Backup entire iCloud Photo library to Mac?

colonel179

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 10, 2014
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Hello,

I got a new iPhone and I wanted to backup all my photos into my Mac, so that I can delete them from iCloud.
Most of the photos I take are work related, and my old iPhone was given to my at my job. This new iPhone is personal.

My intention is to keep ALL the photos locally on my Mac (or an HDD, USB, whatever), delete all of the photos from iCloud. All photos are synced, so if I take one, they appear in both my Mac and my iPhone, the same when I delete them.

I still want to have them synced the way they are (but I will use the iPhone for personal photos now).

So how do I do this? How do I keep all the photos I have, but then delete them from iCloud to "start over"?

Thank you for you help!
 

Shirasaki

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May 16, 2015
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If you open the photos app on your Mac, you should be able to see all your photos in iCloud, assuming iCloud photo is enabled on your Mac. You can then choose to copy or export all of them to somewhere else.

Do note that you won’t be able to see those photos from your iPhone once they are deleted from iCloud unless you turn off iCloud photos from your iPhone.
 

colonel179

macrumors member
Original poster
Jun 10, 2014
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If you open the photos app on your Mac, you should be able to see all your photos in iCloud, assuming iCloud photo is enabled on your Mac. You can then choose to copy or export all of them to somewhere else.

Do note that you won’t be able to see those photos from your iPhone once they are deleted from iCloud unless you turn off iCloud photos from your iPhone.
Everything is enabled in iCloud Photos (Photo Stream, Photo Library, etc)...

I don't want to see those photos anymore on iCloud, I want to have them stored locally on my Mac (or in the Photos app, but the main thing is that I want to start from zero again (but backing up all those photos first).
 

nouveau_redneck

macrumors 6502a
Sep 16, 2017
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Use the Photos macOS app. BUT - it's important to make sure of the following before removing them from iCloud, a) your preferences have "Download Originals to this Mac" selected, and b) the sync is fully completed.

After this is done, unselect iCloud sync in Photos. Backup up your machine and then delete from iCloud, from the web portal of that site.

If you don't have the originals setting selected, it is possible that you may only have lower resolution versions on your machine.