How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, MacBook or iMac? Read this post to know 6 ways to easily import photos from iPhone to Mac. Also supports importing photos from new iPhone XR and iPhone XS (Max).
It is a real pleasure to build your photo library with your iPhone by capturing photos, saving images from Apps and taking screenshots. However, as photo collections grow, you will find more and more storage are taken by Photos & Camera, even it becomes the biggest one. At this moment, many of you might choose to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac/PC computer for backup and then delete them to free up iPhone space.
Here in this post, we will focus on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac computer, like iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini, Mac Pro in 6 ways, including iPhoto, Preview, Image Capture, Email, and Photos App. However, these methods have shortcomings. Thus, before showing you how to upload photos from iPhone to Mac with these tools, firstly we’ll show you a perfect way which allows you to transfer all the photos (Camera Roll, Photo Stream, iTunes synced photos, and iCloud sharing photos are included) from iPhone to Mac without limits in Part 1. Let’s get started!
To get photos from iPhone to Mac easily and quickly, all you need is a professional iPhone to computer transfer tool that is efficient and capable of syncing photos from iPhone to Mac. iMobie AnyTrans for iOS is the way to go, why?
After downloading and installing AnyTrans for iOS on your iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini or Mac Pro, and no matter which device you are working with, like iPhone 3GS/4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7/8/X or the latest iPhone XR/XS (Max), all you need to do is following us to import multiple or all photos from iPhone to Mac with the detailed guides below.
Guide 1: How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Mac at 1-Click with AnyTrans for iOS
If you want to transfer all the photos on your iPhone, like Camera Roll photos, Photo Stream photos, iTunes synced photos, iCloud sharing photos and album photos, or all the photos of some specific album to your Mac, you can follow us to make it at one click.
Step 1: Download AnyTrans for iOS on your Mac, install and run it. Connect your iPhone to Mac computer with USB cable > Click Device Tab on Homepage of AnyTrans for iOS > Click Content to Mac button.
Step 2: Select the photo categories you want to transfer, like Camera Roll, Photo Library (the photos Synced from computer), Photo Video (the videos taken by iPhone), etc. > Click Select button to pick up output folder > Click Right Arrow button to starting transfer all iPhone photos to Mac.
Step 3: View the exported photos on your Mac computer. You’ll see all the kinds of photos keep organised, just like the following screenshot shows, you easily find the photos you like:
Guide 2: How to Transfer Multiple or Selected Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans for iOS
If you just want to transfer some specific photos of some album to Mac instead of all the iPhone photos or the whole album, you can follow us to transfer multiple or selected photos from iPhone to Mac.
Step 1: Download and install AnyTrans for iOS on computer > Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable > Click Device tab on home of AnyTrans for iOS > Click button to go to iOS content management page.
Step 2: Select Photos category > Select the album with the photos you want to transfer, like Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, etc.
Step 3: Preview the photos in this album > Select the photos you want to transfer to Mac > Click To Mac button to get them to computer.
Step 4: View the transferred photos on your Mac computer.
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 with Wi-Fi and 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 computer, enter anytrans.io in your browser, and you’ll see a QR code.
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 Mac. After the process completes, you can check them by going to Finder on your Mac > Downloads.
If you also want to learn some other ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, you can read on our post to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto, Preview, Image Capture, Aperture, Email and Photos App.
Tip：With iPhoto, you only can transfer Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Mac, if you also want to transfer photos in other albums like Photo Stream, Photo Library, you can move to Part 1.
Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable > Launch iPhoto if it doesn’t open automatically > Pick up the photos you want to transfer from iPhone to your Mac > Click Import button > Click Import Selected (if you select some photos) or Import XXX Photos (If you want to transfer all iPhone photos).
Tip: Preview only supports transferring Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Mac. To transfer more iPhone photos to Mac, please move to Part 1.
Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable > Launch Preview > Click File at the upper left corner of your screen > Choose Import from your iPhone > Pick up the photos you want to transfer by clicking Import or Import All > Choose destination for your iPhone photos.
Tip: Just like iPhoto and Preview, Image Capture also just supports exporting photos in Camera Roll album from iPhone to Mac. If you also want to the photos synced from iTunes, or shared by iCloud, you need to move to Part 1.
Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable > Run Image Capture on your Mac > Select your iPhone from the device list if it is not selected > Set the output folder for your iPhone photos > Click Import or Import all to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.
Tip:Don’t send too many photos at once, or you will fail to send this Email. It is better to send about 3 or 4 full size pictures in each email. If you want to export all the photos from iPhone to Mac, please to move to Part 1.
If you just want to transfer several photos from iPhone to Mac and your Mac is not at your hand, Email becomes a wonderful choice. So read on this post and transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with Email by following the step-by-step tutorial.
Run Photos App on your iPhone > Tap on Albums to open Albums Page > Choose the target album > Tap on Edit button > Pick up the photos you want to transfer > Tap on Share button and choose Email > Type your Email address and complete the Email > Tap on Send > Sign in your Email on Mac and download those pictures and store them on Mac.
Tip:Photos only supports importting Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Mac, if you want to import iCloud sharing photos, iTunes synced photos, please move to Part 1.
If you are working with Mac OS X Yosemite or El Capitan, you must have found that your Launchpad has a new App named Photos, which replaces the old iPhoto and Aperture with a simpler photo editor and library manager. It also can be used to export photos from iPhone to Mac, and here we’ll show you how to make it.
Run Photos App on your Mac > Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable > Click Import tab > Select the photos you want to export to Mac > Click Import XX Selected or Import All Items to transfer photos to Mac.
|AnyTrans for iOS||iPhoto||Preview||Image Capture||Photos|
|Camera Roll Photos|
|Photo Stream Photos|
|Photo Library Photos|
|Photo Share Photos|
|Convert Live Photos to GIF/Video|
|Upload to iCloud|
|Transferring Speed||588 Photos/min||356 Photos/min||323 Photos/min||368 Photos/min||265 Photos/min||482 Photos/min|
|Compatibility||All Mac OS versions||Discontinued since OS X Yosemite||All Mac OS versions||Discontinued since OS X Yosemite||All Mac OS versions||OS X Yosemite and later|
Although you can get 6, even more ways to transfer photos from iPhone to your iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini or Mac Pro, most of them only support exporting Camera Roll photos. If you want to transfer photos stored in other albums, you have to search for other solutions. Just like the table above shows, when it comes transferring and managing iPhone photos, AnyTrans for iOS is the best choice. Except for transferring photos, it also can transfer other iOS contents, like Messages, Contacts, Videos, Movies, Notes, ect., and also supports transfer data from one iPhone to another Apple device directly. Why not download AnyTrans for iOS and try it yourself >
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