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.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Dec. 06, 2018, Last Updated: Mar. 25, 2019
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If you download some pictures from your computer at office or from your friends’ computer, you may store them to your flash drive or USB. After backing home, you want to transfer them to your iPhone for viewing. At this moment, you may want to know whether it can directly transfer from flash drive to iPhone or not.

In fact, there is no way to import pictures from flash drive to iPhone directly without outside help. Therefore, here we will recommend you a professional iOS data transfer tool named AnyTrans for iOS to solve this problem. Let’s first take a brief look at it.

Part 1. How to 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 computer. However, as you might know, while syncing photos from flash drive/USB to iPhone, it’s possible that your current media content on iPhone shall be erased and replaced with the iTunes library on your computer.

Moreover, for those who have enabled iCloud photo library, to transfer photos to iPhone via iTunes, you have to turn it off. In this case, your iCloud photos on iPhone shall be erased. Or you can choose to download them all to your iPhone, which would occupy a large storage on your iPhone. Don’t want to face these frustrating situations? Part 2 can render you a better method.

  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. Then click Photos, check the box next to “Sync Photos”. Navigate to the folder of photos you want to transfer to your iPhone from the flash drive which you would like to copy music from.
  4. Click on “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

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS

A Concise Introduction of AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans for iOS is one all-in-one iOS data transfer tool that can let you have a better management of your iPhone/iPad/iPod content.

So now let’s follow this tutorial to know how to transfer photos from flash drive to iPhone, but before transferring photos from flash drive to iPhone, you should first download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer (Windows or Mac) then connect your USB and iPhone to the computer.

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Step 1. Launch AnyTrans on computer and click .

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone – Step 1

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone – Step 1

Step 2. Tap on Photos and click on Photos Library to next page.

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone – Step 2

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone – Step 2

Step 3. Tap on “+” to add photos to photos library > Find out those photos that you’d like to transfer on USB > Then click on “Open” to transfer photos from flash drive to iPhone.

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone – Step 3

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone – Step 3

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 4

Transfer Photos from Flash Drive to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 4

The Bottom Line

Besides transferring photos from flash drive or USB to iPhone, with AnyTrans you can also transfer music from flash drive or USB to iPhone. For this part you can refer to this article: How to Transfer Music from Flash Drive to iPhone. So now download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer, more advantages of AnyTrans for iOS you will find. For this article, if you have any question, please be free to contact us by Email or giving your precious comments in below section.

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.