I have a very simple request, I want to download all my data, or at least all my photos, from iCloud to a local drive, and then I can do whatever I want with them.

The instructions here:


don't work - unless I am missing something. When I choose Import, I see all pictures all through, and I just want to download from Photos those that are on the cloud.

For Google, it is very easy, you just go to Google checkout, and get a ZIP file with all YOUR data. How can the same be done with Apple ID?

  • Hey kloop, Welcome to Apple.SE! iCloud is just a storage and sync for all the photos in photos.app. The import you're talking about is for new photos to bring into the photo library.
    – anki
    Commented Jul 6, 2019 at 18:17
  • thanks. but how do I download all the data from the cloud to a different local folder?
    – kloop
    Commented Jul 6, 2019 at 18:26

1 Answer 1


Go to https://privacy.apple.com/account , sign-in and request download for photos.

Another method can be to allow Download originals to Mac in Photos app preferences and then go to /Users/yourname/Pictures/Photos Library.photoslibrary/Masters after all the photos are downloaded.

You can request a copy of the data that Apple stores which is associated with your Apple ID. This information includes, but is not limited to:

  • Your Apple ID account details and sign-in records.

  • Data that you store with iCloud such as contacts, calendars, notes, bookmarks, reminders, email, photos, videos, and document.

from https://support.apple.com/en-in/HT208502


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