[5 Ways] How to Transfer Photo from iPhone to Mac without iTunes

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Sept 03, 2019 / Posted by Lisa Ou

If there are too many photos stored on your iPhone, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac for backup. Later, you can delete those photos to free up space. Of course, you can also transfer iPhone photos to Mac to get a larger screen for further editing and retouching.

iTunes used to be a good friend for transferring files between Apple products. However, Apple will discontinue iTunes with the next OS update 10.15. You need to find an iTunes alternative to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to Mac.

 [5 Ways] How to Transfer Photo from iPhone to Mac without iTunes

Luckily, you can get 5 quick ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes. Here’re the detailed steps you can follow.

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with Phone Transfer Software (Superfast Speed)

FoneLab HyperTrans is capable to transfer photos between phones and computers without losing quality. The built-in HEIC converter can convert HEIC images to PNG and JPG formats without limitations. Thus, you can transfer photos from iPhone to MacBook Air and Pro directly.

What’s more, you can create new albums and organize photos before transferring with simple clicks.

  1. Transfer photos, videos, messages, contacts, documents, ringtones and many other files from iPhone to Mac.
  2. Offer a built-in HEIC converter to convert HEIC to PNG or JPG images in bulk.
  3. Fully compatible with iOS 12 and earlier, including iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/8/ Plus/8/SE/7 Plus/7/6/5, etc.
  4. Support Mac OS X 10.7 or above (including macOS Sierra and macOS High Sierra).

Free download, install and launch the iPhone to Mac transfer software. Plug iPhone into the Mac computer with a USB cable.

connect iphone to mac

Click Photos in the left pane. All iPhone photos will display in categories in a short time. Open one album and get the stored images. You can double-click on a photo to preview details.

preview iphone image

Select the photos and albums you want to move to Mac. Click Export on the top toolbar. Set your Mac computer as the destination. Now you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without quality loss.

choose file to transfer

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac by Email/Messages

If you want to transfer a few images to Mac, you can send yourself an email and add those images as attachments. Actually, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly via Message and other communication apps too.

Open Photos app on iPhone.

Find the photo you want to share.

Tap Share on the bottom left.

Select Mail, Message and other apps to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop or Mac.

transfer images from iphone to mac with email

Part 3. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos App

You can import photos from iPhone to PC or Mac by drag-and-drop. This is the traditional way to transfer files between mobile phones and computers. Photos is the default app on Mac. Consequently, when you charge iPhone into Mac’s USB port, you can move photos with the Photos app.

Plug iPhone into the Mac computer. Unlock your iPhone and tap Trust to confirm.

In the Photos app, choose your iPhone in the left pane.

Browse and select photos stored in iPhone Camera Roll.

Click Import on the top right corner to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos App

Part 4. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with iCloud Photo Sharing/iCloud Photo Library

As you know, iCloud offers 5GB free storage space for every user. You can trigger on iCloud photo library or Photo Stream to sync iPhone photos to iCloud. Later, you can download iCloud photos on Mac with the same iCloud account.

On your iPhone, open the Settings app. Tap your name on the top. Select iCloud in the list.

Turn on iCloud Photos or Upload to My Photo Stream based on your need.

On your Mac computer, choose iCloud in System Preferences. Select Photos and click Options besides in the new iCloud window.

Enable iCloud Photo/ iCloud Photo Library to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac computer via iCloud.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with iCloud Photo Sharing/iCloud Photo Library

Part 5. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac Using AirDrop

You can also wirelessly transfer photos and videos from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop. Different from iCloud, AirDrop does not sync photos from iPhone to Mac automatically. You need to select which photo you want to move manually. Put iPhone and Mac in the same room Later, you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without USB via AirDrop.

Switch on Bluetooth on iPhone and Mac. Then connect iPhone and Mac into the same Wi-Fi network.

Open the Photos app on iPhone. Select the images you want to transfer.

Tap Share and select your Mac’s name in the AirDrop section.

The transferred photos will be in the Download folder on Mac by default.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with airdrop

If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac in bulk, FoneLab HyperTrans is your most trusted choice. You can get both the fast transferring speed and high-quality output. Meanwhile, your iPhone is free from data loss and other potential damages. Still have any questions? You can feel free to let me know.

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