Although most iPhones nowadays ship with enough storage to help you keep your photos and videos stored for a long time on your devices, there are some users who exceed this limit on their iPhones. If you are one of those users, you can use the iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone to store your photos and videos on Apple’s iCloud servers. Doing so will-free up the local storage memory on your iPhone.
While doing the procedure, you may likely encounter an error that says the photos and videos you have synced from iTunes will be removed from your iPhone. That error can scare just about anyone as it is telling you it will remove all of your media content from your device which you likely do not want to do at all.
Fortunately, there is an easy fix available to fix the issue and keep your photos and videos intact. The following shows how you apply the fix.
How to Transfer iPhone Photos and Videos to Computer
In order to keep your iTunes synced photos and videos safe and secure with the iCloud Photo Library option, you need to first back up your content to your computer. That way, you will have a copy of all of your photos and videos just in case something goes wrong and your data gets erased.
There are two ways you can copy content from your iPhone over to your computer. Either you can use one of the built-in apps on your Mac to have your photos and videos transferred or you can use a third-party app to do the task. Here are both the ways for you.
Method 1. Use Image Capture to Transfer Photos and Videos to Computer
Image Capture is an application that comes preloaded on all the Mac machines out there. It allows you to import and manage multimedia content including photos and videos from your iPhones and other digital gadgets.
It is extremely easy to use the app to import photos from your devices as the app provides a single-click import feature to its users. If you have never used the app to transfer your photos, the following should teach you how you can do it.
Step 1: Click on Launchpad in your Dock and search for and click on Image Capture. It will launch the Image Capture app on your Mac.
Step 2: When the app launches, plug-in your iPhone to computer using USB cable.
Step 3: Click on your iPhone under the Devices section in the app. You will see all the photos you have got on your device. Select the photos you would like to copy, click on the dropdown for Import To and choose a folder to save your photos in, and click on the Import button.
Step 4: If you would like to import all the photos and videos from your iPhone to your computer, you can click on the Import All button and it will get the job done for you.
If you have a lot of content to be imported to your computer, the process will take a good amount of time to finish. When it is finished, you will find your photos and videos in the selected folder on your computer.
You may now enable the iCloud Photo Library option on your iPhone as a copy of your photos and videos is available on your computer. That is how you fix the “photos synced from iTunes will be removed” error on your devices.
Method 2. Use AnyTrans for iOS to Transfer Photos and Videos to Computer
As it is clearly visible in the above procedure, the Image Capture app is only available for Mac users. What if you do not have a Mac and you wish to transfer your photos from your iPhone over to your computer?
Well, the answer is AnyTrans for iOS. It is an application that works on both Mac and Windows and allows you to transfer data including photos and videos between your iPhone and computer. It is easy to use the app to transfer your content and the following shows how you can go about doing it on your computer.
Step 1: Download and install the AnyTrans for iOS application either on your Mac or on your Windows machine.
Step 2: Launch the app on your computer and plug-in your iPhone to your computer using a compatible cable.
Step 3: On the main interface of the app, click on the option that says Content to Computer. It will let you transfer content over to your computer.
Step 4: The following screen will let you select the content category you would like to transfer to your computer. Make an appropriate selection and click on the right arrow icon to continue.
Step 5: Wait while the app transfers photos and videos to your computer. When it is done, you will find your content is now available on your computer.
One of the great things about using AnyTrans for iOS to transfer your content is it preserves your folder structure so your photos and videos will be in their original folder format on your computer.
Since a backup of your content has been created, you may enable the iCloud Photo Library option on your iPhone.
The Bottom Line
If your iPhone is threatening you with a message that says the content you have synced from iTunes will be removed, the above guide shows how you can deal with the situation by creating a backup of your media files. We hope it helps you out.