Download and back up all photos from iCloud Photo Library

In particular, photos and videos created with the iPhone or iPad end up directly as a copy in the iCloud, depending on the setting. If you want to download the files stored there and save them locally, you do not have to do this individually by hand. There is a way to be able to download and back up all photos from iCloud Photo Library. Since the corresponding option was positioned somewhat unhappily by Apple, I have summarized the necessary procedure for you in the following instructions.

Download all photos from the iCloud photo library - that's a bit more cumbersome than you thought, but the following instructions will work;)

Download all photos from the iCloud photo library - that's a bit more cumbersome than you thought, but the following instructions will work;)

Instructions: Download the complete iCloud Photo Library

Unfortunately, there isn't one button that you just have to click to download the entire photo collection from iCloud and save it locally. Therefore, the way to this project leads you through the "Data and data protection" page from Apple. Have you called up the page, then you proceed as follows:

  1. Sign in with the Apple ID whose photos and videos you want to download
  2. The menu item Request copies of your data choose
  3. In the list below iCloud photos Select (and if necessary other points)
  4. Then choose the maximum file size for the best download
  5. Click on the "Complete request" button

The download links will be sent within 7 days

As you can read above, the whole process is about submitting a request. This must then be processed by Apple first. In addition, the selected data and files may be divided into several archives (if you have chosen a small file size for the download, but there are many photos and videos dormant in the media library). However, you should receive an email with the download link (s) within a week. If you want to see the current processing status, Apple also offers a possibility - namely auf dieser seite. Do you have any questions or do you want to share your experiences with the procedure? Then leave a comment;)

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2 comments

  1. W Wiegman says:

    I do not understand that. I can choose in the settings that I want the originals on the Mac and / or the iPhone and / or the iPad. I always had the impression that everyone was there. Then why should I download the photos again?

    • sir appleot says:

      If people have a Mac with a small SSD, they may be more likely to use the option of having the originals in the cloud. Then you might want to download everything in order to have a backup on an external hard drive.

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