6 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

Valyn Hua

July 23, 2019 09:00 / Posted by Valyn Hua

Nowadays, we have gradually developed habit of capturing photos with iPhone. Wherever we go, we will bring iPhone with us. We take photos with our intimate friends in a gathering, have photos when we visit some famous places, even capture photos as entertainment when we are boring or alone.

Unconsciously, we have stimulated large amounts of photos as time goes by. These photos record and represent those precious moments. They are important to us and we want to keep them. So we store these pictures to computer.

Transfer photos from iPhone to computer


The question is how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

In this article, we will show you two ways about how to copy photos from iPhone to computer.

1. Move Photos from iPhone to Windows Computer with USB Cable

For Windows users, you can go with the following steps to transfer photos from iPhone to PC Windows 10.

Connect your iPhone to PC with USB cable.

You will be prompted an autoplay window, choose Import pictures and videos.

iphone autoplay

Immediately, there will be a pop-up window showing the images in your iPhone are transferring to the computer.

You can then click Settings to change the importing destination, folder name and the file name. You can also choose whether to erase the photos from iPhone after importing.

Wait for minutes for the transfer process from iPhone to computer. The pictures will then be imported to the target place.

You can also simply drag and drop to transfer photos from iPhone to PC Windows 7 easily as below.

Transfer photos from iPhone to computer with usb cable

In this way, you can move iPhone photos to computer.

2. Sync iPhone Photos to Computer with iCloud

iCloud has a feature, which is called iCloud Photos to manage photos on iOS devices with the same Apple ID. With it, you can get what you want on different devices without transferring again and again.

First of all, you should enable iCloud Photos on iPhone through Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos.

After that, you can get them via 2 methods to get photos off iCloud.

Method 1. iCloud Program

iCloud is a program on computer to organize iOS data between device and computer without iTunes. Therefore, you can use it to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop, Windows or Mac.

Download and install iCloud on computer, and then log in with iCloud account.

windows icloud settings

In the interface, check Photos and click Options next to it.

icloud windows options

Click Done.

Method 2. iCloud Webpage

If you want to download photos from iCloud to PC, iCloud webpage might be another good choice for you. It helps users to upload and transfer photos from iCloud to PC with ease.

Go to icloud.comLink out icon and log in your iCloud account.

icloud page settings

Click Photos and choose items to download to your computer.

3. Export iPhone Photos to Computer with iTunes

As one of the Apple ways to manage data, iTunes helps you transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

Run iTunes on computer, connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Click device icon > Photos > Sync Photos.

Transfer photos from iPhone to computer with itunes

4. Transfer iPhone Photos to Computer with Google Drive

Google Drive is one of the cloud services to manage data wherever you are. It is convenient to use and safe enough. Below is how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

Download Google Drive on iPhone and log in your google account.

Upload your photos through Menu > Settings > Backup >Start backup.

backup iphone with google drive

Go to Google Drive page and log in your account.

Access the photos you want and save them to your computer.

5. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop

If you want to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, you have come the right place. Not like iTunes, it won't ask for USB connection, you are also allowed to use this way to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes.

Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone through Settings > General > AirDrop.

turn on airdrop on iphone

Choose photos you want to transfer to Mac, tap share button on iPhone.

Choose AirDrop and your Mac to share photos.

transfer photos from iPhone to mac with airdrop

Confirm on Mac to begin transferring.

You can also use it to transfer photos from iPhone Macbook Air, too.

6. Export iPhone Photos to Computer with FoneTrans for iOS

We will instruct you how to migrate photos from iPhone to computer with iOS File Transfer software. With it, you can easily to transfer your pictures to your computer. There are two versions for this software for Mac and Windows users respectively. Here we take Windows version as an example to show you the details.

Free download FoneTrans for iOS and connect iPhone to Windows computer.

Run FoneTrans for iOS on the computer, and it will detect your iPhone automatically. (If you use this tool for the first time, then you need to tap Trust on your iPhone.)

iOS Transfer

On the left list, find Photos. Click on it, you will find all the pictures listed on the right section according to different groups. For example, there are camera, screenshots, camera roll, etc.

View Photos

Select the photos to transfer.

Highlight the photos you are going to import. If you want to select multiple files, pressing Ctrl button on the keyboard and left click to highlight files.

Selelct Photos

Export photos to computer

Find Select folder button on the top navigation menu. Press it and then choose the target folder to save exported photos.

With FoneTrans for iOS, you can easily import photos from iPhone to computer. Moreover, you can transfer other files (music, contacts, etc.) between iDevices (iPhone, iPad and iPod) and computer. What's important, you can make data backup to computer for future case.

You may be interested in this article: How to Transfer Music between iPod and Computer

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