How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iMac/MacBook/Mac Mini/Mac Pro

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How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, MacBook or iMac? Read this post to know 7 ways to easily import photos from iPhone to Mac. Also supports importing photos from new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

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May. 23, 2017

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AnyTrans – Transfer Multiple or All Photos from iPhone to Mac In Minutes

AnyTrans - #1 iPhone to Mac Photo Transfer Tool

Download AnyTrans on your iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini or Mac Pro firstly, and then follow us to transfer multiple or all photos from iPhone to your Mac with a few clicks. Supports iOS 11/10/9/8/7/6/5.

If are working with a Windows computer, and you are looking for solutions to how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 7/8/10/XP/Vista, you can move to this guide: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows Computer >

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It is a real pleasure to build your photo library with your iPhone by capturing photos, saving images from Apps and taking screenshots. While, 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, especially you are working with a 16 GB or 32GB iPhone, you'll wonder how to create more available storage on iPhone, and keep these photos safe.

Normally, to free up space on iPhone, the simplest and most widely used way is transferring the biggest occupier – your photos from iPhone to computer for backup, and then delete them from your iPhone. If you are working with a Mac computer, like iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini or Mac Pro, here is a guide for you. In this guide we will focus on how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac and offer you 6 ways to make it, including iPhoto, Preview, Image Capture, Email, and Photos App.

Before showing you how to upload photos from iPhone to Mac with these tools, firstly we'll recommend you an iOS data transfer tool – AnyTrans, which allows you to transfer all the photos (including Camera Roll, Photo Stream, iTunes synced photos, and iCloud sharing photos) from iPhone to Mac, and offer you a detailed guide about how to use it to transfer multiple or all photos from iPhone to Mac. Next let's get started!

Part 1: How to Transfer Multiple/All Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans

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 is the way to go, why?

  • Supports transferring all the photos - including Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library and My Albums – Whatever you want to sync, AnyTrans helps you make it.
  • Offers you two options when transferring iPhone photos to Mac - transfer all the photos from iPhone to Mac at one click, and preview iPhone photos and selectively transfer what you want.
  • Ensures you top security guaranteed – 100% copy the original iPhone pictures to computer instead of thumbnails or compressed pictures, all the transferred photos are kept in original high quality.
  • Extremely easy to use – AnyTrans with clean interface and readily comprehensible screen prompts makes it suit for both of basic and advanced users.
  • Compatible with all iPhone models and computer operating system – AnyTrans works well with all iPhones, like iPhone 3gs/4/4s/5/5s/6/6s/7/SE/8/X, and also supports all Mac OS versions, from Mac OS X 10. 8 to the latest macOS Sierra.
  • More iPhone photos management functions are added - like add iPhone photos to iCloud manually, transfer photos to another iPhone or iPad directly, sync photos from Mac to iPhone without erasing any existing data.
Download AnyTrans Now for macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.8/9/10/11

After downloading and installing AnyTrans on your iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini or Mac Pro, you need to follow us to import multiple or all photos from iPhone to Mac with steps below:

Step 1: Launch AnyTrans on your Mac computer, and then connect your iPhone to computer with its USB cable. By the way, all the models of iPhone (including iPhone 3GS/4/4s/5/5s/5c/6/6s/SE/7 and new iPhone 8/X) are in the supported list.

Step 2: Transfer multiple or all photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans.

Method 1: Transfer Multiple Photos from iPhone to Mac

Step 2-1-1: Go to the category page, choose "Photos" category, and then choose the photos from Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Photo Share, Panoramas, Albums, Bursts, etc.

Transfer Multiple Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-1-1

Transfer Multiple Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-1-1

Step 2-1-2: Select the photos you want to transfer to your Mac. You can Ctrl click the photos to choose multiple pictures. After that, click on the To Computer button on the upper right corner to download selected photos from iPhone to your Mac.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-1-2

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-1-2

Method 2: Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Mac at 1-Click

If you want to transfer all the photos on your iPhone, like Camera Roll photos, Phto 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 2-2-1: After AnyTrans recognizes your device, click Content to Mac.

How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-2-1

How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-2-1

Step 2-2-2: Select the photo categories that you want to download to your Mac, click Select to pick up a destination folder for the photos exported to Mac, and then click Start Transfer button to get all photos from iPhone to Mac.

How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-2-2

How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 2-2-2

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.

Part 2: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

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).

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto?

Part 3: How to Get Photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview

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.

How to Get Photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview

How to Get Photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview

Part 4: How to Download Photos from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

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.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with Image Capture

Part 5: How to Get Photos from iPhone to Mac with Email

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.

How to Send Photos from iPhone to Mac with Email

How to Send Photos from iPhone to Mac with Email

Part 6: Import Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

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.

How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

How to Upload Photos from iPhone to Mac with Photos App

Part 7: Comparison of 6 Methods and Select the Best Solution

  AnyTrans iPhoto Preview Image Capture Email Photos
Photos from iPhone
Camera Roll Photos
Photo Stream Photos
Photo Library Photos
Photo Album Photos
iCloud Sharing Photos
1-Click Transfer

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 other solutions. Just like the table above shows, when it comes transferring and managing iPhone photos, AnyTrans is the best choice. Except 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 and try it yourself?

Download AnyTrans Now for macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.8/9/10/11
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