How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer (PC and Mac Included)

iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR photos not showing up on PC/Mac computer? Please keep reading and you will learn several ways to fix iPhone pictures not showing up on computer.

By Alexis Hay | Posted on: Dec. 05, 2017, Last Updated: Mar. 15, 2019
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Recently, a lot of users encounter another problem – DCIM folder not showing on the computer. To help more users, we added a bonus tip to this post, click here to fix DCIM folder not showing on computer issue.

Q: “I have an iPhone 7 with more than 1000 photos and a windows 7 PC. When I plug in my iPhone and it is recognized, but when I open the pictures folder (DCIM), there are no photos. Why iPhone photos not showing up on PC? I’ve tried everything I could do, nothing works. Please help! Thank you.”

—An Email from One User

Having too many pictures saved on a 16GB or 32GB iPhone will waste the limited storage, that’s why we want to import iPhone photos to PC or Mac to free up space. However, sometimes you may encounter the iPhone photos not showing up on computer issue as the above user, which can happen to iPhone 4s/5/5s/6/6s/SE and iPhone 7/8/X/XS (Max)/XR users, especially on Windows computer.

In this guide, we will show you some potential fixes to fix the above issue, and provide you with an iOS Photo Manager that helps make iPhone photos (Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, or Albums) show up on PC/Mac computer.

Also Read: How to Fix iPhone Won’t Sync with iTunes After Upgrading to iOS 11/10/9 >

Quick Fixes on iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on PC/Mac Computer

For PC Users:

Here are several quick and potential fixes to solve iPhone photos not showing up on PC.

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For Mac users:

Normally, iPhone photos not showing up on computer issue seldom happens on Mac computer. If you are unlucky and stuck on this problem, you can try the following solutions.

For more solutions, please refer to: How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Mac >

Fixes on iPhone Not Showing All Photos on Computer

Some users can’t access one single iPhone photos on computer while some users can only access a few iPhone photos. Frankly, iPhone not showing all photos on computer issue is quite normal. On PC, only photos on Camera Roll could be displayed, so there is no way to display photos on Photo Library or Photo Stream. To check photos from Photo Stream, Photo Library or Photo Share, you might need a tool like AnyTrans for iOS.

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On Mac, however, photos can all be displayed on iPhoto. If you find iPhoto doesn’t show all your photos, check if you have enabled iCloud Photo on both iPhone and Mac. If iCloud Photo on both iPhone and Mac is enabled, try to take some new pictures and see if photos are on Mac. If not, you may also try to use AnyTrans for iOS to view photos from iPhone on Mac computer.

Best Solution to Make iPhone Photos Show up on Computer (PC/Mac)

AnyTrans for iOS is a full-way iPhone file management tool. As mentioned above, it allows you to view iPhone photos on PC/Mac. What’s more, it could also help you get photos to computer as backup, including photos on Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, Photo Share and Albums. Now, please follow us to view iPhone photos on PC/Mac computer.

Step 1. Free download AnyTrans for iOS and launch it on your computer. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

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How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer – Step 1

How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer – Step 1

Step 2. Scroll down to the category management page, click Photos, and then select a photo type. Take Photo Library as an example.

How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer – Step 2

How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer – Step 2

Step 3. There all photos on iPhone could be displayed. You can use AnyTrans for iOS to download those photos to computer, upload photos to iCloud and transfer them to another iDevice.

How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer – Step 3

How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer – Step 3

You may aware that Apple started using HEIC format for saving images on iOS devices since iOS 11, as it is not widely compatible as JPG, which results in problems coming from time to time. Here are two of the most common problems reported by users listed here to give you a hand in case encounter the same problem.

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Bonus Tip: How to Fix DCIM Folder Not Showing on Computer

Normally, when connecting iPhone to PC, right after the iPhone storage is showing up, the DCIM folder can be seen. However, sometimes, the DCIM folder would not show up on computer. If DCIM folder not showing on your computer, here are two solutions.

Solution 1. Unlock your iPhone.

If your iPhone is locked, the DCIM folder containing all your pictures on your Camera Roll would be empty. Just unplug your iPhone and then unlock your iPhone screen, plug in your iPhone back to computer, DCIM folder can be seen.

Solution 2. Authorize the Computer

Connect your phone with a USB > Open iTunes > Go to Menu > Account > Authorizations > Authorize this computer > Provide username and password. After that, you can now see the DCIM folder.

Also Read: How to Fix Can’t Delete Photos from iPhone >

The Bottom Line

That’s how to fix your iPhone photos not showing up on PC, and if you have any other ideas about this issue, please share it with us in the comment section.

Alexis Hay

Member of iMobie team, a great lover of iDevices. Always enjoy helping to solve all kinds of iOS and Android problems.