How to download content from iCloud when using Optimized Storage

Optimized Storage, available in macOS Sierra or later, can save space by storing your content in iCloud and making it available on demand. Here's how to download it on demand.

Download files and folders from iCloud Drive

To download a file from iCloud Drive, either open the file or click the download button  next to its name. When you download a folder, everything in that folder also downloads.

Download photos and videos from iCloud Photos

In Photos, double-click the photo or video to view it individually. The high-resolution version of that photo or video automatically downloads from iCloud Photos.

Download email attachments

Open the email message, then click the download icon  for the attachment. If you don't see a download icon, the attachment is already downloaded.

Download your purchased movies and TV shows

Apple TV and iTunes also offer a download button  for redownloading your purchased content. Learn how to redownload apps.


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After you download a file, folder, movie, TV show, photo, email attachment, or video, Optimized Storage keeps it on your Mac until more storage space is needed. 

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