The iPhone camera gets better with every new iteration, which isn’t surprising given it’s one of the most popular smartphone cameras in existence. As image quality improves and resolution continues to climb, however, you’re going to need more storage space. And with support for RAW images and 4K videos, those files are now even larger. So for shutterbugs who use a 32GB (or smaller) iPhone, how do you maintain creativity without maxing out the storage capacity? You’ll want to learn how to transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer.
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to quickly and easily back up your photos to your computer or the cloud, which not only saves you space, but ensures your photos will be readily accessible elsewhere in the event your phone is stolen or breaks. Below are a few of our favorite methods for doing so, whether you want to rely on a direct connection or one of many cloud-based apps. (The processes described here also applies to the iPad.)
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The process for importing and transferring photos from an iOS device basically hasn’t changed for a decade, whether you’re using MacOS or Windows. The process varies slightly between operating systems, but it’s basically just a matter of plugging your iPhone in and clicking the Import button.
Step 1: Plug your phone into your computer — either using a 30-pin-to-USB (iPhone 4S or older) or Lightning-to-USB cable — the same way you would if you transferring music from an iPod to a computer.
Step 2: The Photos app should automatically launch, but if not, open the program via Launchpad, Dock, or Applications folder. (Alternatively, launch Aperture or iPhoto.) If your device isn’t automatically selected, you can find it on the left side of the Photos app screen. You could also use the Image Capture app in MacOS to quickly download content from phone to a folder.
Step 3: If using Photos, click the blue Import New button in the upper-right corner, or select the individual photos you wish to transfer before clicking the Import Selected button at the top. You can also check the box beside Delete items after import if you wish to automatically delete the photos on your iPhone after importing.
Once done, select Last Import (located on the left) to view your recently-uploaded images. Keep in mind that Ctrl-clicking an image will also bring up additional options for sharing, favoriting, and editing said images.
MacOS, by default, launches the Photos app whenever a camera, memory card, or device containing photos — like an iPhone, for example — is connected. To disable this, after the first time Photos launches, uncheck the box in the upper-left that says “Open photos for this device” or “Open photos.”
The iPhone pairs well with MacOS — there’s no doubt there. However, that doesn’t mean Apple has made it difficult for Windows users to access their photos using a program native to their respective OS. The process is nearly identical for Windows 8 and 10 users, so you shouldn’t experience much trouble using any moderately-recent Windows OS.
Step 1: Plug your phone into your computer — either using a 30-pin or Lightning cable — the same way you would do so if you were uploading music. (You may also need to install iTunes beforehand.)
Step 2: The Photos app should automatically launch, but if not, open the program using the Start menu or search bar. You may have to unlock your iPhone before moving on.
Step 3: Click the Import button in the upper-right corner, represented by a box with a downward arrow inside. Afterward, check the individual photos you wish to transfer from your iPhone and click Continue in the lower-left corner.
Step 4: Check the box in the resulting pop-up window if you’d like to automatically delete the photos on your iPhone after importing them, or simply click the Import button to transfer the images to your main Pictures folder. Alternatively, click the blue Change where they’re imported link to select a new save destination.
When finished, click the Albums button accessible via the left-hand navigational pane. Then, select Last Import at the top to view, share, or edit any of your recently-uploaded photos.
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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer (Windows 7/8/10 Included)
Q: "I cannot figure out how to import my photos from my iPhone to a folder on my Windows PC. This is my first iPhone and I am not used to iTunes or the sync features. So far I can get it to sync photos from the photo folder on my pc, but not take them from the iPhone and put them on my PC!"
With an iPhone, we can capture high-quality photos using the built-in iSight camera, especially with the new iPhone 8’s 12MP camera and iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X’s portrait mode, people are really fond of taking pictures with its built-in dual cameras. Except taking photos with iPhone’s built-in camera, we also save images from applications such as Safari and Mail to the iPhone, and also take screenshots on iPhone. And all of these photos will be saved on our iPhone’s Photos App. You may ask how to transfer these photos from iPhone to computer?
When it comes to importing photos from iPhone to computer, you'll need to take a quick lesson. This post tells you 4 ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows computer, including two traditional ways to download Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Windows 7/8/10, and a new way to import all the photos (including Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library and Albums photos) to PC at one click.
Before offering you the tutorials about how to import photos from iPhone to Windows 7/8/10 with AutoPlay, we will introduce you a nice iOS contents management tool and an easy & quick way to export all or multiple photos from iPhone to Windows computer.
Part 1: Transfer All or Multiple Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans
You can get many ways to export photos from iPhone to PC, while most of them apply only to Camera Roll photos, other photos like, the photos backed up to iCloud, the pictures synced from computer and Album photos are not in supported list. As a professional iPhone photo transfer software, AnyTrans supports transferring all the kinds of iPhone photos, and you can freely choose to export all the iPhone photos to computer at one click or just transfer some specific items, and even download an album of photos from iPhone to computer. And AnyTrans also supports all the models of iPhone, like iPhone X, iPhone 8 (Plus), iPhone 7(Plus)/6/6s/5/5s/5c/4s/4/SE, and all the Windows operating systems like Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows XP and Windows Vista.
Next, we will show you how to import photos from iPhone to Windows computer with AnyTrans. No matter you want to export all iPhone photos or just some specific photos, you can make it with following methods.
Method 1: Export All Photos from iPhone to Windows (7/8/10) Computer
Step 1: Free download AnyTrans on your Windows computer, and then install and run it.
Step 2: Launch AnyTrans, and then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable. Then click Device tab, and then click Content to PC button on Homepage of AnyTrans.
Step 3: Select the categories of photos you want to export to PC, like Camera Roll, Photo Stream (photos synced to iCloud server), Photo Video, Photo Library (photos synced from computer), etc. Pick up the output folder by clicking Select button, and then click Right arrow button to start transferring photos from iPhone to Windows computer.
When the transferring process finished, all the albums with photos exported from iPhone will be saved on your computer in right folder.
Method 2: Transfer Multiple Photos from iPhone to Windows (7/8/10) Computer
Step 1: Free download AnyTrans on your PC computer, install and run it.
Step 2: Run AnyTrans, and then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable > Click Device tab > Click button.
Step 3: Select Photos > Select the album with photos you want to transfer to PC, like Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Photo Share, etc.
Step 4: Select the photos you want to transfer to computer > Click To Computer button to get selected iPhone photos to your computer.
Part 2: How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay (For Windows 7 Users)
1. Connect your iPhone to the computer. If the AutoPlay window appears, click "Import Pictures and Videos using Windows".
2. Click the Import Settings link > In the resulting window, you can change the folder to which your Camera Roll's photos will be imported by clicking the Browse button next to the "Import to" field.
3. After setting up your import options, click OK > Choose a tag if desired and click Import button.
Part 3: How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay (For Windows 8 Users)
1. Connect you iPhone using the cable with your Windows 8 PC. Wait for your PC to detect your iPhone. You might see a notification with Trust option. Tap on Trust option to continue.
2. Open "The PC" and right-click on the iPhone device and then select "Import pictures and videos".
3. Select "Review, organize, and group items to import" option if you are transfer or importing images first time. Or click "Import all new items now" if you have already transferred photos from your iPhone. Click Next.
4. Click on "More Option" link to choose folders where you want import iPhone pictures and videos. Set folder for Pictures. click OK and then Next button.
5. Select the groups of photos you want to import, click the Import button.
Part 4: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer with Photos App (For Windows 10)
Just like Windows 7, Windows 8, the Photos App on Windows 10 also only supports transferring the Camera Roll photos from iPhone to PC. If you plan to transfer all the photos from your iPhone to computer (including Camera Roll photos, My Photo Stream, iCloud sharing photos, Synced photos from computer, etc.), you can move to Part 1 to make it.
Just like the Photos App on Mac, Windows 10 also has a Photos App, which allows you to upload camera roll photos from iPhone to Windows computer if it is running with Windows 10 operating system. If you are working with a computer like this, follow us to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 with Photos App as below:
Step 1: Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer, and this will helps your computer recognize your iPhone. And then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable.
Step 2: Run Photos App on your PC, and then click Import button at top right corner.
Step 3: Select the photos you want to import to PC, and then click Continue button. And then all the selected photos will be transferred your Windows 10 computer.
The bottom Line
As you can see, although you can get several ways to transfer photos from iPhone to computer, only AnyTrans supports transferring all the kinds of photo albums and supports exporting all iPhone photos to computer at one click. No matter what device you are working with, like iPhone 4s/5s/6/6s/7, or the latest iPhone 8 and iPhone X; no matter what operating system your computer running with, Windows 7/8/10, or Windows XP/Vista. Anyway, AnyTrans is the best tool to backup iPhone photos to computer.