How to transfer photos from your iPhone to a Mac computer or PC, to save storage space and back up your photos

Hollis Johnson/Business InsiderYou don’t need iTunes to transfer photos from your iPhone to a computer.
  • You can transfer photos from your iPhone to a PC or Mac computer, which is a great way to keep your data safe, and clear out space on your iPhone.
  • To transfer your photos from the iPhone to your computer, you’ll need to use your computer’s native Photos app.
  • You’ll also need to connect your iPhone to the computer using a charging cable.
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If you have an iPhone, you also have a professional-quality camera that can catch great pictures wherever you are.

But storage for photos is limited on any device (unless you put everything in the cloud), so you may need to offload those pictures from time to time.

Here’s how to transfer photos from an iPhone to your computer.

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How to transfer photos from an iPhone to a Mac computer

To prepare for your photo upload, make sure your software is up to date. Currently, you’ll need the most recent version of iTunes (or at least version 12.5.1 or beyond). You’ll also need a USB cord to connect your iPhone to your Mac.

1. Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB.

Macbook pro usb-cDave Smith/Business InsiderConnect your iPhone via cable.

2. Check your phone. You may be prompted to unlock it with its passcode (your iPhone won’t accept Face or Touch ID for this). If a pop-up appears asking if you “trust” the computer, choose “Trust This Computer.” Your iPhone is now connected to your Mac computer.

4. The Photos app on your computer should open. If it doesn’t, open it manually.

5. If the screen showing your iPhone photos doesn’t open automatically, in the sidebar on the left, under “Devices,” select your iPhone. You should see an import screen in Photos that shows the photos you have on your iPhone.

6. Choose where you want to store your imported photos. At the top of the import window in the centre, you’ll find a drop-down menu that lets you add the new photos to one of your albums or create a new album for your import. If you do nothing, the transferred photos will go into your Photos app Library.

How to import photos from iphone to pc 4William Antonelli/Business InsiderOnce you open your iPhone, you can pick where the photos will go.

7. There are two buttons on the upper left of the import window. “Import All New Items” will transfer every photo you have taken since your last import. To upload only certain photos, click on each photo you want to copy onto your computer and click the “Import Selected” button.

Your import is complete! Feel free to disconnect your iPhone.

You can also follow the steps above to import from your iPad, iPod Touch, or your camera’s SD card.

How to transfer photos from an iPhone to a PC

Before you upload photos onto a PC, follow the instructions above to connect your iPhone, unlock it, and tell it to trust your computer.

1. On your PC running Windows 10, click the Start button.

2. Choose “Photos” from the menu that pops up – you may need to scroll down. This opens the Photos app on your PC.

3. In Photos, choose “Import – From a USB device” in the top-right corner.

How to import photos from iphone to pc 1William Antonelli/Business InsiderYour iPhone counts as a USB device.

4. The computer will begin scanning your iPhone for photos and videos. If you have multiple photo-storing devices connected, you’ll be able to pick which one you want. If your iPhone isn’t detected, make sure that your Apple Mobile Device driver is updated.

How to import photos from iphone to pc 2William Antonelli/Business InsiderIf it appears, pick your iPhone from the list of devices.

5. You’ll have the option to choose where you want to put your imported photos. You can also select which photos to import.

How to import photos from iphone to pc 3William Antonelli/Business InsiderSelect which photos you want to bring over.

Once everything is imported, feel free to disconnect your iPhone.

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