EaseUS MobiMover

All-in-One iOS Content Manager & Free Video/Audio Downloader

  • An iOS data transfer tool to transfer files to or from iPhone/iPad
  • An iPhone manager to manage files on iPhone/iPad from a computer
  • A free video downloader to download online videos to a computer or iPhone/iPad

How to Connect iPhone to Laptop in 4 Ways

Myra updated on Dec 11, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Connecting iPhone to laptop is necessary when you want to access iPhone files on PC or transfer files between your iPhone and computer.

Then how do you connect your iPhone to your computer when it's necessary?

If you don't know how to do it, don't worry. Here I will show four proven ways to connect your iPhone to a laptop. You can also apply them to connect your iPhone to a PC or Mac.

Method 1. How to Connect iPhone to Laptop with iPhone Transfer Software

Supports to view or transfer photos, videos, music, ringtones, contacts, messages, books, and more

Do you want to access and view your iPhone, iPad, or iPod files from a computer? Do you need to transfer files between your iPhone or laptop? If you do, the iPhone transfer software tool - EaseUS MobiMover will fulfill your needs well.

As an iOS data transfer tool, it enables you to:

  • Access and view iPhone files from a PC or Mac
  • Transfer data between an iPhone/iPad/iPod and a computer
  • Transfer data from one iDevice to another

Besides, since it also serves the function of a view downloader, it will help you to download online videos to your computer or iPhone/iPad/iPod. Whether you want to download YouTube videos to PC or save Facebook videos to iPhone, you can get it done easily with EaseUS MobiMover.

Thus, it's quite convenient to connect your iPhone to a PC, Mac, or laptop with such a tool. Here I'd like to show you how to transfer files from iPhone to laptop with it.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable. Start EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Phone to PC". Move your mouse to the right pane and continue with "Next".

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Step 2. MobiMover will load all the supported files on your iPhone here. You can export one or multiple data types flexibly. The compatible data types are photos, videos, movies, music, playlist, ringtones, books, contacts, messages, notes, voice memos, and more. you can customize the destination for exported iPhone data. If you don't do any change, MobiMover will save the data to a desktop folder named as Exported by MobiMover. Click "Transfer" to copy iPhone files to the computer at a fast speed

how to transfer data from iPhone to the computer - step 2

Step 3. When the transferring finished, you can view, edit, keep or delete the content as you like.

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Method 2. How to Connect iPhone to Windows PC with iTunes

iTunes allows both wired and wireless connections between your iOS device and a computer.

If you download and install iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to laptop with a USB cable, you will be able to sync photos, movies, TV shows, tones, books, and more to your iPhone or share files between your devices using iTunes File Sharing.

While if you have enabled Wi-Fi syncing in iTunes, you are able to sync data to your device from the laptop or PC automatically and wirelessly.

I will show you how to connect your iPhone to laptop via iTunes using a USB cable, if you prefer a wireless connection, refer to Apple's guide on how to sync iTunes content with iPhone on Wi-Fi.

To connect iPhone to laptop or Windows PC with iTunes:

Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and connect it to your laptop with a USB cable.

Step 2. Wait for iTunes to launch automatically.

Step 3. Click the "Device" button and choose the type of content you'd like to sync to your iPhone or back up your device.

  • To sync data from PC to iPhone: Choose the category, Music, Movies, TV shows, Photos, or Info, select the items you want to transfer, and click "Sync".
  • To sync data from iPhone to PC: Click the "Summary" tab and click "Back Up Now".

How to connect iPhone to laptop via iTunes

Method 3. How to Connect iPhone to Computer with a USB Cable

Yes, the easiest way to connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod to a laptop is to use a USB cable, no iTunes or any third-party software need. However, convenient as it is, using a USB cable to connect your iPhone to computer only allows you to access and view your iPhone photos from the computer and transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to the laptop.

If you want to view or transfer other types of content, it won't work.

To connect your iPhone to laptop with a USB cable and transfer iPhone photos to PC:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable.

Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer

Step 3. Double-click "This PC" > [your iPhone name]. If you don't see your iPhone, check how to fix "iPhone not showing up on PC".

Step 4. Go to "Internal Storage" > the "DCIM" folder > the "100APPLE" folder and you will see all the photos and videos from your iPhone. If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, you can manually copy and paste these items to your computer.

How to connect iPhone to computer wia USB

Method 4. How to Connect iPhone to Laptop Wirelessly

All the three ways above require a USB cable to connect your devices. If you don't have a USB cable available, you may need a wireless connection. Luckily, with the help of cloud-based services, you can connect your iPhone and laptop wirelessly over a network connection.

For example, with the built-in iCloud service on your iPhone, you are able to share files between your iPhone and Windows PC without a wired connection.

To connect your iPhone to computer wirelessly:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. For example, if you want to transfer photos between your iPhone and PC, go to "Photos" and enable "iCloud Photos".

Step 3. On your PC, go to iCloud.com, sign in with the Apple ID you use on the iOS device, choose "Photos", and then you can see your iPhone photos from your computer. If you need to save iPhone photos and videos to your computer, select the items and click the "Download" button.

How to connect iPhone to laptop wirelessly

The Bottom Line

The tips above show you how to connect your iPhone to a computer (PC, Mac, or laptop) and transfer files between the devices. In some situations, you may need to connect your iPhone to a computer to mirror your iPhone screen to a PC. In such cases, you will need an iOS screen mirroring app to get things done. If that's what you want, search for such apps from the App Store on your iPhone and find the one you trust to apply.