Every iPhone owner is more or less obsessed with a photography on iPhone built-in camera. It’s so handy and quick and it’s always with you. I make shots on my iPhone every single day. At work – to keep important information I work with, at home – to imprint memories of our family life. Eventually all those pictures and videos start taking too much space on the iPhone, so it’s time to do something about it. In this article I’ll show you how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer. We’ll do it in six different ways, so you can pick one or two for future use.
Ones again, there is NO SINGLE METHOD of transferring photos from iPhone to a computer. There are many ways of doing that. Some of you might say “Why not to set iCloud synchronization?”… because it’s still like Alien’s technology for many users. Moreover, iCloud storage is not a rubber balloon, so it will get overfilled with your photos in no time. Today I will show you only working methods, that don’t require too much effort to understand and implement.
If you wonder “Which method is the best?” There is no “the best”. I personally use one or another depending on situation and amount of photos to transfer. Let’s begin…
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1: Send photos to your e-mail address
You got the idea… You can send few photos on your e-mail address, then save the attachments from that mail on your computer. I stopped using this method since there certain limits. You cannot send too many photos in one go, you need to be connected to internet, iPhone automatically resizes the photos. I don’t think you’ll be using this method, but you should know that it’s also possible.
To email photos from iPhone you should set your email account on that iPhone first. Then go to Photos app and Select pictures you’d like to sent, after that click Export button at lower left corner, then click on Mail app.
Any time later you can open your email account on a computer and save necessary photos. This method will be handy if you don’t have a Lightning cable, but internet connection is available. You can use this method to share photos between any devices, which can receive emails and work with pictures.
2: Connect iPhone to a PC as a Flash Drive (PC only)
When you connect iPhone to a Windows PC, it’s treated by the system as a flash drive with pictures. Ones connected, the system will install iPhone driver, then an additional drive will appear under your Computer in Explorer. Before you can access photos from the iPhone, you have to allow that on actual iPhone. Just unlock the iPhone screen and tap Allow when the message pops up. To make it a bit more clear, I made a tiny guide:
This is probably the most common method of transferring photos from iPhone to computer if you’re a Windows user. Despite it’s simplicity, you still can experience some problems while connecting iPhone to a computer. Sometimes new drive just doesn’t appear in Explorer. Would it be due to a driver, or other reasons, we will discuss in a separate article. Hopefully I’ll write it soon enough, so ask me for a link in comments below. In the meanwhile, try other methods described below.
3: Image Capture App (MAC only)
This is not the first time when I admire at MAC OS and it’s built-in tools. Someone from Apple “had used his brain” and common sense to predict that users will be connecting all sort of digital cameras and other devices to their MACs. Thus we have a built-in app called Image Capture, which allows to access photos and videos on cameras like GoPro and of course iPhone.
Since I am a MAC user, this is the main method for me to transfer photos from iPhone to my MacBook. Here is how I do it:
OK… It was quite easy right now. Thank you Apple!
4: iFunBox (PC and MAC)
What? None of the above worked?… You’re quite picky today! What’s wrong?
OK. Try the app called iFunBox then. It’s a file manager for Windows and MAC that let’s you to transfer photos, videos, documents and other files from iPhone to a computer and vice versa. By using iFunBox you get access to files like as they were at an external drive.
iFunBox is 100% FREE to use (DOWNLOAD).
The interface of the application is very simple, with a storage tree on the left, and files on the right. There are few Camera folders, but that’s how Apple divide them on iPhone (I don’t know the reason). I’m sure you’ll be OK with finding photos you need.
To transfer photos from iPhone to computer, select photos then click “Copy to Mac” button (or PC on Windows). You’ll be asked to select a destination folder for these files in the next step.
This application will work on any computer (either MAC or Windows PC), so it’s probably the easiest method if anything from the above didn’t work.
5: AirDrop (MAC only)
Attention!!! Windows users, skip this method since you may get jealous after reading about it. I’m going to talk about AirDrop feature, which makes it unbelievably easy to transfer photos between iPhone and MAC in both directions. If you are a MAC+iPhone owner, this is exactly method you need. If you are still unaware of AirDrop, see explanation of the method below. Here it is:
STEP 1 Activate Bluetooth on iPhone and MAC
STEP 2 Go to Photos app on iPhone and select pictures you’d like to transfer.
STEP 3 Click on Share button (bottom left corner), then tap on the MAC name to instantly transfer photos.
STEP 4 Selected photos will appear in Downloads folder on your MAC.
This is the main method of transferring photos from iPhone to computer, which I use almost every day. It works OK… not perfect, but OK. Sometimes the name of your MAC doesn’t appear in AirDrop area (see the screenshot below). In this case I switch OFF/ON Bluetooth on both devices, and that helps in most cases.
6: Use Flash Drive for iPhone (PC and MAC)
In one of the articles I already explained about Flash Drive for iPhone. This is a must have accessory if you watch movies on iPhone, reading books (or any other documents) on iPad or need to transfer photos from iPhone to computer. Follow the link below for detailed information. I would recommend the flash drive to every iPhone owner, since it works like magic with iOS devices, allowing to transfer information in both directions with much ease.
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So, what do we have? I gave you six different methods, which I periodically use myself. I guarantee they work 100%. If you ask about services like Drop Box or iCloud, I intentionally didn’t mentioned them in this article. I personally still don’t trust cloud synchronization, thus don’t use it. Probably I’m an “old school guy”… But you choose for yourself. I transfer photos in few different ways, depending on situation.
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