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To download all photos from iCloud to PC, you can use iСloud.com, iCloud for Windows or CopyTrans Cloudly app.

In short, iСloud.com lets you access your iCloud photos on PC through your browser: you can view, select all or multiple photos on iCloud and download them one by one to your PC. There’s no way to download or select all photos at once through iСloud.com if you have more than 1000 items in your library.

iCloud for Windows does let you download all of the photos without selecting them all one by one, but it doesn’t preserve the album structure (only downloads photos by years) and isn’t very stable in general and quite difficult to set up.

CopyTrans Cloudly doesn’t let you view or select the photos, but it downloads all the photos and videos at once in the original format, size, and quality, and it also preserves your iCloud album structure. And it’s faster than both of the alternatives.

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Or check out our comparison table:

CopyTrans Cloudly iCloud.com iCloud for Windows
Downloading all photos Downloads everything at once Downloads only 1000 items at a time Downloads everything at once
Preserving album structure Yes No No (downloads by year)
Downloading originals Yes Yes Not in all cases
Incremental download of new photos (without creating duplicates) Yes No No
Deleting all photos Deletes everything at once Deletes only 1000 items at a time No
Retrieving permanently deleted photos Yes No No
Speed (depends on the Internet connection speed) 15-30 minutes for every 5 GB Eternity 1,5-3 hours for every 5 GB
Viewing and selecting photos before downloading No Yes No
Using on a Mac No Yes No
Uploading photos to iCloud No Yes Yes

Keep in mind that this is a tutorial for Windows users, if you have a Mac, please refer to the guide for macOS users.

Download all photos from iCloud with CopyTrans Cloudly:

  1. To download all photos and videos you have in iCloud at once, use CopyTrans Cloudly
    Download iCloud photos

  2. Run CopyTrans Cloudly. You will see a login screen. Enter your Apple ID and password.
    Enter Apple ID and password

  3. If you have a two-factor authentication enabled, make sure to allow the connection on your device:
    Apple ID sign in requested

  4. Enter the code you received on your device:
    Apple ID verification code
    Two factor authentication

  5. Wait until your iCloud Photo Library is loaded. You will see the main app screen after. To download all photos and videos from iCloud, click Download:
    Click download

  6. Select which folder you want to download your library to:
    Select folder
    TIP: You can also backup your iCloud photos to external drive to save up space on your PC.

  7. Voila! All you need to do now is wait until all your photos and videos are downloaded.
    Download in progress

If you want to move the photos to your iPhone, here’s how to transfer photos from your computer to your iPhone.

Now that you’ve downloaded all the photos and videos, you might want to delete everything from iCloud.

As mentioned in the beginning of this article, there are two other alternatives: you can download all your photos and videos with iCloud for Windows or through your browser, using iCloud.com. But, of course, CopyTrans Cloudly is much better 😊

Access iCloud photos on PC through iCloud.com

The main advantage of iCloud.com is that you can quickly see the overwiew of the photos you have in iCloud. You can also use it on your Mac unlike the other two alternatives. However, iCloud.com is no use for you if you want to download or delete all of your photos and videos and don’t spend eternity on it. Anyway, let’s start with the instructions:

  1. Go to iCloud browser version and log in using your Apple ID. iCloud sign in page

  2. Once logged in, click on Photos. Click on Photos icon in iCloud

  3. You will see all your iCloud Photos displayed in the browser by moments (photos grouped by location you took them at, time of day, etc). If you prefer another display mode, select All Photos from the left-hand pane. In your iCloud, photos are organized by moments.

  4. Now you can view all your photos in the browser. Tap on All Photos to view all your images

  5. Select each photo and tap on the cloud icon in the top right corner to download images one by one from your iCloud account to the computer. Download photos and videos from the iCloud account one by one
    Note: If you have less than 1000 photos in iCloud you can easily download all the photos by pressing Ctrl + A, then clicking on the download button. If you have more than 1000 photos, however, it becomes a bit more tricky. You will have to track which 1000 photos you already downloaded, then select another 1000 and so on. With CopyTrans Cloudly you can download everything at once 🙂

  6. You can also select multiple photos on iCloud by selecting moments. Click the small plus sign at the right top corner of one of the moments. Voila! All the pictures in your moment are selected. You can download them to your PC now.
    Save multiple photos from iCloud

  7. Once your photos and videos are downloaded to your computer, you will need to manually extract them from the Downloads folder (or wherever your browser stores downloaded files, mine is in This PC >> Downloads) since the browser version of iCloud doesn’t give you the option to download all your photos and videos to a folder of your choice.

How to select all photos on iCloud?

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Irina is a marketing and tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market, who dyes her hair in the color of her cats' fur (future cat lady detected) and enjoys sitting on her balcony on a rainy day reading books, watching TV shows, playing video games and drinking hot chocolate. With marshmallows.