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How to Sync Photos from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 in 3 Ways

Updated on Mar 07, 2018 by Myra to iPhone Data Transfer

Summary:
This blog post covers three ways to sync photos from Mac to iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus. Choose one of the three tips to apply to your devices to copy photos from Mac to iPhone quickly and easily.

When it comes to syncing photos from Mac to iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus, there are generally two ways to make it. One is with AirDrop, the other is with iTunes. AirDrop is the built-in feature on Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that enables you to transfer photos, videos, contacts and more between two AirDrop-supported devices like AirDropping contacts from iPhone to iPhone. While iTunes is the built-in App on Mac that can help you sync data from Mac to iOS devices. However, if neither of the two methods fits your need, you can rely on the highly recommended EaseUS MobiMover Free to transfer photos from Mac to your new iPhone without any quantity limitation and overwriting existing data. Read on to learn how to sync photos from Mac to iPhone in the three easy ways. (If you want to sync photos from Windows computer to iPhone, here is the way to transfer photos from PC to iPhone free of charge.)

How to sync photos from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8

Tip 1: Sync photos from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 with EaseUS MobiMover

EaseUS MobiMover Free enables you to transfer photos, music, ringtones, playlists, videos, movies, books and more from Mac OS 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) or 10.11 (El Capitan) to iPhone/iPad with iOS 8 or later. You can sync one or batches of photos from Mac to new iPhone X or iPhone 8 at a time quickly with MobiMover Free. 

Step 1: Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Mac by clicking the download button below. Besides, if don't have iTunes on your Mac, install it as required for reading iPhone data, which is the basic need for a third-party iPhone data transfer tool. 

Step 2: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your Mac with a compatible USB cable and tap Trust This Computer on your iDevice if necessary. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to the main interface like the screenshot below. 

launch mobimover

Step 3: Click Transfer to This Device button and you will be asked to choose By folder or By file to transfer photos from Mac to your iPhone or iPad.

choose transfer to this device on the main screen

Step 4: Go to your Mac and find the photo files or photo folders you want to import to iPhone/iPad. Click Open to load them to MobiMover. You are allowed to add one or more pictures at one time.

transfer photos to iDevice by file or by folder

start to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone

Step 5: On the transfer screen, you can still click the Add button to load more images from your Mac to iPhone. Then, click Transfer and MobiMover will send the pictures to your iDevice at fast speed. After the process finished, open the Photos app on your device to check the synced pictures. 

begin to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone/iPad

Tip 2: Sync photos from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 with AirDrop

As mentioned above, AirDrop supports the data transfer between two AirDrop-supported devices. It's no doubt that it can help you sync photos from Mac to iPhone X or iPhone 8. As you may know, AirDrop needs both WiFi and Bluetooth to work. If you have "WiFi not working" or "Bluetooth not working" problem on your iPhone, the photo transfer between your Mac and iPhone will fail. Thus before you sync photos from Mac to your iPhone 8/iPhone X using AirDrop, you'd better make sure there is nothing wrong with the WiFi and Bluetooth on your devices first and then follow the steps below to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone.

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 your iPhone 8/iPhone X.

  • On iPhone 8/8 Plus, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone screen to open Control Center. On iPhone X, swipe down from the top right corner of your iPhone screen to open Control Center.
  • Press deeply on the module where Airplane Mode locate in, tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone.

Step 3: Once the Mac and the iPhone is connected. You can send files from Mac to iPhone using AirDrop freely. There are two ways to send files from Mac to your iPhone with AirDrop.

  • Drag the photos you want to send from Mac to iPhone to the image of the recipient and click Send.
  • Or you can click the Share button in an App, choose AirDrop, choose the recipient and then click Done.

If AirDrop not working on your iPhone in iOS 11, read the related blog post and learn what to do to cope with the problem.

How to sync photos from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 - Tip 1

Tip 3: Transfer photos from Mac to iPhone X with iTunes

In addition to AirDrop, you can also use iTunes to sync photos from Mac to iPhone 8/iPhone X. To avoid problems like "iPhone not connecting to iTunes", you'd better make sure you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your Mac. If not, go to App Store > Updates > Install to update your iTunes to its latest version.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone X, iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus to your computer with a USB cable and make sure iTunes is running.

Step 2: Click the Device button and choose Photos.

Step 3: Click the checkbox next to Sync Photos and choose where to Copy Photos from.

Step 4: Select the photos you'd like to sync from your Mac to iPhone and click Sync.

How to sync photos from Mac to iPhone X/iPhone 8 - Tip 2