Get 6 ways to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to your Mac in this article!
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As photo collections grow, you may find Photos & Camera takes up most of your iPhone storage. For me, iPhone storage shows that photos occupy 48 GB of my 128GB iPhone XR. At this moment, moving all pictures and videos to the computer for backup and then deleting them is a good option to free up the iPhone storage space.
Here in the following guide, we will focus on how to transfer photos and videos from iPhone to Mac computers, like iMac, MacBook Pro/Air, Mac Mini, and Mac Pro in some simple ways. Just keep reading!
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On Mac OS X Yosemite or later, you can use the Photos app to import iPhone photos, which replaces the old iPhoto and Aperture with a simpler photo editor and library manager. It also can be used to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, and here we’ll show you how to make it:
For Mac OS X Yosemite earlier, you can use the iPhoto feature on Mac to move Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Mac.
If you want to delete iPhone photos after import to your Mac, you can check the “Delete items after import”, which will automatically remove your iPhone photos after importing to your Mac, as the picture below shows.
If the method above didn’t work, you can have a try on the professional tool – iMobie AnyTrans. With this tool, you can do far more than transfer photos. For instance, you can move other data across iDevices like contacts, call history, WhatsApp messages, etc. AnyTrans offers you the choice to transfer all photos or just some of the photos, you can do it your way.
Except for transfer data, AnyTrans can also make a complete backup for your iPhone, restore the backup when you need it, and manage iCloud/iTunes data, etc. And below are its outstanding features for uploading iPhone photos, take a look at them before using AnyTrans.
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If you prefer this way, just Free Download AnyTrans on your computer firstly, and then follow the steps below to import iPhone photos to your Mac quickly.
If you want to copy all the photos on your iPhone, like Camera Roll photos, Photo Stream photos, iTunes synced photos, iCloud sharing photos, and album photos, or some other specific albums to Mac, here’s how to do it.
Step 1: Download AnyTrans on your Mac > Run it > Connect your iPhone to Mac via USB cable > Click on “Device Manager” mode, and then choose the “Content to Mac” option.
Step 2: Uncheck the “Select All” box > Check the photos albums containing the photos you need > Click on the “Next” button to start transferring the selected photos to your Mac.
Step 3: After the process completes, you can click the “View Files” button to check the transferred photos on your Mac.
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 the steps below.
Step 1: Download AnyTrans on your Mac > Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable > Click on “Device Manager” mode, and then choose the “Photos” option.
Step 2: Choose the album that contains the photos you need > Select photos you want to transfer > Click on the “To Mac” button at the top-right corner to transfer the selected photos to your Mac.
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 the following steps:
Step 1. Install the 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.
Here is a video tutorial to show you how to easily transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans:
How do I AirDrop from iPhone to Mac? On your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to bring up the Control Center, and then tap the “AirDrop” button. You can also turn on AirDrop from the Settings app > General > AirDrop. Select either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone,” depending on who you want to be able to send the photos to.
Here is how to transfer iPhone photos to Mac with AirDrop:
iCloud Photos is Apple’s online photo storage service. When you activate iCloud Photos, all your iPhone photos get stored in iCloud so you can view and download them from your Mac. Note that you must be signed in with the same Apple ID on your iPhone and Mac. Here is how to sync iPhone photos to Mac with iCloud:
Follow the steps on how to using Image Capture on Mac to import photos from iPhone:
If you just want to transfer several photos from iPhone to Mac and your Mac is not in your hand, Email becomes a wonderful choice. Here is how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with Email:
There are also many ways to transfer iPhone photos to PC, and using the Windows default Photos app is one of the good ways. Here are steps on how to transfer iPhone photos to a computer via Photos (windows 10/8):
To get more ways and details on how to transfer iPhone photos to Windows PC, you can move to this guide: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer (Windows).
In addition, if you want to transfer photos from Mac back to your iPhone, just refer to How to Transfer Photo from Mac to iPhone >
Since iOS 11, iPhone has taken HEIC as the default format of its photos, as this new format is more efficient in terms of storage space. However, HEIC is not widely compatible, especially on Windows PC. If you have trouble opening HEIC photos on your computer and want to convert HEIC photos into other formats such as JPG, PNG, JPEG, etc, you can try a free tool – iMobie HEIC Converter.
When you copy photos to your Mac with the Photos app, they are stored in the Photos library folder. Also, you can change the location to somewhere else like in a folder on your Mac or on an external drive, and still view them in Photos.
Here is where to find photos stored in the Photos app: On your Mac, Go to Finder > Choose Pictures > Right Click Photo Library > Choose Show Package Contents > In a folder named Masters, you will find photos in different folders.
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Any pictures in iCloud will not show when you import photos with Photos or Image Capture. You can download it all from iCloud and then try again.
Camera Roll only has the photos you took with the cameras on that iPhone or images captured from the screen.
Some MacBook Air/Pro doesn’t have USB-A Ports. As Apple said: “You can connect a USB-C power adapter and cable to charge your notebook computer. If you have a device that doesn’t connect to this port, you might be able to use an adapter to connect it.”
These Mac models don’t have USB-A ports and have USB-C (Thunderbolt 3) ports:
After importing iPhone photos, you can also move your photos from your Mac to an external hard drive to make a copy, or free up Mac’s space. Here is how:
To get more info please read on How to Transfer iPhone Photos to Flash Drive with or without Computer >
Although you can get 7 or even more ways to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac, most of them only support exporting Camera Roll photos. If you want to transfer photos stored in other albums, AnyTrans can be the best choice.
Except for transferring photos, it also can transfer other iOS contents, like Messages, Contacts, Videos, Movies, Notes, etc., and also supports transferring data from one iPhone to another Apple device directly. Why not download AnyTrans and try now?
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