How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer? The following tutorial shows you 5 ways to import photos from iPhone to PC including Windows 7/8/10. And we also make a comparison on the 5 ways so that you can get the best way.
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This guide is focus on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows computer, if you are working with a Mac, like MacBook Pro/Air, iMac, etc., you can follow this guide – How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac to get iPhone photos to Mac computer.
Q: "I cannot figure out how to import my photos from my iPhone to a folder on my Windows PC. This is my first iPhone and I am not used to iTunes or the sync features. So far I can get it to sync photos from the photo folder on my pc, but not take them from the iPhone and put them on my PC!"
With an iPhone, we can capture high-quality photos using the built-in iSight camera. Especially with the new iPhone XS’s 12MP dual camera and its portrait mode, people are really fond of taking amazing pictures. One day, you’ll find Photos App becomes the biggest storage consumer which may take you 10GB (a large number for a 32 or 64GB device) or even more on your iPhone. At this moment, you have to consider transferring all photos from iPhone to computer and deleting them to free up space.
When it comes to transfer photos from iPhone to computer, for Windows users, you can try Windows AutoPlay, Windows Explorer, Windows Photos, iCloud or some iPhone Photo Transfer Tool. In this guide we will offer you 5 methods and also make a comparison among them so that you can get the best way.
You know, you can get many ways to transfer iPhone photos to computer, but most of them only help you transfer Camera Roll Photos to computer, and all photos are placed in disorder, etc. Therefore, here we recommend you an iPhone content manager tool – AnyTrans for iOS, which does great in managing and transferring iPhone photos with those top features, like:
Next, we will show you how to import photos from iPhone to Windows computer with AnyTrans for iOS. No matter you want to export all iPhone photos or just some specific photos, you can make it with following methods.
Method 1: 1-Click to Export All Photos from iPhone to Windows (7/8/10) Computer
Step 1: Free download AnyTrans for iOS on your Windows computer, and then install and run it.
Step 2: Launch AnyTrans for iOS, and then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable. Then click Content to Computer button on Homepage of AnyTrans for iOS.
Step 3: Select the categories of photos you want to export to PC, like Camera Roll, Photo Stream (photos synced to iCloud server), Photo Video, Photo Library (photos synced from computer), Live Photo, Screenshot, etc. Pick up the output folder by clicking Select button, and then click Right arrow button to start transferring photos from iPhone to Windows computer.
Step 4: When the transferring process finished, all the photos exported from iPhone will be saved on your computer in right folder. And you’ll find all the photos are organized in folders like Live Photos, Camera Roll, Panoramas, etc.
Method 2: Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Windows (7/8/10) Computer
Step 1: Free download AnyTrans for iOS on your PC computer, install and run it.
Step 2: Run AnyTrans for iOS, and then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable > Click button.
Step 3: Select Photos > Select the album with photos you want to transfer to PC, like Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Photo Share, Live Photo, Screenshot, Location, etc.
Step 4: Select the photos you want to transfer to computer > Click To Computer button to get selected iPhone photos to your computer.
Step 5: Check the transferred iPhone photos on your computer.
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 iPhone to Mac wirelessly.
Now, connect your iPhone to PC with the same Wi-Fi, and then do as the following steps:
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 PC, enter anytrans.io in your browser, and you'll see a QR code.
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. Then all your iPhone photos will show up on the computer. Select the photos you want to transfer and click the "Download" button to start transferring photos from iPhone to PC.
When transferring photos from iPhone to Windows 7/8 via AutoPlay, only Camera Roll photos can be transferred, Photo Stream and Photo Library photos are not in supported list, and all the photos are placed in disorder, if you want to transfer all kinds of iPhone photos to PC, and organize them in order, you can move to Part 1 find a better solution.
1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 7 with AutoPlay
1. Connect your iPhone to the computer. If the AutoPlay window appears, click "Import Pictures and Videos using Windows".
2. Click the Import Settings link > In the resulting window, you can change the folder to which your Camera Roll's photos will be imported by clicking the Browse button next to the "Import to" field.
3. After setting up your import options, click OK > Choose a tag if desired and click Import button.
When your iPhone is connected to computer, but Windows AutoPlay doesn’t pop up, you can try to fix it with these potential solutions, like: reconnect your iPhone; restart your computer; install the latest driver for your computer, etc. If you still failed to make it, move to Part 1 to transfer iPhone photos to Windows 7/8/10 computer.
2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 8 with AutoPlay
1. Connect you iPhone using the cable with your Windows 8 PC. Wait for your PC to detect your iPhone. You might see a notification with Trust option. Tap on Trust option to continue.
2. Open "The PC" and right-click on the iPhone device and then select "Import pictures and videos".
3. Select "Review, organize, and group items to import" option if you are transfer or importing images first time. Or click "Import all new items now" if you have already transferred photos from your iPhone. Click Next.
4. Click on "More Option" link to choose folders where you want import iPhone pictures and videos. Set folder for Pictures. click OK and then Next button.
5. Select the groups of photos you want to import, click the Import button.
When connecting iPhone to your Windows 8 computer, if the AutoPlay Window doesn’t appear, or your iPhone photos not showing up on your PC, you can try to fix it with the following methods, like disconnect your iPhone and connect it again, change another USB cable or USB port, restart your computer, etc. If you still fail to fix it, you can move to Part 1 to transfer all iPhone photos to computer with AnyTrans for iOS.
Just like Windows 7, Windows 8, the Photos App on Windows 10 also only supports transferring the Camera Roll photos from iPhone to PC. If you plan to transfer all the photos from your iPhone to computer (including Camera Roll photos, My Photo Stream, iCloud sharing photos, Synced photos from computer, etc.), you can move to Part 1 to make it.
Just like the Photos App on Mac, Windows 10 also has a Photos App, which allows you to upload camera roll photos from iPhone to Windows computer if it is running with Windows 10 operating system. If you are working with a computer like this, follow us to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 with Photos App as below:
Step 1: Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer, and this will helps your computer recognize your iPhone. And then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable.
Step 2: Run Photos App on your PC, and then click Import button at top right corner.
Step 3: Select the photos you want to import to PC, and then click Continue button. And then all the selected photos will be transferred your Windows 10 computer.
Windows treats the iPhone as a digital camera or file system, so you can import photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer. And it also only imports Camera Roll photos, and your photos are stored in several folders in disorder, if you want to export all iPhone photos, and keep them organized, please move to Part 1 to make it.
About how to import photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer, you just need to follow the steps below:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC > Open My Computer > Find your iPhone it will appear under Portable Devices Sections.
Step 2: Double click iDevice icon to open your iPhone > You’ll see the Internal Storage icon > Double click it to open it.
Step 3: You’ll see the DCIM folder that is the Camera Roll folder > Double click open it > Open one folder to see if it contains the photos you want to transfer > Select the photos you like and copy them > Paste them to the desired folder of your computer.
Recently, some users reported that photos won’t upload on Windows due to they are saved in HEIC format. It is not clear whether because of the format. But, if you’re facing this problem too, here are two fixes for you:
1. Give a try on hassle-free HEIC converter to change these photos to JPG afterward try again.
2. Using AnyTrans to transfer HEIC photos to computer directly because it supports auto conversion during the transferring process. What you need to do is set up the export format of HEIC photos before starting.
Step 1. Enable iCloud Photos or iCloud Photos Library based on your device: Tap Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library). Now photos will be uploaded to iCloud with Wi-Fi.
Step 2. Download the iCloud for Windows app onto your computer > Install it on your PC > Then sign in using your Apple ID same with the one on your iPhone.
Step 3. Check Photo > Then select Download new photos and videos to my PC > Click Done > Apply.
From now on new photos you take with your iPhone will now automatically transferred to your PC whenever you have Wi-Fi.
Step 4. To download photos from iCloud, open Windows Explorer on Windows 7 or File Explorer on Windows 8/10.
Step 5. Click on This PC (or Computer on Windows 7) on the left of the screen. Double-click on iCloud Photos.
Step 6. Then double-click on Downloads. Now you can view your iCloud folders of photos.
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