I activated iCloud Photo Library, only to realize a few months later that I shouldn’t have. iCloud Photo Library is easily the most seamless way to access photos on all your iOS devices but there is a catch – you must pay. Monthly.
Apple offers 5 GB of free iCloud storage. But try storing iPhone backup files, app documents – and now – photos and still fall within the 5 GB limit. Gotcha!
Quitting iCloud Photo Library after having started paying for extra iCloud storage is as hard as giving up on your credit card after a long vacation. Yet for me it was worth coming back to where I was before. I wanted to be in control of my photos and to continue keeping a backup on my PC.
Click the “Full Backup” button on top.
Select the folder where to copy the iPhone photos and hit OK.
The iPhone photos and albums are now backed up to the PC folder of your choice.
You may still have lots of iCloud photos that are still not on the iPhone and that CopyTrans Photo could hence not back up. In this case, use CopyTrans Photo to delete form the iPhone the photos you just backed up. This way, you can free up more space on the device.
Next, on the iPhone, go back to “Settings > iCloud > Photos” and temporarily enable iCloud Photo Library. Make sure that the “Download and Keep Originals” option is checked.
Now go back to the Photos app on the iPhone and watch as more iCloud photos are being downloaded to the iPhone memory in the “All Photos” album. If you have thousands of photos, this may take time.
Once you have the original versions of your photos loaded on the iPhone, back them up to the PC by repeating steps 11. to 14.
When you finally have all photos copied to the PC, don’t forget to disable iCloud Photo Library on the iPhone.
This is how slowly but surely, I regained full access to my photos and copied them from iCloud to my PC.
Manage and organize iPad photos without iCloud
You updated iOS on your iPhone and enabled iCloud Photo Library without grasping the full extent of what this means? Or iCloud Photo Library was enabled by default and you even didn’t realize that all your images were pushed to iCloud? Did you get off the hook in time? How do you usually manage iPhone photos? What’s your story? Leave a comment in the section below and I’d be happy to respond.
Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.