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[Guide]How to Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac in 5 Ways

Myra updated on Aug 07, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s, MacBook, iMac

Syncing photos from iPhone to Mac can be easily done either with the built-in Apps/features on the iOS devices or with a third-party program like EaseUS MobiMover. Here in this article, five methods are detailed on how to sync photos from iPhone to Mac, with the help of MobiMover, AirDrop, iCloud, Photos App, and Image Capture. Whether you want to copy photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly over Wi-Fi, import photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App using a USB cable, or sync photos from iPhone to mac automatically, you can find the method in the paragraphs below. 

PAGE CONTENT:
How to sync photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes using MobiMover
How to sync iPhone photos to Mac using Photos
How to copy photos from iPhone to Mac automatically with iCloud
How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly with AirDrop
How to import photos from iPhone to Mac via Image Capture

Tip 1: Sync photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes using EaseUS MobiMover

Do you want to sync photos from iPhone to Mac all at once or selectively without iTunes? If so, you are recommended to use the versatile tool for iOS data transfer, EaseUS MobiMover, to get things done. As an iOS data transfer tool, MobiMover enables you to share data between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) or between an iOS device and a computer (Mac or PC).

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

As you can see from the list above, syncing photos from iPhone to Mac is just one of the many things MobiMover can do for you. If you need, you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone when you get a new device or back up all your iPhone content to computer to avoid data loss. Now, follow the steps below to have a try.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to Mac" and click the "Next" button to continue. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 1

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to Mac all at once. After that, don't forget to customize the storage path for the exported photos unless you want to save them on your desktop. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 2

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

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 3

Tip 2: Copy photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

Photos App on Mac helps to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes. But you can just sync photos in Camera Roll from your iPhone to Mac using Photos. Thus, if you want to copy all photos in Camera Roll, Photo Library, and Photo Stream from your iPhone to Mac at once, using EaseUS MobiMover is the best choice for you.

Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac to avoid problems like iPhone photos not showing up on Mac.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable, unlock your iPhone and tap Trust on your iPhone to continue.

Step 3: Run Photos App if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 4: Go to the Import screen in Photos, click the photos you want to sync from iPhone to Mac and click Imported Selected or click Import All New Photos to sync all new photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos.

Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac

Tip 3: Sync photos from iPhone to Mac automatically with iCloud

"How do I automatically sync photos from iphone to mac?" is a question asked by many iOS users. The answer to this question is to use Apple's built-in service - iCloud Photo to do it. With the help of the iCloud Photo Library, you can automatically move photos from almost any device to almost any location easily. When you want to sync photos from iPhone to Mac automatically or wirelessly, using iCloud can meet your needs.

Step 1: Make sure you have the latest version of iOS on your iPhone and the latest version on macOS on your Mac.

Step 2: Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac.

Step 3: Connect your iPhone and Mac to a stable Wi-Fi network.

Step 4: Turn on the iCloud Photo Library on your Mac and iPhone.

  • On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and then turn on the iCloud Photo Library.
  • On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud > Options next to Photos and then toggle on the iCloud Photo Library.

Enable iCloud Photo Library on Mac

Tip 4: Sync photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly using AirDrop

If you don't have the problem "AirDrop not working" on your devices, you can sync photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly using AirDrop. Here are the steps to use AirDrop to send photos from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop on your Mac.

  • Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and switch on Bluetooth and WiFi to turn on AirDrop on your Mac.
  • Set the option Allow to be discovered by as Everyone or Contacts Only.

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop on iPhone.

  • Swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center.
  • Tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone.

Turn on AirDrop on iPhone

Step 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

  • Open Photos App on your iPhone.
  • Select the photos you want to sync from your iPhone to Mac.
  • Click the Share button and click the name of your Mac in the AirDrop section to sync photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly.

airdrop photos from iphone to mac

Tip 5: Import photos from iPhone to Mac via Image Capture

Image Capture is Apple's built-in OS X application that enables iOS users to move and delete photos between iOS devices. Here we will show you the steps to use Image Capture on Mac to sync photos from iPhone.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable > Launch Image Capture on your Mac.

Step 2. Select the device you want to sync > Set the output folder for these synced photos > Click on "Import" or "Import All" to import photos from iPhone to Mac.

Sync photos using Image Capture

The Bottom Line

Though there are five or even more methods for you to sync photos from iPhone to Mac, most of them have limitations, such as only supports syncing Camera Roll photos. If you want to sync all pictures stored in other albums, you may need to use EaseUS MobiMover to help you. As we mentioned earlier, EaseUS MobiMover can transfer and manage almost all iPhone data like videos, contacts, movies, etc. Why not download it and give it a try?