How to View iPhone Photos on PC?

Do you want to view iPhone photos on PC? If so, then go through this guide and learn different ways to access your iPhone photos on the computer.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 07, 2020

There’s no secret that capturing photos with iPhone is amazing thanks to its built-in iSight Camera that gives you high-quality photos. But, there are times when you want to view your iPhone photos on the large screen of your computer. For Mac users, it is easy to view and access iPhone photos using iPhoto, Image Capture, Aperture or Preview. Things become a little bit complicated for PC users. But, it is still possible to view your iPhone photos on PC. Here, we’ve covered several methods on how to view iPhone photos on PC you can consider.

Part 1: Access iPhone Photos on PC with iCloud

iCloud can do much more than backing up your device data. In other words, you can make your photos available on all of your devices with iCloud sync. Before you learn how to do so, make sure that your iPhone is up to date and connect to a stable network. Then, follow the below steps-

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to “Settings” > ” [Your Name]” > ”iCloud” > ” Photos. Here, enable the “iCloud Photos” option.

Step 2: Download and install iCloud for Windows on your computer.

Step 3: Next, open iCloud for Windows and go to “Photos”, click “Options”. After that, choose “iCloud Photo Library” and click “Done”>” Apply”.

Step 4: Now, go to a File Explorer Window on your computer. Under Favorites, tap “iCloud Photos”.

Step 5: Finally, tap “Download photos and videos” and select the photos you would like to view on your computer and hit on the “Download” option.

Access iPhone Photos on PC with iCloud

Access iPhone Photos on PC with iCloud

Your photos will be saved to the location you’ve set in the iCloud Photos option. That’s how you can access your iPhone photos on PC via iCloud.

Part 2: View iPhone Photos on Computer Directly

There is a direct way to view your iPhone photos on a computer and it involves the use of USB cable. The method is described below in detail –

Step 1: To commence the process, connect your iPhone to your computer with the help of digital cable or USB cable. If you’re connected your iPhone to the computer for the first time, then you need to click “Trust This Computer” on iPhone.

View iPhone Photos on Computer Directly - Step 1

View iPhone Photos on Computer Directly – Step 1

Step 2: Once the computer detects your connected device, go to “This PC/My Computer”.

Step 3: After that, select your “iPhone” from the portable devices.

Step 4: Now, tap the hard drive icon that says “Internal Storage” and go to the “DCIM” folder.

Step 5: Finally, you can view your iPhone photos by accessing the “100APPLE” folder.  To access the screenshots of your iDevice, go to the folder named “999APPLE”.

View iPhone Photos on Computer Directly - Step 5

View iPhone Photos on Computer Directly – Step 5

You’ll see your iPhone pictures.JPG files and screenshots as.PNG files. All you need to do is to double-click the picture you want to view right from your device. But, you can also transfer them to your computer using drag and drop.

Usually, you can’t open the.HEIC file on PC directly. If you see pictures with the.HEIC file extension, which means that your iDevice is capturing pictures using the new HEIF file format. In order to view files of HEIF image format on a computer, you need a third-party application, iMobie HEIC Converter,  a hassle-free HEIC converter to change these photos to JPG so that you can view the photos directly.

Else, you can go to “iPhone Settings” > ”Photos” > ”Click Automatic under Transfer to PC or Mac”.

Now, your iPhone will automatically convert to the Windows-compatible image format when you transfer them to a computer to view and access them.

Part 3: View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans

As you can see the common methods allow you to view only photos in the Camera Roll and so, what if you want to view photos from photostream, photo library, or photo share? Then, all you need is a dedicated iOS manager tool and AnyTrans is the recommended one. Here are the reasons why we choose AnyTrans.

AnyTrans is an easy and quick way to view all kinds of iPhone photos on PC, which include photo stream, photo library, photo share, live photos, screenshots, etc. With the help of it, you can view and access your iPhone photos on the computer directly. Also, it provides support for transferring the picture from iPhone to PC with one-click and enables you to view other file types too including messages, contacts, notes, etc. Most importantly, the software enables you to transfer the files or data to the PC in a readable format.

Download AnyTrans on your computer and follow the below steps to learn how to access iPhone photos on PC-

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Step 1: Run AnyTrans and connect your iPhone to the computer using a digital cable. Once the software detects your device, click on the “More” icon next to your device’s name.

View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans - Step 1

View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans – Step 1

Step 2: After that, choose the “Camera Roll” or any other category under the Photos section. Here, you can view your iPhone photos.

View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans - Step 2

View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans – Step 2

Step 3: Also, you can transfer them to your computer by select the desired photos and click on the “To Computer” button.

View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans - Step 3

View iPhone Photos on PC with AnyTrans – Step 3

The Bottom Line

As you can see that viewing and accessing iPhone photos on PC is a little bit tricky unless you choose AnyTrans to view iPhone photos on PC. The best part is that the software can even help you to transfer the content from iPhone to PC with ease. Try it now and start managing your iOS data in a better and more efficient manner.

Joy Taylor

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