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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 Transfer files from iPhone to PC

Six proven ways to help you transfer files from iPhone to PC. Whether you want to transfer photos, videos, music, PDFs, or documents, you can get things done using one of the tips below. The ways to transfer files from PC to iPhone are also provided.

File transfer between an iPhone and a computer is needed often in our daily lives. We may find ourselves need to transfer files from iPhone to PC or transfer files from PC to iPhone at one time or another due to reasons like making a backup of precious data, enriching device content, or purely file sharing. The files we want to transfer may be photos, videos, contacts, messages, PDFs, Excel files, Word documents, or other items. 

Here I'd like to show you six effective ways to transfer files from iPhone to computer in detail. The most suitable way for you varies depending on the specific file type you want to copy. Read on and carry out the solution that fits your needs best. Given that you may need to transfer files between your iPhone and your computer, the ways to transfer files from PC to iPhone are also provided.

Method 1. Transfer Files from iPhone to PC with iTunes File Sharing

Applies To: Documents created by Keynotes, Numbers, Pages, or other apps that work with File Sharing

iTunes File Sharing is mainly designed to share files between your computer and a supported app on your iPhone/iPad. If you are sure the files you want to transfer are created by an app that works is compatible with File Sharing, you can transfer content from iPhone to computer using this feature.

iTunes File Sharing allows you to transfer files from iPhone to PC using a USB cable or over a Wi-Fi connection. If you prefer to send files over Wi-Fi, you need to set up Wi-Fi syncing first according to the guide provided by Apple.

To copy files from iPhone to PC with iTunes File Sharing using USB:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone your computer and launch iTunes if it doesn't run automatically.

Step 2. In the iTunes window, click the "Device" tab and select "File Sharing".

Step 3. Select the app shown in the list from which you want to transfer files to PC.

Step 4. Select the files you want to move to computer and click "Save to".

Step 5. Select a location to save the items and click "Save to" to start transferring files from your iPhone to the computer.

How to transfer files from iPhone to PC with iTunes File Sharing

Method 2. Copy Files from iPhone to PC with iPhone Transfer Software

Applies To: Photos, Videos, Audio Files, Contacts, Messages, Podcasts, Books...

As professional iOS data transfer software, one of the main features of EaseUS MobiMover is to transfer files between iPhone and computer, be it a PC or Mac. With it, you can not only transfer files from iPhone to PC but also add contents to your iPhone from computer. Besides, you are able to transfer data from one iOS device to another using this tool. Whether you want to transfer all supported files at once or copy items selectively, it will help.

To transfer files from iPhone to PC:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Phone to PC" > "Next".

how to transfer data from iPhone to PC without iTunes - step 1

Step 2. Check the types of files you want to transfer and click "Transfer". You can specify a location to keep the transferred items in advance. Otherwise, they will be placed on Desktop by default.

how to transfer data from iPhone to PC without iTunes - step 2

Step 3. Wait for the transfer process to finish. When it has done, go to the selected folder to check the items.

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Don't hesitate to use the reliable software to transfer files from iPhone to PC. It's a versatile tool that supports Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and iPod and has extra amazing features like video download and iPhone unlock.

Method 3. Import Files from iPhone to PC Using iCloud

Applies To: Photos, Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, Notes, and more

If you want to transfer files from iPhone to computer wirelessly, using iCloud to sync data from your iOS device to a PC or Mac is what you will like. The requirements for using iCloud include the same Apple ID on the devices, stable network connection, and enough iCloud storage space. Make sure the requirements are met and then follow the steps below to transfer files from your photo library, contact list, and more to the computer using iCloud.

To download files from iPhone to PC:

If you have installed iCloud for Windows:

Step 1. Open "Settings" on your iPhone and go to [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. Toggle on the option accordingly. For example, if you want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, select the "Photos" option and turn on "iCloud Photos".

Step 3. Open iCloud for Windows on your computer and turn on the corresponding option. Then you can access the files on your iPhone from PC.

How to transfer file from iPhone to PC using iCloud

If you didn't install iCloud for Windows:

Step 1. Open "Settings" on your iPhone, go to [your name] > "iCloud" and turn on the option according to the file you want to transfer.

Step 2. On your PC, go to iCloud.com and sign in with the Apple ID you use on the iPhone.

Step 3. Select the category you intend to copy.

Step 4. Choose the items you want to transfer and then download them to your PC.

How to transfer files from iPhone to PC via iCloud.com

Method 4. Sync Files from iPhone to PC Using iCloud Drive

Applies To: Excel, Word, PowerPoint Files

As you may know, iCloud Drive is an option in iCloud and is helpful to sync documents across your devices on which iCloud Drive is enabled. To transfer files from iPhone to PC using iCloud Drive, you first need to add the items to iCloud Drive on your iPhone and then access or download them on the computer. Here are the details:

To copy files from iPhone to PC with iCloud Drive:

Step 1. On the iOS device, go to the "Settings" app and select [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. Scroll down to enable "iCloud Drive".

Step 3. Open the "Files" app and select "Browse" > "iCloud Drive". Search for the files you attempt to copy to your PC and upload them to iCloud Drive.

Step 4. If you have downloaded and set up iCloud for Windows, go to the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer to access the files from your iPhone. If not, go to iCloud.com, sign in with your Apple ID, choose "iCloud Drive" among the options and then select and download the files to your PC.

How to copy files from iPhone to PC using iCloud Drive

While using iCloud services, you may encounter issues like "iCloud Drive not syncing". If you do, stay calm and follow the troubleshooting guide to solve the problem.

Method 5. Transfer Files from iPhone to PC via Dropbox

Applies To: Photos, Videos, Audios, Documents...

Dropbox, like iCloud, is a cloud service that helps you transfer files without using a USB cable. Instead, you need to download and install the Dropbox app on both your source device and target device to upload and download the files you want to share.

To move files from iPhone to PC with Dropbox:

Step 1. Download and install Dropbox on your devices and sign in with the same account.

Step 2. To transfer files from iPhone to PC, upload the items to Dropbox on your iOS device first. If you transfer a file from PC to iPhone, upload the file to Dropbox from PC.

Step 3. Go to Dropbox on your PC and then you can see the files you just uploaded. Select the items and download them to your computer.

How to transfer files from iPhone to computer using Dropbox

Method 6. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows via File Explorer

Applies To: Photos and Videos in Camera Roll

If the content you are looking to copy is photos and videos in your iPhone camera roll, the easiest way for you is to use Windows File Explorer. It allows you to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC directly via a USB cable. No third-party software is needed.

To transfer photos from iPhone to PC:

Step 1. Connect the iOS device to PC with a USB cable.

Step 2. Unlock the iPhone and trust the computer.

Step 3. Go to "This PC" > "[your iPhone name]" > "Internal Storage" > "DCIM" > "100APPLE".

Step 4. Manually copy the photos and videos you want to transfer from your iPhone to PC.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

If you need to, you can also learn other ways on how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Files from PC to iPhone

You may currently need to copy files from iPhone to PC. But there will be times when you will need to transfer files from PC to iPhone. Speaking of file transfer from PC to iPhone, all of the ways above are also applicable to get it done. In addition, you can use iTunes syncing to transfer photos, movies, music, books, and more from PC to iPhone.

To transfer files from PC to iPhone with iTunes syncing:

Step 1. Connect the iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. After iTunes recognizes the iPhone, click "Device" and select the category you want to transfer.

Step 3. Check the "Sync [category]" option and select the items you want to copy.

Step 4. Click "Apply" to start syncing files from PC to iPhone.

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone with iTunes

The Bottom Line

"How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC?"

"How to transfer files from iPhone to PC without iTunes?"

I believe you are so clear about the answers now. If you are an iPhone user, learning these tips will do great help whenever iOS data transfer is needed. Whether you want to transfer files from PC to iPhone or vice versa, these solutions are applicable.

All the tips above can also be applied to transfer files from iPhone to Mac or copy files from iPad to computer. Command them and you will help yourself out in many iOS data transfer situations.