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[8 Tips]How to Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac for Free

Updated on Mar 09, 2018 by Myra to iPhone Data Transfer

Summary:
This article presents 8 free tips to import photos from iPhone to Mac, including MacBook/iMac/Mac Mini/Mac Pro. What is worth mentioning is that EaseUS MobiMover Free is your best choice to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac as it offers the easiest and totally free solution to solve the problem with ease.

Applies To: iMac, MacBook, Mac Mini and Mac Pro, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s, iPhone 5/5s

Having captured some amazing photos with your iPhone and want to save a copy of them on your Mac? Or you want to move photos from iPhone to Mac to free up space on your iPhone? No worry, this blog post will introduce 8 free ways to import photos from iPhone to Mac, no matter it's MacBook, iMac or other, with free software. You can transfer your iPhone photos to Mac using EaseUS MobiMover Free, email or the built-in Apps on Mac like Photos, iPhoto, Aperture, and Preview. Read on to choose a method that you prefer.

Part 1: How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac

Method 1: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover Free can be integrated on Mac running OS 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) to be used to transfer files from Mac to iPhone, back up iPhone data to Mac or sync data between two iOS devices with iOS 8,  iOS 9,  iOS 10,  and iOS 11.

Step 1: Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Mac by clicking the download button below. Besides, you need to install iTunes on your Mac for reading iPhone data, which is the basic need for a third-party iPhone data transfer tool. 

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

Method 2: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

If your Mac is on OS X Yosemite v10.10.3 or later, there is an App called Photos, which replaced the iPhoto and Aperture in the earlier versions. This method introduces how to import photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos, and the next two methods with iPhoto and Aperture.

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and run Photos.

2. Choose Import in the upper middle of the panel and select pictures you want to transfer. (You can either import selected photos or import all new items.)

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 1

Method 3: Upload photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and run iPhoto.

2. Select the photos you want to transfer and click Import Selected or import all photos by clicking Import XXX Photos.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 2

Method 4: Copy photos from iPhone to Mac with Aperture

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and launch Aperture.

2. Tap on Import icon and choose your iPhone under Import.

3. Set the Destination and Project Name for the photos.

4. Select the photos you want to transfer and click Import Checked.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 3

Except for the tips above, there are other two ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac by either with Preview or Image Capture.

Method 5: Transfer iPhone photos to Mac via AirDrop

With AirDrop, the built-in feature on Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch, you can send files like photos, contacts, websites and more from one AirDrop-supported device to another. It's no doubt that you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop. Here are the detailed steps to make it.

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.

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.

3. Once the Mac and the iPhone are connected. You can start to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac as you like.

  • Go to Photos App on your iPhone.
  • Select the photos you'd like to send from your iPhone to Mac and click the Share button.
  • Choose AirDrop and select your Mac.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 4

Method 6: Import photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and start Preview.

2. Pick the photos you want to upload and hit on Import or transfer all photos by clicking Import All.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 5

Method 7: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and launch Image Capture.

2. Choose your iPhone under Devices.

3. Select a folder to store the imported photos.

4. If you want to transfer some photos, select them and click Import. Or choose Import All to transfer all the photos.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 6

Method 8: Import photos from iPhone to Mac with Email

As also mentioned in an article about how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone, using Email to transfer photos between computer and iPhone is also a good choice. With Email, you can either add the photos you want to upload from iPhone to computer as an attachment to your Email that you can send to yourself, or you can:

1. Open the origin Album in Photos App.

2. Click on Select and pick up the photos you want to transfer.

3. Tap the Upload icon and Choose Mail.

4. Type in the information needed to send an Email and send the Email to yourself.

5. Check the Email on your Mac and download the photos and save them on your Mac.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac - Tip 7

The limitation of this method is that when you upload photos from iPhone to Mac by sending Email, you have to consider the size of it. If the size is too big, you might fail to send that Email. Of course, to avoid that situation, you can send more than one Email to make it. The good news is that you can choose photos from any Album to import to your Mac. While the next five methods have no limitation on the size of transferred photos, but you can only choose photos from Camera Roll to upload.