4 Tips | How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without iTunes

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Alisa Updated on Sep 05, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Q: "Does anyone know how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes? A few days ago, I got one iPhone 8. I was so happy that I used it to take many wonderful photos, and now want to make a copy of these pictures elsewhere. Is there any method to transfer my iPhone photos to my computer?" 

Of course, there is.

To make a backup of the precious photos on your iPhone or to free up space on your device, you may need to transfer photos from iPhone to computer. Although you can use iTunes to complete your goal of copying pictures from iPhone to PC, iTunes is the least choice for you. Why? Because it doesn't provide you with a convenient and direct way to do it. Luckily, there are many other methods you can apply to get things done. In this blog post, you will learn FOUR free and practical ways to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. Read on to get the details. (You can also use these tips to upload pictures from iPhone to the laptop.)

How can you copy images from iPhone to PC without iTunes for free?

Carry out the steps best suited to your needs.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes in 4 ways

Method 1: Copy all photos from iPhone to computer with EaseUS MobiMover

Why recommend EaseUS MobiMover first?

With EaseUS MobiMover, the freeware for iOS data transfer, installed on your PC (also compatible with Mac), you can:

  Transfer photos from your iPhone to PC running Windows 7 and later all at once or selectively

  Copy all photos from Photo Library, Camera Roll, Screenshots, and other albums

  Import photos from PC to iPhone or sync photos from iPhone to iPhone

  Share other files, including videos, music, voice memos, contacts, messages, and Safari bookmarks, between a computer and an iOS device or between two iOS devices.

In addition to being an iOS data transfer tool to help you transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes, MobiMover also enables you to manage your iDevice content from computer and download videos from websites to your computer or iPhone/iPad. For example, you can delete iPhone photos from PC to manage your data more easily or download Vimeo videos to iPhone to enjoy TV shows or movies offline.

Now, safely and quickly get EaseUS MobiMover installed on your computer running Windows 10/8/7 by clicking the button below and learn how to transfer pictures from iPhone to PC in four steps only. (The guide below shows you how to copy all photos from your device to PC at once. If you want to import specific items from your iPhone, go to [your device name] > Picture > Album from the main interface.)

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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

Using the similar steps, things like saving iPhone text messages from iPhone to computer, transferring iPhone songs to PC, back up contacts on iPhone, and more can be done effortlessly. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Method 2: Import pictures and videos from iPhone to PC without iTunes using Windows Explorer

You can also transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes or any other software installation, which is to use Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in Windows 10). However, while using Windows Explorer to import iPhone files to PC in two ways, all your iPhone pictures and videos will be contained in one folder in Windows Explorer or your iPhone photos and videos will be grouped by date and item instead of by albums. Thus, using this method is not an optimal choice for you to transfer specific photos from iPhone to computer. Besides, no matter which tip you choose, you can't upload ALL the images/albums on your device to PC like using EaseUS MobiMover in Method 1.

If this method a preferred option for you, follow one of the tips below to get things done.

Tip 1: Transfer all pictures and videos from iPhone to PC

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and connect it to your PC. When a prompt pops up on your iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer, click Trust.

Step 2: Open This PC on your computer, go to [your iPhone name] > Internal Storage > DCIM > 100APPLE.

Step 3: Choose to copy the whole folder or some items from iPhone to your computer according to your needs.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes

Tip 2: Import photos and videos from iPhone to PC

Step 1: Unlock your iPhone and connect it to your PC. When a prompt appears on your iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer, click Trust.

Step 2: Open This PC, right-click your device name and choose Import pictures and videos.

Step 3: In the pop-up window, select Review, organize and group items to import or Import all new items now.

Step 4: If you choose the former option, you will see your iPhone photos and videos grouped by date and item, and you can select the folders/files to import as you like. If you choose the latter, the importing process will start automatically.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes

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

Method 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to PC using iCloud

If you don't have a USB cable available, you can sync photos from your iPhone to your computer with the Apple iCloud service. There are two slightly different ways by which you can get your iPhone pictures onto your computer via iCloud, depending on whether you have downloaded iCloud for Windows. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone, then follow one of the tips below to copy photos from your iPhone to your PC.

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By turning on iCloud Photo Library, all your iPhone photos and videos will be uploaded to iCloud, which means your iCloud space may be insufficient to store all the items. Thus, it's necessary for you to know how to free up iCloud space. If you find it's not efficient by doing so, you can go back to Method 1 to transfer photos from your iPhone to PC without iTunes.

Tip 1: Sync photos from iPhone to PC via iCloud Control Panel

Step 1: Run iCloud for Windows on your computer.

Step 2: Click Options next to Photos and enable iCloud Photo Library.

Step 3: Make sure Download new photos and videos to my PC is turned on. If you need to, tap on Change under this option to set another storage path for your iPhone photos. (If you also need to transfer photos from PC to your iPhone, click the checkbox next to the Upload new photos and videos from my PC option.)

Step 4: Then your iPhone photos will be copied to your computer while connected to WiFi.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes using iCloud

Tip 2: Download iPhone photos to computer via iCloud.com

Step 1. Go to visit iCloud.com from your PC.

Step 2. Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud. (Make sure you have signed in to iCloud on your iDevice and computer with the same Apple ID.)

Step 3. Choose Photos among the options.

Step 4: Select the photos you'd like to download from iCloud to your PC and then click the Download Selected items icon at the top right corner of your screen. (Press Alt to select multiple items.)

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer using iCloud

Method 4: Send photos from iPhone to PC via Email

It's much easier if you want to transfer several photos from your iPhone to PC. You can send an email which contains the photos you want to copy to yourself, then check the mail on your computer and download the items to it. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Go to Photos App on your iPhone.

Step 2: Choose the album and select the photos you want to transfer from your iPhone to PC.

Step 3: Tap on the share button and choose Mail.

Step 4: Enter the information needed and click Send.

Step 5: Check the email on your computer and download the photos to it.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer via Mail

The final words

All the four methods above allows you to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. Compared to the other three ways, Method 1 offers you a more convenient, direct, and flexible way to transfer all or multiple pictures from your iPhone to computer, including PC, Mac, and laptop. Besides, by equipping your computer with EaseUS MobiMover, you will get a good helper when it comes to iOS data transfer, file management, and video download. Don't miss this versatile tool which is well worth trying.

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