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Easiest Way to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC

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"What is the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC?"

This is the question that comes into your mind when you decide to import photos from your iPhone to a computer. Indeed, there are several workable ways to transfer iPhone photos to PC and each varies in difficulty. In different situations, the easiest way for you changes.

Given that, here I'd like to show you the simplest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC in all situations.

3 Easiest Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC via USB

How can you transfer iPhone photos to PC with a USB cable? The wired ways to import iPhone photos to a PC include using File Explorer, Photos, and a professional iPhone data transfer tool. Prepare an Apple USB cable and follow one of the ways below to move photos from iPhone to PC.

Upload Photos from iPhone to PC with File Explorer

As long as your computer can recognize your iPhone, you will be able to transfer photos from your iPhone to your PC for free without any third-party tool. Before you use File Explorer, you should know that your iPhone photos will be categorized by folder according to date (not the album). Thus, it may be time-consuming if you want to transfer specific pictures.

What's more, File Explorer only supports unilateral photo transfer. That means you can't transfer photos from a PC to an iPhone or transfer other types of files with it. (To transfer iPhone album to PC, use EaseUS MobiMover in the third method instead.)

If you don't mind its flaws, using File Explorer could be the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC. While if you want to do more with your iPhone photos, read on to get more proven ways.

To transfer photos from iPhone to computer easily with File Explorer:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer to make sure your iPhone is recognized by the PC.

Step 3. Open "File Explorer" and head to "This PC" > "Apple iPhone" > "Internal Storage" > "DCIM." Afterward, you can see all folders that contain your iPhone pictures.

Step 4. Copy them to your computer.

Visit DCIM with File Explorer

Import Photos from iPhone to PC with Photos

It's equally easy to transfer iPhone photos to a PC with Photos. As the built-in photo management app on Windows, Photos not only allows you to do simple photo editing but also helps to import photos from an external device to your computer, be it an external storage device or an iPhone. Similar to File Explorer, it doesn't show your iPhone pictures by album but by date. But there is an option for you to transfer new photos only, which avoids getting duplicated photos on your PC.

While using the Photos app, you may encounter the issue of "Microsoft Windows not working." If you do, solve the problem with the tips provided or try other workable ways to continue.

To import photos from iPhone to computer easily with Photos:

Step 1. Connect the iPhone and the PC and make sure the iPhone is recognized.

Step 2. Open the Photos app and click "Import" > "From a connected device."

Step 3. Wait for Photos to load photos on your iPhone.

Step 4. Select the items you want to transfer and click the "Import Photos" button.

Import Photos with the Photos app

If your iPhone photos are not showing up on PC, you should check the USB cable or your iPhone state. (You need to unlock iPhone to transfer photos.)

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with EaseUS MobiMover

Yes. If you choose to use EaseUS MobiMover to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, you need to download and install the program on your PC. But that's worth it. EaseUS MobiMover combines an iPhone data transfer tool, an iPhone backup tool, a WhatsApp management tool, and a HEIC converter all in one tool. Hence, it can do more than transfer photos from iPhone to PC.

iPhone Data Transfer: This feature helps you to transfer photos, videos, music, ringtones, contacts, and more between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a PC/Mac or between two iDevices. It's no doubt that you can use it to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

iPhone Backup: This feature allows you to back up and restore your iOS or iPadOS device. Besides, you can view your iPhone backup whenever you like.

WhatsApp Management: Whether you want to back up WhatsApp messages to a computer or transfer WhatsApp chats from one iPhone to another, this feature will fulfill your needs.

HEIC Conversion: Since Windows doesn't natively support HEIC, you will need to convert HEIC to JPG so that you can open HEIC files on Windows. You can either change the data transfer settings to transfer and convert iPhone photos simultaneously or use the HEIC converter to change existing HEIC photos to JPG in bulk.

When you use it to import photos from iPhone to PC, you can transfer pictures by album, all at once or selectively. Undoubtedly, you can also transfer photos by date, just like File Explorer or Photos.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC running Windows 7 or later. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to PC" and click the "Next" button to go on. 

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

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to transfer from your iPhone to the computer. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to PC all at once. Besides, you can customize the storage path for the exported photos. Otherwise, MobiMover will save them on your desktop. 

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

Step 3. Now, click the "Transfer" button to start transferring photos from your iPhone to PC without iTunes. Exporting files from iPhone to PC with MobiMover is the right way for backup to avoid unexpected data loss. 

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

2 Easiest Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Wirelessly

If you are looking for the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC wirelessly, then iCloud or third-party cloud-based services like Google Photos will be your solution.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with iCloud

iCloud works to sync data across your devices, including PC, that use the same Apple ID. When you prefer a wireless solution to copy photos from iPhone to PC, it is a workable way out. Download and install iCloud for Windows on your computer. Afterward, sign in to iCloud for Windows with the Apple ID used on your iPhone. Make sure you have enough iCloud space and then follow the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the Settings app to enable iCloud Photos.

Step 2. On your PC, run iCloud for Windows and click "Options" next to "Photos" and enable "iCloud Photo Library."

Step 3. Turn on "Download new photos and videos to my PC" and change the location if you need to.

Step 4. Wait for the data syncing to complete.

Enable iCloud Photo Library

Copy Photos from iPhone to Computer with Google Photos

Another similar way to transfer iPhone photos to PC wirelessly is using Google Photos. You can upload your iPhone photos to cloud storage on your iPhone and then download photos from Google Photos to your PC using a browser. (Of course, there are other cloud services that also help to transfer photos from iPhone to PC. Just pick the one you like.)

To sync photos from iPhone to PC with Google Photos:

Step 1. Download and install Google Photos on your iPhone and sign in with your Google account.

Step 2. Open the app and go to "Settings" to turn on "Back up & sync."

Step 3. On your PC, visit Google Photos with a browser.

Step 4. Sign in with the same Google account you use on your iPhone.

Step 5. Click to select the photos you want to transfer.

Step 6. Click the "More" icon in the top right and choose "Download" to save these pictures to your PC.

By doing so, you can also transfer photos from iPhone to PC easily.

Google Photos

Frequently Asked Questions

There are the questions you may have in mind while transferring iPhone photos to a PC. Check the given answers if you need to.

How to Open HEIC Photos on Windows?

If your iPhone photos are saved as HEIC files, you won't be able to open them on Windows. To view these pictures on a PC, you can either transfer and convert them simultaneously or convert HEIC to JPG with the HEIC converter. Both can be done with EaseUS MobiMover.

Why Can't You Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC?

Depending on the method you use, the possible cause varies. Generally, if you use a USB cable, you need to check the USB cable and port. While if you apply a wireless solution, check your network connection and cloud space instead.

Can You AirDrop Photos from iPhone to PC?

No, you can't. AirDrop is only available on Apple devices. You can AirDrop photos, contacts, and more between two AirDrop-supported devices, like iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac, but can't AirDrop photos to a PC.

The Bottom Line

These are the easiest ways to transfer videos from iPhone to PC. If you want to transfer photos from PC to iPhone, you can apply all ways above except File Explorer and Photos. If you can't transfer photos from iPhone to PC, go to the troubleshooting guide to solve the problem.

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