How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone in 4 Ways

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.

By Joy Taylor | Posted on: Sep. 18, 2018, Last Updated: Jun. 20, 2019
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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.

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

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.

Requirements:

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.

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone via AirDrop

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.

The iPhone may ask if you want to accept the photo, just accept the picture send from Mac.

Part 2: How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iCloud

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.

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone via iCloud

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone via iCloud

Part 3. How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone without Losing Any Data

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

Upload Photos from Mac to iCloud with AnyTrans for iOS

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.

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 >

Bonus Method. 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.

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.

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 4. How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

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).

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes - Erase Data

Sync Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes – Erase Data

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.

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Sync Photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

 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 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 >

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 >

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iPhone related issues.