How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes

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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

There are many situations in which you want to transfer photos from Mac to your iPhone. For example, if you have downloaded some wonderful pictures on your Mac and now want to use it on your iPhone, you will need to copy the photos from Mac to your iPhone. Or if you have backed up the photos on your previous iPhone to your Mac and now want to sync them back to your new iPhone, you will also need to transfer pictures from Mac to iPhone to get things done. To avoid data loss, you should transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes. And the methods below will show you how to do it for free with simple steps.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes

Method 1: Transfer pictures from Mac to iPhone without iTunes using MobiMover (FREE)

Without data syncing and without any cost or limitation, you can use EaseUS MobiMover Free to easily and quickly transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes. EaseUS MobiMover Free is a completely free tool for iOS data transfer and file management. With MobiMover installed on your Mac (MobiMover is also compatible with PC running Windows 7 or later), you can transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad (in iOS 8 or later), from iDevice to Mac 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

Transferring photos from Mac to iPhone is just one of the many things MobiMover can do for you. You can also do other things like transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone, backing up iPhone text messages to computer, adding ringtones to iPhone and more. Follow the steps below to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes.

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. 

1-click-transfer

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

Method 2: Move photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes using AirDrop

Using AirDrop is also a choice for you if you want to transfer pictures from Mac to iPhone without iTunes. If AirDrop is not working on your devices, use Method 1 to get things done.

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 X 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: 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.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes - Method 2

Method 3: Transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes using iCloud

With the help of iCloud, you can transfer photos from Mac to your iPhone without iTunes over Wi-Fi. Here are the steps to make it. (You can also download iCloud photos to Mac if you need.)

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and then toggle on iCloud Photo Library.

Step 2: On your Mac, open a browser on your Mac and visit iCloud.com.

Step 3: Login in with your Apple ID and password, which should be the same as the one you have signed into iCloud on your iPhone with.

Step 4: Choose Photos and click the Upload Photos icon to import photos from your Mac to iCloud. Because you have turned iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone, the imported photos will be synced to your iPhone automatically under Wi-Fi connection. By doing so, you can transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes using iCloud.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes - Method 2