How to Backup iCloud Pictures to Mac/Windows Computers
To backup iCloud photo library to computer, you need to download these photos to your Mac/PC first. Follow these steps to access iCloud photos and copy them to Mac.
ICloud is the backbone of a number of Apple services, some more problematic than others. At a surface level, iCloud just handles all of your iPhone backups and syncs files between apps. To shorten backup times, you can disable iCloud from your phone. Wait until your phone and iCloud de-sync. Depending on how much data you have this can take upwards of 10 mins. Once that is done try backing up your data with the iXpand Base. To disable iCloud please do the following:-Go to settings-Tap on Apple ID, iCloud, iTunes menu-Tap on iCloud. ICloud is Apple's cloud solution. ICloud Drive seeks to take on Google Drive and become the one-stop-shop for every file and photo on your devices. It enables users to pick up where they left off.
Step 1: Open Photos app on macOS.
Step 2: Head to Photos > Preference, then click iCloud and sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
Step 3: Click Download Originals to this Mac and transfer iCloud photos to Mac.
You can check our previous guide on how to download photos from iCloud to Mac/PC computer to make a local backup for iCloud photos.
Once you transfer iCloud photos to computer, you can also move them to Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, box etc. to make an online backup.
How To Authenticate Icloud Drive
If you already backup your Mac with Mac backup software like Time Machine, Carbon Copy Cloner, Time Machine, iCloud photos you moved to Mac will be backed up as well. If you haven't, Mac's built-in backup software, Time Machine is recommended. Click System Preferences, select Time Machine, click Select Backup Disk, choose disk for iCloud photos backup, together with other data, and check the box Backup Up Automatically to backup iCloud photo library automatically on Mac.