How To Transfer iPhone photos To Your Computer

How to transfer Iphone photos to your computer

With iPhone cameras getting better with every new iteration, you are going to need more free space since their images have high resolution. It is not a secret that iPhone devices have sophisticated cameras that produce quality photos thanks to its support for RAW images and 4k videos that produce larger files. If you are using the latest version of the iPhone, you are going to quickly run of space and it’s time to find an alternative way to save your photos.

Fortunately, your PC can handle larger storage disks and all you need to do to store these photos is transfer them from your iPhone device to your desktop. If you lack the knowledge to do this, read this post for more insights on how to transfer photos from iPhone to a computer. There are more than one, so you can choose the one you will understand better. They will also work for your iPad and iPad Touch devices, whether you are using direct connection storage or cloud-based connection. 

Uploading iPhone Photos to a PC using a USB cable

Regardless of whether you are using macOS or Windows, the process of transferring your iPhone data using a USB cable hasn’t changed it was introduced. Although the process slightly differs depending on operating systems what you usually do is plugging in your iPhone device and click the Import button.


Step 1.If you want to transfer your iPhone photos to your macOS device, the first thing you need to do is to plug in your phone into your computer. You can do this using either a 30-pin-to-USB or Lightning-to-USB cable just as you would when transferring data to a computer from an iPod. 

Step 2.You can use the Launchpad, Dock, or the Applications folder if the Photos app reduces to launch automatically. You can also use launch Aperture or iPhoto apps if you have them in your device. You can find your device on the left side of the Photos app screen, it’s not selected automatically. There is also the Image Capture app in MacOS if you want to quickly download content from phone to a folder.

Step 3: For those using the Photos app, you will see a blue Import New button in the upper-right corner of the screen which you have to click on. You can also select individual photos that you want to be transferred, before clicking the Import Selected button at the top. To automatically delete items after the importation process is complete, just check the Delete box. When you are done and you want to view your recently uploaded photos, select the Last Import found on the left. If you want to access additional options for favoriting, editing and sharing particular photos, you can click Ctrl and that particular image. 

By default, macOS will launch the Photos app every time an SD card, camera, or a device containing photos. However, you can disable this by unchecking a box found on the upper left side of the screen, labeled “Open photos for this device” or “Open Photos.”


There is no doubt that iPhone pairs well with macOS. Windows users are not left out if they want to transfer photos taken from an iPhone device. When you want to proceed with this task successfully, the process is almost the same as for Windows 8 and 10 users, therefore, expect a flawless photo uploading experience if you are using any latest Windows OS. 

Step 1.The first thing you need to do is plug your phone into your computer using a USB cable. The two types of cables that are suitable for this action are 30-pin or Lightning cable. The process is the same as uploading music or exchanging data with your computer. Don’t forget to install iTunes before proceeding. 

Step 2: On your computer, the Photos app is expected to launch automatically. However, there instances that it doesn’t, and you may be forced to resort to open the program using the Start menu or search bar. Before moving on, you will have to unlock your iPhone device. 

Step 3: The third step is to click the import button found on the upper-right corner of the screen. The button is represented by a box with a downward arrow inside. Once done, select by checking all the photos that you want to transfer to your computer from your iPhone device click the Continue button found in the lower-left corner. 

Step 4: The next thing that is needed to do in the fourth step is to check the box in the resulting pop-up window in your iPhone if you want to automatically delete the photos on your iPhone if you want to free up some space in your iPhone device. When you are done uploading them on your computer, just click the Import button to transfer the images to your main Pictures folder. You can also click the blue Change where they’re imported links. This is appropriate if you want to save the photos in a new destination. 

Once you are done, check for the Albums button on the left-hand navigation panel and click on it. The next thing is to select the Last Import button to share, edit, or view photos that you have just uploaded. 

Transferring iPhone Photos Wirelessly 

On MacOS 

You can also transfer your iPhone photos to your desktop device without a data cable. This is made possible by Apple’s AirDrop. With this proprietary wireless transfer protocol, you don’t need to use a cable to upload photos to your computer. It makes it easier for you to either a single or hundreds of photos. You can also use this process on you with your iPad devices. Although using AirDrop isn’t as fast an organized as using a cable, it is the best option when you were to transfer hundreds of photos. The feature allows you to reverse the process if you want to transfer photos from your Mac to any camera besides an iPhone camera. This process is useful for photos and images on Instagram. 

As long as you have an operating system that is compatible with your computer, the process is pretty straightforward. AirDrop is compatible with a Mac OSX Lion (10.7) or later OSs. It is compatible with the following computers:

  • iMac (Early 2009 or newer)
  • MacBook Pro (Late 2008 or newer)
  • MacBook Air (Late 2010 or newer)
  • MacBook (Late 2008 or newer)
  • Mac Pro (Mid-2010 or newer)
  • Mac mini (Mid-2010 or newer)

Step 1: The first thing you need to do if you want to use this method is ensuring that the Wi-Fi of both devices is enabled. 

Step 2: Next, enable AirDrop on both devices. From your MacOS commuter, head to the left-hand navigation bar of your computer to open a Finder window. Once you have done that, click on the AirDrop label, which is found on top of the screen. After selecting the “allow me to be discovered by,” confirm whether you want Contacts Only or Everyone to be discovered by one device or all the paired devices. For iOS devices the process is pretty straightforward: Just head over to Settings > General >AirDrop. Ensure that either Contacts Only or Everyone is selected.

Step 3: Moving on, use your iPhone to go to the Photos app and select the photo(s) you want to transfer. Although, there is no set limit on how many photos you can transfer at any given time, the more the photos the longer it will take to transfer all of them. 

Step 4: The next step is to tap on the share icon found inside the Photos app. After doing that waits for the macOS computer to transfer them as they pop up beneath the AirDrop section of the share dialog. The device that you want to share the photos with should be on and awake. Tap on the right MacOS computer, the moment it appears. By default, Airdrop should automatically start to transfer photos, however, you can tweak the settings to ask for approval before transferring the photos. 

Step 5: Going with the default settings, photos are kept in Mac’s Downloads folder. The default setting is not we organized, and you will, therefore, have to organize them yourself for safekeeping. 

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