How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without iTunes

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Alisa Updated on Jun 04, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

"Does anyone know how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes? A few days ago, I got one iPhone 8, I was so happy that I used it taken many photos, and now want to share them with my family. Hope anyone help me transfer my iPhone photos to my computer." From Roya

"Uh, I used up all the memory in my iPhone 7 taking pictures of our honeymoon and need to copy these pictures to my computer. Somebody help?" From Robert

So far, Apple iPhone is still one of the best smartphones. So, how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes is a very common thing among iPhone users. There are various reasons why one transfers iPhone photos to PC. The primary reason is the lack of iPhone storage space. We all use our iPhones to grasp beautiful pictures and would like to keep a backup of these photos on our PCs to save them permanently or free up space on our iPhone.

iTunes is the ultimate solution for synchronizing photos and other files from iPhone to PC. Due to some features limitations, iTunes does not allow you to transfer images to computer directly. iTunes can only synchronize your photos to PC and when you restore the pictures on your iPhone will be overwritten and erase.

Do you know how to transfer photos to PC without iTunes in some easy ways? This article will show you some different ways of transferring photos from iPhone to PC/laptop to help you quickly find what best fits you.

MobiMover Free: How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes

MobiMover Free, an iPhone data transfer tool, can help you make it easier. More than that, with MobiMover, you can share data between your iPhone/iPad and PC or between your iOS devices with several clicks for completely free. Follow the steps below and you will successfully transfer photos from your iPhone to PC (Windows 10/8.1/8/7) without iTunes.

Note: EaseUS MobiMover enables you to transfer files from iPhone to your computer without iTunes. To help MobiMover to access and read your iPhone data, you still need to install iTunes on your computer, which is the indispensable requirement for a third-party iOS data transfer tool. But you don’t need to do anything with iTunes.  

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC. When a pop-up appears on your iPhone screen and asks you to trust this computer, please tap on Trust to continue. Start EaseUS MobiMover and go to the main screen of MobiMover. 

one-click to transfer from iPhone to PC

Step 2: Click the Folder icon or the computer icon to set the path for imported photos on your PC. Then, click Select Folder and Next to take the following step. 

set the path for transferring photos from iPhone to PC

Step 3: Keep the Photo category by unchecking Select all. This one-click to transfer feature enables you to export the whole pictures on your iPhone to the PC without iTunes. If you need to move specific items, go to the custom transfer by clicking your device name > Picture > Photo

choose photos to be transferred to the PC

Step 4: Click Transfer to begin to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. Generally speaking, MobiMover can move the files at fast speed. If you have too many contents to transfer, please wait patiently. 

begin to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes

With MobiMover, things like transferring iPhone songs to PC, copying data from PC to iPhone/iPad and transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone are no longer a big headache for you.

Windows Explorer: How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes

Requirement: iPhone, USB cable, a computer to plug the device into

Windows treats the iPhone as either a digital camera or a file system, depending on how the photos are accessed. On a Windows PC, the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC is to just use Windows Explorer. There are two ways to go about this.

Note: Unlock the iPhone before beginning, or else the photos may not be visible.

Using Windows Plug & Play

1. Plug-in your iPhone to the computer or your laptop without iTunes running

2. Wait for a popup asking you what you want to do with the device

3. Select "View Content"

4. Find your photos through the folders that are displayed

5. Copy the images from Windows as usual

Using iPhone as Digital Camera in Windows Explorer

If your iPhone is already plugged into the PC, you can also try this method:

1. Open "My Computer"

2. Find the iPhone, it will appear under Portable Devices section

3.Open iPhone to find your Photos

4. Select the pictures you want to copy and paste them to the desired location of your computer

Remember, if the iPhone pictures are not showing up in Windows, make sure the iPhone is unlocked first.

iCloud: How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes

Requirement: iPhone, USB cable, a computer to plug the device into, iCloud, Wi-Fi

You can also use the Apple iCloud service to sync photos from iPhone to your laptop or computer. Just enable iCloud on your iPhone in Settings and turn on Photo Stream. Then download the iCloud Control Panel onto your computer. After that, all photos that you take with your iPhone will be saved within seconds directly to your computer if you're connected to WIFI. If you're not connected to WIFI when you take the pictures, they will be synced to your computer the next time you have Wi-Fi connection.

Note: iCloud won't transfer videos recorded with your iPhone and is unable to sync photos taken before iCloud is on.