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

Updated on Apr 03, 2018 by Myra to iPhone Data Transfer

Summary:
This blog post introduces 3 easy and free methods to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iCloud. You can also apply the tips to import videos from iPhone to Mac or sync photos from iPad to Mac.

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

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos, Home Videos, Photo Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

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

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. Follow the steps below to have a try.

Step 1: Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Mac. To ensure a smooth transfer process, you'd better update iTunes to its latest version on your Mac.

Notes: MobiMover is compatible with PC running Windows 7 and later or Mac running macOS 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).

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable and launch EaseUS MobiMover Free.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Step 2

Step 3: To transfer all photos from your iPhone to your Mac at once, click Transfer to Computer from the main-interface and then wait for your iPhone content to be loaded. As you can see in the image below, MobiMover will automatically select all the supported items on your iPhone. (If you want to import photos from your iPhone to Mac selectively, go to Custom > Photos to make it.)

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Step 3

Step 4: Keep the photos selected. If you need, you can click the three dots under the Mac icon to choose or create a folder to save the photos to be transferred from your iPhone to Mac.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Step 4

Step 5: Then tap on Transfer to start to import photos from your iPhone to Mac.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Step 5

Step 6: When it's completed, you can click View to check the transferred photos on your Mac.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Step 6

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.