How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XR/XS in 2 Ways

If you are an Apple newbie and don’t know how to transfer photos from Mac to your new iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XR/XS (Max), you can get two solutions here.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted on: Sep. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 06, 2018
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AnyTrans for iOS is the best iPhone photo management tool works on MacBook, MacBook Air/Pro and iMac, iMac Pro. Download AnyTrans for iOS to transfer photos and more from Mac to your iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XR/XS.

We received a nice bit of requests asking about how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, if you have the same question, please move to this iMobie guide: 6 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac >

Hold a birthday party with families. Plan an Egypt trip with friends. Go hiking with your colleagues. There is no doubt you will need a fine quality camera to record these happy times. Most of us choose to store these precious photos from the camera to a computer or Mac. And now you want to transfer some of them to your iPhone so that you can share the photos with your friends anywhere and anytime.

Then the question may rock in your brain: how to transfer photos from Mac to my iPhone? There is no doubt that the first solution comes to our mind is iTunes. But it is kind of complicated and time-consuming. Here in this guide, besides the traditional iTunes way, we will also tell you another quick way to make it. Let’s get it on.

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone without Losing Any Data

If you prefer an easy, quick and safe way to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone, then you cannot miss AnyTrans for iOS. It is a smart iTunes alternative that gives you the best management experience on photos, music, ringtones, movies, and more.

It works well on MacBook, MacBook Air/Pro, and iMac, iMac Pro, and supports all iPhone models, from old iPhone 6/6s/7 to new iPhone 8/X/XR/XS (Max).

1. Free download AnyTrans for iOS, and then install it on your Mac computer. Click Device Manager and then scroll down to enter the category management window.

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How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

2. Click Photos > Select Photo Library (because all the photos transferred to iDevices will be stored in Photo Library).

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

3. Click “+” button to open the folder with photos you want to transfer > Select the photos you want to transfer to iPhone from Mac > Click Open to start it.

How to Transfer Photos from Macbook to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

How to Transfer Photos from Macbook to iPhone with AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Besides that, it also lets you upload photos from Mac to iCloud directly, and then you can check the photos on your iPhone when you have logged in with the same Apple ID.

Step 1. Click iCloud Manager > Log in with your account > Go to category management screen > Choose Photos.

Upload Photos from Mac to iCloud – Step 1

Upload Photos from Mac to iCloud – Step 1

Step 2. Click “+” button > Preview and select the photos you need > Click Open to start.

Upload Photos from Mac to iCloud – Step 2

Upload Photos from Mac to iCloud – Step 2

Also Read: How to Put Songs on iPhone 6s/7/8/X/XR/XS Directly >

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Wirelessly

When you find out that there is no USB cable available or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, AnyTrans app on your iPhone can help you to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone wirelessly.

Before we start, please make sure:

If you have done all mentioned above, here we go to the detailed steps to transfer photo from Mac to iPhone wirelessly.

Step 1. On your Mac: Go to AnyTrans website and you will see a QR Code.

Step 2. On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app > Tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your Mac.

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Wirelessly with AnyTrans App - Step 2

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Wirelessly with AnyTrans App – Step 2

Step 3. Then all your iPhone photos will show up on your computer > Click the “Upload” button > Select the photos you want to transfer > Click on “Open” button to transfer photos from Mac to your iPhone.

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Wirelessly with AnyTrans App - Step 3

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone Wirelessly with AnyTrans App – Step 3

Part 3. How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Before you use iTunes to add photos to your iPhone, one important thing you should know: when syncing photos from computer to iPhone, all the photos, music, ringtones, iBooks and other media files on your iPhone would be erased (just like the following screenshot shows).

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes - Erase Data

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes – Erase Data

If you want to keep your iPhone data safe, you can refer to Part 1 to put multiple or all photos on iPhone from computer at once without erasing any existing data.

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Note: iTunes doesn’t allow you to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone with iCloud Photo Library on. If you get the message of “iCloud Photo is On”, here are three solutions for this.

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone - iCloud Photo is On

How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone – iCloud Photo is On

Method 1. Turn off iCloud Photo Library

On your iPhone, go to Settings app > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. Tap the button next to Photo, choose Remove from iPhone or Download Photos & Videos, now iCloud Photo is turned off.

Please note that after turning off iCloud Photo Library, you have to remove all the iCloud photos on your iPhone or download these iCloud photos to iPhone (this would be a large burden for your iPhone, especially if you are running 16 GB or 32 GB plan).

Method 2. Add photos from computer to iCloud directly, then all newly added iCloud photos can be synced to your iPhone once it is connected to WiFi or cellular network. Please refer to this guide to make it. How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iCloud >

Method 3. Sync photos from computer to iPhone iPad as part 1 shows, no photos from your iPhone would be erased from your iPhone.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, compared to iTunes, it’s much easier and quicker using AnyTrans for iOS to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone, easy-to-operate and no data loss. Even if you have no prior knowledge of data transfer, you can still add photos to your iPhone without effort. Just give it a try >

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.

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