How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone

Want to get some photos from laptop to your iPhone as wallpapers? This guide will show you two methods to transfer pictures from laptop to your iPhone with or without iTunes.

Roger Smith Posted on: Sep. 19, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 18, 2019

You may have saved thousands of your holiday photos on your home laptop, and want to sync some to your handy iPhone so that you can set one of them as wallpaper or share them with friends.

If you have searched about how to transfer photos from laptop to iPhone, you may find iTunes is the typical way to go. However, iTunes sync is complicated for fresh users, and it may erase the previous photos on your iPhone. In this post, we also provide you a non-iTunes way to transfer photos from laptop to iPhone without iTunes, which supports any laptop, Samsung, DELL or Mac.

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone without iTunes in 1 Click

If you prefer a simpler and quicker way to help you transfer photos from laptop to iPhone, then AnyTrans for iOS can be your best choice. It has won a good reputation among iOS users for data transfer and management. And below are its outstanding features on transferring photos from laptop to iPhone.

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Photo Transfer

  • One-click to transfer over 2000 photos in 40 seconds.
  • Unlike iTunes syncing, no data will be erased.
  • Selectively transfer photos from laptop to iPhone.
  • Transfer photos from iPhone to computer as backup.

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Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your Laptop firstly, and then follow the simple steps below to transfer photos from laptop to your iPhone in minutes.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to laptop.

Open AnyTrans for iOS on your laptop and connect iPhone to laptop via USB cable > Choose Device Manager > Click Photos on the right side to start.

Click Photos under Device Manager

Click Photos under Device Manager

Step 2. Choose Photo Library Album to transfer.

Enter the “Photo Library” album, click the “Add” button to start adding photos from your laptop.

Enter Photo Library and Click Add Button

Enter Photo Library and Click Add Button

Step 3. Transfer pictures from laptop to iPhone.

Choose folder and pictures > Click Open to start sending photos from your laptop to iPhone.

Transfer Pictures from Your Laptop

Transfer Pictures from Your Laptop

  1. You can also transfer videos, music, ringtones, audiobooks, messages, contacts, notes, books, Safari bookmarks/history as well as other up to 25 file types from laptop to iPhone.
  2. You can also delete unwanted photos or transfer photos from iPhone to the computer by using the buttons on the top-right Menu bar.
  3. AnyTrans supports transferring photos from laptop to an iPhone, and vice versa. More than anything, it supports all photos from Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, etc., and supports the newest official image format HEIC as well.

Bonus Part. How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone Wirelessly (3 Steps)

When you have no available USB cable to use, you can try AnyTrans app – it enables you to transfer photos from laptop to iPhone wirelessly. It can help you transfer files like music, video, documents from computer to phone and vice versa, or between two devices.

You just need to install it on your devices(both iOS and Android are compatible), then you can directly transfer files from one device to another wirelessly via this app.

Before we start, you need to connect your iPhone and laptop to Wi-Fi.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.

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 on the top right corner to scan the QR code on your computer.

How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone wirelessly

How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone wirelessly

Step 4. On your computer, click on the “Upload” button and select the photos you want to transfer from laptop to iPhone. Finally hit the “Open” button and the transferring will start.

How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone wirelessly

How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone wirelessly

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes (6 Steps)

  1. Collect the photos to one folder on your laptop.
  2. Run iTunes and connect iPhone to your laptop.
  3. Click the iPhone icon on the iTunes.
  4. Click photos taps in the right panel.
  5. In the photos menu, click on “Sync photos from” option > Choose the folder you want to transfer > Select “Selected folders” option.
  6. Click “Apply” to start syncing the photos from laptop to iPhone.

Sync Photos from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

Sync Photos from Laptop to iPhone with iTunes

While transferring photos from laptop to iPhone, some of you may get the notification of “iCloud Photo is On”, that is because iTunes can’t transfer photos with iCloud Photo is On. You have three solutions for this.

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone – iCloud Photo is On

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone – iCloud Photo is On

Solution 1. Turn off iCloud Photo. Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. Switch the button next to Photos, then select Remove from iPhone or Download Photos & Videos, now your iCloud Photo is turned off.

Please note that after turning off iCloud Photo Library, you have to remove all the iCloud photos on your iPhone or download these iCloud photos to iPhone which would be a large burden for your iPhone especially if you are still running 16 GB or 32 GB plan. If these are not what you want, you may refer to the next solution.

Solution 2. You can also transfer photos from your laptop to iCloud, all newly added photos can be synced to your iPhone soon. Please refer to this post to get details. How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iCloud >

Solution 3. You can just sync photos just like Part 1 shows. AnyTrans for iOS would not erase any data and doesn’t require you to turn off iCloud Photo.

The Bottom Line

Besides transferring photos, you can also use AnyTrans for iOS to easily transfer music, contacts, videos, songs and some other types of files from laptop to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6s or the older iPhone 6/SE/5s/4s, and vice versa.

AnyTrans also guarantees you 100% Safe & Security. During this process, all the contents on your iPhone will be kept safe, and you won’t lose any data or file. So why not download AnyTrans for iOS and have a free trial on your Windows notebook or MacBook?

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.