For the question about how to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone, we offer you 4 answers here. Keep reading to learn them one by one.
There are many ways to import photos from Mac to your iPhone, like iTunes, iCloud Photo Library, AirDrop. And some iPhone photo transfer will also do the work for you. In this post, we will offer you 4 step-by-step ways to successfully get photos from your Mac to iPhone.
Before we start, we’d like to tell you that this post works for all kinds of iPhones and computers.
With AirDrop you can easily transfer photos from Mac to your iPhone wirelessly. This is quick if you only need to send a few photos.
Step 1. Make sure AirDrop is open
Open AirDrop on the Mac just as you did above: Open a Finder window, click AirDrop.
On your iPhone, swipe upward from the bottom of the iPhone screen to open the Control Center.
Tap AirDrop and choose to accept files from anyone, or only from those in your Contacts App.
Step 2. Send photos from the Mac to the iPhone
On the Mac, simply drag the photo you wish to transfer to your iPhone and drop.
Use iCloud Photos with Photos for macOS you can keep photos up to date on all your devices including your Mac and iPhone, This means photos will be transferred to your iPhone from Mac if you enabled iCloud Photos on.
Step 1. Turn on iCloud Photos on Mac
On your Mac with OS X 10.10.3 or later, go to System Preferences > iCloud. Click Options next to Photos, then select iCloud Photos.
Step 2. Turn on iCloud Photos on iPhone
On your iPhone with iOS 10.3 or later, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos, then turn on iCloud Photos.
Step 3. You can also view and manage photos in your iCloud Photo Library in icloud.com.
If you prefer an easy, quick and safe way to move 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.
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.
2. Click Photos > Select Photo Library (because all the photos transferred to iDevices will be stored in Photo Library).
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.
After the release of iOS 11 version, iDevices use HEIC photos by default. While this new file format is remarkably more efficient in terms of storage space, it is not yet widely compatible. But, don’t worry, AnyTrans fully supports this image format.
Besides that, it also lets you upload photos from Mac to iCloud directly, and then photos will be synced to 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.
Step 2. Click “+” button > Preview and select the photos you need > Click Open to start.
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.
It can help you transfer files like music, video, photos, 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.
Make sure your iPhone and Mac are connected to Wi-Fi, and cellular data would not work in the following steps.
Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone.
Step 2. On your Mac: Go to anytrans.io from your browser and you will see a QR Code.
On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app > Tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your Mac.
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.
Before you use iTunes to get photos from Mac to 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).
If you want to keep your iPhone data safe, you can refer to Part 3 to put multiple or all photos on iPhone from the computer at once without erasing any existing data.
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
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 to 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 3 shows, no photos from your iPhone would be erased from your iPhone.
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 >
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 >
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