How to Transfer Files from PC to iPhone Using USB with/Without iTunes

If you are looking for a way to transfer files from PC to iPhone using USB cable with/without iTunes, you can't miss this guide, which will share two easy methods to help you transfer photos, music, books, and movies from PC to iPhone via USB.

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Sofia Albert

Updated on Feb 27, 2024

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Applies to: iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11, iPhone XS Max/XS/XR, iPhone X, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s

Have you ever met the following problems:

  • ❔"Why can't I directly import photos from my Windows PC to my iPhone using USB?"
  • ❔"How can I download movies from Windows 10 to my iPhone 8 Plus via the USB cable?"
  • ❔"Can I put music on my new iPhone X from my computer using USB without iTunes?"

If Yes, you're coming to the right place. In this tutorial, we will share two easy methods to help you copy files to iPhone from PC with a USB cable, whether you have iTunes or not. Both two methods share a common feature: transfer files from PC to iPhone using USB. But in terms of data type that every approach supports transferring, there is a little bit of difference between them. We also introduce a bonus tip in the latter article: How to transfer files from iPhone to PC using USB in vice versa.

Method Effectiveness Difficulty
EaseUS MobiMover 😄High - Allows you to transfer almost all popular iOS data, including photos, videos, music, ringtones, voice memos, contact, notes, and more. Easy
iTunes 🙂Moderate - It only allows you to transfer apps and some media files like photos, music, TV shows, and movies. Moderate

How to transfer files to iPhone via USB using EaseUS MobiMover

This is the simplest and quickest way among all the ways to put files to iPhone from a PC. EaseUS MobiMover is a full-way iOS data transfer tool that is developed for transferring data between an iOS device and a computer or moving files between two iOS devices. Thus, transferring files from iPhone to PC without iTunes is practical using this tool.

All you need is a supported USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer and download MobiMover to start the data transfer. Below are some of its outstanding features for transferring files from PC to iPhone:

  • Time-saving: It takes only several minutes to transfer over 1000 + photos and songs in large sizes.
  • Wide coverage of files: Supports transferring 20+ types of data like photos, videos, contacts, messages, etc.
  • No data loss: Unlike iTunes, MobiMover will not erase your iPhone while transferring files.
  • Compatible with macOS and Windows.
  • iOS data management: You can add, edit, organize, and delete iPhone files on your computer with more convenient keyboard operation.
  • Online video downloading: You can use the Video Downloader of MobiMover to download Twitch clips or download videos from DailyMotion, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram, and other pop sites.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad/iPhone with a USB cable:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable and tap "Trust" on your device when a pop-up appears and asks you to trust this computer. Open EaseUS MobiMover and choose the "PC to Phone" mode. Move your mouse to the right pane and click "Select Files".

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone using USB - step 1

Step 2. Windows File Explorer will open, go to select the files or folders that you want to transfer from PC to your iPhone and click "Open".

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone using USB - step 2

Step 3. The selected files will display on the interface for you to preview. "Add File" lets you add more files at this step. Finally, click "Transfer" to begin importing data from PC to iPhone using the USB cable. Don't disconnect your device while transferring. When the transferring accomplishes, open the corresponding apps to check the content.

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone using USB - step 3

If you need to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes, EaseUS MobiMover is a workable way. If you are also interested in how to transfer videos from PC to iPhone, click here for more information.

Further reading: How to Transfer Files from Phone to USB Without Computer

How to put files to iPhone from PC via USB using iTunes

If you want to transfer apps and media files from PC to iPhone, then you can use iTunes to do it easily. It is worth mentioning that iTunes will erase your current data on the iPhone. And these data can not be recovered anymore. If you don't want to lose any data on your device, you can navigate to Method 1 to do it without data loss. If you don't mind, go ahead to transfer movies, photos, music, podcasts, etc., from your computer to your iPhone via iTunes.

Step 1. Prepare the files you want to transfer to your iPhone from your PC. You'd better put them in a place where it is easy to get.

Step 2. Open your iTunes > Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 3. Under Settings, click on "Photos" (any type of data you want to transfer). Here we take Photos as an example.

Step 4. Select the checkbox next to each item that you want to transfer, and then select the folders that store the photos you'd like to transfer.

Step 5. Click Apply. And then, all photos will be synced to your iPhone or iPad.

Put Files to iPhone from PC via USB

This guide is also about how to transfer music from computer to iPhone.

Transferring large files like images, photos, and videos from PC to iPhone often takes a long time. To make it easier, you can transfer images via methods that are dedicated to photo transfer only.

Bonus Tip: How to transfer files from iPhone to PC using USB in the vice versa

It's far easier to use MobiMover than iTunes, right? More than that, as a one-stop iPhone data manager, MobiMover is still good at backing up iPhone data to the computer in an accessible and readable way, which can't be realized by iTunes. How to do it? Move on to get answers.

Supported data types for iPhone to PC transfer

Photos: Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Videos

Videos: Movies, TV shows, Music Videos

Audios: Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, Audiobooks, Playlists

Others: Contacts, Notes, Messages, Voice Mails, Books, and Safari Bookmarks

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. Then launch EaseUS MobiMover and go to "Phone to PC" > "Next".

how to transfer data from iPhone to PC without iTunes - step 1

Step 2. Check the types of files you want to transfer and click "Transfer". You can specify a location to keep the transferred items in advance. Otherwise, they will be placed on Desktop by default.

how to transfer data from iPhone to PC without iTunes - step 2

Step 3. Wait for the transfer process to finish. When it has done, go to the selected folder to check the items.

how to transfer data from iPhone to PC without iTunes - step 3

In conclusion

With EaseUS MobiMover, you can simply and fast sync data between the iOS device and computer or between two iOS devices, such as transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud. Well, if you don't want to install any third-party software on your PC, you can use iTunes in Method 2 to put files to your iPhone from your PC.

FAQs on How to Transfer Files from PC to iPhone Using USB

1. Can I directly transfer files from PC to iPhone?

Yes, you can transfer files from PC to iPhone directly when you connect your devices with a USB cable.

  • Choose File Transfer when you connect your iPhone to your PC.
  • Select the file folders on your desktop and copy them.
  • Open file explorer and paste the desired files to the internal storage of the iPhone.

2. Can I transfer files from USB to iPhone?

Yes, you can transfer photos from USB to iPhone as well as other types of files. If your USB goes with a Type C hub, which means the USB device is compatible with your iPhone, you can transfer files directly from the USB to your iPhone without a computer.

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Updated by Sofia Albert

Sofia has been involved with tech ever since she joined the EaseUS editor team in March 2011 and now she is a senior website editor. She is good at solving various iPhone and Android issues, such as iPhone or Android data transfer & recovery.

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