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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac in 4 Ways

Myra posted on Mar 13, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

After reading this article, you will learn four proven and effective ways on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. Whether you want to import all photos from iPhone to Mac at once or copy iPhone pictures to Mac selectively, you will find the way to do it.

In our previous article, we have introduced how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC in four ways. Given that many users are using Mac computers, here we'd like to continue to present you how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, in four different ways, too.

Apply one of the methods to import photos from your iPhone to Mac and then you can freely delete photos from iPhone to free up its space, edit the photos from the computer, and more.

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseUS MobiMover
How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac via the Photos App
How to Copy Photos from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop
How to Move Photos from iPhone to Mac via iCloud

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac in 4 Ways

The first two ways allow you to get photos from iPhone to Mac using a USB cable, while the last two solutions enable you to upload photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly. Read on to learn these tips in detail and choose the one best suited to your needs to apply.

Method 1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with EaseUS MobiMover

Applies To: All photos and albums, Videos, Music, Contacts...

Want to transfer photos in Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and other albums? If so, EaseUS MobiMover will help. EaseUS MobiMover is a reliable tool for iOS data transfer and video download. With it, you can:

  • Transfer photos, videos, audio files (music, ringtones, voice memos, audiobooks), contacts, messages and more to or from your iPhone or iPad
  • Transfer files from an iPhone/iPad to a computer (PC or Mac) and vice versa
  • Transfer data from one iOS device to another
  • Download any video from any site using URL

To transfer photos from iPhone to Mac:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to Mac" and click the "Next" button to continue. 

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

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to Mac all at once. After that, don't forget to customize the storage path for the exported photos unless you want to save them on your desktop. 

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

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

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

EaseUS MobiMover is compatible with OS X 10.8 and later. Thus, Macs running OS X Yosemite and the latest macOS Catalina are all supported. If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, it will also help.

Method 2. Import Photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos

There is an app called Photos on both Windows PC and Mac. The Photos app is a replacement for the older image management app on Mac - iPhoto. Thus, it will not only help users manage photos on the computer or photos from other devices but also allow users to import photos and videos in Camera Roll from iPhone to Mac (or PC). 

Before you start, you should know that the Photos app will only transfer photos and videos in Camera Roll. That means the photos from other resources can't be imported to your Mac via the app. If you want to copy all the photos and albums, use EaseUS MobiMover instead.

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and connect your iPhone to Mac. (You may need to go through a verifying process, depending on your iPhone settings.)

Step 2. Run Photos for Mac, go to the "Devices" section and select your device.

Step 3. Based on your needs, click the "Import All New Photos" or select the photos you want to transfer to the Mac and then click "Import Selected". Note: You can use "Command + A" to choose all the photos and videos or use the Shift key or Fn key for bulk selection. (You can customize the picture folder that is used to store the imported pictures.)

How to import photos from iPhone to Mac via the Photos app

After you upload photos from iPhone to Mac using Photos, the pictures will be stored in the Photo Library folder on your Mac.  To find photos stored in the Photos app: 

Step 1. On your Mac, Go to "Finder" > "Pictures".

Step 2. Right-click "Photo Library" and click "Show Package Contents".

Step 3. In the "Masters" folder, you will find photos in different folders.

Method 3. Move Photos from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop

AirDrop is the file sharing service on the iPhone, iPad, and Mac. With AirDrop enabled, you can share photos, videos, contacts, websites, locations, and more between two AirDrop-supported devices. Therefore, you can move photos from iPhone to Mac using the utility. AirDrop allows you to transfer any photo from any folder. However, you cannot transfer all albums at once and can only transfer all the photos in a folder using AirDrop. Besides, since you can't select all the photos in the Photos app, you need to choose the photos you want to transfer on your iPhone one by one.

Make sure you have enabled Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on your iPhone and follow the steps below to AirDrop photos from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone.

  • Launch Control Center by swiping up from the bottom of your iPhone screen.
  • Long press on the Bluetooth button and tap "AirDrop".
  • Choose "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 2. Turn on AirDrop on the Mac.

  • Open "Finder" and go to "AirDrop".
  • In the AirDrop window, set the option "Allow me to be discovered by:" as "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 3. Transfer pictures from iPhone to the Mac computer via AirDrop.

  • Open the "Photos" app on your iPhone.
  • Select the images you'd like to share and click the share button on the device.
  • Click "AirDrop" > "your Mac's name" and click "Accept" on your Mac to receive the photos.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using AirDrop

When you use AirDrop to send photos from iPhone to Mac, you may find AirDrop not working on your iPhone. If so, learn how to fix it first or use other workable ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

Method 4. Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac Using iCloud

If you want to sync photos and videos from iPhone to Mac all at once wirelessly, using iCloud Photos is a good choice. With iCloud on, you can transfer all the photos on your iPhone to your Mac over a Wi-Fi connection. Although it's convenient to copy photos from iPhone to Mac using iCloud Photos, you should know that iCloud Photos disallows you to move photos and videos selectively. If you attempt to transfer some of your photos and videos, using iCloud won't help.

Besides, to use iCloud Photos, you need to make sure you have signed into iCloud on the Mac and iPhone using the same Apple ID. Then follow the steps below to import the photos on your iPhone to Mac via iCloud Photos.

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on the iPhone: Go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" > "Photos" and turn on "iCloud Photos". (Make sure you have enough iCloud storage to save the photos.)

Step 2. On the Mac, go to the Apple menu and click"System Preferences".

Step 3. Choose "iCloud" and sign in with your Apple ID and password. (If required, enter the information needed to finish the verifying process. ) 

Step 4. Click "Options" next to "Photos" and check "iCloud Photos". Then your iPhone photos will be synced to your Mac automatically over Wi-Fi and you can access these photos in the Photos app.

How to copy photos from iPhone to Mac using iCloud Photos

By turning on the iCloud Photo Library, you are able to transfer photos from your iOS device to computer, whether it is a Mac or Windows PC. Using iCloud can bring you much convenience. For example, you don't need to connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable. If you prefer to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly. Switching on iCloud Photos to sync your pictures to iCloud Photo Library is all you need to do.

In addition to iCloud, other cloud storage services like Dropbox and Google Photos will also help. 

The Bottom Line

Other than the Photos app, all the other tools or apps will help you transfer photos and videos from any album on your iPhone. EaseUS MobiMover provides you with flexible photo transfer solutions. And both AirDrop and iCloud enable you to transfer photos without a USB cable. If you like the last two methods, make you have a stable network connection on your devices or it will take you a long time to send or sync the pictures.

Apply one of the effective ways to start transferring photos from iPhone to your Mac with a few simple clicks.