from iCloud to Mac (Including iMac and MacBook)

Summary

How to transfer photos from iCloud to Mac? Here in this post, we introduce you four simple ways to transfer photos from iCloud to your Mac.

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Apr. 19, 2017

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We love taking photos with our iPhones and store them on Mac and iCloud for preservation. However, if our cherished photos on Mac are lost due to wrong operation or system crash, how to get them back by exporting from iCloud?

When it comes to transfer photos from iCloud to Mac, normally, we have two choices – one is transferring photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac, and the other is transferring photos from My Photo Stream to Mac. However, for most of us, we don’t clearly know what iCloud Photo Library or My Photo Stream is, and photos waiting to be transferred are iCloud Photo Library photos or My Photo Stream photos.

To decide which way to go, all you need to do is checking on your device with following steps: Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > Check whether iCloud Photo Library is on. If iCloud Photo Library is enabled, you can transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac, if it is off, you can transfer photos from My Photo Stream. No matter what kind of iCloud photos you want to transfer to Mac, here in this guide you can find what you want.

Also Read: Differences Between My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library >

Part 1. Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac

Photo Library uploads all photos to iCloud and keeps them up to date across devices and you also can get access to them through iCloud.com. To transfer photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac, please refer to the two methods below.

Method 1. Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac Through iCloud Preference Panel

Step 1. Go to iCloud Preference Panel > Click Options next to Photos.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac Through iCloud Preference Panel - Step 1

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac Through iCloud Preference Panel - Step 1

Step 2. Choose Photo Library > Click Done.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac Through iCloud Preference Panel - Step 2

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac Through iCloud Preference Panel - Step 2

Method 2. Transfer Photos from iCloud to Mac with AnyTrans

Though convenient transferring photos from iCloud to Mac by enabling Photo Library is, this method does have its limit. What if we just want to save some instead of all iCloud photos to your iMac/MacBook? There, AnyTrans is needed.

AnyTrans is specialized in managing iCloud data. AnyTrans supports transferring iCloud contents to Mac or PC and it is easy to transfer photos from iCloud to Mac with AnyTrans. Second to that, AnyTrans could also help you delete and edit iCloud contents, like contacts, notes. Last but not least, AnyTrans even allows you to sync iCloud contents to another iCloud account. Here are steps to transfer photos from Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans.

Step 1. Free Download AnyTrans and launch it on Mac > Click iCloud icon and log in an iCloud account.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 1

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. iCloud Category Management > Photos.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans - Step 2

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans - Step 2

Step 3. Hold Command key and choose pictures you want to backup > Click Download.

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 3

Transfer Photos from iCloud Photo Library to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 3

Part 2. Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac

My Photo Stream uploads and imports photos automatically to all devices, but only photos taken recent 3 months, 1000 maximum. Here are two methods for transferring photos from My Photo Stream to your iMac or MacBook.

Method 1. Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac by Setting Up iPhoto

Step 1. Click iPhoto > log in iCloud Account.

Step 2. Click iPhoto on the upper left corner > Choose Preferences.

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac via iPhoto - Step 2

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac via iPhoto - Step 2

Step 3. Choose iCloud > Check the box of My Photo Stream.

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac via iPhoto – Step 3

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac via iPhoto – Step 3

Method 2. Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac with AnyTrans

Step 1. Download AnyTrans and connect your iPhone to computer.

Step 2. Click Device icon, choose Photos and click Photo Stream.


Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac with AnyTrans - Step 2

Transfer Photos from My Photo Stream to Mac with AnyTrans - Step 2

Step 3. Hold Command key and choose photos you want to transfer, then click the To PC tab.

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