How to Back up iCloud Photo Library

by Alexa Is McAfee Cloud

iCloud Photo Library of Apple works amazingly to sync or backup the video or images to the iCloud. Still, if you want to keep the irreplaceable videos and photos safe, you will require the outmoded backup.  This will create the kind of local backup on the external source or own drive or you can even try both the option. If you need to back it up, then this blog might be useful for you. Read the blog and follow the instructions to back up the iCloud photo library.

How to Backup Photo Library of iCloud to the Hard Drive of Mac

The best method to backup video or images on the library to ensure that you have downloaded entire content on Mac. 

If you want to the backup photo library of iCloud to Mac’s hard drive, then abide by the given steps:

  1. Open Photos app on Mac.
  2. Tap on the Photos option under the App section at the upper left of the screen.
  3. Choose the Preferences option from drop-down section.
  4. Tap on the iCloud button.
  5. Select the Download Originals to the Mac option.
  6. Mac will now download the full resolution copies of the entire pictures to the hard drive of Mac saved in the Photos app library.

How to Backup Content to the External Drive

There are 2 different ways to back up the library to the external drive: Backing up the photos library manually or automatically.

How to Backup Photos Library Automatically

If you have switched on the Download Originals button for the library, you may back up the library as the element of regular back up routine. Whether you are using clone hard drive or Time machine via SuperDuper or Carbon Copy, photo collection will be backed up too.

How to Backup Library Manually

If you have switched on the Download originals button for the library but do not want to back up it automatically, you can copy the library to the external drive at standard intervals.

If you want to back up the photos library manually, then you can follow the provided steps:

  1. Linked the external drive to the Mac using USB-C, USB, or Thunderbolt.
  2. Launch the latest Finder window on Mac.
  3. Tap on the on Pictures in the sidebar.
  4. Drag the Photos library to the external drive.
  5. Wait until it completes copying.

How to Back up Portions of Photo Library of iCloud

If you wish to back up the portions of iCloud photo library, then pursue the given instructions:

  1. Linked the external drive to the Mac using USB-C, USB, or Thunderbolt.
  2. Launch the Photos app option.
  3. Choose the video and photos that you like to back up.
  4. Navigate to the File section.
  5. Hang over the Export button.
  6. Choose Export basic Original for # Photos or Videos or the Export # Photos or Video option.
  7. Tap on the option for Subfolder Format and File Name, and enter content as preferred.
  8. Click on the Export option.
  9. Select the external drive.
  10. Hit the Export Originals option.
  11. If you don’t save the library on Mac

If you have not stored the iCloud images, then it can be a little tricky. You have to use the external hard drive process to export the portions of the library to the external drive then sync that drive to the chosen online backup service, but it can be a little more labor demanding. That’s why you should back up the complete library to the Mac or saving the gallery to the external drive.

Jaxson Harry is a Microsoft Office expert and has been working in the technical industry since 2002. As a technical expert, she has written technical blogs, manuals, white papers, and reviews for many websites such as

Source : iCloud Photo Library.

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