3 Tops Ways to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

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In the 2018 September launch event, Apple has unveiled the high-end iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max that have dual 12-megapixels cameras, OLED displays, and faster A12 Bionic chips. And the iPhone XR, a cheaper, colorful version comes with an LCD screen. No matter which one you've got in hand, one of the problems you may encounter is how to transfer photos from Mac to the new iPhone if you are a newbie to Apple’s device. No worry, in this tutorial, we’ll show you THREE top ways to do it in a ease and quick way.

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Part 1. Transfer photos from Mac to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR with AirDrop and iCloud

Use AirDrop

AirDrop is a direct way to share Photos, Safari, Contacts, and more among iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As long as you turn in the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connection on your device, you can start to send files without effort.

AirDrop is the most convenient way to sync a few files instead of a large amount of data because you need to manually select the files, which is time-consuming. Besides, it's more likely affected by the Bluetooth and internet network. If the AirDrop is not working, or you have hundreds or even thousands of pictures to be sent efficiently, MobiMover in Part 2 is your best choice.

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop on your Mac and iPhone. 

on Mac: Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop. Set the option to be discovered by Everyone.

on iPhone: Swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen. screen to open Control Center. Press deeply or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner, tap on AirDrop and set your iPhone to be discovered by Everyone.

Step 2: Once you have enabled the AirDrop, you can begin to send photos from Mac to iPhone using the two ways below.

  • Just drag one or more photos to the receiver shown in the window.
  • Open the photo that you want to send, then click the Share button within your app. Choose AirDrop, select a recipient from the AirDrop sheet. Then, click Done.

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Use iCloud

iCloud is built into every Apple device to let your sync photos, files, notes, and more. When you sign in the same iCloud account in different Apple devices and turn it on, the data will be automatically updated. 

Everyone gets 5GB of free iCloud storage to start. If you get notes on More iCloud Storage Needed on your iPhone, it's easy for you to purchase more or skip to Part 2 and use MobiMover to help you do it limit-free

On your Mac:

Step 1: Go to Apple menu > System Preferences > iCloud. Sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 2: Find Photos > Options > check iCloud Photo Library > Done. Then, click Manage to upload the photo library on your Mac to the iCloud. 

On your iPhone: 

Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and then toggle on iCloud Photo Library. Wait for the photos to be synced to your iPhone. 

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Part 2. Sync photos from Mac to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR with MobiMover

What we'll talk about here is a smart and totally free iPhone manager called EaseUS MobiMover. Unlike the AirDrop to share files waisting a lot of time or the iCloud has a space restriction, EaseUS MobiMover enables you to transfer and manage iOS data free and unlimited. Here, you can use EaseUS MobiMover Free to quickly and safely transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without using iTunes. Other supported file types you can import from Mac to iPhone are music, videos, ringtones, books, Safari bookmarks, contacts, voice memos, and more. 

Transferring files from Mac to iPhone is just one of the many things MobiMover can do for you. You can also use it to back up your iPhone/iPad data to the computer in a readable way, sync content between two iOS devices straightforward, manage your iPhone files by adding, deleting, or deleting, and save videos from the website using URL, like download YouTube videos to iPad directly

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Mac running OS X 10.7 and later, start EaseUS MobiMover Free, and then choose "Mac to iDevice".

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, click "Add File"/"Add Folder" to choose files to be transferred from Mac to your iPhone. Or, you can simply add files by drag and drop. 

Note: The photos will be transferred immediately if the "Auto-Transfer" is on. You can turn it off if you don't need that. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone - Step 2

Step 3: Check the category/categories. You can keep them all, or just keep "Pictures".

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone - Step 3

Step 4: Click the "Edit" button to deselect the files you don't need. Then, click "OK" to go on. 

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone - Step 4

Step 5: Click "Transfer" and wait patiently for the transfer process to finish. After that, you can go to the Photos app on your iPhone to view the newly imported photos.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone - Step 5

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