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How to Transfer Photos from iCloud to External Hard Drive

“At first, i want to backup photos on iCloud to save my iPhone storage, now my iCloud keeps remind me that my iCloud storage is almost full. Unexpected things is that photos are taking most of the storage, so I have to transfer those photos from iCloud to external hard drive.”

iPhone photos are always carrying unforgettable experience of our daily life, as they’re quite important, so we want to keep them safe permanently. And most guides are suggesting us to backup them on iTunes and iCloud, because it’s convenient and safe. But the thing is what if the storage of our iCloud is full? What if we need to view our original photos from backups? How to transfer photos from iCloud to external hard drive?

If you have no experience of transferring photos from iCloud to external hard drive, like your Windows PC or Mac, here we’ll show you two ways about how to to it. Follow below steps.

Download iCloud Photos to External Hard Drive

In this way, we can download our iCloud photos to our Windows or Mac PC, but it’s suitable for there are only several photo you need to download. Because you’ll need to do it one by one, if there are hundreds of photos, you’ll get headache.

Step 1. Open the browser on your PC, and navigate to iCloud.com, log in it with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. then we’ll see your backup files on iCloud, click photo image icon.



Step 3. Now find the photo you need to download, open it. And click iCloud image icon on right top corner to download it.



Step 4. when you finish download this photo, then continue and repeat those steps to download other photos you need.

Transfer iCloud Photos Selectively and Directly to External Hard Drive

Actually there is another way can help us transfer iCloud photos selectively and directly with the help of third-party iOS data recovery software iRefone.

iRefone can not only help us transfer and backup more than 16 kinds of files, including contacts, notes, messages, photos, WeChat messages ect; it can also help us recover our lost iPhone data, even we don’t do any backup. What’s more, it can help us extract data from iTunes and iCloud backups selectively, and it allows us to preview them before restoring.

Sounds so great. Now we’ll need to download and install the free trial version to transfer our iCloud photos to external hard drive. See Windows version and Mac version.



Step 1: Run iRefone, choose “Recover from iCloud Backup”, log in it with your Apple ID and password.



Step 2: When log in, we’ll see all your backups files on iCloud, click “Download” at the end of the files you need to transfer.



Step 3: After downloading, new interface with many data icon and media icon will show up. Click “Photo” image icon, and it’ll be scanned by the software.



Step 4: wait a few seconds for scanning, then you can preview and choose photos you need to transfer, tap on “Recover to PC”, and choose the folder path to save them.



Remark: if you need to do another backup and save those photos to other hard drive, you can connect your hard drive with PC, then copy those photos to it.
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