Icloud Download All Photos To Mac


There’s no macOS issue I hear about more than iCloud Photo Library. It’s a service that answers many users’ needs, but there are some not-quite-outlying demands that fall through the cracks. This often revolves around being able to get a full set of your images and movies in iCloud Photo Library if you don’t have enough storage on your Mac startup volume.

Macworld reader Shai wrote in with such a concern recently. They have a 300GB media library synced with iCloud Photo Library and a modest disk drive on their MacBook Pro, so Photos for macOS is set to optimize media. The full-resolution versions of images and video are thus only held in iCloud.

When trying to extract their library to shift it to Google Photos, they hit a number of roadblocks.

Download AnyTrans on your computer and c onnect your external hard drive to the computer Click iCloud Manager Sign in your Apple ID Click Photos. Click Photos from iCloud Manager. Choose photos you want to transfer (you can Select All from the top-left corner) Click the Download button. Select Photos and Click Download Button. ICloud Photos automatically keeps all of your photos and videos in sync across all of your devices so you can access them from your Mac, iOS, or on the Web. Google Basics About the Author.

  • As mentioned, they don’t have the local capacity to download.
  • iCloud.com doesn’t offer a great way to select and download multiple images.
  • On a higher-capacity Windows laptop, which had room for the full library, iCloud software stalled for hours and then filled the drive with unusable files and only retrieved 17GB of actual media files.

In the System Preferences panel, click on the “Apple ID” option located at the top next to the Family Sharing settings. Next, select the “iCloud” option from the left pane to get access to all your iCloud settings. Now, uncheck the “Photos” option under the list of apps that are using iCloud to proceed further. Question: Q: How do I download shared pictures (iCloud Photo Sharing) to my own Mac? I'm using iCloud Photo Sharing to share pictures with my mother. She can see the shared pictures in a mosaic display format (not as an album, and not in the typical 'grid' format in the Photos app) under the 'Shared' tab in Photos.

Icloud Download All Photos To Mac

Shai notes that competing cloud providers, Amazon and Google, offer programming interfaces that let a developer, like them, write software that would let them pull their data down even if there were no graphical interface or software provided. Apple doesn’t have an API for iCloud exposed to users. (macOS software developers have certain access mediated by Apple for individual user accounts that are logged into iCloud while using the app.)

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The only method I can recommend is to purchase an external drive of 500GB or 1TB, which are fairly affordable with USB 3.0 support. Then follow these steps:

  1. Plug in the external drive, and make sure it’s properly formatted.
  2. Make sure Photos isn’t running, and then copy your Photos library to the external drive. There’s no special procedure for copying, as macOS handles the library just like a normal file.
  3. When that’s complete, hold down the Option key and launch Photos.
  4. The library on the internal drive will be labeled after its file name in parentheses with “(System Photo Library)”. Click Other Library and select the copied library on the external drive.
  5. Select Photos > Preferences and, in the General tab, click Use as System Photo Library.
  6. In the iCloud tab, make sure iCloud Photo Library is enabled. It may not be, because you switched libraries. Then choose Download Originals to This Mac.

Photos will now attempt to download all the media stored in your iCloud Photo Library to the external drive. You can interrupt the process by quitting Photos and ejecting the drive. The next time you plug the drive in, it should resume even without launching Photos, as Photos has a background agent that manages syncing. The iCloud tab in Preferences shows progress.

Depending on your bandwidth, the download could take hours to days (or even longer) to complete. When it’s done, you should have a complete set of your images and videos, and can then take steps to shift to Google Photos.

However, one note of configuration warning with Google Photos: its deletion behavior after your Mac has uploaded media has multiple settings. If you want to upload a set of media larger than your drive per above and then delete pictures and movies from your drive, you have to make sure that the Backup and Sync utility’s Removing Items preference is set to Don’t Remove Items Everywhere or Ask Me Before Removing Items Everywhere. If set to Remove Items Everywhere, deleting media from your drive also deletes it from Google Photos.

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I'll hopefully make some sense here, so here goes.

Downloading any photo from iCloud.com's Photos App then opening on a PC or Mac will show the time/date on the file from the point of download. However, if you right click the file and check the properties of the file it retains the timestamp of when the photo was taken in the details.

Now, my questions follow on from this...

Let's say I lose all my iCloud Photo devices (Mac, iPad and iPhone) in some freak occurrence, I now need to re-download all my photos from iCloud - approximately 80GB. That's not a problem, fine with that. Once they're all downloaded, they will all be timestamped with the time/date of the download initialization, so, here are my questions:

1. When they're all in the same folder, for example, if there are files with overalapping names, what happens then? Is the file appended with a '(1)' or something? Think about it, the Camera Roll goes up to IMG_9999 then returns to IMG_0001 - so there will definitely be files with the same file name if you have a large library. On your iPhone, for example, the files are stored in folders with alphanumeric names, each could in theory contain a file with the same filename as another file in a different folder. So, if the timestamps are the same on the newly downloaded files...then what happens?

2. Will all my photos be totally out of sync when viewed in a basic folder with basic viewing options? I'll probably see photos of my kids when they were babies immediately followed by them as toddlers and vice-versa; whereas on my devices (before I lost them 😉) the pics would run in the order I took them because of the timestamp data from when I snapped the photo.

3. If I now buy myself a new laptop, for example, and import all the files I downloaded from iCloud Photos into the Photos app, will the Photos app organize the photos based on the timestamp of the download or the timestamp from the file properties?

I've been reading some very good iCloud photos articles this morning (not published by Apple) and I still have not been able to get an answer. Without testing this out, I won't know for sure unless someone else has done this.

Anyone have any experience of a similar, albeit unfortunate, event?


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