How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone without iCloud or iTunes

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Cedric Grantham Updated on Aug 17, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

When you need to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone, iTunes or iCloud may come to your mind first. However, when the files are larger than 5 GB, you can't use iCloud to move them all at one time if you haven't purchased more space. Besides, if you hope to sync Mac photos to iPhone in a safe and quick way, iTunes won't be a good choice either.

In these cases, you can choose a reliable and free iTunes alternative to help you to sync photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes or iCloud. Here, in this article, we will cover top 2 free methods do it fast and securely by using EaseUS MobiMover Free iPhone Data Transfer Software and Apple AirDrop. 

Content overview of this tutorial:

Part 1MobiMover - The best iTunes/iCloud alternative to send photos in 1-click

EaseUS MobiMover Free is one the most popular iOS data manager offering totally free solutions to transfer files between two iOS devices or between the iOS device and the computer (PC/Mac/laptop). As to sync files from Mac to iPhone, the supported data types are photos, messages, contacts, music, audio, ringtones, books, Safari bookmarks, etc..

If you choose MobiMover, you are free to select specific contents or the whole files to download pictures from Mac to iPhone in one-click without any existing data loss. Sounds amazing? Download and install MobiMover by checking the download button below and start the transfer now. 

EaseUS MobiMover enables you to transfer data between two iOS devices without iTunes. However, to help MobiMover to access and read your device data, you still need to install iTunes on your computer, which is the indispensable requirement for any third-party iOS data transfer tool. But you don't need to do anything with it.
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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac with a compatible USB cable and tap Trust This Computer on your device if necessary. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to the main interface like the screenshot below. 


Step 2: Click drop-down menu near your device and click PC/Desktop to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone. You can choose to add photos by folder or by file.

Mac to iPhone transfer

Step 3: Go to your Mac and find the files or folders you want to transfer to iPhone and click Select folder or Open. Choose Next and check the loaded data. 

choose the photo files to transfer from Mac to iPhone

Step 4: If there are other supporting files within your folder, MobiMover will read and load them together as the sample image below. You can check what you want based on your needs. Here, select Picture only. 

load files to MobiMover to transfer from Mac to iPhone

Step 5: If you have missed some files, you still can load more by clicking the Add button. After this, click Transfer button to begin to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone. Please go to the Photos App to check the imported files when the process finished. 

begin to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone

Except for transfer files from computer to iPhone, EaseUS MobiMover still provides you other requisite data transfer functions. For instance, you can use it to transfer contacts from one iPhone to another, back up iPhone data to the computer in a readable way, save videos to the iPhone from the internet, and more. 

Part 2AirDrop: A wireless way to download photos from Mac to iPhone directly

AirDrop provides a wireless way to transfer photos, music, notes, and contacts among iPhone, iPad, and Mac. You can use AirDrop to transfer music from Mac to iPhone, copy photos from iPhone to iPad or share contacts between iPad and Mac.

Although AirDrop allows you to migrate iOS data directly without the USB connection, it just works well when you need to sync a small number of files. If you want to transfer hundreds of photos from Mac to iPhone, it’s not smart for you to select the files one-by-one. If you do have lost of data in various types to be synced, MobiMover in Part 1 is your best choice. 

Step 1: Turn on Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and AirDrop on both iPhone and Mac. If you don't know how to turn on AirDrop on Mac, see the user guide. 

Step 2: Open the Photos App on your Mac and select the pictures you want to sync to iPhone.

Step 3: Click the Share button and choose AirDrop. Then, choose your iPhone from the available devices.

Step 4: Go to your iPhone and tap Accept on the screen to receive the transferred files from Mac. 

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