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How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone in 5 Ways

Myra updated on Sep 18, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

There are five ways for you to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone. Whether you want to move photos from Mac to iPhone with or without iTunes, you will find the solution that fulfills your needs perfectly from this guide.

Photo transfer between two devices is needed is many situations. You may want to enrich the photo library on the target device, make a backup of your precious pictures on somewhere else, or sheerly share images between two of your devices.

That's why many of you want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, copy photos from PC to iPhone, import photos from Mac to iPhone, and more. Since the ways for the former two situations are detailed already, here I'd like to show you how to get photos from Mac to iPhone.

PAGE CONTENT:
How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Without iTunes
Import Photos from Mac to iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover
Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with AirDrop
Move Photos from Mac to iPhone with Google Photos
Get Photos from Mac to iPhone with iCloud
How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone Using iTunes/Finder

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Without iTunes

Although iTunes does help you to copy photos from Mac to your iPhone, you may not want to use it due to data syncing. 

Then "How do I transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes?", you asked. There are several ways to move photos (and videos) from Mac to your iPhone without using iTunes, including using professional iOS data transfer software, AirDrop, Google Photos, and iCloud. Even if you prefer to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iCloud, you can still find the other alternative ways. (Of course, you can apply the very same ways to transfer photos from Mac to iPad.)

Method 1. Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with EaseUS MobiMover

The commonest solution to import photos from Mac (or PC) to iPhone without iTunes is to use an iPhone data transfer tool like EaseUS MobiMover. With EaseUS MobiMover (no ads and plugins) installed on your computer, you can easily:

  • Transfer files from computer to iPhone/iPad and vice versa
  • Transfer data from one iPhone/iPad to another
  • Manage iOS content by deleting, editing, creating items

What's more, EaseUS MobiMover is also a free video downloader. That means you can save a video from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, or other sites to your computer or iPhone/iPad. If you have ever wanted to download online videos to your devices for offline watching, EaseUS MobiMover will fit your needs exactly.

To transfer photos from Mac to iPhone:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS MobiMover on your computer > Connect your iPhone to your Mac > Select the "Mac to Phone" option on the main interface > Click the "Select Files" to continue. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2. With MobiMover, you can choose to transfer photos as well as many other popular files from Mac to your iPhone and iPad. Then, click the "Open" button to load the files. 

How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3. MobiMover will show the files you've selected on the screen. If you've missed an item, you can click "Add Contents" to import more files. Next, click the "Transfer" button to start the transfer process. 

How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone - Step 3

You can also copy other types of content, including videos, music, ringtones, voice memos, books, and more, from Mac to your iPhone/iPad or get files from Windows PC to your devices using EaseUS MobiMover. If you need to transfer data to or from your iDevice often, software like EaseUS MobiMover is an essential tool for you. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

Method 2. Import Photos from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

Method 1 enables you to export photos from Mac to your iOS device easily with a USB cable. How to move pictures from Mac to iPhone when there is no USB cable available? The most straightforward solution is to AirDrop photos from Mac to iPhone.

AirDrop is the pre-embedded file-sharing utility on Apple products like iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac. With AirDrop enabled, you are able to share photos, videos, contacts, and other content between two of these devices. (You can check the official guide from Apple to learn what is AirDrop on Mac and how to AirDrop on Mac.)

To upload photos from Mac to iPhone using AirDrop, you need to make sure your Mac and the iOS device are within the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth range. Or you may encounter issues like AirDrop not working.

To import photos from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop:

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 top/bottom of your device screen to open "Control Center".
  • Tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 3. Once the Mac and the iPhone are connected. You can send photos from Mac to iPhone using AirDrop freely. There are two ways to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes using AirDrop.

  • Drag the photos you want to send from Mac to iPhone to the image of the recipient and click "Send".
  • Or you can click the "Share" button in an App, choose "AirDrop", choose the recipient and then click "Done".

Step 4. Check the transferred items in the Photos app on your iOS device.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

Method 3. Move Photos from Mac to iPhone with Google Photos

Using AirDrop is not the only solution to transfer photos from Mac to your iPhone wirelessly. Cloud-based photo-sharing services like Google Photos allows you to share photos across your devices on which you use the Google Photos app.

To use cloud storage services to sync files across your devices, you need to make sure:

  • You are using the same account on both your Mac and then iOS device.
  • There is enough storage in the could for you to store the files.

Make sure the requirements are met and follow the steps below to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone.

Step 1. Upload photos from Mac to Google Photos.

  • If you have installed Google Photos for Mac, upload photos from the app directly.
  • If not, go to Google Photos, sign in, and then click the "Upload" button to send photos from Mac.

Step 2. Download and install the Google Photos app on your iOS device. Afterward, sign in with the account you used to upload the photos.

Step 3. Then you can see photos from your Mac. Select and download the pictures to your device according to your needs.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone with Google Photos

Method 4. Copy Photos from Mac to iPhone Using iCloud

Like you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using iCloud, you can also move photos from Mac to iPhone with the help of iCloud photos. iCloud will sync all your photos in the Photos app on your Mac to your iPhone automatically over Wi-Fi, as long as you are using the same Apple ID on the Mac and the iOS device, and there is enough space in iCloud for you to store the photo and videos.

To sync photos from Mac to iPhone using iCloud:

Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the "Settings" app and choose [your name] > "iCloud" > "Photos".

Step 2. Enable "iCloud Photos". (Turn on "iCloud Photo Library" in earlier iOS versions.)

Step 3. On your Mac, go to the Apple menu and choose "System Preferences".

Step 4. Choose "iCloud" and sign in.

Step 5. Click "Options" next to "Photos" and switch on "iCloud Photos". Click "Done".

Step 6. After the syncing process, you can go to the Photos app on your iPhone to check the images.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone wirelessly using iCloud

These are the four proven ways to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes. Among them, using EaseUS MobiMover allows you to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone via a USB cable while the other three help you to send photos wirelessly.

If you prefer to import pictures from Mac to iPhone without iTunes, apply one of them to get things done within minutes.

Part 2. How to Import Photos from Mac to iPhone Using iTunes/Finder

If you are sure you want to remove the existing music, movies, TV shows, books, and tones from your device and sync it with iTunes. You will learn how to do it in this part.

Before you start, there is something important you need to know. Since iTunes has been discontinued officially on macOS Catalina and Finder replaces iTunes to do the data syncing and device backup jobs, you can transfer photos from Mac to iPhone using iTunes in macOS Mojave and earlier versions, or Finder in macOS Catalina and later.

To import photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. After iTunes runs automatically, click the device icon and choose "Photos".

Step 3. Check "Sync Photos" and choose the pictures you are going to copy from the option "Copy photos from".

Step 4. Click "Apply" to start syncing photos from Mac to your iPhone via iTunes.

Transfer photos from Mac to iPhone using iTunes

To sync photos from Mac to iPhone via Finder

Step 1. Open Finder and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Unlock your mobile device and trust the Mac.

Step 3. In Finder, choose your iPhone and select the category you want to share, including music, movies, TV shows, photos, and more.

Step 4. Check the "Sync [category]" option and select the specific items you want to share.

Step 5. Click "Apply" to start transferring files from Mac to your device. When it has done, go to the Photos app on your iPhone to check the items.

Sync photos from Mac to iPhone via Finder

The Bottom Line

Now you know how to put photos on iPhone from Mac using different ways. If you also need to add other types of content to your iPhone or iPad from a Mac, refer to the guide on how to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad to learn more details.