How to Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac/PC

This guide tells you 5 ways to backup iPhone Photos on Mac/PC. Some of them support backing up not only Camera Roll, but also Photo Stream and Albums.

By Abby Walsh | Posted on: Dec. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Mar. 25, 2019
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– Can’t restore iPhone Camera Roll Photos from iCloud backup

– Have too many photos whose number far exceeds that of Photo Stream can keep

– Takes too much time to backup photos from iPhone to iCloud

If you meet any situation mentioned above, it means that you should back up your camera roll photos from iPhone to computer.

When it comes to backing up iPhone camera roll photos to computer, both Windows users and Mac users have many choices. In this post, we will focus on how to backup iPhone photos to Mac, and offer you 5 ways to backup camera roll photos from iPhone to Mac, including Photos app, Preview, Image Capture and AnyTrans for iOS. (If you are Windows user, please refer to this guide – How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer (Windows 7/8/10 Included).)

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Part 1:Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac/PC with AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans for iOS is developed to transfer data like photos from iPhone/iPad/iPod touch to computer, to iTunes, or to another iDevcie. So, with this tool, it‘s very convenient and easy to backup iPhone camera roll, photo stream and sync photos to your Mac or PC. Additionally, besides photos, you can also use it to backup music, videos, contacts, messages, notes, books and more from iPhone to computer.

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Step 1: Launch and run AnyTrans for iOS, connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable and click .

Backup iPhone Camera Roll with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Backup iPhone Camera Roll with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2: Click on Photos, and choose Camera Roll.

Backup iPhone Camera Roll with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Backup iPhone Camera Roll with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3: Choose the photos from the camera roll, and click the “To Computer” button.

Backup iPhone Camera Roll with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Backup iPhone Camera Roll with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

AnyTrans for iOS is also can be used to backup iPad and iPod touch camera roll photos to Mac/PC. The steps are almost identical as above.

Bonus Tip: Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly

If you don’t have an available USB cable or your iPhone cannot be recognized by Mac. We suggest you to take a wireless way to backup iPhone camera roll to Mac. With AnyTrans app, you could easily solve this problem.

Step 1. Download and install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

Step 2. Go to anytrans.io on your Mac, you will see a QR code.

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly - Step 2

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Then open the AnyTrans app on your iPhone, tap Scan button to scan the QR code on Mac webpage.

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly - Step 3

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly – Step 3

Step 4. When iPhone has connected with Mac, your iPhone photo album will show up on the left side of interface. Choose Camera Roll, select the photos you want to send to Mac. Click “Download” to transfer photos to Mac.

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly - Step 4

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac Wirelessly – Step 4

Part 2:Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac with Photos

It is no exaggeration to say that Photos app is the most widely used photo transfer software when transferring photos from iOS devices to Mac. So the first iPhone photos transfer tool we will talk about is Photos app. Let’s move on how to backup photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos app.

Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable > Launch Photos if it does open automatically > Pick up all the camera roll photos > Click Import XXX (the number of your camera roll photos) photos to import.

How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

Note:

– Once the process has finished, you can decide whether you need to move those photos to some folder of your Mac.

– If the Photos app does not launch automatically, you can change the default setting by following this guide.

Part 3:Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac with Preview

Besides Photos app, you also can transfer Camera Roll from iPhone to Mac with Preview. Absolutely, Preview doesn’t open automatically when connecting camera or device with built-in camera to Mac, so you need to launch Preview on your Mac firstly and then follow the steps below:

Click File at the upper left corner of your screen > Choose Import from your iPhone > Pick up photos or choose all > Click Import or Import All > Choose the destination for Camera Roll Photos.

How to Backup iPhone Photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview

How to Backup iPhone Photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview

Part 4:Backup iPhone Camera Roll to Mac with Image Capture

Besides Photos app and Preview, Image Capture also is a nice choice to import iPhone Photos to Mac. Contrary to Photos app and Preview, Image Capture’s icon is not placed in Launchpad directly,you need to open the Other firstly and move the icon of Image Capture to Launchpad, then you can run it now and backup iPhone photos to Mac with following the steps:

Connect your iPhone to Mac and run Image Capture on your Mac > Select your iPhone from the devices list > Set output folder for the Camera Roll Photos backup > Pick up photos > Click Import (If you just transfer some photos) or Import All (If you choose all the photos).

How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

Note:

– You can decide which application open when you reconnect your iPhone to Mac by selecting an application on the pop-up menu of Connecting this iPhone Opens.

– You can decide whether delete those Camera Roll Photos from iPhone after importing by clicking the choice box at the bottom left corner of Image Capture’s Importing Page.

Part 5: Backup iPhone Camera Roll to PC with AutoPlay

Step 1. Please connect your iPhone to your computer. Generally speaking, the AutoPlay will launch automatically. 

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to PC with AutoPlay

Backup iPhone Camera Roll to PC with AutoPlay

Step 2: Select “Import Pictures and Videos Using Windows”. Then click the “Import” button. A process bar appears.

Step 3: Windows will import your iPhone photos to the Windows Photo Gallery. The photo gallery program will launch when the import is complete.

The Bottom Line

With this detailed tutorial about how to backup camera roll photos from iPhone to Mac in 5 ways, you must have found that iMobie AnyTrans for iOS is the best way to backup iPhone photos to Mac. Because it allows you to backup all the photos from iPhone to Mac, no matter what albums you want to backup. More than anything, AnyTrans for iOS also features you the powerful ability to manage your photos, you can edit, move, delete, rename your photos. Why not download AnyTrans for iOS and Give it Try Now >

Abby Walsh

Member of iMobie team, an Apple fan and a horror movie lover. Always be willing to solve all kinds of Apple-related issues as well as Android's.