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How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac Computer to iPhone with/without iTunes

How to transfer photos from computer to iPhone? Read this guide to learn 4 ways to put photos from PC/Mac computer to your iPhone: with or without iTunes. This guide Supports almost all iPhone models, and we also cover both Windows 7/8/10, and Mac OS X, including the latest macOS Mojave.

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One of the most frequently asked questions from our users is about How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone? If you are also confused about this question, read our post with deep attention. In this article, we will show you how to import photos from computer to iPhone with or without iTunes. Keep reading to get 4 ways!

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac Computer to iPhone without iTunes

Before starting the tutorial about how to transfer pictures from computer to iPhone without iTunes, let's have a basic knowledge of AnyTrans for iOS by listing its top features on managing photos:

  • You can transfer call kinds of formats of photos from computer to your iPhone.
  • AnyTrans for iOS ensures no loss of picture quality and no compression. You can view your photos on iPhone with the original image quality.
  • Lightning fast photo transferring speed - You can transfer 100 pictures from computer to iPhone in only 3.4 seconds.
  • Unlike iTunes syncing, there would be no data loss and erasing. 100% guarantee your data security.
  • AnyTrans for iOS also enables you to directly upload photos on computer to iCloud. By it, you can also achieve the goal of viewing PC/Mac photos on iPhone, and it would save a lot of space for you.
  • It supports all the models of iPhone, including latest iPhone XS (Max), iPhone XR, iPhone X/8/7/6s/6/SE/5s/5c/5 etc., and both of Windows and Mac operating system, including Windows 7/8/10, Mac OS X 10.9/10/11 (like Mavericks, Yosemite, El Capitan and Mac OS Sierra, Mac OS High Sierra,macOS Mojave).

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Step 1. Launch AnyTrans for iOS, and connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. After AnyTrans for iOS recognize your iPhone, click Add Content shortcut to add photos.

Import Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone without iTunes – Step 1

Import Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone without iTunes – 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 without iTunes – Step 2

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone without iTunes – Step 2

Step 3. Then check the album, and click right arrow to start transferring.

Put Photos from Computer to iPhone without iTunes – Step 3

Put Photos from Computer to iPhone without iTunes – Step 3

Step 4. After transferring, you can unlock your iPhone and go to Photos app > Albums on your device. All transferred pictures will be stored there.

Put Photos from Computer to iPhone without iTunes – Step 4

Put Photos from Computer to iPhone without iTunes – Step 4

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

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 folder 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 the Part 1 shows – transfer photos to iPhone without erasing existing data on iDevice.

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 sync to your iPhone when there is Wi-Fi available.

Step 1. Enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone: Open Settings app on your iPhone or iPad > Tap the Apple ID at the top of the screen > iCloud > Photos > Toggle on iCloud Photo Library.

Step 2. On your computer, open your browser > navigate to iCloud.com > Log in with your Apple ID.

Step 3. Upload photos you want to get from computer to iPhone to iCloud: Click on Photos > Click the Upload button and select photos from computer to add to iCloud.

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud

Step 4. Open your iPhone Photos, and when there is Wi-Fi available, photos will sync to your iPhone.

Limits for iCloud Photo Library:

There are only 5GB free iCloud storage, if you have a lots 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.

Step 1. On your computer, go to https://photos.google.com/ and create a new album. Choose photos from computer to upload to Google Photos.

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with Google Photos

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with Google Photos

Step 2. On your iPhone go to App Store and install Google Photos and login with same account on your computer. Then photos will sync to your iPhone Google Photos.

Step 3. You can now download photos synced from Google Photos to your iPhone.



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?

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Joy Taylor Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.

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