How to Transfer Files from iCloud to PC [Full Guide]

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iCloud is a cloud storage service that enables users to keep essential files like photos, contacts, calendars, videos, mail, iCloud drive, etc. iCloud allows users to access the stored files anywhere and anytime remotely. It forms a perfect alternative to maintaining data backups or freeing up disk space on your local storage.

You may want to transfer iCloud files to your PC to free up space on your iCloud account. iCloud only provides a free space of 5GB hence the need only to keep important files there. Another reason to transfer files from iCloud to PC is to create backups for your data in the event of a data loss.

Transfer Files from iCloud to PC

If you're running out of storage space on iCloud or need to backup data, you can transfer iCloud files to your PC. The common files to transfer include:

  • Photos
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Mail
  • iCloud drive
  • Notes
  • Reminders, etc.

You're at the right place if you want to know how to transfer files from iCloud to PC. Below, we'll outline two solutions to help transfer iCloud data to PC.

1. Transfer Files from iCloud to PC by Website

One of the easiest solutions to transferring files from iCloud to PC is using the iCloud website. You can achieve this in the following steps:

1. Visit on your PC.

2. Enter your Apple ID and Password to log in to your iCloud account.

signin icloud website

3. Once logged in, click on the files you want to transfer to the PC, i.e., "Photos."

photos folder icloud

4. Click on the first photo once the Photos tab opens.

select first photo

5. You'll then need to select all the files (photos) you want to download. To achieve this, press and hold on to the Shift + Ctrl + Alt keys and press the down arrow.

6. Click on the Download icon to transfer the selected photos from your iCloud account to your PC.

download photos

2. Transfer Files from iCloud to PC by Program

If you need to transfer large files from iCloud to a PC, using the iCloud for Windows program could significantly help. To use this program, you can apply the following steps:

1. Download iCloud for Windows on your PC.

download cloud

2. Click on the setup guide and follow the onscreen instructions to install the application on your computer.

icloud setup file

3. Enter your Apple ID and password to sign in to your iCloud account.

icloud signin

4. Pick the files you want to transfer to your PC, i.e., "Photos."

select photos

5. On the pop-up screen, select "iCloud Photo Library." Next, click on Done.

enable icloud library

6. Click on "Apply" to start syncing the selected files to the Downloads folder on your PC.

7. Open File Explorer once all the photos finish downloading.

open file explorer

8. Next, click on the "iCloud Photos" tab and navigate to the right pane. Click on the Downloads icon.

icloud photos tab

9. Click on the Downloads folder to see the files downloaded from iCloud.

icloud downloads folder

Upload Files from PC to iCloud

You may want to upload files to iCloud to keep them more secure or maintain backups. You may also want to do this to enable you to access the files remotely. You can upload files from your PC to iCloud in the following steps:

1. Sign into using your Apple ID and password.

icloud signin

2. Check your device for the Apple ID verification code and enter it to access your iCloud account.

verification code

3. Once logged in, click on the "iCloud Drive" option to access the drive.

icloud drive

4. Click on the Cloud icon at the top of the screen. Select the file you want to upload to iCloud.

cloud icon

5. To upload more than one file from your PC to your iCloud account, select one of the files and press Shift to select additional files to upload. Next, click on Open.

open selected files

6. All the files selected above will then upload to your iCloud account.

Extra Tip: Transfer iCloud between Windows PCs

If you want another way to transfer or backup your iCloud account data, you can transfer it to another PC. EaseUS Todo PCTrans is the best software tool to help you transfer the iCloud Desktop app between PCs. You'll need to install the software tool on both PCs to get started.

You can use EaseUS Todo PCTrans on computers running Windows 11/10/8/7. In addition to iCloud data, the software allows you to transfer other personal data and PC settings to a new computer.

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Features of EaseUS Todo PCTrans

  • Transfer programs to another PC. This software tool allows you to transfer applications like MS Office from one computer to another. It provides a convenient way to transfer large files that occupy large disk space.
  • Seamless data migration for Windows PCs. EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows you to automatically migrate files from PC to PC in just one click. The process is seamless since no data loss occurs.  
  • Migrate user accounts and settings. If you shift to using a new PC and want to retain all settings from the old PC, EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows you to migrate user accounts and personalization.

Advantages of EaseUS Todo PCTrans

  • Completely automatic and intuitive to use.
  • Allows you to migrate programs and settings to a new PC quickly.
  • Allows you to recover data from a dead or non-bootable PC.
  • Allows you to migrate custom files and favorites
  • Gives you access to free technical support.

Specific steps are presented here for you to transfer files between two PCs with this software:

Step 1. Run EaseUS Todo PCTrans on both PCs

On the source PC, select "PC to PC" on the main screen of EaseUS Todo PCTrans and move on.

select pc to pc transfer mode

Step 2. Choose transfer direction - Old or New Computer

"New" - Transfer all data from remote old computer to current new computer.

"Old" - Transfer all data from current old device to a new computer.

choose transfer direction

Step 3. Connect two computers

1. Select your target PC to connect via its IP address or device name and click "Connect".

2. Enter the login password of your target PC and click "OK" to confirm.

If you didn't see the target PC in the listed devices, you can also click "Add PC" to manually connect the target PC by inputting its IP address or device name.

connect two PCs

Step 4. Select apps, programs, and software and transfer to the target computer

1. You can select and choose what you want to transfer from the current computer to the target PC.

2. After selecting desired applications and programs, click "Transfer" to start the transferring process.

select apps to transfer from PC to PC


You can transfer files using the iCloud website or the iCloud program for Windows. Transferring files from iCloud to PC helps you to free up space and also keep data backups. Some important files you may want to transfer are photos, mail, iCloud drive, etc. The best way to transfer the iCloud Desktop app between PCs is using the EaseUS Todo PCTrans software.

This tool offers you powerful data transfer tools, including seamless data migration. It also allows you to migrate user accounts and settings. To get started with EaseUS Todo PCTrans today, you can access the free trial version here.

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About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy joined in EaseUS in 2013 and has been working with EaseUS content team for over 10 years. Being enthusiastic in computing and technology, she writes tech how-to articles and share technical solutions to resolve Windows & Mac data recovery, data backup, partition management, data transfer, Windows update issues, etc.

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How to Transfer Files from iCloud to PC [Full Guide]

Try smart Windows 11 data transfer tool to move all data in 1 click.

EaseUS Todo PCTrans

  Free Download

Support Windows 11/10/8/7