Transfer Photos from iPhone iPad to Flash Drive

How to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to a USB flash drive? Read this guide to get the easiest way to help you save photos from iPhone/iPad to flash drive on Mac/PC computer.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Oct. 25, 2018, Last Updated: Feb. 12, 2019
Home > AnyTrans for iOS > iPhone Photos Transfer > How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to Flash Drive

I want to take my photos off my iPhone 5s and place them on a removable storage device, a flash drive. I don’t want the only back up to be on my Mac. Can this be done?

With its amazing built-in camera, people are very fond of taking photos with their iPhone or iPad. With time and use, photos become one of the biggest consumers of your limited iOS storage. So you may want to save these photos from iPhone to SD card or USB and delete them from your device to free up space. What’s more, those wonderful photos are also part of your previous memory, so you’d better download them to a flash drive as a backup as the above user asks.

You cannot directly transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to a flash drive with normal Apple way, so here in this guide, we will show you how to quickly and easily transfer photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB with one powerful iOS data transfer tool called AnyTrans for iOS.

Also Read: How to Transfer Files from iPhone to Computer >

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Windows

For Windows PC users, you can easily follow the steps to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to USB stick/memory stick simply. One thing you need to know is that you can only transfer photos on your iPhone.

If you have enabled iCloud photos library on your iPhone, the photos saved in iCloud can’t be transferred to your flash drive. Want to transfer or export all your iPhone photos? The method in Part 3 can be a better idea.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the Windows computer via a USB cable > Then Open it on your PC as a portable device.

Step 2. Click Internal Storage folder > Then choose the “DCIM” folder.

Step 3. Plug in your flash drive and make sure it has enough room for all your photo files > Select the photos you want to transfer from the “DCIM” folder of your iPhone > Copy and paste or drag and drop them to the folder in your flash drive.

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

For Mac users, Photos app can be a good option for you to export photos from iPhone to flash drive on Mac computer, which is capable of transferring your iPhone photos to Mac computer. 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 can’t be exported to your Mac.

Thinking about a better way to manage all kinds of iPhone photos? Method 3 can show you how. And here is the detailed steps on how to transfer photos from iPhone to thumb drive/flash drive on Mac:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac via a USB cable > Make sure your iTunes on Mac is the latest version.

Step 2. On your Mac, the Photos app shall open automatically. If it doesn’t, open the Photos app > Click the “Import” tab > Select photos you want to export, then click “Import Selected” or click “Import All New Photos” to transfer all your photos.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

Step 3. Plug in your flash drive to the Mac > Select the imported photos in your Mac > Copy and paste them to the folder in your flash drive.

Part 3. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive Directly on Mac & Windows

AnyTrans for iOS supports transferring photos from iDevice to a flash drive, to computer or to another iDevice directly.

AnyTrans for iOS allows you to add photos from computer to iPhone/iPad/iPod without erasing any existed data on iDevice.

AnyTrans for iOS allows you to manage and transfer almost all of your contents on iPhone/iPad/iPod touch, including photos, videos, music, contacts, messages, books, apps, etc.

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.

Take a Tour with AnyTrans for iOS by Downloading It Now >

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Step 1 Launch AnyTrans for iOS, and connect your iPhone or iPad to computer. At the same time, connect your USB fash drive to your computer. After that, click .

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB Flash Drive with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB Flash Drive with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2 Click on Photos tab. Choose the photos you need from Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Photo Share, Album, Bursts, etc.

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB Flash Drive with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB Flash Drive with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3 Take Camera Roll as an example. Choose the photos you want > Click the To Computer button > Choose your USB flash drive to save the photos > Click Open button to start transferring.

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB Flash Drive with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to a USB Flash Drive with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Don’t Miss: How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac Computer to iPad >

Bonus Part: Transfer Photos from iPhone to a USB Flash Drive Wirelessly with AnyTrans App

When there is no USB cable aside, you can choose AnyTrans app that supports transferring photos from iPhone/iPad to flash drive wirelessly. Before the detailed steps, connect your iPhone to a stable 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 to scan the QR code on your computer.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to a USB Flash Drive Wirelessly

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to a USB Flash Drive Wirelessly

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.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to a USB Flash Drive Wirelessly

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to a USB Flash Drive Wirelessly

The Bottom Line

AnyTrans for iOS is the most direct and quick way to move photos from iPhone/iPad to flash drive. With the help of AnyTrans for iOS, you can always put your lovely pictures in the right place. If you have any questions about this post or AnyTrans for iOS, you can leave a comment or send an email to tell us. Take a tour with AnyTrans for iOS now >

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.