How To Transfer Photos From An iPhone To A Computer

Written by Claire Smith


Posted on August 26 2023

Step - By - Step - Guide. 


 In today's digital age, our smartphones have become repositories of cherished memories captured in the form of photos. However, with limited storage space and the desire to create backups, transferring these photos from your iPhone to your computer is a prudent practice. Whether you're looking to free up space on your device or safeguard your memories, this step-by-step guide will walk you through the process of transferring photos from your iPhone to your computer.


Step 1: Choose Your Transfer Method


There are several methods you can use to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer. The most common methods include using a USB cable, iCloud, or third-party software. Choose the method that best suits your preferences and needs.


Step 2: Using a USB Cable

1. Connect Your iPhone to Your Computer: Use a Lightning-to-USB cable to connect your iPhone to your computer's USB port.
2. Trust This Computer: If it's your first time connecting your iPhone to this computer, a prompt will appear on your device asking if you trust this computer. Tap "Trust" and enter your device passcode.
3. Open Photos App (Windows) or Finder (Mac): On Windows, open the Photos app. On Mac, open a new Finder window. Your iPhone should appear under the "Devices" section.
4. Select Photos: Browse through your iPhone's folders and select the photos you want to transfer. You can choose individual photos or entire albums.
5. Import: Click on the "Import" button in the Photos app (Windows) or drag and drop the selected photos to a desired location in Finder (Mac). Follow the prompts to complete the transfer.


Step 3: Using iCloud


1. Enable iCloud Photo Library: On your iPhone, go to "Settings" > [Your Name] > "iCloud" > "Photos." Turn on "iCloud Photos." This will upload your photos to iCloud.


2. Access iCloud on Computer: Open a web browser and visit the iCloud website ( Log in with your Apple ID and password


3. View and Download Photos: Click on the "Photos" icon in iCloud. Browse through your photos and select the ones you want to download. Click the download icon (arrow pointing down) to save them to your computer.


Step 4: Using Third-Party Software (e.g., iTunes Alternative)


1. Download and Install Software: Search for reputable third-party software like "iMazing," "AnyTrans," or "DearMob iPhone Manager." Download and install the software on your computer.
2. Connect Your iPhone: Launch the software and connect your iPhone using a USB cable.
3. Navigate Photos: Use the software's interface to navigate your iPhone's photos and albums.
4. Select and Transfer: Choose the photos you want to transfer, select a destination folder on your computer, and initiate the transfer process within the software.


Step 5: Safely Eject Your iPhone


After you've successfully transferred your photos, remember to safely disconnect your iPhone from your computer. This prevents any data corruption or loss.




Transferring photos from your iPhone to your computer is a straightforward process that ensures your precious memories are safely backed up and can be enjoyed for years to come. Whether you opt for the USB cable method, iCloud, or third-party software, regular transfers are a habit worth adopting to free up space on your device and provide an extra layer of protection to your valuable photos. So, choose the method that aligns with your preferences and get started on organizing and securing your digital memories today!