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How to Connect iPhone to PC in Every Way

Myra updated on Nov 05, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Four ways for you to connect iPhone to PC. Whether you want to connect your iPhone and PC using a USB cable or wirelessly, you will know how to do it.

"How to connect iPhone to Windows PC?"

Whether you want to access files on iPhone from PC or transfer files between an iPhone and a computer, it's necessary for you to connect your iPhone to the computer first.

Actually, there are various solutions to make your devices connected and allow you to exchange data between them. Depending on the types of content you want to access or transfer, you will need different ways to connect iPhone to computer. Read on to check more details.

Method 1. How to Connect iPhone to PC Without iTunes

Many users prefer to connect iPhone to PC without iTunes. That's probably because iTunes works by syncing, which may cause data loss on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. To connect your iPhone to a computer via a USB cable and transfer files without data loss, you need iPhone transfer software like EaseUS MobiMover.

With EaseUS MobiMover on your Windows PC or Mac, you will be able to:

  • Access files on iPhone, iPad, or iPod from PC/Mac
  • Transfer files between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer
  • Share data from one iDevice to another
  • Transfer, back up, and restore WhatsApp data

Thus, with this tool, you can connect your iPhone to PC and share files between these devices freely. If you want to transfer photos from iphone to PC or add music to iPhone, using EaseUS MobiMover is advisable.

Here I'd like to show you how to connect your iPhone to PC and transfer content from iPhone to computer:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. Tap "Trust This Computer" on the device screen if a pop-up appears. Start EaseUS MobiMover and select the "Phone to PC" pattern on the main interface. Click "Next" to start data transfer from iPhone to your computer.

how to transfer everything from iPhone to PC - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover enables you to transfer everything from your iPhone to the PC with one click, like audio files, videos, pictures, books, contacts and more. You can check one or multiple data categories by checking the boxes. You can also customize a file location to keep the transferred items. If you don't customize the storage path on your own, click "Transfer" directly and MobiMover will save the files to Desktop.

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Step 3. MobiMover will start immediately transfer selected files from iPhone to PC without iTunes at lightning speed. Please don't suspend the USB connection until the process finishes. Some contents, like contacts and messages, will be saved as a .html file. You can view them by opening in a web browser. 

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Apart from being an iOS data transfer tool, EaseUS MobiMover is also a free video downloader that enables you to download online videos to your computer or iPhone/iPad using URL. That means you can download YouTube videos to iPhone or save videos from Facebook to computer at no cost.

Method 2. How to Connect iPhone to Windows PC via iTunes

iTunes is the official way for you to connect your iPhone to computer and sync data. With iTunes, you can either sync photos, videos, music, ringtones, books, and more from PC to iPhone or sync all data and settings from iPhone to PC to make a backup.

You can use iTunes to connect your iPhone to PC via a USB cable or wirelessly.

To connect iPhone to PC using a USB cable:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Wait for iTunes to launch automatically.

Step 3. Click the "Device" tab in iTunes and sync data between your devices.

  • To sync data from PC to iPhone: Choose the category, Music, Movies, TV shows, Photos, or Info, select the items you want to transfer, and click "Sync".
  • To sync data from iPhone to PC: Click the "Summary" tab and click "Back Up Now".

How to connect iPhone to PC via iTunes

To connect iPhone to computer wirelessly:

To connect your devices and sync data between iPhone and PC wirelessly, you need to enable "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi" via "Device" > "Summary" by connecting your iPhone to PC using a USB cable first. Then follow the steps below to connect devices and transfer files wirelessly.

Step 1. Make sure you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your PC and connect your devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2. Launch iTunes and connect your iPhone to a power supply. Afterward, the data syncing will start automatically.

How to connect iPhone to PC wirelessly

Method 3. How to Connect iPhone to Computer via a USB cable

Without iTunes or third-party software, you can connect your iPhone to a Windows PC via a USB cable directly, which is the easiest way to get things done. However, convenient as it is, you can only access and transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC. If you are looking to transfer music from iPhone to computer or add ringtones to iPhone, this method won't work. That's why using a USB cable is not recommended as the optimal solution. 

But if you happen to want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, don't hesitate to use this way.

To connect iPhone to PC via a USB cable:

Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone with PC.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer.

Step 3. In the prompt asking you what to do with the device, choose "Open device to view files" and go to "Internal Storage" > the "DCIM" folder > the "100APPLE" folder and manually copy the photos and videos you'd like to transfer.

How to connect iPhone to Windows PC via USB

Method 4. How to Connect iPhone to PC Wirelessly

Have no USB cable available but want to share data across your devices?  That's when you need cloud-based file-sharing services. Both iCloud and third-party tools like Dropbox are helpful for you to connect your iPhone with PC wirelessly and allow you to transfer files to or from your iPhone. 

Let me take iCloud as an example.

To connect your iPhone to PC wirelessly:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. Depending on your need, enable the corresponding option. For example, if you want to transfer photos from your iPhone to PC or vice versa, toggle on the "Photos" tab.

Step 3. On PC, go to iCloud.com and sign in with the Apple ID you use on your iPhone.

Step 4. Choose "Photos" and you will see your iPhone photos here.

Step 5. If you want to transfer photos from PC to iPhone, click the "Upload" button to upload photos from your computer to iCloud. After syncing, the photos will appear on your iPhone. If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, select items and click the "Download" button to save them to your computer. 

How to connect iPhone to computer via iCloud

The Bottom Line

There are various ways for you to connect an iPhone to a PC. But depending on your purpose, the best way for you varies.

It may occur that the computer can't recognize your iPhone after you connect them with a USB cable. If so, go to Apple's official guide to learn how to solve the problem.