Supports: Photos, videos, contacts, music, ringtones, books, documents, and more

Transferring files from Mac to iPhone or iPad can be done easily with third-party iPhone transfer software, Finder, AirDrop, or iCloud. If you prefer to transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using USB, there are mainly three solutions for you.

Transfer Files from Mac to iPhone/iPad with iOS Data Transfer Tool

Applies to: Photos, videos, music, ringtones, contacts, books...

If you are looking to transfer files listed above, using the iPhone transfer software - EaseUS MobiMover is advisable. With such a tool installed on your Mac, you will be able to transfer files between Mac and iPhone/iPad without data loss. What's more, you can also apply it to share data between iDevices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

Other than being an iOS data transfer tool, EaseUS MobiMover is also a video downloader that helps to download YouTube videos to Mac or save videos from Facebook to iPhone. If you like to download online videos for offline watching, you are highly recommended to try EaseUS MobiMover.

To transfer files from Mac to iPhone or iPad via USB:

Step 1. Connect your new iPhone to your Mac via a USB cable and tap "Trust This Computer" on your device if a pop-up appears. Launch EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "Mac to Phone" on the main interface like the sample image below. Click "Select Files" to start the process of transferring files from Mac to iDevice.

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 1

Step 2. You can browse files on your Mac and choose the items you want to transfer. After that, click "Open."

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 2

Step 3. You can preview the selected files on the right panel. If you want to add new items to transfer at this step, click "Add File" or directly drag files and drop to the appointed area. Finally, click "Transfer" to start transferring data from your Mac to iPhone at once. Don't disconnect your iPhone while transferring. When the process finished, go to the corresponding location on your iPhone and open the right application to check the synced data. 

how to transfer data from Mac to iPhone - step 3

Sync Files from Mac to iPhone/iPad via Finder

Applies to: Music, movies, TV shows, books, photos, and documents

If you are using a Mac running macOS Mojave and later, Finder is here to help. As you may know, Finder has replaced iTunes in device backup and data syncing. When you want to transfer files from Mac to iPhone or iPad, Finder could fulfill your needs.

To transfer files from Mac to iPhone/iPad via Finder:

Step 1. Connect the iPhone or iPad to the Mac with a USB cable.

Step 2. In Finder, click your device from the sidebar.

Step 3. Go to the "Files" tab and you will see a list of apps on your iPhone/iPad that supports file sharing.

Step 4. Drag files from Finder to the app with which you want to use these files.

Step 5. After syncing, go to the corresponding app on the mobile device to check these files.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPhone using USB

Apart from transferring files from Mac to iPhone/iPad using USB, Finder also allows you to sync content between your Mac and iDevice over Wi-Fi.

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone/iPad Using USB

Applies to: Photos and videos

If you have a USB flash drive for iPhone and are looking to transfer photos and videos from Mac to your iPhone or iPad, you can do it directly without a USB cable. You will need to download and install a data transfer app on the iOS or iPadOS device to import files from the USB to your iPhone. The app you need depending on the brand of the flash drive.

To transfer photos from Mac to iPhone or iPad using USB:

Step 1. Connect the USB to your Mac.

Step 2. Copy and paste photos and videos from the Mac to the USB.

Step 3. Download and install the data transfer app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 4. Connect the USB to your iDevice via the Type C hub.

Step 5. When you see the data transfer options, choose to copy files from the USB.

Step 6. Select items you want to transfer and follow the onscreen instruction to finish the process.

How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone using USB

The Bottom Line

Except for using USB, there are other wireless solutions for you to transfer files from Mac to iPhone or iPad, like using iCloud or AirDrop. If you are interested in these tips, go to the guide on how to transfer files between iPhone and Mac for more details.

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Updated by Daisy

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.

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Written by Myra

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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