Sometimes we need to transfer files or data from iPhones to our laptops for backup, such as batches of photos, videos, movies, music, or documents. Due to the types of data, we will share with you multiple ways to help you transfer files from iPhone to laptop in the following. Let's get right to it now!
- 1. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop via a General Transfer Tool
- 2. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop via iTunes
- 3. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Laptop via iCloud
- 4. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Laptop via Email
- 5. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop with Dropbox
Part 1. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop via a General Transfer Tool
First, we will introduce a general and versatile iPhone data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover. It is a desktop application, dedicated to moving, restoring, and backing up data between iPhone and Windows/Mac PC or laptop. It enables you to connect iPhone to laptop and share files between them freely.
With this general-purpose transfer tool, you can transfer photos, videos, audio, music, movies, contacts, messages, apps, and other content from iPhone to laptop.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer running Windows or Mac OS systems with a USB cable > Start EaseUS MobiMover > Click "Phone to PC" > Click "Next."
Step 2. Choose the type of files you wish to export > Customize the destination for exported iPhone data > Click "Transfer" to copy iPhone files to the computer at a fast speed.
Step 3. When the transferring finished, you can view, edit, keep or delete the content as you like.
Part 2. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop via iTunes
iTunes is a media player developed by Apple Inc. You can use it to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC. It's common knowledge that a laptop/PC can only get access to the photos of an iPhone. With the introduction of iTunes, you can get access to photos, videos, music, and other data on your iPhone via a laptop/computer.
Here's how to use iTunes to transfer files from iPhone to laptop:
Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your laptop. And connect your iPhone to the laptop with a USB cable.
Step 2. Launch iTunes.
Step 3. Click your iPhone on the screen.
Step 4. From the left sidebar, select Summary.
Step 5. Under the Automatically Back up tab, select This computer.
Step 6. Optionally, you can choose whether or not to Encrypt iPhone backup.
Step 7. When you're done, select the Back Up Now button to start transferring your iPhone data to your laptop.
Part 3. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Laptop via iCloud
In addition to iTunes, here we will introduce additional Apple's official service to transfer data from iPhone to laptop. That is iCloud.
iCloud is known as a cloud service. It allows users to sync data across iOS devices like as Mail, calendar, photos, notes, contacts, preferences, backups, and files. So you can also transfer data from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud if you get another new one. Note that iCloud offers 5GB of free storage. You better make full use of it to move essential data that is on your iPhone.
To transfer data from iPhone to laptop via iCloud, perform the following steps:
Step 1. Go to Settings > [your name] on your iPhone. Then tap on iCloud to select the files you want to back up.
Step 2. Once you back up files to iCloud from your iPhone, visit iCloud.com on your laptop.
Step 3. Sign in to your Apple ID and password.
Step 4. Then you will see the files stored on this cloud service, and you can click and download them on your laptop.
Part 4. How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Laptop via Email
If you have a Google account, you can also use your Gmail account to transfer data from iPhone to laptop. However, the transfer speed depends on the amount of data to be transferred. If you just want to migrate a few photos or documents, that's ok.
Here's how to transfer data from iPhone to laptop via Email:
Step 1. Add a Gmail account in the Mail app of your iPhone.
Step 2. Write an email and upload files that you want to transfer, and then save it as a draft.
Step 3. Then open the Gmail inbox on your laptop.
Step 4. Go to the Drafts folder and find the Email with iPhone data attachments.
Step 5. Then download them on your laptop.
- You don't need to send this email to anyone. Just add attachments and save it as a draft instead.
Part 5. How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop with Dropbox
Dropbox is a file hosting service that offers cloud storage. In case of that, you can use it to transfer your data between devices.
Compared to iCloud, Dropbox is more versatile and comprehensive. The latter also offers personal cloud and client software. And here we will show you how to transfer files from iPhone to laptop with Dropbox:
Step 1. Download and install Dropbox on your iPhone. Then sign up.
Step 2. Like other cloud services, tap on Create "+" to create a new folder to upload the files you would like to transfer.
Step 3. Once you back up data successfully, go to Dropbox.com on your laptop.
Step 4. Then find the files and download them to your local laptop.
In this guide, we have mentioned five methods to transfer files from iPhone to laptop. It is recommended to try the first general transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover first. It enables users to transfer common files between iPhone and computer/iPhone.
FAQs on How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Laptop
Whatever you want to know about how to transfer files from iPhone to laptop, our Frequently Asked Questions section has got you covered! If have further questions, feel free to contact us, and we'll be glad to help you.
1. Can I transfer photos from iPhone directly to PC?
Yes. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable, and you will get access to photos on your iPhone. But except for photos, you are not allowed to access other files seamlessly.
2. How do I delete all of the info on my old iPhone?
You can perform a standard factory reset on your iPhone. Go to Settings > General > Reset, then select Erase all Contents and Settings to wipe all the data that is previously stored on the device.
3. Can I transfer data from one iPhone to another wirelessly?
Apple's Quick Start is the simplest way to wirelessly transfer data from iPhone to iPhone. You can also try a third-party transfer tool (such as EaseUS MobiMover) to help you.
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Daisy is the Senior editor of the writing team for EaseUS. She has been working in EaseUS for over ten years, starting from a technical writer to a team leader of the content group. As a professional author for over 10 years, she writes a lot to help people overcome their tech troubles.
Gorilla joined EaseUS in 2022. As a smartphone lover, she stays on top of Android unlocking skills and iOS troubleshooting tips. In addition, she also devotes herself to data recovery and transfer issues.
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