How to transfer photos from iPhone to USB flash drive with or without computer? This guide will tell you three methods of how to put pictures on a flash drive. All methods are available for both Mac and Windows PC.
With its amazing built-in camera, people are very fond of taking photos with their iPhones. With time and use, photos become one of the biggest consumers of your limited iOS storage. So you may want to a USB flash drive, and then delete them from your iPhone to free up space.
However, Apple offers no direct way for iOS users to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive. Worry not, we have workarounds for that. Here in the following guide, we will show you how to transfer iPhone or iPad photos to an external hard drive with or without a computer.
Compared to the other complicated methods, this method is much simpler and has no limitations. With AnyTrans, just 1 click is needed to move photos from iPhone or iPad to flash drive, to the computer, or to another iDevice. This app applies to both Mac and Windows. And below are its highlights on photos transferring.
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Now, Free Download AnyTrans on your computer, and then follow the steps below to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to flash drive on Mac and Windows.
Launch AnyTrans and connect your iPhone or iPad to computer with a USB cable > Connect your USB flash drive to your computer > Choose “Device Manager” > Click on the “Photos” tab.
Select the photos you want to transfer > Click on the “Send to Computer” button and it will ask you to change the export setting > Choose “OK” to change the export path.
Click on the “Select” button to choose your flash drive to be the export path > “Open” > Click on the “Save” button to start moving photos to your thumb drive.
After the process completes, you can check the transferred photos on your computer.
Since iOS 11, Apple started using HEIC format for saving photos on iOS devices and Mac. However, it is not yet widely compatible. Recently, a lot of users reported that they can’t upload HEIC photos from iPhone to their Windows, and so does some Mac users.
If you have this problem too, you can use a free iMobie HEIC Converter to change HEIC images into the commonly supported JPG format or JPEG, PNG, GIF. Besides, this online tool helps you keep files high-efficiency original, which means you can choose the image quality including High, Medium, and Standard with it.
When there is no USB cable aside, you can choose the AnyTrans app that supports transferring photos from iPhone/iPad to flash drive wirelessly. Before the detailed steps, connect your iPhone to stable Wi-Fi.
It can help you transfer files like music, video, documents from phone to computer 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.
Step 1. Install the AnyTrans app on your iPhone.
Step 2. On your computer, enter
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.
Step 4. Then all your iPhone photos will show up on the computer. Select the photos you want to save to flash drive and click the “Download” button to start transferring. Then you need to move the photos to your flash drive.
For Mac users, the Photos app can be a good option for you to export photos from iPhone to flash drive on Mac. However, you have to aware that this app only supports transferring Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Mac. Other kinds of photos like iCloud sharing photos, iTunes synced photos, Live Photos can’t be exported to your Mac.
If you want to transfer all the photos on your iPhone, Method 1 shows you how. And here are the detailed steps on how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Mac:
This method is mainly about how to transfer photos from iPhone/iPad to flash drive on Windows. Before you start, one thing we need to mention is that due to Apple’s limitation, this way can only transfer Camera Roll photos on your iPhone. In addition, photos in other photo libraries can’t be transferred to your flash drive by this method. If you want to transfer or save all your photos, photo transfer tools such as AnyTrans might help.
Can you transfer photos from iPhone/iPad to flash drive without a computer? Yes, you can. You need to buy a Flash Drive Stick for iPhone like Sandisk iXpand Mini(Price: from $27.00 to $40.93) or Sandisk Wireless Stick(Price: $69.99). The difference between them is the former requires connecting your iPhone with the USB but the latter doesn’t for it can transfer photos to your USB via WiFi.
With the three methods above, you may have transferred pictures from iPhone or iPad to a flash drive successfully. And just as you can see, the first method can be the most direct and quick way to finish the task.
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