[Guide]How to Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac in 4 Ways

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Myra Updated on Jun 26, 2018 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 devices or with a third-party program like EaseUS MobiMover Free. Here in this article, four methods are detailed on how to sync photos from iPhone to Mac, with the help of MobiMover, AirDrop, iCloud, and Photos App. No matter you want to copy photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly over Wi-Fi or import photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App using a USB cable, you can find the method in the paragraphs below.

How to sync photos from iPhone to Mac in 4 ways

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 for free? If so, you are recommended to use the completely free tool for iOS data transfer, EaseUS MobiMover Free, to get things done. As a free iOS data transfer tool, MobiMover enables you to share data between two iOS devices (iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later) or between iOS device and 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 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.)

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes - Step 4

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 Free 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.

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

With the help of iCloud Photo Library, you can access your photos from all your devices. When you want to sync photos from iPhone to Mac 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 iCloud Photo Library on your Mac and iPhone.

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

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.

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.

How to sync photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 4