7 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

The longer you use your iPhone, the more you realize the benefits of transferring photos from iPhone to the computer. With the powerful camera set, people enjoy taking photos with the iPhone. And as time goes, images stored on your iPhone keep piling up eating a mass of iPhone storage space. To free up your iPhone storage space, it is a decent choice to get iPhone photos to your Windows PC or Mac. And it is also a backup preventing iPhone photos from being lost. You have a lot of options to transfer photos from iPhone to computer and here we will show you seven of them.

1.Download iPhone Photos to Computer from iCloud

iCloud photos allows you to browse and access all the photos and videos from any of your devices. Thanks to iCloud Photos, when you take a photo on your iPhone, you can see it on other devices and iCloud.com logged into the same iCloud account. Let’s see how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC or Mac via iCloud.

Turn on iCloud Photos

Download photos to computer

After you activate iCloud Photos, all the iPhone photos are uploaded to iCloud and accessible from your Mac or Windows PC. Now you can start to download your iPhone photos to the computer.

Alternative way to download photos from iCloud

If you don’t want to turn on iCloud Photos on Mac or set up iCloud on the PC, there is an alternative for you. You can download iPhone photos to computer from iCloud.com. Here are the detailed steps.

Note: Using iCloud to transfer photos from iPhone to computer is definitely convenient, however, nothing can be perfect. The photos you upload to iCloud use your iCloud storage, so if you have no enough space in iCloud to store all photos, this way doesn’t suit you.

2.Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC via File Explorer

File Explorer, also known as Windows Explorer, is a file manger app that you can use to import photos from your iPhone to computer running Windows 10/8/7 efficiently. All you need is a USB cable. But the defect is that you can only import the photos in Camera Roll.

Here’s how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with File Explorer.

Please note that Items synced from iTunes cannot be copied.

3.Move iPhone Photos to PC through Windows AutoPlay

Windows 7/8 has the AutoPlay function in Control Panel that can help transfer photos from iPhone to PC. Similar to File Explorer, you need to connect your iPhone to computer with a USB cable.

If you see no AutoPlay window popping up, here is a workaround for you to move iPhone photos to computer.

Note: Windows AutoPlay also only supports to transfer Camera Roll pictures, images in Photo Stream and Photo Library are not included. Moreover, the photos imported are disorganized on your computer. If you are not satisfied with the importing result, skip to Part 6.

4.Import Photos from iPhone to Computer 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.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows 10 with Photos App:

5.Get iPhone Photos 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.

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.

6.Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer by Third-Party App

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.

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7.Backup iphone Photos to Computer (without iTunes)

When it comes to backing up iPhone data to computer, iTunes is always the preferred method. However, backup in iTunes is not readable or accessible unless you restore the whole backup to your device. So iTunes is not that good choice to backup iPhone photos to computer. Isn’t there a better way to manage this stuff? Well, there are many iTunes alternative to make a backup of iPhone. Gihosoft iManager is typically recommended to you.

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Using this app, you can backup photos and other data from your iPhone to computer at ease. And you can view the contents in the backup and export them to readable formats like PDF, CSV, TXT, etc. Besides, it allows you to change the backup location and backup iPhone to to external drive.

To sum up

It is beneficial to transfer your photos from iPhone 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 7 easy and simple ways we summarize to help get 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. If you come up with more methods of transferring photos to computer, please tell us in the comment section.

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