[3 Tips]How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto for Free

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Myra Updated on Jun 19, 2018 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, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac, iMac Pro

It's true that you can use iPhoto to import photos from your iPhone to Mac using iPhoto, the built-in App on your Mac which helps to transfer or manage your iPhone photos. However, if you want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto, the photos you can copy are limited to the items in Camera Roll. And I guess that's why so many people are searching for "How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto", which will be detailed in this blog post. If you are one of them, read this blog post and learn 3 alternative ways to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto.

How to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto

Tip 1: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto using MobiMover

To transfer all your iPhone photos in Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library to Mac, no matter you want to do it all at once or selectively, you can use the FREEWARE, EaseUS MobiMover Free, to help you with it. With MobiMover installed on your Mac (MobiMover is also compatible with PC running Windows 7 or later), you can transfer files from iPhone/iPad (in iOS 8 or later) to Mac, from Mac to iPhone/iPad or from one iOS device to another.

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, Playlists

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

You can not only transfer photos from iPhone to Mac but also do many other things like transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone or putting music to iPhone with MobiMover. Using MobiMover is a good choice for you when you want to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto or Photos App. Follow the steps below to easily and quickly transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without using iPhoto.

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

To your conveniences, MobiMover can also work as a free iPhone content manager that enables you to delete/edit the existing files on your iPhone or add new items to your device from computer. Perfect, right? Don't hesitate to have a try.

Tip 2: Copy photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto using AirDrop

If you want to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto and want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without cable at the same time, using AirDrop can meet your needs.

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.
  • Press deeply on the module where Airplane Mode locates in, tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone.

Step 3: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

  • 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 import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto - Tip 2

Tip 3: Import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto using iCloud

Similarly, you can use iCloud to copy photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto wirelessly. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone and then follow the steps below to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto using iCloud.

Step 1. Go to visit iCloud.com from your Mac.

Step 2. Login into iCloud with your Apple ID and password which you use to sign into iCloud on your iPhone.

Step 3. Choose Photos among the options and then you will see the photos on your iPhone.

Step 4: Select the photos you'd like to import from iPhone to your Mac and then click the Download Selected items icon at the top right corner of your screen. By doing so, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto.

You can use the similar way to download iCloud photos to PC if you need.

How to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto