How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac (iMac and MacBook Included)

If you want to know how to import photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac, there are a few different tools you can use to make the process easier. Here is a guide to some of the best programs for the job.

By Vicky Carter | Posted on: Aug. 31, 2018, Last Updated: Sep. 14, 2018
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AnyTrans – iPhone Photos to Mac Transfer Tool

Now download AnyTrans for iOS on your Mac firstly so that you can get a quick start to transfer photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to your iMac or MacBook. And all the iPhone photos can be transferred, like Camera Roll, iCloud photos, etc.

One of the best features of an iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR is its impressive camera. Taking HD photos and videos is one of the reasons why iPhone users love to get the latest upgrade. Media files take up a lot of space on your iPhone, but, rather than deleting them, you can transfer them to your Mac. This allows you to keep your files safe, organize and make edits to your photos and share them with others.

This article covers 4 different methods that allow you to transfer photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac. All are simple and easy to use and are available for free.

Method 1: Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac via AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans for iOS is a great system for importing your photos using a clear, organized interface. Here are the steps for how to do it on your Mac. With this method, you can 1-click transfer all the photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac, like iCloud photos and synced photos that are not supported by Photos App. Now let’s go it started.

Step 1: Download and install AnyTrans for iOS > Run it on your computer > Use a USB to connect your iPhone to your Mac

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Step 2: On Homepage of AnyTrans, select Device Manager > Select Content to Computer.

How to Transfer Photos X/XS/XS Max/XR from iPhone to Mac

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac

Step 3: Select the albums with photos you want to transfer to your Mac, like Camera Roll, Photo Video, Photo Library, etc., > Click Select to pick up the output folder > Click right arrow button to start transferring iPhone’s photos to Mac.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac

Step 4: Once the transfer process is finished, you can view the photos in their location.

How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 4

How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac with AnyTrans – Step 4

One of the benefits of AnyTrans is that it allows you to organize and transfer specific files onto your computer for safekeeping. Here we just show you how to 1-click export all photos from iPhone to Mac, if you want to transfer photos from some albums to your Mac, you can read this guide to make it.

Method 2: Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac via Photos

The Photos is the default app for transferring photos from iPhone to Mac. When you plug your iPhone into your Mac via USB, Photos will open up automatically.

Step 1: Use a USB to connect your iPhone to your Mac. You may need to unlock your phone for this to work, and ensure that you trust the device.

Step 2: The Photos app will pop up, showing your iPhone pictures. Alternatively, you can choose your iPhone from the list on the left.

Step 3: Click Import All New Photos to transfer all your pictures safely to your Mac. Or you can also choose specific photos by clicking on the ones you want to transfer, and then click Import xx Selected.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via Photos

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via Photos

1. When transferring photos from iPhone to Mac via Photos, there’s also the option for all transferred images to be automatically deleted from your iPhone once they’re safely stored on your Mac. It just below the two buttons of Import xx Selected and Import All New Items.

2. If you don’t want to use Photos as the default image importer for your iPhone, you can stop it from popping up every time you plug your USB in by un-selecting the Open Photos option in Photos.

Method 3: Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac via AirDrop

Airdrop is another answer to the question of how to import photos from iPhone to Mac.

Step 1: On your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom and click on Airdrop > Everyone. If you are working with iOS 11 or newer iOS versions, before clicking on AirDrop, you need to long-press the upper-left box which contains Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Cellular Data.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via AirDrop – Step 1

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via AirDrop – Step 2

Step 2: Open the Mac Finder, and select AirDrop from the left. And then ensure your Mac can be discovered by Everyone or Contacts only.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via AirDrop – Step 2

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via AirDrop – Step 2

Step 3: Go to your iPhone’s camera roll, and select the photo(s) you want to share > click Share and select Airdrop. Click your Mac icon and the sharing process will begin. Your image(s) will be saved into your Downloads folder.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via AirDrop – Step 3

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via AirDrop – Step 3

Step 4: Once you’ve finished transferring your photo(s), be sure to turn off Airdrop.

Airdrop is a good way to share images, but it has its limitations. If your Wi-Fi connection is poor, your iPhone and Mac won’t connect properly, which means Airdrop won’t work. And if you want to transfer all the photos from iPhone to Mac, you know it is hard to select all the photos on your iPhone, at this moment, you can move to Method 1 to make it.

Method 4: Transfer Photos from iPhone X/XS (Max)/XR to Mac via Email

You can also use email to transfer your photos across from iPhone to Mac. If you’re only sending a few files, this is a great option, because email doesn’t allow you to send large files, it is possible that you even can’t send some HD photos, you know most iPhone X photos’ sizes are more than 20 MB.

Step 1: On your iPhone, find the photos you want to send (be aware of the file size limitations – most emails will allow around 25MB) and select ‘Share’.

Step 2: Tap ‘Mail’ and your email will open up on the phone.

Step 3: Send the email to yourself or a friend, and the image will be safely stored as an email attachment.

Transfer Pictures from iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via Email

Transfer Pictures from iPhoneX/XS/XS Max/XR to Mac via Email

An email transfer is handy as it can all be done through your iPhone, but there are limits to how many photos you can send.

Conclusion

So, there you have it: four simple, easy and cost-effective ways to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac. We hope you’ve found the option that works for you in this guide, and enjoy getting the most out of your iPhone X/XS/XS Max/XR.

Vicky Carter

Member of iMobie Inc., is also a more than 3-year user of iPhone, iPad and iMac, like to fix all kinds of iOS and Mac OS problems.