BeautifulWoman_1984

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Hey guys,

Sorry to be creating a thread about this, but I searched and searched and couldn't find much information.

My question:
All of my photos on my iPad including all of the screenshots I've taken on my iPad are stored in the Official Apple Photos App. Can I backup the photos that are on my iPad to my Windows PC instead of using iCloud? It just seems like a big security risk to have all of my photos/screenshots stored in iCloud?

Is there a way I can copy the photos from my iPad to my Windows PC without storing them in iCloud?

Any advice would be very welcomed!
 

BeautifulWoman_1984

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Thank you for your reply Laz!

I can't connect my iPad to my Windows PC at the moment so I don't know if my photos in the Official Apple Photos App will be able to be copied over.

What else can I copy from my iPad to my Windows PC?

Is it possible to copy over my notes from the Official Apple Notes App?

If I store my notes I've created in the Official Apple Notes App in iCloud, is it possible for Apple to modify my notes?

EDIT:
This is the Official Apple Notes App I was referring to:
 
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ian87w

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Hey guys,

Sorry to be creating a thread about this, but I searched and searched and couldn't find much information.

My question:
All of my photos on my iPad including all of the screenshots I've taken on my iPad are stored in the Official Apple Photos App. Can I backup the photos that are on my iPad to my Windows PC instead of using iCloud? It just seems like a big security risk to have all of my photos/screenshots stored in iCloud?

Is there a way I can copy the photos from my iPad to my Windows PC without storing them in iCloud?

Any advice would be very welcomed!
1. Install OneDrive into you iPad. You get 5GB free. If you have Office 365 subscription, you already have 1TB of OneDrive storage.
2. Upload your screenshots to your OneDrive account.
3. Windows 10 has built-in OneDrive client already. Simply log in with the same account and you can find your screenshots in your OneDrive folder. OneDrive can download them as you need it..

For your photos, simply turn on camera upload on the OneDrive app on your iPad. Future photos will be automatically uploaded to OneDrive. Previous photos might need to be uploaded manually if you want to.
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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1. Install OneDrive into you iPad. You get 5GB free. If you have Office 365 subscription, you already have 1TB of OneDrive storage.
2. Upload your screenshots to your OneDrive account.
3. Windows 10 has built-in OneDrive client already. Simply log in with the same account and you can find your screenshots in your OneDrive folder. OneDrive can download them as you need it..

For your photos, simply turn on camera upload on the OneDrive app on your iPad. Future photos will be automatically uploaded to OneDrive. Previous photos might need to be uploaded manually if you want to.
There is no way this OP is going to trust Microsoft's cloud if they don't trust Apple's.
 

Mr_Brightside_@

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Thank you for your reply Laz!

I can't connect my iPad to my Windows PC at the moment so I don't know if my photos in the Official Apple Photos App will be able to be copied over.

What else can I copy from my iPad to my Windows PC?

Is it possible to copy over my notes from the Official Apple Notes App?

If I store my notes I've created in the Official Apple Notes App in iCloud, is it possible for Apple to modify my notes?

EDIT:
This is the Official Apple Notes App I was referring to:
Most of your posts make it seem like you trust Apple absolutely, then you worry they are modifying your grocery shopping list.

Apple does not modify user data or sell it.

This applies to all their apps, services, and products.

They have been doing a massive campaign on user privacy this year. Modifying your notes or any other data would fly in the face of this.

To answer your current question, if you cannot physically connect your iPad to your PC and won't use the cloud, you cannot back up your photos to your PC. The same applies to Notes.
 

BeautifulWoman_1984

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Storing on the Apple iCloud would be more secure than your computer, believe it or not. And if something untoward happens to your computer, your photos aren’t lost with it.

Thank you for your reply BasicGreatGuy. I had no idea that was the case...

Can you explain how this is true?
 

Apple_Robert

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Thank you for your reply BasicGreatGuy. I had no idea that was the case...

Can you explain how this is true?
Take a look at the Apple support document.

 

BeautifulWoman_1984

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Take a look at the Apple support document.

Thank you for your reply BasicGreatGuy!

I'm looking at your link now.

Does anyone know if Apple is able to view the photos that are stored in "Apple Photos" if they're in the cloud?
 

Capeto

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Thank you for your reply Apple_Robert.

Is this still the best link for me to read about Apple's iCloud Security: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202303

Is there another link I can look at where Apple talks about iCloud Security?
This link states that Photos uploaded to Apple's servers (iCloud) are encrypted, both in-transit (when uploading photos from your device to iCloud, and when downloading photos from iCloud to your device), as well as when they are stored on their servers. The only way to view those is with your Apple ID credentials, which Apple does not have access to.
 
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