How to transfer photos from computer to iPhone? Read this guide to learn two ways to import photos from PC/Mac computer to iPhone – with iTunes and without iTunes. Supports iPhone 4/4s/5/5s/6/6s/7/8/X, and also works well with Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista and Mac OS X 10.8//9/10/11, etc.
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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 and without iTunes. If you want to upgrade to new iPhone 8 (Plus) or iPhone X and transfer photos to new iPhone X/8 (Plus) this 2017 Christmas or 2018 New Year, this post would also be helpful.
When it comes to transferring photos from computer to iPhone, there is no doubt that the first solution come to our mind is iTunes. However, when syncing photos from computer to iPhone with iTunes, all the photos, music, ringtones, iBooks and other media files you synced to your iPhone will be erased (just like the following screenshot shows). And you need to pick up all the photos you want to transfer and save them in one folder before you starting syncing.
To keep all your data on iPhone safe, in this guide, we will show you a totally new way to put photos on iPhone – AnyTrans. With it, you can put multiple or all photos on iPhone from computer at once. More than anything, unlike iTunes, you won't lose any existing data or file during syncing.
Before starting the tutorial about how to transfer pictures from computer to iPhone without iTunes, let's have a basic knowledge of AnyTrans by listing its top features on managing photos:
Step 1. Launch AnyTrans, and connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. After AnyTrans recognize your iPhone, click Add Content shortcut to add photos.
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.
Step 3. After transferring, you can unlock your iPhone and go to Photos app > Albums on your device. All transferred pictures will be stored there.
Note: The guide above can be applied to transfer photos from PC/Mac computer to iPhone X/8/7/6S/6/SE/5S/5/4S/4. If you are working with an iPad or iPod touch, you also can follow this guide to add photos from computer to your iDevice.
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.
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.
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.
As you can see, with the help of AnyTrans, 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 also supports transferring Videos, Music, Ringtones, Voice Memos, iBooks, Podcasts, and other iOS data to iPhone, or from iPhone to computer or iTunes library. Why not download AnyTrans and try it yourself?
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