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

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Myra Updated on Jun 11, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: 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 for FREE. 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 (FREE)

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 Free 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 without any cost or limitation. 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 Free on your Mac, then follow the steps below to have a try.

Note: EaseUS MobiMover enables you to transfer files from iPhone to your computer without iTunes. To help MobiMover to access and read your iPhone data, you still need to install iTunes on your computer, which is the indispensable requirement for a third-party iOS data transfer tool. But you don’t need to do anything with iTunes.  

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable. When a pop-up appears on your iPhone and asks you to trust this computer, please tap on Trust to continue. Start EaseUS MobiMover on your Mac and go to the one-click-transfer screen. 

one-click to transfer from iPhone to Mac

Step 2: Click the Folder icon or the Mac icon to set the path for imported photos on your Mac. If you don't customize it, MobiMover will save the files on your desktop by default. Then, click Select Folder/Open and Next to take the next step. 

set the path for transferring photos from iPhone to Mac

Step 3: MobiMover enables you to transfer the while data from iPhone to Mac with one-click. If you just need to export photos, choose the Photo category on the data loading screen. 

choose photos to be transferred to the Mac

Step 4: Click Transfer to begin to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes. Please keep your iPhone in a stable connection to your Mac. When the transferring accomplished, click View to browse the exported pictures. 

begin to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes

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 Free 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.