How to Back Up iPhone Photos to iCloud/PC/Mac Easily and Quickly

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Myra Updated on Jun 19, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6 and iPad in iOS 11/10/9/8

Backing up your iPhone photos is quite necessary when you want to avoid complete data loss of photos caused by accidents or when you switch to a new device and want to keep your iPhone photos available to you at any time. As an iPhone user, you have three common choices to make a copy of your iPhone photos elsewhere. You can back up your iPhone photo to iCloud if you prefer to copy your iPhone photos wirelessly. You can also transfer photos from iPhone to Mac or PC without iTunes to make a backup of your iPhone photos. Choose one of the three ways below according to your needs.

Part 1: How to back up iPhone photos to iCloud

If you want to back up photos on your iPhone wirelessly, you can turn on iCloud photos to make it. To back up your iPhone photos to iCloud, you first need to:

  • Make sure you have enough iCloud storage. (If there is not much iCloud storage left, you can free up space on iCloud or buy more storage.)
  • Make sure you have enough iPhone battery.
  • Make sure your iPhone is connected to a stable Wi-Fi network connection.

Then go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos to toggle on iCloud Photo Library. After you switch on iCloud photos, you can access and view the photos from your computer in iCloud.com and download iCloud photos to your PC or Mac if you need.

Part 2: How to back up iPhone photos to PC/Mac with MobiMover Free

Want to back up your iPhone photos to PC/Mac without iTunes? If so, you can transfer photos from your iPhone to PC or import iPhone photos to Mac with EaseUS MobiMover Free, which charges you nothing and enables you to transfer files without any limitation. MobiMover is a FREE iOS data transfer tool which helps to transfer files between iOS devices (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) or between iOS device and computer.

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, Playlists

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

With MobiMover, you can not only transfer photos from iPhone to PC but also sync photos from one iPhone to another or import photos from PC to iPhone if you want. Can't wait to have a try? Follow the steps below to back up your iPhone photos to PC to have a try.

Step 1: Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your PC running Windows 7 or later. To help MobiMover access your iPhone data, it's necessary for you to install iTunes on your PC, too. If you need to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, just click MobiMover Free for Mac and install the proper version. 

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows 7 and later or Mac OS X 10.7 and later, launch EaseUS MobiMover Free, then choose iDevice to PC. (With MobiMover, you can also transfer photos from iPhone to the computer by going to [your device name] > Picture > Photo/Album.)

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 1

Step 2: Select the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to your computer. It’s a good choice for you to transfer other supported file types together with photos from your iPhone to the computer to make a backup. 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 2

Step 3: Click the folder icon in MobiMover to choose a folder to save the photos. After that, click Transfer to start transferring photos from your iPhone to the computer.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 3

Step 4: Depending on the size of the files, it may take seconds or a while to import photos from your iPhone to your computer. Wait patiently for the process to finish and check the items in the selected folder after that.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer - Step 4

Part 3: How to back up iPhone photos to Mac with AirDrop

Since both your iPhone and Mac are AirDrop-supported devices, you can back up your iPhone photos to Mac via AirDrop.

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone.

  • On iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus or earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center. On iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner of the screen to open Control Center.
  • If your iPhone is running in iOS 11, press deeply on the module where Airplane Mode locates in, click AirDrop to turn it on and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone. While if you are using iOS 10 or earlier, click AirDrop directly to switch it on after opening Control Center. (Don't forget to turn on WLAN and Bluetooth at the same time.)

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop on your Mac.

  • On your Mac, go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and turn on Bluetooth and WiFi to enable AirDrop on your Mac.
  • Set your Mac to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone.

Step 3: After turning on AirDrop on both of your devices, you can back up your iPhone photos to Mac according to your needs.

  • Go to the Photos App on your iPhone.
  • Select the photos you'd like to import from iPhone to your Mac.
  • Tap on the Share button and choose your Mac from the AirDrop section.