How To Download Icloud Photos To External Hard Drive

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In this video, I'll show you how to safely move your Photos library to an external hard disk and free up an amazing amount of space in the process. How to transfer photos from PC/Mac to external hard drive. After you have downloaded the photos from iCloud on your Windows PC or Mac, you can start to transfer them to your external hard drive. Plug in your external hard drive to your computer via a USB cable. Find the photo files saved from iCloud and copy them to your external hard drive with ease.

How do I transfer photos from iPhone to external drive on Windows 10?

I have about 4K photos and videos stored on my iPhone 11 and they have consumed iPhone storage. I would like to save them to my external hard drive. How can I do this?

- Question from Apple Community

You might have taken or collected many interesting pictures on your iPhone. They are so precious that you should take good care of them. As the data on iPhone, they might be lost in any ways. If you don’t backup iPhone photos, they might be lost after the device is stolen or broken.

In addition, iOS is not definitely safe. Users reported that they update iOS 13 but photos are missing. Therefore, it would be a good choice to leave a copy of iPhone photos in external hard drive. The following content would help you easily transfer iPhone photos to external drive.

Section 1. Directly backup iPhone photos to external hard drive

To backup iPhone photos to external drive in the shortest time, you need the help of a professional tool. AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone backup software. You could use it to transfer photos to computer or external hard drive at light speed. Besides, you could also use it to transfer media files like music and videos with it.

  • Preview and select every photo on iPhone to save the right pictures.

  • Transfer every 100 photos to external hard drive in 2 seconds.

  • Restore the photos from your external hard drive to any other iPad or iPod Touch (iOS 15 supported).

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper. Connect iPhone and external hard drive to computer.

Step 2. Click Photos Backup. Click the icon to preview and select photos and click OK to return.

Note: You can also click 'Transfer to Computer' to transfer original photos to Windows PC or send other data to computer.

Step 2. You can check Photos and all albums to backup all pictures on your iPhone. Or select photos you need. Then click 'OK' button.

Step 3. Click the path to change the destination. Click Start Backup to transfer every iPhone photo to external hard drive in seconds.

How To Download Icloud Photos To External Hard Drive

AOMEI MBackupper could not only help you backup iPhone photos, it is also an excellent iTunes alternative. You could use it to backup iPhone without iTunes.

Download Icloud Photos To Mac

Section 2. Transfer iPhone photos to external hard drive on Windows

If you use a Windows computer, it could be easy to use the built-in application Photos to export iPhone photos to computer and then move every photo you want to external hard drive.

Step 1. Connect iPhone and external hard drive to Windows computer with USB cable and tap “Trust” on iPhone.

Step 2. Go to the search bar on desktop and search Photos.

Step 3. Click Import and then select From a USB Device.

Step 4. Go to Pictures in Windows Explorer to move the photos to external hard drive.

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Section 3. Move iPhone photos to external hard drive from iCloud

You might have used iCloud to save all the iPhone photos. They could be moved to external hard drive, too. There are two ways to view and download iCloud photos to computer.

●Get photos from the page: Go to the site of iCloud> sign in your Apple ID > click the icon of photos > select photos as many as you want > click Download selected items > connect external hard drive to the computer and move them into it. Using this method, you could also move files from iCloud drive to external hard drive on that page.

How To Download Icloud Photos To External Hard Drive

●Get photos via iCloud client: Download iCloud for Windows > sign in your Apple ID >check Photos > check Download photos, Upload photos, or Create new folders in Options > enter Windows Explorer > click iCloud Photos > Click Download photos and videos > connect external hard drive to computer and move iCloud photos from the folder Downloads into it.

If you think you still have photos in iPhone backup created with iCloud, you should download iCloud backup to PC.

Tips: Why can’t backup iPhone photos to external hard drive?

Sometimes you might meet problem when backing up iPhone photos on computer, this is often caused by iPhone disconnecting from computer or lacking for necessary driver. You could restart computer and iPhone, and troubleshoot the problem using the 3 methods:

●Solution 1. Change USB cable or try another USB port on computer.
●Solution 2. Disable antivirus software and firewall during connection.
●Solution 3. Right-click the Start Button on desktop > select Device Manager> expand the Portable Devices Section > right-click on the device name > click Update driver > select Search automatically for updated driver software.


You could use the professional tool AOMEI MBackupper to transfer iPhone photos to external hard drive in seconds. You could also use Windows Photos to import iPhone photos to computer and then transfer them to external hard drive. If you have already saved iPhone photos to iCloud, you could download them and then move them into external hard drive.

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You may have saved your important data on iCloud in case you lose your iPhone or iPad. To secure the data better, you can save them on your Windows PC from iCloud. Let’s follow MiniTool to see how to download photos from iCloud to PC.

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How To Download From External Hard Drive

For many people, smartphones are not just communication tools, but also small cameras. Thanks to the small camera, we can take pictures to capture the moving moments in our daily life with ease. I believe there are many precious pictures on your phones if you are an emotional person.

To secure your photos on iPhone, you may have uploaded them to iCloud. This is quite necessary. But do you know that it is possible to access these photos on your Windows PC? How to do that? Keep reading and you will get a detailed tutorial.

Download iCloud Photos to PC

To download iCloud photos to PC, you just need to finish the following 5 steps:


Step 1: Go to the official iCloud website with your Windows PC.

Step 2: Complete the sign-in process.

In the process, you will receive a verification code via text message. Enter the code in the filed provided. Press the Allow option on your iOS device.

Step 3: You will see a Photos icon on the iCloud homepage. Click the icon and you will view all the photos you have saved on iCloud.

Note: If you have arranged your photos in different albums on iCloud, you will find the albums in the left pane and you can view one of them by clicking the name.

Step 4: Select the photo you want to download. After selecting, you should see the number of the selected photos indicated in the upper right corner.

  • To download multiple photos, you should hold down the Ctrl key and click on them;
  • To download all photos, you can press Ctrl + A at the same time.

Step 5: Down the selected photos to Windows PC.

  • Click the small download icon (shaped like a cloud with an arrow pointing down) at the top-right corner of the window.
  • Select Save File and then click OK in the dialogue box.

When the downloading process comes to an end, you can open File Explorer and then go to the path: iCloud photos > Downloads to view all your download photos. You may see a compressed zip file if you download more than one photo at once. In this situation, you need to unzip them to view them.

What does compressing a file do? In this post, MiniTool discusses the benefits and troubles brought by compressing a file. Read it right now.

If you worry that these download photos use too much disk space, you can move them to an enough large external hard drive, like an 8TB external hard drive.

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How to download photos from iCloud to PC? You might have a clear answer to this question after reading the post. If you still have some doubts about the downloading process, please leave your questions in the following comment zone and we will reply to you as soon as possible.