Download photos and videos from iCloud in Messages on Mac
When you use Messages in iCloud, all your messages—including photos and videos you send and receive—are stored in iCloud.
If the photos and videos for a conversation haven’t downloaded from iCloud to your Mac, you can download them manually.
In the Messages app on your Mac, select a conversation, then click the Details button in the top-right corner of a conversation.
To search for contacts and content in conversations, click in the Search field in the top-left corner and enter what you’re looking for. Or, choose from the suggested contacts, links, photos, and more.
If you’re restricted to sending and receiving messages with only certain people, an hourglass icon appears next to those people you can’t send messages to.
Click Download at the bottom of Details view.
If you don’t see Download, all of your photos and videos are downloaded (or currently downloading) to your Mac.
After your photos and videos are downloaded, drag individual items to another document or the desktop. See Import photos from Mail, Safari, and other apps into Photos.