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6 Tips | How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer (PC/Mac)

Myra updated on Apr 30, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Support: iPhone 11/XR/X/8/8 Plus and earlier iPhones

The manufacturers of mobile phones compete in many aspects and it's no doubt that the camera is one of them.  With the continuous improvement of the camera, iPhones could serve the function of a handy camera and many users love to use them to take amazingly high-quality photos and videos. Given that, many users will need to transfer photos from iPhone to computer, be it PC or Mac, to free up the device space, back up the precious photos, edit the photos or for other purposes. You will know all the workable ways on how to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer (Mac or PC) after reading this article.

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC (3 Ways)
How to Copy Photos from iPhone to Mac (3 Ways)

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC

There is more than one way to transfer photos from iPhone to a PC running Windows 10, 8, or 7. Whether you prefer versatile and professional iPhone data transfer software, using a USB cable, or wirelessly syncing photos via Wi-Fi,  you will know how to copy pictures from your iPhone to the computer form the details below.

Method 1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with iPhone Data Transfer Software

Applies To: Any photo on your iPhone

If you are looking for a direct, fast, and easy way to transfer photos from an iPhone to a computer running Windows, you can't miss the powerful iOS data transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover. It will help you import iPhone photos to PC. With it, you can import photos from iPhone to the computer all at once or selectively. Other than photos, the software also supports videos, music, contacts, messages, and other files.

Whether you are using Mac or PC, you can use this iPhone data transfer utility to import photos and videos or other files to the computer.

Now, let's start transferring photos from iPhone to PC:

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

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC running Windows 10/8/7 - Step 1

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to transfer from your iPhone to PC running Windows 10/8/7. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to PC at once.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC running Windows 10/8/7 - Step 2

Step 3. Now, click the "Transfer" button to transfer the photos from iPhone to your PC in one-click. If you've customized the storage path, find the files there. If not, you can check them on your desktop. 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC running Windows 10/8/7 - Step 3

Other than data transfer from iPhone to computer, the software also supports the data transfer from computer to iPhone or between two iOS devices, including iPhone, iPad, and iPod. Therefore, if you have a question like "How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone", using EaseUS MobiMover could be one of the solutions.

Method 2. Copy Photos from iPhone to Computer Using USB

Applies To: Photos and videos taken by iPhone

Yes, you can transfer photos from iPhone to PC directly via a USB cable using Windows Photos or Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in Windows 10). However, the prerequisite of this method is that you have installed iTunes on your computer since iTunes helps the computer to recognize your iOS device.

Step 1. Unlock the iPhone and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click "Allow" on your iPhone to trust the computer.

Step 3. On your Windows computer, you need to choose what to do with the device. Select "Import photos and videos" or "Open device to view files".

If you choose "Import photos and videos", click "Review, organize and group items to import" or "Import all new items now" to continue. Then select the photos you attempt to import to PC or wait for Windows to transfer photos from your iPhone to PC automatically.

Transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10 via Windows Photos

If you choose "Open device to view files", go to "Internal Storage" > the "DCIM" folder > the "100APPLE" folder and manually copy the photos and videos you'd like to transfer.

Transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10 via Windows Explorer

If the Photos app in Windows 10 is not working, you can apply the solutions provided to fix it.

Method 3.  Import Photos from iPhone to PC via iCloud

Applies To: Any photos on your iPhone

Some users would like to sync photos from iPhone to computer wirelessly. If you are one of them, using iCloud is a good choice for you. By setting up iCloud Photos on both your PC and iPhone, you can sync photos from your mobile devices to the computer automatically via Wi-Fi, which can also achieve your goal of transferring photos from iPhone to the computer. (You need to log in iCloud on your iPhone and PC with the same account.)

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone.

  • On iOS 10.3 or later, go to "Settings" > "your name" > "iCloud" > "Photos".
  • Turn on "iCloud Photos".

Step 2. Set up iCloud Photos on PC.

  • Open iCloud for Windows.
  • Click "Options" next to Photos and check the "iCloud Photo Library" option.
  • Click "Done" > "Apply".

Step 3. New photos and videos synced to iCloud will be downloaded to your PC automatically. You can check the pictures in the location you set in iCloud Photos Options.

Transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10 via iCloud Photo Library

If you don't want to install iCloud for Windows on your PC, there is another way for you to get your iPhone pictures to the Windows computer via iCloud:

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone.

Step 2. On your PC, visit iCloud.com and enter your Apple ID and password (the one you use on your iPhone.)

Step 3. Choose "Photos" and then download iCloud photos to your PC.

In addition to iCloud, there are other cloud storage and file-sharing services that can help you sync the iPhone photos to PC, including Dropbox, Google Photos, and Microsoft OneDrive.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

It's slightly different to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac computer. In addition to using EaseUS MobiMover introduced in Part 1, there are other methods suitable for the photo transfer between your iPhone and Mac.

Method 1.  Import Photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos App

Applies To: Photos and videos taken by iPhone

Photos for Mac is used for picture and video management. You can also apply it to import photos from iPhone to Mac.

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 XXX 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.)

Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos

Method 2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac Using AirDrop

Applies To: Any photos on your device

Prefer to transfer photos wirelessly? You have AirDrop ready for use. AirDorp is a service available on iOS and macOS. You can use it to share files (photos, videos, documents, websites, map locations, and more) between the supported devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, no USB cable required.

Let's see how 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.

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

Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac Using AirDrop

While using this method to transfer iPhone photos to computer, you may encounter issues like "AirDrop not working on iPhone/iPad" or "Bluetooth not working". If so, you can either apply the alternative ways to complete the data transfer or try the fix the issue using the tips provided in the related articles.

Method 3. Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac via iCloud

Applies To: Any photos on your iPhone

It's no doubt that iCloud could also help to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac computer by syncing.

Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone.

Step 2. On the Mac, go to the Apple menu and choose "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 the photos from your iPhone will be synced to your Mac automatically over Wi-Fi and you can access these photos in the Photos app.

Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with iCloud

Pros & Cons of the Ways for iPhone Photo Transfer to PC

If you want more information to decide which method to apply, you can't miss the details in this section.

Method Pros Cons
EaseUS MobiMover Compatible with Mac and PC; Wide file type support; Useful in other iPhone data transfer situations. Paid software ($19.95 per month or $29.95 per year).
Photos App Allows importing photos from iPhone to computer/laptop using USB. Only supports photos and videos taken by the iPhone camera.
iCloud Allows for syncing photos without the USB connection. Disallow to selectively transfer photos to computer; Slow if you have a poor network connection.
AirDrop Allows for wireless file-sharing; Supports all photos from your iPhone/iPad/iPod. Unavailable in PC; Not suitable for bulk transfer.

Other Questions on iPhone Photo Transfer

Expect for "How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer", there are other questions related to photo transfer that are frequently asked by users.

"How do I transfer photos from iPhone to laptop using USB?"

To transfer iPhone photos via USB connection, both data transfer software like EaseUS MobiMover and the built-in app Photos will help.

"How can I transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes?"

Among the ways to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, only using EaseUS MobiMover is also workable to copy photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

"How do I view iPhone photos and my PC?"

Both Windows Photos and Windows File Explorer are useful for you to view your iPhone photos, on condition that you have installed iTunes in advance. Using software like EaseUS MobiMover will help you view, delete, and transfer iPhone pictures.

The Bottom Line

Depending on the computer you are using and the photos you need to copy, the best way for you varies. Carry out the one best suited to your need to transfer photos from iPhone to computer with ease.