How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC & Mac Computer

How to import photos from iPhone to computer? This article shows you 6 ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac & PC including Windows 7/8/10, and works for all iPhones like iPhone 11/Xs/X/XR/8/7/6s/6.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 20, 2020

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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!

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer

The new iPhone 11 features a dual-camera setup and iPhone Pro and Pro Max with a triple 12MP/4k rear camera. This means the new iPhone 11 series offer a 2x optical zoom out feature called “Night mode” for improved low-light performance. Now with a new iPhone 11, you can more amazing pictures.

One day, you’ll find Photos App becomes the biggest storage consumer which may take you 10GB (a large number for a 64GB device) or even more on your iPhone. Photos take 47GB of my 128GB iPhone XR, which is a lot. At this moment, you have to consider transferring all photos from iPhone to computer and deleting them to free up space. Here you will get 6 ways to move your iPhone photos to computer (Windows PC or Mac).

Part 1: Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer with AnyTrans for iOS

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:

There are two options to transfer iPhone photos to computer with AnyTrans for iOS: 1-click to export all iPhone photos or choose some specific photos to transfer. Also, it helps transfer photos from any iPhone to your computer like iPhone 6, iPhone 6s, iPhone 7, iPhone 8, iPhone X, iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, iPhone 11, etc.

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Photo Transfer

  • Transfer  3000 photos from iPhone to PC/Mac within minutes.
  • Transfer all photos including Places, People, Photo Videos, etc.
  • Zero quality loss and convert HEIC to Windows compatible format.
  • Work well with all iPhone models & iOS (iPhone 11 & iOS 13).

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Option 1: 1-Click to Export All Photos from iPhone to 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 PC button on the Homepage of AnyTrans for iOS.

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3: Select the categories of photos you want to export to PC, like My Photos, Albums. Pick up the output folder by clicking the Select button, and then click the Right arrow button to start transferring photos from iPhone to Windows computer.

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Transfer All Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Step 4: When the transferring process finished, all the photos exported from iPhone will be saved on your computer in the right folder. And you’ll find all the photos are organized in folders like Live Photos, Camera Roll, Panoramas, etc.

How to Import All Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 4

How to Import All Photos from iPhone to PC with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 4

1 – Click Export All iPhone Photos Now >

Option 2: Transfer Multiple or Selected iPhone Photos 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 the computer with its USB cable > Click the Photos category.

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 2

Step 3: Select the album with photos you want to transfer to PC, like My Photos (including Places, People, and more), Albums, Recently Deleted, etc.

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 3

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 3

Step 4: Select the photos you want to transfer > Click Send to PC button to get selected iPhone photos to your computer.

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 4

Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Computer – Step 4

Step 5: Check the transferred iPhone photos on your computer.

Here is a video on How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer:

Also Read: How to Get Music off iPhone onto Computer/iTunes/Another iPhone >

Bonus Part. How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC 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 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.

How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC Wirelessly – Step 2

How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC 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. 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.

How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC Wirelessly – Step 4

How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC Wirelessly – Step 4

Part 2: Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with the Photos App

Just like the Photos App on Mac, Windows 10/8 also has a Photos App. If you are working with a Windows 10/8 computer like this, follow us to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with Photos App as below steps:

  • Plug your iPhone with a USB cable and the Photos app should pop up.
  • Open Photos app from the Start menu if it doesn’t launch automatically.
  • Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer.
  • Click the Import button from the Photos app in the top right corner.
  • Choose “from a USB Device”, which will allow you to import photos from your iPhone to your PC.
  • It will start searching for photos on your iPhone, choose photos you want to import and then click Import again.
  • Choose photos you want to import and then click Continue again. Select where you want to save the photos.
  • Once it finished importing the photos, they can be found in folders within your Pictures folder.
Transfer iPhone Photos with Windows Photos

Transfer iPhone Photos with Windows Photos

 

Part 3: Import Photos from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay

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 the 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.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 7 with AutoPlay

  • Connect your iPhone to the computer. If the AutoPlay window appears, click “Import Pictures and Videos using Windows”.
  • Click the Import Settings link > Change the folder to which your Camera Roll’s photos will be imported by clicking the Browse button next to the “Import to” field.
  • After setting up your import options, click OK > Choose a tag if desired and click the Import button.

How to Copy Camera Roll Photos from iPhone to Windows 7 Computer

How to Copy Camera Roll Photos from iPhone to Windows 7 Computer

When your iPhone is connected to the 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.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 8 with AutoPlay

  • Connect your iPhone using the cable with your Windows 8 PC. Wait for your PC to detect your iPhone. You might see a notification with the Trust option. Tap on Trust option to continue.
  • Open “The PC” and right-click on the iPhone device and then select “Import pictures and videos”.
  • Select “Review, organize, and group items to import” option if you are transferring or importing images for the first time. Or click “Import all new items now” if you have already transferred photos from your iPhone. Click Next.

Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 8 Computer

Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 8 Computer

  • Click on the “More Option” link to choose folders where you want to import iPhone pictures and videos. Set folder for Pictures. Click OK and then the Next button.
  • 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 disconnecting 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.

Part 4: Import Photos from iPhone to Computer with Windows Explorer

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.

Follow the steps below to import photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer:

  • Connect your iPhone to PC > Open My Computer > Find your iPhone it will appear under Portable Devices Sections.
  •  Double click iDevice icon to open your iPhone > You’ll see the Internal Storage icon > Double click it to open it.
  • 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.
How to Import Photos from iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XR/XS to PC with Windows Explorer

How to Import Photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer

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 a hassle-free iMobie HEIC converter to change these photos to JPG afterward try again. Here is a detailed guide which tells you how to do that with this tool: How to Convert HEIC to JPG on Computer >

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.

Part 5: Transfer iPhone Photos to PC with iCloud Photos

Here is how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with iCloud Photos, follow the steps below:

  • 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.
  • Download the iCloud for Windows app onto your computer > Install it on your PC > Then sign in using your Apple ID the same as the one on your iPhone.
  • Check Photo > Then select Download new photos and videos to my PC > Click Done > Apply.

Transfer iPhone Photos to PC with iCloud Photos

Transfer iPhone Photos to PC with iCloud Photos

From now on new photos you take with your iPhone will now automatically transferred to your PC whenever you have Wi-Fi.

  • To download photos from iCloud, open Windows Explorer on Windows 7 or File Explorer on Windows 8/10.
  • Click on This PC (or Computer on Windows 7) on the left of the screen. Double-click on iCloud Photos.
  • Then double-click on Downloads. Now you can view your iCloud folders of photos.

Transfer iPhone Photos to PC with iCloud Photos

Transfer iPhone Photos to PC with iCloud Photos

Part 6. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

For Mac users you can transfer iPhone photos to computer (Mac) with Photos app, here is how:

  • Download the latest version of iTunes on your Mac. Importing photos to your Mac requires iTunes 12.5.1 or later.Connect your iPhone with a USB cable.
  • Unlock your iPhone and Trust your Mac. On your Mac, the Photos app will automatically open. If it doesn’t, open the Photos app from the LaunchPad.
  • Click the Import tab at the top of the Photos app and choose photos you want to import to your computer then click Import Selected.
  • You can also click Import All New Photos to import all new photos quickly.
How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

To learn more ways on transferring photos from iPhone to Mac like using Image Capture, AirDrop, Preview, please read this guide – How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac to get iPhone photos to Mac computer.

Part 7: Best Way to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer – Comparison Chart

  AnyTrans AutoPlay Windows Photos Windows Explorer iCloud Mac Photos
Camera Roll
Photo Albums
Photo Stream Photos
Photo Library
Organize Photos
Multiple Transfer Directions
Transferring Speed Fast Medium Medium Medium Depends on
Wi-Fi
Medium
Recognition Speed Fast Medium Medium Medium Depends on
Wi-Fi
Fast
Load Time Medium Medium Medium Medium Depends on
Wi-Fi
Medium
Stability High High Needs Improving Needs Improving Depends on
Wi-Fi
High
Resolution High Equal Equal Low Equal High
Easy to Use

Overall

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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 iOS & Android related issues.