iCloud downloads

I would like to download all photos from the iCloud to my Windows 7 PC
How can I get all my photos off iCloud (empty) and store them on my PC?
Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAsked:
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Alex LimIT Solution Consultant @ pupuweb.comCommented:
You may like to use the iCloud for Windows software to download all photo from iCloud, steps as below:

Step 1. Install and setup iCloud for Windows on your Windows PC, you can download it from Apple https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204283

Step 2: After iCloud for Windows has been installed, locate and choose “iCloud Photos” from the Windows File Explorer

Step 3: Choose “Download photos and videos” in the file explorer navigation bar

Step 4: Select the date or years of pictures you want to download photos of when asked, choose all years if you want to get all the pictures

Step 5: iCloud will download to Windows the photos you chose to download, the pictures will go to \Pictures\iCloud Pictures\Downloads\

JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Or, as I do, simply log into iCloud with your Apple ID, go to your photos and from there you can download them to your computer.

Either way works. I use the approach above.
Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
I don't want my PC photos uploaded, I just want to download the iCloud Photos.
My latest version of iCloud doesn't give me options to get them.

It's crazy, how difficult it is to get to my photos in the iCloud.
I've downloaded and installed the software, but I find no options or folders or photos, even though my iCloud PC software says I have 1.64GB used.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Use the login approach and you can just download. I have done this numerous times. No software to install
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is the login screen for iCloud from Apple if you need it or if it helps.

Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
That helped me see all my photos, but no method to copy them all. I have 1,104 to "MOVE" from iCloud to PC.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to select all on the first screen, download those, and then proceed screen by screen.
No way to select all 1,100.  I had to download 700 this way. That is what you must do.
Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
No way to download the photos. Looks like I'll have to round up all the devices and turn off iCloud Storage.
Pretty scary when you consider I want to preserve those 1000+ photos.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Yes there is.  Open Photos on the page I showed above. Photos show up.

Click on one photo. It shows selected.   Upper right: Cloud with Up Arrow, Cloud with Down Arrow. Click on Cloud with Down Arrow (Download) and download the photo. Do this as a test to see that it works.

Then proceed with downloading photos.
Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
One at a time? I just can't believe I'm having this much trouble downloading ALL 1,000 photos from the cloud.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
No. I was asking you to test.

Now that you know you can do it, select all on a screen (20 or 25). Ctrl Click I think. You CAN select all on a screen. Download all.

50 screens later (50 minutes if you work diligently) 1,000 photos downloaded.

Apple does not make it easy but you can do it, and I have done it more than once. Why - To delete from iCloud and save for free.

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Frank DiPiazzaPresidentAuthor Commented:
Thank you for your quick attention.
It is a difficult process to retrieve (ALL) them, which surprises me. It could be the sales department is involved, and they don't want to make it easy for you to leave, when storage is full, rather than buying more storage from them.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
It is not hard but time consuming (an hour or so) . You can choose either way (download or buy more storage- monthly cost)
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