Full Guide of Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without iTunes

Can I transfer files from iPhone to PC without iTunes? The answer is absolutely YES. You can find four useful methods about how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Jul. 28, 2021

iTunes is a useful data management tool provided by Apple company for iOS devices user to backup and restore data on their iPhone, iPod and iPad. However, what is undeniable that the main disadvantage of iTunes is that the existing data on your devices will be erased when your restore a new backup of data to your device. And it does not allow you to selectively transfer a type of data from one iPhone to another. So, here comes a question: How do I transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes?

In this article, we provide you with four ways to solve this problem. Please keep reading.

While, let’s check the way about how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC using iTunes at first.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using iTunes

The first method recommended maybe using iTunes when you ask people: How do I get the photos off my iPhone to my PC? Since iTunes allows iPhone users to backup and restore their devices’ data without storage space limited like iCloud. There are the detailed steps:

  1. Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB or USB-C cable.
  2. Tap on the iPhone icon in iTunes at the top left corner > Click Photos.
  3. Select “Sync Photos”> Choose an album or folder from the menu > Click on “Apply”.

Move iPhone Photos to PC with iTunes

Please wait for the syncing process, it might take a while if you’re syncing your photos to iTunes at the first time.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without iTunes

Although iTunes can help many users transfer iPhone photos to the computer, one of its biggest drawbacks is that iTunes cannot allow users to choose one or several photos to transfer. This is very inconvenient for users who have many photos in a folder. But don’t worry, here are four ways to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC by AnyTrans

AnyTrans is a comprehensive iOS data manager, with it you can Transfer, import, or manage your iPhone photos, music, messages and contacts, and call logs, etc., easily. AnyTrans supports the newest iOS 14 and iPhone 12. So you can use it to transfer photos from iPhone 12/11 to the computer.

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* 100% Clean & Safe

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Check its main features and give it a free try:

  • Transfer Photos to Anywhere You Like – Transfer photos from your iPhone to PC without iTunes or transfer photos & all data from iPhone to your new iPhone 12.
  • All Types of Data Supported – Not only photos, but also videos, musics, messages, contacts, and Books can be transferred between iPhone and computer.
  • Keep All iPhone Photos Organized – AnyTrans categorize your photos and videos into different folders, like Live Photos, Selfies, Slo-Mos, Time-lapses, or albums you created. So you can quickly find the photos you want.
  • Convert Photos to Compatible Format – When transferring photos, AnyTrans will automatically convert the photo to your iPhone or computer-compatible format like converting HEIC to JPG.

Here are the steps to copy photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes using AnyTrans:

Step 1. Download and install AnyTrans on your PC > Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable. You will see your active iPhone screen > Click Photos icon.

Click Photos to Preview and Manage

Click Photos to Preview and Manage

Step 2. Select the album with photos you want to transfer to PC, like My Photos (including Places, People, and more), Albums, Recently Deleted, etc.

Select Photos and Send to PC

Step 3. After that, you can see the transferred photos on your PC as the below picture shows.

View Photos in Category on PC

View Photos in Category on PC

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Files Explorer

For Windows user, using Files Explorer on the Windows computer is another good choice to move photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer with USB cable > Tap “Trust”on your iPhone to authorize this computer to access the data on your iPhone.
  2. Open My Computer > Double click the the icon of your iPhone to open it > Click on the device storage > Tap the DCIM folder.
  3. You can now copy and paste the pictures into any folder on your PC.
Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Files Explorer

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Files Explorer

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with Google Drive

You can also transfer photos from iPhone to PC wirelessly using Google Drive:

  • Download Google Drive from the Google Play Store and install it on your iPhone.
  • Open the app, tap the plus icon at the bottom of the screen > Upload > Photos and Videos.
  • Now you can select photos and upload them to your Google Drive.
  • Then install the App on your computer > Open this folder called “Google Drive” and find your uploaded pictures in it.
Transfer iPhone Photos to PC via Google Drive

Transfer iPhone Photos to PC via Google Drive

What you should know is that Google Dive helps back up your iPhone photos to the service for free. But the fact is that users are allowed to use it to back up about 15GB worth of photos and other files. And after this 15GB limit is exceeded, Google Drive will start charging users for it’s storage space. The monthly subscription fee after 15GB is a big downside.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using Email

Sending an email that attached with photos to yourself is a good choice to transfer photos from your iPhone to PC. But it is just useful for transferring a few pictures.

Step 1. Open photo app on your iPhone > Tap on Albums to open Albums Page > Choose the target album.

Step 2. Tap on the Edit button > Select the photos that you want to transfer > Tap on the Share button and choose Email.

Step 3. Type your Email address and complete the Email > Tap on Send > Sign in your Email on Mac and download those pictures and store them on your computer.

Email your iPhone Photos to PC

Email your iPhone Photos to PC

The Bottom Line

In this guide, you have multiple choices to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes, but AnyTrans be said to be a simpler and more effective method. Just download it and have a try without further ado.

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