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macrumors 68040
Original poster
Apr 21, 2010
I found the following instructions:

Here is how you can download ALL photos from iCloud to Mac or PC:

  1. Go to and login as usual, and then go to “Photos” as usual
  2. Choose the “All Photos” album
  3. Scroll to the very bottom of the All Photos album and click the “Select Photos” button in the top of the iCloud Photos bar
  4. Hold down the Shift key and click on the very last picture in the album, this should select every photo in the All Photos album as will be signified by the iCloud Photos bar saying “WXYZ items selected”
  5. Now with all of the photos selected in iCloud Photos, choose the blue “Download” button at the top of the iCloud Photos bar
  6. Confirm that you want to download all of the selected photos (this can be hundreds, or thousands) and click on “Download”

Unfortunately, there is no 'select photos' option anywhere.

Also, the normal 'click on photo and shift-click on another photo to select a range' doesn't work (probably because I can't enter 'select photos' mode.

Those instructions are about two years old. What's the preferred method?


macrumors G4
Jan 8, 2012
That trick for holding shift + whatever doesn't work for me in Safari. I can't select all photos.

I'm assuming you are on a PC? You could try Apple iCloud software and just download them all.

I have tried that once but I couldn't get it to work however it was a 40gb photo album so I may just have not been patient enough.
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