Looking for a way to move photos from your Mac to your computer? Read on this guide to get some simple methods to transfer pictures from Mac to iPhone quickly. iPhone 12 supported.
If there are many high-quality photos saved on your mac and now you want to sync them to your new iPhone 12 or iPad Air (4th generation), you may want to know how to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone with ease.
Actually, there are many ways to move photos from Mac to your iPhone, like iTunes, iCloud Photo Library, AirDrop. And some iPhone photo transfer tool will also do the work for you and even more convenient and easier. In this post, we will offer you 5 step-by-step ways to successfully transfer pictures from your Mac to iPhone.
If you prefer an easy, quick, and safe way to export photos from your Mac to your iPhone, then you have a try on AnyTrans. It is a smart iTunes alternative that gives you the best management experience on photos, contacts, messages, music, and more.
With AnyTrans, you can transfer photos from Mac and Windows PC to your iPhone or iPad. Besides, manage your iOS & iPadOS data with ease. Check its main features as below (iOS 14 and iPhone 12 supported):
How to Get Pictures from Mac Computer to iPhone with 3 Steps:
Free download AnyTrans on your Mac > Connect your iPhone to Mac using USB > Choose “Device Manager” and then move the mouse on “+” button to add photos from your Mac.
Choose the folder that contains the photos you need > Select the photos you want > Click on the “Open” button to continue.
You can click the “>” button to check the details of the selected photos. Go to the Next button. Then all the selected photos will be saved on your iPhone without iTunes and without losing quality.
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, you can use free iMobie HEIC Converter to convert HEIC photos into JPG, PNG, and PDF. Read this article to see how to convert HEIC to JPG on computer.
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: Get AnyTrans on your computer > Go to “iCloud Manager” and click Sign in to iCloud > Enter your Apple ID and password.
Step 2: Click on the “Photos” option.
Step 3: Click the Upload button at the top-right corner > Choose the folder that contains the photos you want on your Mac and select the photos > Click “Open” button to upload photos from Mac to iCloud.
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.
Using iCloud Photo Sharing with Photos for macOS (macOS high sierra) 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.
You can also open the iCloud web page on your Mac, then preview the photos on Mac and download them to your device.
With AirDrop, you can easily transfer photos from Mac or external hard drive to your iPhone iPad iPod touch wirelessly. This is a quick way if you only need to send a few photos.
Before you use iTunes to move 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).
On macOS Catalina and later, there is no iTunes, but you can sync your iPhone photos and more with Mac with Finder, here is how:
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.
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 the 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).
Add photos from the 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 >
If you want to keep your iPhone data safe while syncing photos from computer to iPhone/iPad/iPod, you can refer to Method 1 to make it.
As you can see, compared to iTunes, it’s much easier and quicker to use AnyTrans 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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