How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Computer

If you need to access your iPhone’s files on your computer, you will need to first transfer your files over to your computer. There are a number of ways to do the task and you will find several of those in the below guide.

By Faye Clarke | Posted on: Aug. 08, 2019, Last Updated: Aug. 08, 2019

iPhone is an amazing piece of device as it lets you work on both professional and personal projects of yours while you are on the go. When you finish your tasks, you may want to have your data transferred from your iPhone over to your computer. Although the iPhone has loads of business features, it is yet to replace an actual computer.

Transferring data from an iPhone over to a computer is pretty easy provided you meet the minimum requirements. Apple provides you with multiple options to let you share files between your iPhone and your computer. You can utilize these options and have your iPhone data shared with your computer.

Before you start, we’d like to mention that this article applies to all models of iPhone and Mac/PC.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Computer with iTunes

When you think of sharing data from an iPhone to a computer, the first thing that probably hits your mind is iTunes. This app has helped a number of users share their data with their computers in the last many years and you can still use it to do your task.

iTunes provides you with an easy way to copy data from your iPhone to your computer. Basically, it does all the back-end work so all you need to do is select the data you want to copy to your machine and it will take care of the rest for you.

However, be advised that there are some limitations as to what type of data you can share from your iPhone with iTunes. The app does not let you share all types of files and only the data of the apps that allow file sharing will be copied to your computer. If you are happy with that, the following shows how you do the task.

Step 1. Launch the iTunes app on your computer and connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2. Click on your device when you find it in iTunes and then click on the option that says File Sharing in the left sidebar.

Access the file sharing feature in iTunes

Access the file sharing feature in iTunes

Step 3. On the following screen, you will see a list of apps that allow files to be shared between your iPhone and your computer. You may now add files from this screen of iTunes.

Select apps and share their files

Select apps and share their files

iTunes is an easy way to transfer your iPhone’s data to your computer, however, there are a number of restrictions that may prevent you from sharing the data you really want to share with your computer.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Computer with AirDrop

If you have been using your iPhone for some time, you would know what AirDrop is. For those of you who do not know, AirDrop is a file transfer service that allows you to share files between your Apple devices wirelessly.

What that means is you can use AirDrop to transfer your data from iPhone to your Mac without requiring any cables. However, the feature will not work for Windows users as only the Macs are equipped with this feature.

So if you want to learn how to transfer data from an iPhone over to a Mac, the following steps should teach you how to do the task.

Step 1. Enable WiFi and Bluetooth on both your iPhone and Mac. It is because AirDrop uses these wireless technologies to transfer your data.

Step 2. Launch Finder and click on AirDrop in the left sidebar on your Mac. Select Everyone from the Allow me to be discovered by the menu.

Become discoverable on your Mac

Become discoverable on your Mac

Step 3. Open the app whose files you would like to transfer to your Mac, launch the Photos app for example. Tap and hold on any photo and select the share icon.

Step 4. On the following screen, tap on your Mac to transfer the selected data, your photo in this case, from your iPhone over to your Mac.

Transfer the selected file to Mac with AirDrop

Transfer the selected file to Mac with AirDrop

Step 5. A prompt will appear on your Mac asking if you would like to receive files from your iPhone. Select Accept and you will receive your iPhone’s files on your Mac.

Accept the incoming file transfer request on your Mac

Accept the incoming file transfer request on your Mac

That is how you use AirDrop to transfer files from an iPhone over to a Mac.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Computer with Email

This method has been used for a very long time to share files and basically what it requires you to do is send the files you want to share to your own email address. Then, open the inbox on your device and download the files.

If the data you want to transfer from your iPhone over to your computer is not huge and there are only a few files to be transferred, this may be a convenient method for you. The following shows how to do it.

Step 1. Choose the content you want to transfer. Here we take the photo as an example. Tap the Share button at the lower-left corner.

Step 2. Then you will see all the share options. Choose Mail to transfer the picture to your own Email account.

Tap Email to Transfer Data

Tap Email to Transfer Data

Step 3. Access your email account on your computer, open the email you sent to yourself, and download the attachments.

There you go. You now have your iPhone’s files available on your computer.

How to Transfer Data from iPhone to Computer with AnyTrans

If you would notice, each and every method mentioned above has limitations. From iTunes not allowing you to transfer all types of files to AirDrop only being compatible with Macs, there really does not seem to be an option that has no restrictions at all.

Fortunately, though, there is an app called AnyTrans for iOS that eliminates those restrictions and allows you to transfer whatever content you want from your iPhone over to your computer. It supports a number of file types to be transferred, has both Windows and Mac versions, and is extremely fast to transfer your data.

The app comes preloaded with tons of features and allows users to transfer data between your iPhone and your computer with a minimum number of clicks. The following shows how you use the app to transfer your data.

Step 1. Download and install the AnyTrans for iOS app on your computer. Plug-in your iPhone to your computer and launch the app.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 2. On the main screen of the app, select the option that says Content to PC. It allows you to transfer data from your iPhone to your computer.

Transfer content from iPhone to computer

Transfer content from iPhone to computer

Step 3. The following screen asks you to select the type of data you want to transfer to your computer. Checkmark all the applicable options and click on the “Next” button. You can also change the export path of your content.

Select the content categories to transfer to your computer

Select the content categories to transfer to your computer

Step 4. Wait while the app transfers the chosen data from your iPhone over to your computer. This should not take too long, though.

Data being transferred from iPhone to computer

Data being transferred from iPhone to computer

Step 5. When the data is transferred, you will see the following on your screen.

Transfer of data from iPhone to computer completed

Transfer of data from iPhone to computer completed

That’s all there is to it. You have successfully transferred your data from your iPhone over to your Windows or Mac computer.

The Bottom Line

When it comes to transferring data from an iPhone to a computer, you have a number of ways to do the task. Each and every method has a special way of doing the task and you should prefer the one that works for you.

Faye Clarke

Member of iMobie_Inc, an enthusiastic fan of Apple and Jazz music, always ready to offer advice and solutions to any iOS & Android related issues.