How to Transfer Photos from Flash Drive or USB to iPhone

Still don’t know how to transfer photos from flash drive or USB to iPhone? This guide will offer two simple and fast ways to help you get flash drive/USB photos to iPhone.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 10, 2020

If you download some pictures from your computer at the office or from your friends’ computer, you may store them on your flash drive or USB. Then when you got home, you may want to transfer the photos from your flash drive to your new iPhone 12 for viewing.

At this moment, you may want to know whether it can transfer from the flash drive to an iPhone or not. The answer is YES. Here in this post, we will show you how to transfer photos from flash drive/USB to iPhone.  Let’s check it.

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone with iTunes

For iOS users, iTunes can be a good tool for us to sync photos to iPhone on both Mac and Windows computers. However, as you might know, while syncing photos from flash drive/USB to iPhone, your current media content on iPhone shall be erased and replaced with the iTunes library on your computer.

Moreover, for users who have enabled the iCloud photo library,  you have to turn it off before transferring photos to iPhone via iTunes. In this case, your iCloud photos on iPhone shall be erased. Or you can choose to download all your iCloud photos to your iPhone, which would occupy large storage on your iPhone.

Now, let’s check how to transfer pictures from a USB flash drive to an iPhone with iTunes:

  1. Launch iTunes on your Mac or PC. Make sure it is the latest version.
  2. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable that comes with your iPhone.
  3. Click the Device icon on iTunes.
  4. Then click Photos, check the box next to “Sync Photos”.
  5. Navigate to the folder of photos you want to transfer to your iPhone from the flash drive.
  6. Click on the “Apply” button to import your desired photos from flash drive to iPhone.
How to Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone with iTunes

How to Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone with iTunes

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive/USB to iPhone with AnyTrans

If you are tired of using iTunes to transfer and managing your photos on your iOS device, you may want to know how do I transfer files from USB to iPhone without iTunes. AnyTrans is one all-in-one iOS data transfer tool that can help you move data like photos, contacts, and music from a Flash Drive/USB to an iPhone or iPad. It also supports transferring data to an iPhone 12/12 mini/12 Pro/12 Pro max. It can also transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive with a few clicks.

AnyTrans – USB Photos to iPhone

  • Transfer photos from USB/Flash Drive to iPhone directly – 1 Click.
  • Superfast transferring speed, which saves a lot of time.
  • Keep photos of original quality and no erase of data.
  • Work well with all iPhone(iPhone 12 & iOS 14 supported).

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Now, download AnyTrans on your computer and then follow the steps below to transfer photos from the flash drive to iPhone.

Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on computer > Connect your iPhone and Flash Drive/USB to the computer > and click Device Manager.

Click on Device Manager on Anytrans Homepage

Click on Device Manager on Anytrans Homepage

Step 2. Tap on My Photos and click on the Add button to add photos from the USB/Flash Drive.

Add Photos to iPhone

Add Photos to iPhone

Step 3. Select those photos that you’d like to transfer in USB/Flash Drive > Then click on “Open” to transfer the selected photos from the flash drive to your iPhone.

Select Photos You Want to Add

Select Photos You Want to Add

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone with iCloud

If you are used to using iCloud to store and manage your iPhone photos or other iOS data, you can also transfer photos from Flash Drive to iPhone with iCloud. It will take a few minutes to complete the whole process. Now please take patience to take the following steps:

  1. Log in to your iCloud account on the iCloud official website on your computer.
  2. Upload your photos from your flash drive or USB to iCloud.
  3. On your iPhone, navigate to Settings > Apple ID > iCloud , and then turn on iCloud photos.
  4. Sync the updated photos with iCloud.

This solution might be more time-consuming but you are also expected to manage your iCloud photos with AnyTrans’s iCloud Manager. Next time, when you want to share photos between your iPhone and iCloud, you can also download AnyTrans to take a try.

Click Photos Category under iCloud Manager

Click Photos Category under iCloud Manager

Bonus Tip. How to Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly

What’s more, if no USB cable is available or your iPhone cannot be detected by your computer, then you can try the AnyTrans app on your iPhone to transfer photos from flash drive or USB to iPhone.

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

Step 2. On your computer: Go to anytrans.io website and you will see a QR Code.

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 2

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app, and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your computer.

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 3

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 3

Step 4. Then all your iPhone photos will show up on your computer. Select the photos you want to transfer and click on “Upload” button to transfer photos from flash drive or USB to iPhone.

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 3

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 3

The Bottom Line

Besides transferring photos from flash drive or USB to iPhone, with AnyTrans you can also transfer files from a flash drive or USB to iPhone. For example, you can easily transfer music from Flash Drive to iPhone.

So now download AnyTrans on your computer, more advantages of AnyTrans you will find. For this article, if you have any questions, please be free to contact us by Email or giving your precious comments in the below section.

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.