How to Use AirDrop to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

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For photos transfer between iOS devices and Mac OS, AirDrop is a good way and offers you a wireless to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. However, if you have hundreds or even thousands of photos need to be exported to Mac, AirDrop will not be the best choice and you can use EaseUS MobiMover Free to help you export the whole iPhone photos at one time. Read on to check how to respectively use AirDrop and MobiMover Free to download iPhone photos to Mac.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Part 1. AirDrop Photos Make preparations > Turn on AirDrop on the devices > Open the Photos app on iPhone...Full steps
Part 2. Transfer Photos Directly Download and install the iOS data transfer software > Connect the iPhone to the computer...Full steps

How to AirDrop Photos from iPhone to Mac

Actually, learn to use AirDrop to send files from an iPhone to a Mac is easy, besides,  it also offers a simple and reliable way to transfer videos, notes, and other files between nearby Apple devices.

Notes before AirDrop photos

1. AirDrop requires iPhone and Mac with a quite new iOS and OS system.

2. Bluetooth needs to be enabled.

3. Both iPhone and Mac should have Wi-Fi.

4. iPhone and Mac should be nearby.

5. For the most important, please make sure the AirDrop on your iPhone and Mac should work well, if you have any problem, you can refer to this guide for solving AirDrop not working on iOS.

AirDrop Photos from iPhone to Mac

1. Turn on AirDrop on both iPhone and Mac.

2. Open the Photos app on your iPhone.

3. Choose one photo, tap Share button, and then tap the Mac with right name that you want to transfer to. At this step, you can choose multiple photos to transfer.

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4. Choose to Accept on the pop-up window showing the photos will be transferred from iPhone to Mac.

5. When the process finishes, the photos will be located in the users Downloads folder on Mac.

airdropped photos on mac 

More guides on AirDrop transfer

1. After the process, Mac will continue to allow further inbound AirDrop transfer, including files, videos or other data. So, if you have finished transferring files with AirDrop on the Mac, remember manually close the AirDrop Finder window on Mac.

2. You'd better keep your iPhone and Mac with the latest iOS and OS versions.

3. This operating steps on using AirDrop to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac also apply to iPad to Mac.4. If other device's AirDrop receiving setting is set to Contacts Only, and you're not in their Contacts, have them set their AirDrop receiving setting to Everyone.

Note: If you have trouble with AirDrop transfer between the Mac and iOS devices, you can try to restart both devices to fix the problem. If the devices can't recognize and find each other, set AirDrop to Everyone instead of Contacts Only.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover Free is a Windows and Mac compatible iOS data transfer program that enables you to transfer files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes, including contacts, messages, notes, calendars, voice mails, books, Safari bookmarks & history, photos, videos, and audios. Moreover, if you need to import files from Mac to iPhone or sync data between two iOS devices, MobiMover Free is also your best choice.

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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