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

Alisa updated on Aug 18, 2020 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 the computer. This job can be easily done by using iTunes, but it is the least choice for you. Why? Because iTunes doesn't provide you with a convenient and direct way to do it. Even worse, iTunes crashes very often, which makes it possible to lose data on your iPhone. Thus, using some iTunes alternative ways to get this work done is necessary. Luckily, this guide collects five 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.)

Methods System Needed Transfer Speed Drawback
EaseUS MobiMover No requirement Fast Third-party software is needed
Photos App Windows 10 Medium Freezes very often
Windows Explorer Windows 7/8/10 Medium Crashes very often; Hangs frequently
iCloud No requirement Slow Only 5GB storage for free
Email No requirement Very slow Multiple photos are not supported
Cloud Service No requirement Slow Extra charge for additional storage and higher transfer speed

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

As an iOS 8/9/10/11/12/13 data transfer tool, EaseUS MobiMover can help you transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. Apart from data transfer, it also offers you the option to manage iOS data and download videos/audios 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. Additionally, with EaseUS MobiMover, the versatile software 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.

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 three 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.)

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

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes - Step 1

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to transfer from your iPhone to the computer. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to PC all at once. Besides, you can customize the storage path for the exported photos. Otherwise, MobiMover will save them on your desktop. 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes - Step 2

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

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes - Step 3

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

Method 2: Transfer photos from iPhone to PC running Windows 10 using the Photos app

If you own a PC running Windows 10, you can take this method to transfer photos from iPhone to PC running Windows 10 using the Photos app.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: If you are the first time to connect your device to this computer, you will need to tap "Allow" on your iPhone to allow the computer to access the iPhone.

Step 3: Open the Photos app on your PC by using the Windows Start menu or search bar.

Step 4: After the Photos app is opened, click the "Import" button in the upper right corner of your screen. In the drop-down menu, just select the "From a USB device."

Using Photos App to Tranfser Photos from iPhone to PC

Step 5: Select the pictures you want to transfer to Windows 10 and click on the "Import" button to start the transfer. If your Photos app crashes here, just use some useful solutions to fix the "Windows not working" issue, or you can also try the alternative methods listed in this guide.

Step 6: If you want to see where these photos are stored, you can click the Import Settings, from where you can easily see the location of photos, change the import destination, or choose the way to group the items you import.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC via Photos App

Notice:
You can also transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with the Photos app, which is very simple to do it.

Method 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to PC running Windows 7/8/10 using Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer (called File Explorer in Windows 10) is another option that allows you to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes or any other software. By using this method, all your pictures and videos will be contained in one folder instead of an album, which makes it difficult for you to transfer specific photos. 

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 4: Copy pictures from iPhone to PC without iTunes via iCloud

If you have less than 5GB photos and videos to upload from your iPhone to the computer, then using Apple's iCloud service is a great option. The process of importing photos is very slightly different depending on whether you have downloaded iCloud for Windows. If you have downloaded iCloud for Windows, then you'll need our first option, and if you haven't downloaded iCloud for Windows you'll need the second. Before using either of them, first of all, you'll need to enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone. Here's how to do it. 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.

Notice:
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.

Option 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 the "Download new photos and videos to my PC" is turned on. If you need to change the location of uploaded photos, tap on "Change" under this option to set another storage path for your iPhone photos. (If you 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 when there is WiFi available.

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

Option 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 5: Send images from iPhone to PC via email

It's much easier to send images from iPhone to PC by email. Simply send an email that contains the photos you want to copy to yourself, then check the mail on your computer and download the items. Here are the detailed steps.

Step 1: Go to the "Photos" app on your iPhone.

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

Method 6: Import pictures from iPhone to computer with cloud service

Apart from the methods mentioned above, cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive also offer photo-upload service. But most of them have limits on storage space - 2GB for Dropbox, 7GB for OneDrive, and 15 GB for Google OneDrive. You have to purchase more space if you have a lot of photos and videos to transfer, which might cost you a small fortune. If you are a budget user, then you can go back to use Method 1 to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without limit on storage (Depending on your computer's storage). Here we will take Google Drive, for example.

Step 1. Download and install Google Drive on your iPhone > Open the app and tap the "+" icon > Tap "Upload" > Tap "Photos and Videos" > Choose the photos you want to send to your computer.

Step 2. Download and install Google Drive application on your PC > Find a folder called "Google Drive" on your PC > Open it to check if all uploaded photos are there.

Tip

"Why can't I transfer photos from iPhone to PC?" This is one of the most frequently asked questions among iOS users. This problem can be caused by various factors, such as your iPhone is locked, the USB cable is broken, or your iPhone and PC are incompatible, etc. Whatever the reasons, you can fix the "can't transfer photos from iPhone to PC" issue with ease.

The final words

All the six methods mentioned above allow you to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. Compared to the other five ways, Method 1 offers you a more convenient, direct, and flexible way to transfer all or multiple pictures from your iPhone to the computer (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.