How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac

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Duke Updated on Oct 31, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

iPhone provides a great photo shooting function, it would be what a pity if you cannot import photos from iPhone to your Mac. Don't worry, this post provides 4 easiest methods to import photos from iPhone to Mac.

Method 1. Use EaseUS MobiMover Free to import photos

EaseUS MobiMover Free is an iOS transfer master that is designed to export files from PC/Mac to iPhone/iPad, back up files from iPhone/iPad to PC/Mac, transfer files from one iPhone/iPad to another and manage iPhone/iPad content by deleting, adding, editing items. The files can be transferred include photos, music, ringtones, playlist, movies, TV shows, home videos, contacts, notes, messages and more, which vary according to the feature used. Here, we mainly talk about import photos from iPhone to Mac, if you need to transfer music from iPhone to Mac and don't know, check the relevant guide. 

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac running OS X 10.7 and later with a USB cable, open EaseUS MobiMover Free, and choose iDevice to Mac. (You can also use the custom feature to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac by clicking [your device name] > Picture > Photo/Album.)

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Step 2: Select the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. Other than photos, you can also transfer videos, audio, contacts, messages, and more.

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Step 3: Click the folder icon to choose a location for the images to be imported, then click the Transfer button to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac without iTunes.

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Step 4: Depending on the size of the files, it may take seconds or a while to import photos from iPhone to Mac. When it has done, you can view the transferred items in the folder you just selected.

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Method 2. Use iCloud Photo Library to import photos

iCloud has many functions, such as iCloud Backup and iCloud Photo Library. Even though the online space is very limited, but, it's still really convenient and useful.

Step 1. Make sure your iPhone is well-connected to Wi-Fi

Step 2. Go to Settings>[your name]>iCloud>Photos on your iPhone.

Step 3. Turn on the option "iCloud Photo Library", this is the basis of import photo from iPhone to Mac.

Step 4. Go to Preference>iCloud on Mac.

Step 5. Find the button "Option" and then select iCloud Photo Library.


Method 3. Use iTunes to import photos

iTunes is the commonest tool for iPhone users, it's the official data transfer software that Apple released. It also works for transferring photos from computer to iPhone.

Step 1. Make sure you iPhone is connected to this Mac via lightning cable.

Step 2. Open the iTunes on your Mac and upgrade it to the latest version.

Step 3. If this is the first time you connect your iPhone to your Mac, please click "Trust" and enter the passcode if necessary.

Step 4. Open the photo app on your Mac.

Step 5. Chose "import" on the top menu and switch to import panel.

Step 6. Select the photos you want, and import these photos from iPhone to Mac.

Step 7. There will be a message box asking if you still want these photos on your iPhone, you can choose the option you need.


Method 4. Use AirDrop to import photos

Airdrop is the function only available on iOS devices, you can Airdrop data from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1. Turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Mac and iPhone, this will activate Airdrop automatically.

Step 2. Find the photo you want to import from iPhone to Mac.

Step 3. Open the photo and tap the button "Share".

Step 4. Choose Airdrop, and find the Mac with your name. If Airdrop is not working on Mac, you can try to open the option "Allow me to be discovered by" on Mac.

Step 5. Tap the button "Accept", on Mac. And import the photo from iPhone to this Mac.