6 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac Computer
With the powerful camera set, people enjoy taking photos with the iPhone, and it’s also gorgeous with various apps to edit and beautify your pictures. But as time goes, images stored on your iPhone keep piling up and eat a mass of iPhone storage space. To free up your iPhone storage space, it is a decent choice to import iPhone photos to your Windows PC or Mac. And it is also a backup preventing iPhone photos from being lost. Follow this guide to transfer iPhone photos to your Windows 10 PC or Mac computer quickly and easily.
- Method 1: Download iPhone Photos from iCloud to PC or Mac
- Method 2: Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac or Windows 10 with Photos App
- Method 3: Copy Photos from iPhone to PC/Mac via Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery
- Method 4: Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC through File Explorer
- Method 5: Transfer iPhone Photos via Windows AutoPlay
- Method 6: Import Photos from iPhone to Mac using Airdrop
1. Download iPhone Photos from iCloud to PC or Mac
We know that we can sync our iPhone photos remotely among Apple devices with iCloud Photos, a.k.a. iCloud Photo Library enabled, and now this feature also saves a lot of space on iPhone by “Optimize iPhone Storage”. If your iPhone doesn’t have enough space for you to download all photos and move to the computer, you can choose to download them directly from iCloud to your PC or Mac. But before we get started, please make sure you have enabled iCloud Photos. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. If iCloud Photos (iCloud Photos Library in iOS 11 or later) is turned off, switch it on.
There are two ways to download photos from iCloud: one is going to iCloud.com and sign in your iCloud, then download photos one by one from iCloud > Photos; the other one is to install iCloud software on computer, which is convenient for downloading all photos and videos in one click, and you just need the following steps.
Using iCloud on Windows 10/8/7 PC:
- Install iCloud for Windows on your computer and sign in with Apple ID.
- Check the small box next to the Photos, and click on the Options button.
- Tick the iCloud Photo Library option, and Download new photos and videos to my PC. You can also select Upload new photos and videos from my PC if you need it.
- Click the Done button and then Apply.
- Open iCloud Photos in File Explorer a.k.a. Windows Explorer in Windows 7, and click on Download Photos and Videos on the top left.
- Check the All photos or choose the years respectively. Then click on the Download button.
- Double-click the Downloads folder to view your iCloud photos.
Using iCloud App on Mac:
- Step 1: Open the Photos app on Mac and click Photos in the menu bar to enter Preferences.
- Step 2: Click on iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID and password. Make sure iCloud Photo Library and Download Originals to this Mac are selected.
- Step 3: Go back to the Photos tab and select the photos you need. (Or Command + A to select all photos)
- Step 4: Click on File > Export on the menu bar to “Export Selected items…” or “Export Unmodified Original For Selected items…” accordingly, and then click Export to start downloading photos to your mac.
2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac or Windows 10 with Photos App
For Mac users, it’s well known that you can directly import photos via the Photos app on Mac. Similarly, now, Windows 10 users also have a Photos app to import photos from iPhone quickly.
Copy iPhone Photos to Mac using the Photos App:
Note: Make sure you have the latest iTunes installed on your Mac.
- Connect your iPhone to the Mac and the macOS Photos app will open automatically.
- Click on the Import tab at the top or the device’s name on the sidebar.
- Select the photos you need and click on Import Selected to get photos off iPhone. If you want all new photos, click on Import All New Photos.
Import iPhone Photos to Windows 10 with Photos App:
- Connect your iPhone to the PC and then open the Photos app.
- Click Import at the top right and select the photos you want to import.
- Click on Continue to transfer photos from your iPhone to the PC.
3. Copy Photos from iPhone to PC/Mac via Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery
Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery is a data recovery tool that can help you retrieve up to 16 types of files, including photos and videos, from your iOS devices, iTunes backup, and iCloud backup. Aside from photo recovery, Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery software can also be used as a tool for transferring photos. Follow these steps to transfer photos from iPhone to the computer.
- Step 1: Run Gihosoft iPhone Data Recovery, tick the file type Photos & Videos, click the Next.
- Step 2: Connect your iPhone to the computer. When the program recognizes your iPhone, click on the Next button to start scanning. (Or you can extract photos from iTunes or iCloud backup.)
- Step 3: Select the pictures you want, and click on Recover to copy them to your PC or Mac.
4. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows PC through File Explorer
Transferring photos through File Explorer, also known as Windows Explorer, is another convenient and efficient way to import your iPhone photos to your PC of Windows 10/8/7.
- Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the Windows computer via a USB cable. Unlock the iPhone and choose “Trust this computer” if asked.
- Step 2: Open the File Explorer in Windows 10 & 8, or Windows Explorer in Windows 7. You will see your iPhone under the My Computer section. If not, unplug it and plug it back in.
- Step 3: Right-click on your iPhone and choose Import pictures and videos.
- Step 4: Wait for the process to complete. Before that, keep your iPhone connected to the PC stable.
Notes: Please make sure you choose “Download and Keep Originals” on the iPhone Settings > iCloud > Photos, if you’ve enabled iCloud Photo Library, or you won’t get all your photos on the computer with this method.
5. Transfer iPhone Photos via Windows AutoPlay
If you are using a PC with Windows 7, when you connect your iPhone to it, generally you will see the AutoPlay window popping up on the screen. It’s the easiest way to transfer iPhone photos to your PC.
- Click on the AutoPlay “Import pictures and videos”.
- A small window will then appear on the bottom right to estimate the total of your photos. Optionally you can tag these pictures, and then click Import to get all images to PC.
Alternatively, you can click “Open device to view files” on AutoPlay and go Computer > your iPhone > Internal Storage > DCIM to get your all photos.
If you accidentally close the AutoPlay prompt or don’t see it, you can directly open the Windows Explorer > My Computer > iPhone disk under Portable Device, and click into it.
6. Import Photos from iPhone to Mac using Airdrop
To transfer photos between iOS devices and Mac, using Airdrop is a good choice. It requires no connection between your iOS devices and Mac via a USB cable. But it is only suitable for one or several pictures. If you have hundreds or even thousands of photos, it is not an ideal method.
Step 1: Switch on Airdrop on your iPhone
- Go to Settings > General > Airdrop.
- Tap on the Everyone bar or the Contacts only bar.
Step2: Switch on Airdrop on Mac
- Head to Finder > Go > Airdrop.
- Click on “Allow me to be discovered by:” and choose Contacts Only or Everyone.
Step 3: Start to import iPhone photos
- Open the Photos app on your iPhone.
- Tap on the Select in the top right corner, and tick the pictures you want to import.
- Click on the share icon at the bottom left, wait until you see the name of your Mac, and flip it.
- Click the Accept when a window pops up on your Mac.
Note: If your photos can’t be opened as JPEG on the computer after transferred from iPhone, it may be the HEIC format problem. Read the guide on How to convert iPhone HEIC photos to JPG to easily solve the problem.
To sum up
It is beneficial to copy your iPhone photos to the computer. On the one hand, it can save the storage space of your iPhone; on the other hand, it creates a backup of your photos and prevents them from being lost. Above all are six easy and simple ways we summarize to help transfer photos from your iPhone to the computer. Some of them are applied to both the Windows PC and Mac, while some of them are applied to Windows PC or Mac respectively. You can choose the one which is best for you according to your needs. Any queries or suggestions are welcomed in the comment section.