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Load iCloud photos and videos

With iCloud Photos, you can get a copy of your photos and videos on any device.

How to get photos and videos from iCloud.com

If you'd like to save copies of your photos and videos from iCloud.com to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac or PC, follow these steps.

On the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to iCloud.com and tap Photos.
  2. Tap Select, then tap a photo or video. Tap multiple photos or videos to select them. Tap "Select All" to select your entire library.
  3. Tap the More button .
  4. Choose Load, then tap Load to confirm.

If your photos are downloaded as a ZIP archive, learn how to decompress the folder on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

On the Mac or PC

  1. On iCloud.com, click Photos, then choose a photo or video. Hold down Command on your Mac or Ctrl on your PC to select multiple photos or videos.
  2. At the top of the window, click the download icon , and hold down the mouse button. If you'd like to load your photo or video as it was originally captured or imported, select "Unchanged Original Version". For the JPEG or H.264 format - including edits, even if these were originally in HEIF or HEVC format - you select "Highest compatibility". *
  3. Click on "Load".

If your photos are downloaded as a ZIP archive, learn how to decompress the folder on your Mac or PC.

What if you delete photos or videos?

When you delete a photo from iCloud Photos, it's also deleted from iCloud and any other device that you're signed in to with the same Apple ID - even if you choose Download and Keep Originals or Download Originals to This Mac activated. When you download your originals, it also affects your device memory. Learn more about how to manage storage on your device. You can also learn how to share photos and videos with another device using AirDrop.

Here's how to load photos and videos from the Photos app

If you'd like to download a full-size copy of your photos and videos from the Photos app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 10.3 or later, or iPadOS, or your Mac with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 or later, follow these steps out.

On the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

  1. Go to Settings> [your name].
  2. Tap iCloud, then tap Photos.
  3. Select "Load and Keep Originals".

On the Mac

  1. Open the Photos app.
  2. Choose Photos> Settings.
  3. Select iCloud, then click Get Originals To This Mac.

How to load photos and videos from shared albums

On the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Open the Photos app and go to the Albums tab.
  2. Scroll down to Shared Albums and select an album.
  3. Tap the photo or video, then tap.
  4. Select "Save Picture" or "Save Video".

On the Mac

  1. Open Photos and select a shared album from the left menu.
  2. Select the photo or video.
  3. Control-click a photo and choose Import.

On the pc

In iCloud for Windows 11.1:

  1. Go to Home> Albums Shared In iCloud.
  2. Double-click the shared album that you want to download photos or videos from.
  3. Double-click a photo or video and copy it to another folder on your computer.

In iCloud for Windows 7.x:

  1. Open a window in Windows Explorer.
  2. Click iCloud Photos in the navigation pane.
  3. Double click on the shared folder.
  4. Double-click the shared album that you want to download photos or videos from.
  5. Double-click a photo or video and copy it to another folder on your computer.

To download the full album, open a window in File Explorer or Windows Explorer (Windows 7), open the Pictures folder, then open the iCloud Photos folder. Copy the Shared Album folder to another location on your computer.

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