EaseUS MobiMover

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[3 Tips]How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud

Myra updated on Feb 16, 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

With iCloud Photos on, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac in an indirect way by syncing your iPhone photos to iCloud first and then downloading photos from iCloud to your Mac. Using iCloud is not convenient because you can not download all photos from iCloud to Mac at once. Luckily, there are many other ways you can choose to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud. Read on to get the details.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud in 3 ways

Tip 1: Import photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud using MobiMover

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

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

When you want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud, using EaseUS MobiMover is a good choice for you. With MobiMover installed on your Mac (or PC), you can transfer files from iPhone/iPad in iOS 8 or later to computer, add items to iOS device from computer, sync data from one iOS device to another and manage your iDevice content freely. No matter you want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac like in this case or do other things like putting music to iPhone without iTunes and syncing contacts from one iPhone to another, using EaseUS MobiMover will bring you lots of conveniences.

Now, click the button below to safely download and install EaseUS MobiMover on your Mac, then 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: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud using AirDrop

In addition to using iCloud, another way to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly is using AirDrop, the built-in function on Mac and iOS devices that helps to share files between two AirDrop supported devices. You can surely use AirDrop to send photos from iPhone to Mac if you just want to transfer several photos. While if you want to copy massive photos, using EaseUS MobiMover can save much time for you.

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: Switch 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 without iCloud.

  • Open Photos App on your iPhone.
  • Select the photos you want to import from your iPhone to Mac.
  • Click the Share button and click the name of your Mac in the AirDrop section to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud - Tip 2

Using the similar steps, you can AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPhone if you need.

Tip 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud using Photos

Photos App on your computer also can assist you in importing photos from iPhone to Mac. But the photos you can import are limited to the photos in Camera Roll. If that’s not what you expect, use Tip 1 to transfer all photos in Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library from your iPhone to Mac.

Step 1: Update iTunes to the latest version 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: Open Photos App if it doesn’t run automatically.

Step 4: Go to the Import screen in Photos, click the photos you want to transfer from iPhone to Mac and click Imported Selected or click Import All New Photos to transfer all new photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud.