How to Create Back-Up of iCloud Photo Library

iCloud is among the best alternatives you can avail when it comes to securing your videos and images. A backup provides the user with additional security to store their sensitive data.

This can take place in a local drive, any external drive, any other online option to backup or within both of them.

To perform the backup, you can follow the given methods:

  • Online backup of user’s iCloud Photo Library
  • To Local Mac Hard drive
  • To any other external source
  • Online backup of iCloud library

It is safe to say that the user’s data in iCloud is secure; however, having an extra backup never harms anyone.

When Entire iCloud Photo Library Data Is Saved on Mac

It is a lot easy to if a user already uses other services to backup and have synced their data from iCloud Libray to Mac.

  1. Set a new account for any backup providing service such as Google Drive and Backblaze.
  2. Follow the installation instructions.
  3. The initial backup will take time depending upon the internet speed and data amount to be backup.  

When Data Is Not Stored in Icloud Photo Library on Your Mac

In case the user has not saved the data locally, then it can get trickier. Here users can export a portion of the library to any external drive and then sync their data on that drive to preferred online backup service. This process is more hectic and needs a bit more work, so if you don’t want to do any extra work just save the data on a local device.

     2.  Using Local Mac Hard drive

When the user has to save data in local drive, these steps should be followed:

  1. Open Photos on the Mac.
  2. Select Photos, from the App menu in the top left corner.
  3. Click on Preferences.
  4. Select the iCloud Tab.
  5. Select Download Originals to this Mac.

In this way, the user can download all the data to their Mac’s Hard-drive in full-resolution.

     3.  To Any Other External Source

Here the user has 2 options to do it:

  • Automatically
  • Manually
  • Back up Your Photo and Videos Library Automatically

For this, the user has to turn on the Download Originals Option on their Photo Library. This way, the backup will be done routinely. It will make no effect on the backup that the user is using the backup services right now or not.

  • Backup the Photos and Video library Manually

When you turn on the Download Originals option for your Photo Library, but yet you don’t want it to happen regularly, then you have the option to do it on time.

  1. Connect the external drive to the Mac.
  2. You have to open Finder on the Mac
  3. Select the Picture in Sidebar on the left corner.
  4. Now Drag the Photos Library to the drive.
  5. Now all you have to do is wait until the copy is done.

Deam Jones is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at

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