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Photos are probably the files that are transferred most frequently on your iPhone, for the purpose of making a backup or data sharing. Thus, it's necessary for you to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac so that you can save your precious iPhone photos somewhere else.
Luckily, since both iPhone and MacBook are Apple products, there are many built-in or third-party services or programs that allow you to transfer photos from iPhone to MacBook Air easily. Read on to check the details.
I know there are built-in programs on macOS that allow you to import photos from iPhone to Mac directly without third-party software. But there are reasons why I recommend you try the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover.
As an iOS data transfer tool, EaseUS MobiMover supports not only photos but also many other types of content, like videos, music, ringtones, contacts, books, and more. Besides, it allows you to transfer files between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a Mac or between two iDevices. Other than data transfer features, it can also be used to download online videos, back up iPhone data, and transfer WhatsApp messages. When it comes to transferring photos from iPhone to Macbook Air, this tool provides flexible solutions for you to transfer photos by item or album.
Thus, compared with the built-in programs on Mac, EaseUS MobMover is more powerful in its features and more flexible during data transfer.
To transfer photos from iPhone to MacBook Air:
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.
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.
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.
By the way, if you are using a MacBook running macOS Sierra and earlier and your iPhone photos are HEIC files, you won't be able to open HEIC on your MacBook. Luckily, you can choose to save these pictures as JPG in Settings in EaseUS MobiMover before the data transfer. Afterward, you can view your iPhone photos freely on the Mac.
If you prefer to use an existing app on your MacBook, you may like Photos. It works to import photos from iPhone to Mac using a USB cable. Although you can't select specific albums to transfer, you can choose to transfer all new photos since Photos can distinguish all new items from your photo library.
Therefore, if you are going to import all new photos from your iPhone to your Macbook, using Photos will get it done quickly.
To transfer photos from iPhone to MacBook:
Step 1. Connect the iPhone to the Mac and unlock the iOS device.
Step 2. Launch Photos on the MacBook Air, then click your iPhone under "Devices."
Step 3. Click "Trust" on your iPhone and then enter the passcode as required.
Step 4. Now you can see all photos on your iPhone. Click "Import to" to choose a folder to save the photos.
Step 5. Click "Import All New Photos" or select the items you want to transfer and then click "Import [number] Selected" to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.
Another app that works similarly to Photos on Mac is Image Capture. It also helps to import photos from an external device that has a camera, including your iPhone, to Mac. When it comes to photo transfer, both apps perform equivalently well. Thus, choose any of them according to your preference.
To transfer photos from iPhone to MacBook Air using Image Capture:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac via a USB cable.
Step 2. Make sure your iPhone is unlocked and allowed to trust the computer.
Step 3. Launch Image Capture and select your iPhone from the left panel.
Step 4. Click "Import to" and select the folder you'd like to save the photos to.
Step 5. Select photos and click "Download" or click "Download All" to import photos from your iPhone to the Mac.
It's no doubt that AirDrop is also a solution to get pictures from iPhone to Mac. It is available on both iPhone and Mac, and supports photo transfer. With it, you will be able to send photos, videos, contacts, websites, and more from your iPhone to Mac or vice versa wirelessly over Wi-Fi.
To send photos from iPhone to MacBook Air:
Step 1. Turn on AirDrop on both devices.
Step 2. On your iPhone, go to the Photos app and select the items you want to transfer.
Step 3. Tap the "Share" button, choose "AirDrop," and then tap the name of the MacBook Air.
Step 4. On the MacBook, click "Accept" in the AirDrop window to receive these photos from your iPhone.
If you have lots of photos to transfer, AirDrop may not be the optimal choice for you given the time it may take. In such a case, you are recommended to try one of the ways detailed above.
There are many easy and proven ways to import photos from iPhone to MacBook Air. You can apply these tips to transfer pictures from your iPhone/iPad/iPod to iMac or MacBook Pro. If you need to transfer other types of content from the iOS device to the Mac, EaseUS MobiMover is also a workable solution.
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