You have an iPhone, an iPad and / or a Mac and you have chosen to rely on iCloud for storing your shots so as not to take up precious space on your device. At the moment you can feel very happy and satisfied with the choice made as well as the functioning of the service offered by Apple. However, there is one thing that is just not clear to you and about which you would like to receive more explanations: how to select all photos on iCloud in such a way as to be able to act on them "en masse"? A legitimate question, indeed more. If you want, I can explain everything to you.
So take a few minutes of free time all for yourself, position yourself comfortably and immediately start concentrating on reading this guide of mine entirely dedicated to the subject in question. Together, we will discover how to succeed "in the enterprise" from iPhone and iPad, from Mac and also from the online version of iCloud, the one you can access using any Web browser. For the sake of completeness of information, it will be my pleasure to show you how to do the operation also in question from Windows, if I had a PC.
Then? How about finally banning the chatter and starting to get busy? Yes? Great. Eventually, you will see, you will be ready to state that it was actually a breeze. I wish you happy reading and wish you a big good luck for everything.
Some Useful Info
Before showing you, in detail, how to do to be able to select all the photos on iCloud it seems only right to provide some useful explanations about the service in question and its functioning in relation to the photos in order to offer you a picture as complete and detailed as possible of the situation.
By choosing to store the photos on iCloud (the cloud Storage service of the Cupertino company on which the use of all its products and services is based) all the images are perfectly synchronized between the various devices in use on which it was performed access with the same Apple ID. Perfect synchronization means not only that the photos uploaded from one device will also be visible on another but that it will also be done with all the changes made to them (deletion, addition to a given album, etc.).
To obtain a solution of this type, however, a special named service must be enabled Photo Library which is free but unfortunately it must be taken into account that it erodes the storage space available on iCloud Drive.
In fact, considering that the basic plan of the Apple cloud storage service (the one at no cost) offers 5GB of storage space, it is practically impossible to be able to take advantage of the Photo Library without subscribing to one of the iCloud paid plans (99 cents / month for 50GB, € 2,99 / month for 200GB and € 9,99 / month for 2TB). For more details and to find out how to enable the service you can refer to my tutorial on how to store photos on iCloud.
I also point out that for iCloud users there is also a service called Photo stream. This is another solution offered by Apple that allows you to save your photos on the Internet and synchronize them on all devices. It does not consume the storage space on iCloud Drive but only keeps the most recent 1.000 photos for up to 30 days which is why it cannot be used for content storage as is possible with the photo library.
Select All Photos on ICloud from IOS
If you are interested in understanding how to select all the photos on iCloud from your iPhone and / or your iPad, the first fundamental step you need to take is to press the app icon Photos (the one with the multicolored flower on a white background) that you find on the iOS home screen.
Once this is done, press on the voice Album at the bottom right of the screen displayed and open the album you created in relation to which you are interested in going to act or select the one of the photo streaming (if you have activated the service), then press on the item Select top right and stop on the wording Select all which is up on the left. The same thing can be done with the shared albums you find in the section He shared.
Once the selection is made, you can decide whether to add the photos in question to another album by tapping on the item Add below or whether to open the images in other applications by importing them by tapping on the symbol of sharing (the rectangle with the arrow) which is in the lower left corner of the screen. You can also decide to delete all the photos in one go by tapping on the symbol of dustbin located at the bottom right.
And if you want to deselect some photos before intervening on the selection made, you can obviously do it. To do this, stop on the photos you want to deselect in order to make the blue check in the lower right corner of each thumbnail.
You want to select all the photos in the album Places? This can also be done. To do this, access the album in question by pressing on its cover, stop at the reference place and once you have viewed all the photos taken in that data location, press on the item Select which is on the right for two consecutive times.
If, on the other hand, you would like to be able to select all the photos in the general album, the one named All the pictures, I'm sorry to tell you but unfortunately there is no special option available. However, you can select all the photos one by one by accessing the album in question, tapping on the item Select at the top right by pressing on the preview of the various images.
Alternatively, you can go to the section Photos application by pressing on the appropriate item at the bottom left, select the display mode Moments, choose the item Select at the top right and tap on the items Select that you find in correspondence with the various collections of photos automatically generated based on place and date.
A somewhat similar speech should be made for the photos in the album People. After pressing on the photo of the reference person and once you have viewed all the related photos, you will not find any specific command to select all the images. However, you can act "by hand" by pressing on the item Select at the top right and pressing on the photos of your interest to select them.
Select All Photos on ICloud from MacOS
You are using a Mac and would like to understand how to go about selecting all the photos on iCloud using the app Photos installed on the latter. Then first of all start the latter by clicking on the relative icon (the one with the multicolor flower on a white background) that you find on the Dock bar.
Once the application window appears on the desktop, click on the item Photos that you find at the top of the bar on the left then choose the display mode you prefer among Photos or Moments clicking on the relevant tabs at the top center, presses on the item Modification attached to the menu bar and select the item Select all. Done!
Once the selection has been made, you can decide how to intervene on all the images at the same time by right clicking on any one and using the items attached to the contextual menu that will open. For example, you can choose to hide images, delete, duplicate them etc.
You can also share selected images on the fly in other apps by clicking on the symbol sharing (the rectangle with the arrow) that you find in the upper right part of the Photo window, you can view the information relating to your shots by pressing the button "I", you can add the images to your favorites by clicking on the symbol little heart or, again, you can rotate them all by pressing the button with the rectangle and the arrow to the left.
Do you want to deselect some photos included in the multiple selection made? I tell you that it can be done. To do this, press the button cmd on your keyboard and left click on all the photos you want to exclude from the selection. Very easy! You can also do this by pressing the button cmd on the keyboard and drawing a selection rectangle with the pointer over all the reference images.
Keep in mind that the same indications above regarding the selection of all photos apply to the album People, for what Places and for that My Photo Stream (available if the service is active). In the specific case of the album People you must first select the name of the contact person, while in the case of the album Places you must first select the place of your interest on the map. The same can be said for the section of the photo library Imports.
You want to select all the albums you've created in your photo library or all the photos they contain. In the first case, click on the item My albums found on the left sidebar of the Photos app, click on the item Modification mail in the menu bar and choose Select all. If instead you want to select all the photos of a given album, first access the photo collection of your interest and then put into practice the instructions I just provided.
As for the deselection of one or more photos, the same indications apply as I gave you a few lines above, when I explained how to deselect images from the general collection of photographs.
Select All Photos on ICloud from the Web
As anticipated at the beginning of the article, it is possible to select all the photos on iCloud also by intervening from the Web version of the service. To do this, first log in to the iCloud web panel by connecting to the iCloud.com site using your favorite browser and logging in with your Apple ID credentials. Once logged in, click on the icon Photos.
Now, select the item All the pictures that you find in the left sidebar (if you can't see it, first press the appropriate button at the top left) and then press the button cmd (your Mac) or Other (on Windows) and click on all the photos you want to select or press the key A, to select them all in bulk.
If, on the other hand, you want to intervene on the photos contained in a given album, first select the one of your interest always from the alteral bar on the left and then proceed in the same way as I have just indicated.
Once the selection is complete, you can use the commands you find in the upper left part of the iCloud page to choose whether to download the photos or delete them by pressing, respectively, the button with the cloud and the down arrow or on the button with the dustbin.
Select All Photos on ICloud from Windows
Instead of a Mac, are you using a Windows PC and want to understand how to act in this case too? Then first install the official iCloud client for Windows by connecting to the Windows 10 Microsoft Store or, if you are using a previous version of the Microsoft operating system, to the appropriate web page of the Apple site and clicking on the item On Windows 7 and Windows 8, you can download iCloud for Windows from Apple's website.
In the latter case, when the download is complete, open the executable file obtained, check the box next to the item I accept the terms of the license agreement in the window that opens (leave the option for automatically update iCloud for Windows and other Apple software), click on the button Install, awarded his Yes twice in a row and if you are asked to restart your PC, accept. When you log in to Windows again, log into the iCloud client using your Apple ID information.
Now, check the item Photos and all your photos on iCloud will be stored in the folder of iCloud contained in Images. From there, just like you usually do with any other type of file, you can select photos using the key combination Ctrl + A. For more details about the multiple file selection methods on Windows you can refer to my tutorial on how to select multiple files.
Select All Deleted Photos on ICloud
What you were interested in understanding was how to select all the photos on iCloud that you have deleted and which have therefore ended up in the “trash”? So do this: read my tutorial dedicated to how to delete photos from iCloud through which I not only proceeded to explain how to delete the photos, as the title itself implies, but also how to make any recovery. It's that easy, don't worry.
The operation is feasible from both iOS and macOS as well as from the Web. In all three cases, keep in mind that the deleted photos can be recovered if they are still present in the album named Recently deleted, a sort of "limbo" in which the removed images continue to be accessible for 40 days after which, if not recovered, in fact, they are permanently deleted.