[Solved]Can't Import Photos from iPhone to Mac? Fixes Here!

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Myra Updated on Jun 11, 2018 to iOS & Mac Topics | How-to Articles

"I wanted to import photos from iPhone to Mac via iPhoto, but only to find that it didn’t work. Is there any effective solutions I can try?"

"I tried to transfer photos from my iPhone to my Mac to free up my iPhone space. But iPhoto won’t import photos from my iPhone successfully. What should I do?"

According to iPhone users, many of them have encountered the issue Can't Import Photos from iPhone to Mac when they tried to transfer photos from iPhone to iMac or MacBook. Luckily, in addition to using the built-in features like iPhoto or Photo App on your Mac to import photos from iPhone, there are other completely FREE methods to get things done, which will be introduced in Part 1. Besides, if you insist on import photos from iPhone to iPhoto, you can learn how to fix the issue iPhoto Won't Import Photos from iPhone with the solutions provided in Part 2. (The solutions provided can also be applied to your devices when you can't import videos from iPhone to Mac.)

Part 1: How to import photos from iPhone to Mac for free

There are many other ways you can try to successfully transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto or Photos App. But the most practical and useful one is to use the FREE iOS data transfer tool that is compatible with both Mac and Windows PC, EaseUS MobiMover Free. With MobiMover, you can copy files between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) and between iOS device and computer. What’s more, MobiMover is also equipped with the file management features that help to manage your iDevice content from computer by deleting, editing or adding items.

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

As you can see from the list above, the files you can import from iPhone are not limited to photos and videos. Besides, with iPhoto or Photos App, you can only import photos from Camera Roll to Mac. While you can transfer all photos in Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library from your iPhone to Mac using EaseUS MobiMover. Wonderful, right? Follow the steps below to get things done when you can't import photos or videos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto/Photos.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac running OS X 10.7 and later with a USB cable, open EaseUS MobiMover Free, and choose iDevice to Mac. (You can also use the custom feature to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac by clicking [your device name] > Picture > Photo/Album.)

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 1

Step 2: Select the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. Other than photos, you can also transfer videos, audio, contacts, messages, and more.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 2

Step 3: Click the folder icon to choose a location for the images to be imported, then click the Transfer button to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac without iTunes.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 3

Step 4: Depending on the size of the files, it may take seconds or a while to import photos from iPhone to Mac. When it has done, you can view the transferred items in the folder you just selected.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 4

For you iPhone users, EaseUS MobiMover Free an unmissable tool when it comes to iOS data transfer and file management. When you get a new iPhone, you will probably need to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone and sync contacts from iPhone to iPhone, which can be easily done with MobiMover.

Part 2: Fixes to Can't Import Photos from iPhone to Mac

Solution 1: Check your iPhone status

To make the photo transfer from your iPhone to Mac possible, it’s necessary for you to unlock your iPhone when and after you connect your iPhone to Mac and click Trust when the trust messages appear on your iPhone.

Solution 2: Reset Location & Privacy

The effectiveness of this tip has been proven by many users. When you can’t import photos from iPhone to Mac, follow the steps below to reset Location & Privacy and choose Trust when the prompt appears on your iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer or not.

Step 1: Open Settings App on your iPhone.

Step 2: Go to General > Reset > Reset Location & Privacy and click Reset Settings to confirm.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone to your Mac and click Trust on your iPhone.

Step 4: Import photos from iPhone to Mac.

Solution 3: reconnect your iPhone and restart the programs

Disconnect your iPhone from your Mac, shouting down the programs involved, restart your computer, and then plug your iPhone back in and try to import photos from iPhone to Mac again.

Solution 4: Check for update on your iPhone and Mac

It's possible that the software on your Mac or the operating system of your devices are too old to support the photo transfer and make you can’t import photos from iPhone to Mac. Here is the software you need to update. (This tip is also helpful when you can't import photos from iPhone to Windows PC.)

  • Update iTunes to its latest version.
  • Update photo-management App (iPhoto, Photos, Image Capture) to its latest version.
  • Update iOS operating system on your iPhone by going to Settings > General > Software Update.