6 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac Computer

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.

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:

Using iCloud App on 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.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows 10 with Photos App:

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.

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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.

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.

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

Step2: Switch on Airdrop on Mac

Step 3: Start to import iPhone photos

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.

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