How to Transfer Photos from Computer to Your iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8 in 4 Ways

How to transfer photos from computer to iPhone? Read this guide to learn 4 easy ways to put photos from computer to your iPhone. This guide supports almost all iPhone models including the latest iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro and iPhone 11 Pro Max as well as iOS 13.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2019

AnyTrans for iOS – Ultimate iPhone Photos Transfer Tool

AnyTrans for iOS helps transfer photos between iPhone and computer, so you can get photos from PC or Mac to your iPhone with Ease.

One of the most frequently asked questions from our iPhone users is: How do I transfer photos from computer to my iPhone XS/X/8 or other iPhone series? Why it is so complicated to get photos to my iPhone from computer? If you have some confusion, you’ve come to the right place.

In this article, we will show you how to import photos from computer to iPhone with or without iTunes. Keep reading to get four ways! If you want to learn how to transfer iPhone photos to computer, please read on 6 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer.

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac Computer to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

To freely transfer photos from computer to iPhone or vice versa, without data erasing or complicated sync process, AnyTrans for iOS is the best way to try. It is a comprehensive iPhone data manager, now have a basic knowledge of it by listing its top features on managing photos:

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Photo Transfer

  • Transfer all kinds of formats of photos from computer to iPhone.
  • Transfer 3000 photos from Mac/PC to iPhone within 32 SECONDS.
  • Keep photos in original quality and no erase of data.
  • Work well with all iPhone(iPhone 11 & iOS 13 supported).

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Free Download100% Clean & Safe

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Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS, and install it on your computer, then connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. You will see your iPhone screen in AnyTrans, and just click the screen to add photos from computer. Or you can just drag and drop the photos to this section.

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2. Browse the photos on your Mac/PC, select photos and click the “Open” button to start transferring the selected photos to your iPhone.

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans - Step 2

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3. After transferring, you can unlock your iPhone and go to Photos app > Albums on your device.

Put Photos from Computer to iPhone without iTunes – Step 3

Put Photos from Computer to iPhone without iTunes – Step 3

You can also view the video to see how to transfer photos from computer to your iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS:

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Bonus Part. How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac Computer to iPhone Wirelessly

If there is no USB cable available or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, then you can try the AnyTrans app to transfer photos from computer to iPhone wirelessly. Before we start, please make sure that your iPhone have connected the same Wi-Fi with your computer.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone. You can download it by clicking the below button or directly search AnyTrans on App Store.

Step 2. On your computer, enter anytrans.io in your browser, and you’ll see a QR code.

How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. On your iPhone, open the AnyTrans app you just installed and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your computer.

Step 4. Click on Add to Device button to select the photos on your computer, and then transfer them to your iPhone.

How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 4

How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 4

Part 2: How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

When transferring photos from PC or Mac computer to iPhone/iPad with iTunes, you will lose all the media files (like Photos, TV Shows, Music, Ringtones, iBooks, etc) synced to your iPhone, if you don’t want to lose any existing files on your iPhone, please move to Part 1.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable, and then run iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically.

Step 2: Click Device tab > Select Photos > Check Sync Photos > Select where you want to sync photos (iPhoto, Photos or some specific folder) > Click Apply. If you choose to import photos from your computer’s some folders to iPhone, and the folder you choose has some sub-folders, you need to select All folders or Selected folders firstly before starting syncing.

How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with iTunes

How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Important Note: If you turned on iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone or iPad, when syncing photos from computer to iDevice with iTunes, you may find your iTunes doesn’t allow you to sync photos from computer to iPhone iPad, because your iTunes doesn’t have this sync option. It just pops up a window and says: “iCloud Photos is On. XXX can access photos in iCloud. Photos can be downloaded to your device via Wi-Fi or cellular network”, just like the following screenshot shows.

Fix “iTunes can’t sync photos because iCloud photos on” Problem

Fix “iTunes can’t sync photos because iCloud photos on” Problem

To fix this “iTunes can’t sync photos because iCloud photos on” problem, you have 3 choices, they are followed:

Choice 1: Turn off iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone/iPad with the steps below:

On your iPhone iPad, go to Settings App > Apple ID > iCloud > Photos > iCloud Photo Library > Tap on it to turn it off > Choose Remove from iPhone or Download Photos & Videos.

Warning: Applying Choice 1, you have to remove all the iCloud photos from iPhone (those photos stored in iCloud but not on your iPhone will be deleted) or download these iCloud photos to iPhone (this will be huge burden for an iPhone with limited storage, especially you are working with a 16GB or 32 GB iPhone). If you want to keep all iCloud photos, and spare more storage on your iPhone, please choose Choice 2.

Choice 2: Add photos to iCloud from your computer directly, and then all the newly added iCloud photos will be shown on your iPhone automatically once your iPhone is connected to a Wi-Fi or cellular network.

Choice 3: Sync photos from computer to iPhone iPad with an iTunes alternative, just like Part 1 shows – transfer photos to iPhone without erasing existing data on iDevice.

Also Read:  How to Transfer Data to Your New iPhone (iPhone 11 Supported) >

Part 3. How to Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud

With iCloud Photo Library enabled on your iPhone, you can sync photos between iPhone and iCloud. So you can upload photos from computer to icloud.com, and then they will be automatically synced to your iPhone when there is Wi-Fi available. Follow the steps to transfer photos from computer to your iPhone with iCloud:

  1. Enable iCloud Photo Library: Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad > [Your Name] > iCloud > Photos > Toggle on iCloud Photo Library.
  2. On your computer, open your browser > navigate to iCloud.com > Log in with your Apple ID.
  3. Upload photos from computer to iCloud: Click on Photos > Click the Upload button >Select photos from the computer to add to iCloud.
  4. Open your iPhone Photos, and when there is Wi-Fi available, photos will sync to your iPhone.

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud

 

Also, you can download the iCloud app for Windows on your PC and turn on the iCloud Photo Library on both your iPhone and iCloud app, then photos will sync between your iPhone and computer with iCloud.

Sync Photos between Computer and iPhone via iCloud App

Sync Photos between Computer and iPhone via iCloud App

Limits for iCloud Photo Library:

There is 5GB free iCloud storage, if you have a lot of photos and videos to sync, it will quickly be used up. So you will have to pay for extra iCloud storage at $0.99 per month for 50GB, which is worth to buy.

When you enabled iCloud Photo Libary, it will sync those pictures across all other iPhone, iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple Watch which share the same Apple ID. You may not want that to happen sometimes.

Part 4. Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with Google Photos

You can add photos from your computer to Google Photos and install Google Photos app on your iPhone, photos you added will sync to your iPhone. Or you can choose some Drive services like Google Drive, OneDrive, or Dropbox which will also allow you to transfer photos from computer to iPhone and vice versa. Here is how to use Google Photos to sync photos to your iPhone from computer.

  1. On your computer, go to https://photos.google.com/ and create a new album.
  2. Choose photos from the computer to upload to Google Photos.
  3. On your iPhone, go to App Store and install Google Photos and login with the same account on your computer.
  4. Then photos will sync to your iPhone Google Photos.
  5. You can now download photos synced from Google Photos to your iPhone.

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with Google Photos

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with Google Photos

 

We received a nice bit of requests asking about how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer. If you have the same question, please go to visit the two guides: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac Computer.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, with the help of AnyTrans for iOS, it is easy enough to transfer photos from PC or Mac to iPhone, and you won’t lose any precious data on your device. Except transfer photos to iPhone, AnyTrans for iOS also supports transferring Videos, Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, iBooks, Podcasts, and other iOS data to iPhone, or from iPhone to computer or iTunes library, with data and personal information safety guaranteed. Why not download AnyTrans for iOS and try it yourself? Why not get AnyTrans for iOS and start adding photos to your iPhone now?

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.