How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac

Whether you want to backup your iPhone files or you just simply want to view your images on Mac’s large screen, here you will learn how to transfer files from an iPhone over to a Mac using multiple ways.

Roger Smith Posted on: Oct. 25, 2019, Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2019

An iPhone is a great piece of device that can both create as well as store dozens of file types. It can store your photos, videos, documents, and many other types of files for you. Sometimes, you may need to transfer some of your iPhone files over to your Mac. There could be various reasons why you may want to do it.

Maybe you are running out of space on your iPhone and you want to transfer a few of your large files to your Mac. Or maybe you need to edit a PDF file available on your iPhone using your Mac. Regardless, the question is how do you transfer your files?

Well, there are multiple ways to transfer files from an iPhone to a Mac. You can use built-in options, official apps, and third-party apps to get your job done. The following shows all of those methods to help you do the task.

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac with iTunes

You are likely familiar with the iTunes app especially if you use it to create backups of your iPhone. In addition to letting you backup your files, the app lets you transfer files from your iPhone to your Mac as well.

It needs utilizing the File Sharing option available in the app that lets you both copy files from iOS to Mac and Mac to iOS. The following is how you use it.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your Mac if you do not already have it.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer and launch the iTunes app. When the app launches, find and click on the icon for your iPhone.

Select your iPhone in iTunes

Select your iPhone in iTunes

Step 3. A menu will appear in the left sidebar of the app. Find the option that says File Sharing and click on it to open it.

Access File Sharing in iTunes

Access File Sharing in iTunes

Step 4. On the right-hand side panel, you will see the apps that are compatible with the File Sharing feature. Once you see your files, drag the file from the iTunes window and drop it onto a Finder window on your Mac.

Copy files from iPhone to Mac with iTunes

Copy files from iPhone to Mac with iTunes

Your chosen file or files will be copied from your iPhone to your Mac. You will find the file in your chosen directory on your Mac.

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac with iCloud

If you have a high-speed Internet connection, you can use the iCloud service for transferring files from your iPhone to your Mac. It utilizes the iCloud Drive feature that lets you share files across your Apple devices.

Step 1. On your iPhone, open the Settings app, tap on your name at the top, and select iCloud.

Access iCloud settings on the iPhone

Access iCloud settings on the iPhone

Step 2. On the screen that follows, turn both Photos and iCloud Drive toggles to the ON position. It will enable both of these features on your device.

Enable iCloud Drive on the iPhone

Enable iCloud Drive on the iPhone

Step 3. On your Mac, click on the Apple logo at the top-left corner of your screen and select System Preferences. Then, find and click on the iCloud option.

Step 4. Ensure the iCloud Drive and Photos options are check-marked.

Enable iCloud Drive on the Mac

Enable iCloud Drive on the Mac

You will see a new folder named iCloud Drive in your Finder. Any files that you put in iCloud Drive on your iPhone will be available in this folder on your Mac.

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop

AirDrop is the easiest way to transfer files from an iPhone to a Mac as all it requires you to do is connect both your devices to the same wireless network. As long as you meet this minimum requirement, you are good to transfer your files.

Step 1. Open a Finder window on your Mac, click on AirDrop in the left sidebar, and click on Turn On Bluetooth in the right-hand side pane.

Enable AirDrop on the Mac

Enable AirDrop on the Mac

Step 2. On your iPhone, select the files you want to transfer and tap on the share icon. Then, tap on AirDrop and select your Mac on the list.

Use AirDrop to transfer files on the iPhone

Use AirDrop to transfer files on the iPhone

It will transfer your selected files from your iPhone to your Mac. These files will be available in the Downloads folder on your Mac.

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac with Cloud

iCloud is not the only cloud service you have available for iPhone to transfer your files. You can use various other cloud services as well such as Google Drive and Dropbox. Here we show you how to use Google Drive to share files from your iPhone to your Mac.

Step 1. Download, install and launch the Google Drive app on your iPhone. Sign in to your Google account.

Step 2. Upload the files that you want to transfer to your Mac in the app on your iPhone.

Step 3. Install the Google Drive app on your Mac. It will add a new folder called Google Drive to the Finder. Open this folder and you will be able to access your iPhone files on your Mac.

Access the iPhone files on the Mac via Google Drive

Access the iPhone files on the Mac via Google Drive

You can also use Dropbox in a similar way to transfer your files.

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Mac with AnyTrans

The methods described above should work just fine if you have plenty of time available. However, if you are short on time and you would like something easy and fast, you are better off using a third-party app to transfer your files.

AnyTrans for iOS is an excellent choice when it comes to transferring files from iOS-based devices to your computer. It lets you quickly select and send files from your iPhone to any of your computers.

The following shows how to use the app on your Mac.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS and install it on your machine.

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your Mac and launch the app. Click on More in the app to view more options available for you.

View more options in the AnyTrans for iOS app

View more options in the AnyTrans for iOS app

Step 3. Click on the File System option followed by the System in the left sidebar. It will let you view your iPhone files.

View iPhone files in AnyTrans for iOS

View iPhone files in AnyTrans for iOS

Step 4. Select the files you want to transfer to your Mac from the right-hand side pane. Then, click on the option that says To Computer at the top.

Send files to the Mac from your iPhone

Send files to the Mac from your iPhone

Step 5. You will see the following when your files are transferred.

Files successfully transferred from your iPhone to your Mac

Files successfully transferred from your iPhone to your Mac

AnyTrans for iOS really makes transferring files between iOS and other devices easier than any other method for you.

The Bottom Line

If you ever find yourself in a situation where you need to transfer files from your iPhone to a Mac, you have several options available to do the task as described in the above guide.

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.