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Export your photos from iCloud

Using offline photo library management software

Aug. 31, 2020 -

After encountering the umpteenth ‘magic’ bug while managing my iPhone’s photos, I was done with it. Apple came a long way since it launched iPhoto (the predecessor of iCloud Photos). But for something as valuable as my personal memories, I want to be in full control. Read along to learn how I migrated my photo library away from the iCloud, using free, open source software.

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No vintage photo filters applied: this is an untouched original digital photo from 2001. (Lake Garda, Italy, 2001)
No vintage photo filters applied: this is an untouched original digital photo from 2001. (Lake Garda, Italy, 2001)
My computer in 2001, captured using the Digimax 800K
My computer in 2001, captured using the Digimax 800K
Ahhh, the sweet taste of freedom: managing my photos using Shotwell on my tablet
Ahhh, the sweet taste of freedom: managing my photos using Shotwell on my tablet
Batch converting HEIC image files to JPG using a VPS with a ton of CPU power
Batch converting HEIC image files to JPG using a VPS with a ton of CPU power
Introducing iLife in 2002 - shown on an iMac G4 - designed to be fun, easy and powerful
Introducing iLife in 2002 - shown on an iMac G4 - designed to be fun, easy and powerful
Visiting the Apple Store in Miami Beach in 2008
Visiting the Apple Store in Miami Beach in 2008

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