How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop

If you have no idea of how to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop, this guide could be helpful by offering you 4 ways to import iPhone pictures to your laptop in Windows and Mac.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2019

When your iPhone is full of pictures, you may want to import some photos from iPhone to your home laptop for backup. No matter you are working on a Windows or Mac laptop, we get you covered. Here are four ways you can try to upload photos from your iPhone to a laptop.

Part 1. Transfer iPhone Photos to Laptop with AnyTrans (PC & Mac)

AnyTrans for iOS is a comprehensive iPhone data management tool that works on Windows and Mac computer. With it, you can easily manage all your iPhone photos. Check its main features on photo transferring.

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Now download AnyTrans for iOS free trial and follow the steps below to import your photos from iPhone to a laptop.

Step 1: Run AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable > Click on “Device Manager” mode, and then choose the “Photos” option.

Import Photos from iPhone to Laptop – Step 1

Import Photos from iPhone to Laptop – Step 1

Step 2: Select photos you’d like to transfer from iPhone to laptop > Click on the “To Laptop” button at the top-right top corner to transfer the selected photos to your laptop.

Import Photos from iPhone to Laptop – Step 2

Import Photos from iPhone to Laptop – Step 2

Also Read: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to USB Flash Drive >

Bonus Method. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop Wirelessly (Win & Mac)

If you do not have a USB cable at hand or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, then AnyTrans app on iPhone is a good helper for you to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop wirelessly.

More than transferring photos from iPhone to computer, with AnyTrans app, you can manage files like music, video, documents on your iOS device. After installing it on two devices(both iOS and Android are compatible), you can directly transfer files from one device to another wirelessly via this app.

Make sure your iPhone and laptop are connected to the same Wi-Fi, and cellular data would not work in the following steps.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

Step 2. On your laptop: visit anytrans.io via browser > Then you will see a QR code on this page.

On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app > Tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your computer.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with AnyTrans Wirelessly - Step 2

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with AnyTrans Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Then on your laptop, all your iPhone photos will show up > Select the photos you want > Click on “Download” button to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with AnyTrans Wirelessly - Step 3

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with AnyTrans Wirelessly – Step 3

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with Windows Explorer

On a Windows laptop, you can use Windows Explorer to download iPhone pictures, here is how to import iPhone photos to windows laptop via Explorer:

  1. Connect your iPhone to the laptop and open This PC, here you will find Windows File Explorer.
  2. Click on your iPhone > Click on Internal Storage.
  3. Go to the DICM folder, you will see many folders named 100APPLE or 101 APPLE, etc.
  4. Open the folder and copy the pictures you want to transfer to a folder on the laptop.
Upload Photos to Laptop with File Explorer

Upload Photos to Laptop with File Explorer

If your iPhone not appearing on your PC or your computer can’t recognize your iPhone, you can refer to this guide: How to Fix iPhone Photos Not Showing Up on Computer >

Part 3: Transfer iPhone Photos to Laptop with Photos App

On Windows and Mac laptop, there is a built-in Photos app which allows you to import iPhone pictures to your laptop. Follow the steps to download photos from iPhone with Photos app:

On a Windows laptop: Connect your iPhone with USB cable > Open Photos app from the Start menu if it doesn’t pop up > Click on the Import option > Choose From a USB cable > Then select photos you want to transfer > Click on Import and Continue.

Import iPhone Photos with Photos on Windows

Import iPhone Photos with Photos on Windows

On a Mac laptop: Connect your iPhone with USB cable > Open Photos app from the Launchpad if it doesn’t pop up > Click on the Import tab > Select the photos > Click Import XX Selected or Import All Items to transfer photos to Mac.

How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

Here are more ways to get iPhone photos to a Mac laptop like using Image Capture, Preview, AirDrop, etc. Please read on our guide on Full Ways to Transfer iPhone Photos to a Mac >

Part 4. Upload iPhone Photos to Laptop with iCloud Photos

You can enable iCloud Photos on your iPhone and your laptop so that iPhone photos will automatically be uploaded to your iCloud Photo Library. Then photos will be synced to your laptop on Photos app (on a Mac), or under This PC (on a Windows). Or you can access and download the photos by going to icloud.com on your laptop.

On your iPhone: Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Photos > Toggle iCloud Photos on.

On a Windows laptop: Download Windows for iCloud to your PC > Install iCloud for Windows and sign in with your Apple ID > Enable the “Photos” > The iCloud software will make a copy of the photos to your computer. You can check the photos under This PC > iCloud Photos > Downloads.

Upload iPhone Photos with iCloud for Windows

Upload iPhone Photos with iCloud for Windows

On a Mac: Update your Mac to the latest version > Go to Apple menu > Go to System Preferences  > iCloud > Sign in with your account > Check Photos option and enable iCloud Photo Library. After that, your iPhone photos will upload to the Photos app on your Mac.

The Bottom Line

Transferring iPhone photos to a laptop is a good way to backup iPhone photos, you can choose the way you like. If you have any idea on this post, please leave us a comment. Also, you can download AnyTrans for iOS now to try its photo transfer features, and if you have any questions on it you can contact us by Email.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.