How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer {Guide}

So, if you’re looking to transfer all your photos from the iPhone to your computer because you easily run out of space, then you’re in the right place. The best way of getting your snapshots and videos off iPhone is to use the default Photos app available on both Mac and PC. There are dozens of other exclusive methods, and we’ll guide through each of them. So here is a guide for How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer.

1. How to transfer the Photos using a USB Cable

This process for importing and transferring photos from the iPhones hasn’t changed for over a decade, whether you’re using Mac OS or a Windows. Though some steps might vary as per platforms but it’s just a matter of plugging your iOS device in and clicking on the Import button.

Mac OS

  • First off, plug your iPhone into the computer using the USB charging/ data transfer cable the same way you use it to transfer music from an iPod using iTunes.
  • Now, Photos app would automatically launch, and if not, then open the program via Launchpad, Dock, or any other Applications folder. If your MacBook or iMac isn’t automatically selected, you can find it on the side of the Photos App. The Image Capture app also works on MacOS to quickly download images from phone to a folder.
  • If using Photos, then click the blue Import button on the right corner of the window. Alternatively, you can also select the individual photos you want to transfer and before clicking the Import Selected button, you can also check the box beside the Delete images after import if you would like to delete the pictures on the iPhone after importing automatically.

Once done, choose Last Import located to the left from where you can quickly view the recently-uploaded images. Do keep in mind that Ctrl-clicking the image will also bring up additional options like sharing, editing, and favouriting the said images.

Mac OS, by default, opens up the Photos app whenever any camera, memory card, or media device like an iPhone, for example, is connected to the system. You can also disable this, just uncheck the box in the upper-left that says “Open photos for this device” after the Photos App launches for the first time.


The other method is for the people who own an iPhone alongside with a Windows-powered Laptop or PCs. The process is nearly same for Windows 8 and 10 users, so you wouldn’t experience any trouble using the moderately-recent Windows OS.

  • Plug your iPhone into your computer, but this time, you’re also required to install iTunes on your Windows as well.
  • Now, the Photos app should automatically launch. However, if it’s not opening up, you can search it from the Windows Explorer. Also, you may need to unlock your iPhone before proceeding further.
  • Click on the Import button in the upper-right corner, which is represented by a box. Afterwards, select the individual photos that you wish to transfer from your iPhone and click on next in the lower-left corner.
  •  A window would pop on your screen, just tick the Continue till you’d get the option to delete the photos on your iPhone after importing process automatically is done, or simply click on Import button before transferring the images to your main Pictures folder. Also, you can select and view the location of the destination folder.

When finished, click on the Albums button which you can access quickly. Lastly, import at the top to view, share or edit any of your uploaded photos.


2. Using Dropbox

Dropbox has been our tour de force ever since it arrived on the Internet, a decade before. The website and app service functions as a file hosting service, basically as a cloud platform that uploads files anywhere from where have an internet connection. Dropbox’s official mobile app for iPhones takes the functionality one step ahead by giving you to the capability to manually or automatically upload the photos to the cloud whenever you see fit.

  • Step 1: If you haven’t tried the cloud already, just download the Dropbox app and log-in using the credentials on your iPhone.
  • Step 2: Navigate to the location of your photos in the Dropbox where you want to upload the files. Select the Upload Photos option by tapping on the Plus icon.
  • Step 3: Now, choose the save location where you’d like to upload the files from and most likely, it will be from the Camera Roll. Select all the photos and videos which you want to transfer before tapping Next icon. Finally, choose which folder you’d like the photos to upload or create a new folder for the transferring. After uploading, the photo(s) will automatically appear in Dropbox, which is also readily available through your desktop browser or various apps after syncing your iPhone.

The other automatic version allows you to sync all your photos and videos directly from the Dropbox app by just enabling the settings. But be sure that your Cloud App has enough storage space for your pictures, and you have a good internet connection.

Once that’s done, toggle the slider behind the Camera Upload to enable this feature and allow the Dropbox app to upload all photos to the Cloud automatically. Afterward, whenever you launch the app, it will prompt you to upload the photos you’ve taken, and it will do the job silently in the background as long as you have battery more than 30%. Also, enable the Sync on Mobile Data to avoid any interruption.


3. Using Google Photos

You must be wondering how Google would be useful for Apple iPhones. Well, The Photos App is an impressive feat, even for Google itself. This app service provides unlimited data for all the photos, just keep them under the 16-Mp resolution. Thus, giving you a wealth of storage to store and share all the memories online. Moreover, like Dropbox, the mobile app allows you to upload the photos to the Cloud by following the steps below:

  • If you haven’t tried it so already, just download the Google Photos app and login with your Gmail ID on your iOS device.
  • Tap on Photos, located at the bottom of your iPhone screen.
  • Now, select all the photo(s) you want to upload to the Google Photos library, and you can select multiple pictures of bulk selection option located on the side. Afterwards, select the respected album, or you can create a new one using available options. The photos will then be available in your Google Photos account, which you can open using the app or the Browser on your PC.
  • You can then easily download those images directly from the Google Photos Account. Cheers!