How to Download Photos From iCloud to PC – Step By Step

Apple’s iCloud is one of the most popular cloud storage and file sharing solutions. However, like many other services from Apple, iCloud doesn’t necessarily play nice with other platforms. For example, there is no iCloud application available on Windows 10. Despite this, you can download photos from iCloud to PC.

Because of Apple’s usual complicated relationship with other platforms, many users think moving files from iCloud to PC is difficult. Luckily, that’s not the case and it’s deceptively simple to get your files on a Windows PC or Mac.

Check This: SHAREit for PC (Windows 10, 8, 7 – Mac OS)

In this guide, we’ll show you to download individual images from iCloud to your PC and also how to move all photos.

Steps To Download Photos from iCloud to PC

As mentioned, downloading photos from iCloud and saving them on a PC is easy enough. Below we will show you exactly how to do it:

Step 1. Open a web browser on your computer and go to

Step 2. Log in with your Apple ID.

Step 3. Select the “Photos” icon.

Step 4. Choose the image you want to download to PC (you can select multiple photos by holding to the SHIFT key).

Step 5. When the photo appears on the screen, a download icon will become available at the top right corner of the browser window. Click it to start the download.

And that’s it, you have now downloaded the chosen image and you can find it in your default location for browser downloads.

Check This: Snapseed for PC, Windows / Mac

What’s great about this method is that is works across whatever browser you use (Chrome, Edge, Firefox, etc.) and on any platform (Windows, Mac, and even Android and Linux). It’s also worth pointing out that the images you download will be available in their original resolution.

Check This: Xender for PC, Laptop (Windows & Mac)

iCloud to PC

How to Download ALL Photos from iCloud to PC?

Of course, in many situations, you may want to download all the photos you have stored on iCloud to your PC. Whether it is 10 or 1000, there is a way you can download every photo from iCloud to PC. However, there is no magic “download all” button that you can press.

More How To Guides for PC

Plenty of users ask why they can’t simply copy images like they would with another solution, like Google Drive or Dropbox. Still, there is a way to download all photos from iCloud onto your Mac or PC. Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1. Head to, login, and head to photos as detailed in the steps above.

Step 2. Choose the “All Photos” album.

Step 3. Click the “Select Photos” button. It is located at the top of the main “Photos” bar.

Step 4. Hold down the SHIFT key and click the last photos in the album you are copying. By clicking this last image, all photos in the album will be selected. You will know this has happened if the Photos bar says “WXYZ items selected”.

Step 5. Select “Download”.

Step 6. Confirm the download to start the download.

Like with individual photos, the downloaded images will be sent to the location you store files from browser downloads. Furthermore, you could be downloading hundreds or even thousands of images, so the process may take some time.

Importantly, if you download multiple photos at once, Windows will compress them into a ZIP file. This does not change the resolution or quality but means you will need to use a program to extract them. We recommend ZArchiver and SHAREit.

Check This: Artisto for PC – (Windows & Mac)

iCloud on Windows
iCloud downloading on Windows 10

How to Download All iCloud Photos on Windows

While the above method works for both Windows and Mac, there is another option for users on Windows PC. You can download the iCloud desktop program version. You can download images in the following way:

Step 1. Install the iCloud sync tool onto Windows PC. You can download the app here.

Step 2. Once the service is installed, find and click “iCloud Photos” through the File Explorer on Windows.

Step 3. When the program opens, select “Download photos and videos”.

Step 4. Now you can input a data window for the images you want. For example, from Jan. 1, 2019 to Jan. 1, 2020. Alternatively, you can select single images.

Step 5. The iCloud program will download the photo/s to Windows, located at this path: \Pictures\iCloud Pictures\Downloads\.

Check This: FaceApp for PC – Windows 10 and MacOS

Alternative for downloading Photos From iCloud to Mac

If you have a Mac, there is a much easier way to download photos from iCloud. You can do this through the Photos App on your Mac device:

Step 1. Open Photos on Mac and select “EDIT” and “SELECT ALL”.

Step 2. Choose FILE

Step 3. Click EXPORT and then EXPORT PHOTOS.

Step 4. Choose where you want to export the photos onto your system and execute.

Note: For some reason, MacOS downloads the photos in random order.

Check This: SHAREit for PC (Windows 10, 8, 7 – Mac OS)

Ready To Check iCloud Photos On Your PC?

And there it is, you now know how to download photos from iCloud to PC. I hope one of the methods above works for you, but if not drop us a comment and we will try to help you.

Check This: Snapseed for PC, Windows / Mac


What is iCloud?

iCloud is a cloud storage service from Apple that lets you save files in the cloud.

Is iCloud free to use?

Users can download and save files for free on iCloud up to 5GB. For larger storage space, a fee is necessary.

How do I access iCloud on PC?

To use iCloud on PC, you can access the service through your web browser at

How do I download photos from iCloud to PC?

You can download photos (and other files) from iCloud to Windows and Mac through

Check This: Candy Camera for PC, Windows & Mac

Recent Content