3 Methods | How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes for Free

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Myra Updated on Sep 27, 2019 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11/XS/XS Max/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s.

Do you want to transfer files including photos, videos, music, contacts, messages and more from iPhone to Mac without iTunes? Are you looking for the tips on how to transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly? No worry, this article provides you 3 methods to get things done as you wish. With the help of EaseUS MobiMover Free, the FREEWARE for iOS data transfer and file management, you can transfer data from iPhone to Mac without syncing. While with the help of AirDrop and iCloud, you can copy files from iPhone to Mac without cable wirelessly. Can't wait to get the details? Read on.

Part 1: How to transfer files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes

To copy files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes for free, you need EaseUS MobiMover, the free iOS data transfer tool. With MobiMover installed on your Mac (also compatible with PC), you can import files from iPhone (or iPad in iOS 8 and later) to computer, transfer items from computer to iPhone, sync data from one iPhone to another and manage iPhone content from computer.

Notes: MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 10.14, 10.12 (Sierra), 10.13 (High Sierra), Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion), 10.9 (Mavericks) and 10.11 (El Capitan).

What can MobiMover transfer or manage for you:

  • Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream
  • Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos, Home Videos, Photo Videos
  • Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks
  • Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Calendars, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

No matter you want to transfer photos or other files, no matter you want to copy files selectively or all at once, you can use MobiMover to help you with it. All the files listed above can be transferred from iPhone to Mac without iTunes using MobiMover. Follow the steps below to transfer files, including photos, videos, music, contacts, messages, and more, from your iPhone to Mac within minutes.

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Although you don't need to use iTunes during the transfer process, it's necessary for you to install iTunes on your computer to help MobiMover identify your iOS device and access its data, which is the first step to make data transfer possible.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with compatible USB cable and tap on Trust This Computer on the device to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover Free for Mac and choose iDevice to Mac on the main screen. Please make sure your iOS device is on iOS 8 or later and your Mac is running OS 10.12 (Sierra) or higher.  

how to back up iPhone to Mac without iTunes - step 1

Step 2: MobiMover enables you to back up every supported file from iPhone to Mac free unlimited. You can move all the data at a time, or selectively copy one or two categories. 

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Step 3: You can customize the storage route by clicking the File icon at the upper-right corner. If not, MobiMover will export your device files to a desktop folder on your Mac.

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Step 4: Now, click Transfer to back up iPhone to your Mac without iTunes. When the transferring finishes, click View to check the downloaded files. Some content, like contacts, and message are saved as the .htm file, you can check them on the web page.

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As mentioned above, you can also use MobiMover to add files to iPhone from computer or copy data from one iPhone to another. Thus, don't hesitate to use EaseUS MobiMover when you want to put music to iPhone or transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone whenever you need.

Part 2: How to transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly

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If you want to transfer multiple files from your iPhone to Mac, using AirDrop and iCloud could be quite time-consuming. If that's not what you want, you are recommended to use EaseUS MobiMover introduced in Part 1.

Method 1: Copy photos and videos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes wirelessly using AirDrop

If you want to transfer photos, videos, contacts, websites and more from your iPhone to Mac wirelessly, using AirDrop is a good choice for you. If you get the problem AirDrop Not Working on your iPhone, fix the issue with the solutions provided and then follow the steps below to transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly using AirDrop.

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 files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes. Here transferring photos from iPhone to Mac is set as an example.

  • Go to Photos App on your iPhone.
  • Choose the photos you want to copy from your iPhone to Mac.
  • Click the Share button and click the name of your Mac in the AirDrop section to transfer files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes.

How to transfer files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes wirelessly - Tip 2

Method 2: Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly using iCloud

With the iCloud services, you can transfer files from your iPhone to Mac over Wi-Fi.

Preparations you need to make to use iCloud to share files across your devices:

  • Update your iPhone to the latest iOS and update your Mac to the latest macOS.
  • Sign in to iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac.

Now follow the steps below to learn how to transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly using iCloud.

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and turn on iCloud Drive and Photos.

Step 2: On your Mac, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences, choose iCloud and click the checkbox next to iCloud Drive.

Step 3: Now you can access your iPhone files (documents and photos) on your Mac in iCloud.com or on your desktop and your Documents folder in Finder under iCloud.

How to transfer files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes wirelessly