Why It Is Necessary to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC
Taking photos with your iPhone could be one of the things that you do most frequently with your iOS device. However, as time goes by, you may find the photos take a large portion of your iPhone storage and you need to free up space. In a situation like this, transferring photos from iPhone to PC could be an optimal choice for you.
By importing photos from iPhone to computer, you can make a backup of your precious pictures and then delete photos from iPhone to get more storage. Then here comes the question - How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC? Actually, with the help of third-party iPhone data transfer tools and built-in programs in Windows, it is quite convenient for you to import photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10, 8, or 7. Here are some of them:
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without iTunes
If you want to free yourself from iTunes installation, you can try three tools shown below that allow you to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. To apply one of these tips, you need to prepare a USB cable that works properly and make sure your computer can recognize your iPhone successfully.
Option 1. Copy Photos from iPhone to PC via iPhone Transfer Software
Also supports: Videos, contacts, music, ringtones, messages, books, and more
Whether you want to transfer photos you take, download, or save from iOS apps, the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover could help. This tool is a combination of an iPhone data transfer tool, an iOS content manager, and a video downloader. With EaseUS MobiMover, you will be able to connect phone to PC and:
- Transfer files from PC to iPhone and vice versa
- Transfer data from one iPhone to another
- Back up and restore iPhone data
- Transfer, back up and restore WhatsApp messages
Other than photos, it also transfers many other types of files on your iOS device. It's a perfect choice to transfer files from iPhone to PC without iTunes to Internet. Therefore, if you need to transfer files between your iPhone and computer often, don't hesitate to let it help.
To transfer photos from iPhone to PC:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC running Windows 7 or later. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose "Phone to PC" and click the "Next" button to go on.
Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to transfer from your iPhone to the computer. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to PC all at once. Besides, you can customize the storage path for the exported photos. Otherwise, MobiMover will save them on your desktop.
Step 3. Now, click the "Transfer" button to start transferring photos from your iPhone to PC without iTunes. Exporting files from iPhone to PC with MobiMover is the right way for backup to avoid unexpected data loss.
This iPhone transfer tool also allows you to move files between an iDevice and an external storage device connected to your computer. Whether you want to transfer photos from iPhone to SD card or transfer videos from iPad to external hard drive, you can allow use this tool to get it done.
Option 2. Import Photos from iPhone to PC via the Photos App
If you are not willing to use a third-party program to help, there is also a built-in program on Windows that could help - the Photos app. This app mainly works to manage photos and videos on your computer and import pictures from an external device, including your iPhone. Thus, you can transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10 via Photos easily.
To transfer photos from iPhone to computer:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable.
Step 2. Enter your passcode to unlock your iPhone if asked and click "Trust" on your iPhone to continue.
Step 3. Run the Photos app, choose "Import" > "From a USB device," then Photos will automatically look for new photos and videos on your device
Step 4. Tap "Import settings", under which you can change the import destination, choose to group the items by date/month/year, and decide whether to delete the items from your iPhone after you import them. Confirm your settings and click "Done".
Step 5. Select the videos you'd like to transfer and then click "Import Selected" to start the transfer process.
If Photos is not working in Windows 10, fix it first or try other alternative ways to get things done.
Option 3. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer via File Explorer
File Explorer is another option that allows you to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes or any other software. As long as your iOS device can be recognized by PC, you can apply the steps below to move photos from iPhone to PC.
It's worth mentioning that, via File Explorer, all your pictures and videos will be contained in one folder instead of different albums, which makes it difficult for you to transfer specific items.
To transfer all pictures and videos from iPhone to PC:
Step 1. Unlock your iPhone and connect it to your PC. When a prompt pops up on your iPhone asking you whether to trust this computer, click "Trust".
Step 2. Open "This PC" on your computer, go to "[your iPhone name] > Internal Storage > DCIM > 100APPLE."
Step 3. Choose to copy the whole folder or some items from iPhone to your computer according to your needs.
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without USB
The three ways in the last part enable you to download photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes but need a USB cable to work. Is there any solution that allows you to download photos from iPhone to PC without a USB connection?
Option 1. Download Pictures from iPhone to Computer via iCloud Control Panel
There are situations in which you may prefer to transfer photos from iPhone to PC wirelessly. If you are willing to use a wireless solution, iCloud could be your choice. With iCloud Photos, you can sync photos across your devices that use the same Apple ID account.
Depending on whether you have installed iCloud for Windows on your PC, the way to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop or computer varies.
Make sure there is enough iCloud storage available for you to save your iPhone photos, then follow the steps below to download pictures from iPhone to computer without a wired connection.
To copy photos from iPhone to PC via iCloud for Windows:
Step 1. Run iCloud for Windows on your computer.
Step 2. Click "Options" next to "Photos" and enable "iCloud Photo Library."
Step 3. Make sure the "Download new photos and videos to my PC" is turned on. If you need to change the location of uploaded photos, tap on "Change" under this option to set another storage path for your iPhone photos.
Step 4. Then your iPhone photos will be copied to your computer when there is WiFi available.
Option 2. Transfer Pictures from iPhone to PC via iCloud.com
If you don't install iCloud for Windows on your computer, you can go to iCloud.com to get the job done.
To download iPhone photos to computer via iCloud.com:
Step 1. Go to visit iCloud.com from your PC.
Step 2. Enter your Apple ID to sign in to iCloud.
Step 3. Choose "Photos" among the options.
Step 4. Select the photos you'd like to download from iCloud to your PC and then click the "Download Selected items" icon at the top right corner of your screen. (Press "Alt" to select multiple items.)
Other than iCloud, there are many other cloud-based storage services that could work to upload photos from iPhone to PC, like Google Photos, Dropbox, and more. Thus, find the one you like best and let it transfer photos from iPhone to PC for you.
The Bottom Line
Other than these popular solutions, there are other workable ways to transfer photos from iPhone to computer. For example, you can send photos from your iPhone to the computer via email. However, such a method is only recommended if you are looking to transfer just a few items.
Specify your need and carry out one of the methods above to import photos from your iPhone to Windows within minutes.
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Myra joined EaseUS in 2017. As a big fan of Apple products, she mainly focuses on iOS data transfer and iOS troubleshooting tips. Meanwhile, she is expanding her knowledge and skills in other fields like data recovery and disk management. Myra is open-minded and likes both extensive and intensive reading. Other than reading and writing, she is also fond of mobile games and K-pop stars.
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