With the advent of iCloud and it’s potential, many people have started using it to store different types of information such as photos and music. Sometimes, you may just want to be able to download your photos from iCloud into your personal zip drive or an USB drive. This article shows you how to do that in simple 5 steps.
iCloud Photo Library stores every photo and video you take, and keeps them up to date on all your devices. Any edits you make are automatically updated everywhere. iCloud Photo Sharing makes it easy to share photos and videos with exactly the people you want to see them.
The icloud library stores the original resolution photos and videos and stores a light weight version on your device. This feature has been an excellent addition as it save a lot of storage space on your device.
As a result, many users have seen their number of photos in their iCloud account grow over the last few years. Although the icloud makes it easy to share the photos with your friends and family, sometimes you just want to download them into your personal drive and keep them handy ..Just-in-Case…You never know.
Here are the basic steps to download all your photos from iCloud and store it in an USB or a zip drive:
Step – 1. Log into icloud.com using your computer and provide your Apple credentials.
Step – 2. Once you have logged in into your iCloud account, you will see the screen with all the various icloud folders. Click on Photos
Step – 3. Click on Select Photos and then Select all the photos that you want to download into your USB drive.
Step – 4. Click on the Download button and it will be downloaded from the cloud into the default download library for your browser
Step – 5. If you are using Safari to access icloud.com, you can change the default download library and point it to your USB drive. Once you have completed the downloads you can switch the folder location back to its original state.
Apple’s icloud is a safe and secure drive for the most part. The risk of loosing your favorite images and photos can be huge if something happened to your icloud account. Some people have thousands and thousands of photos that have been stored for over several years.
You may want to follow this process if you want to store some of your photos into an external drive just to be safe and sure that you have a backup for a rainy day if something happens to your icloud account and you are unable to retrieve your images.