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3 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer - iPhone Photos to PC and Mac

Dec. 02, 2014 11:36 am / Updated by Jerry Cook to iTunes Alternatives
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Using the camera roll in Apple iPhone devices to take wonderful photos for record has become part and parcel in our daily life. However, the space in the memory of iPhone is limited and it cannot store as many pictures as we like. Then finding out some way to transfer photos from iPhone to computer is necessary since computer has more space to keep our important photos. The below content will show you 3 efficient ways to transfer photos from iPhone camera roll to computer running Windows OS or Mac OS X.

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Most of you may know that using iTunes to sync with iPhone can help to copy photos from iPhone to computer, but this is more for backup and it doesn't allow you to access individual pictures. The 3 useful ways introduced here help you not only freely transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes, but also access and preview pictures as any way you like.

Here is how to add iPhone photos to computer.

1. Using iPhone photos transfer tools

By extracting and importing iPhone devices' data onto PC, the following 2 software can transfer pictures from iPhone to computer. Here is the list of their pros and cons.

Tools OS Pros Cons
iPhone Data Recovery •Fully support all Windows OS, such as Windows 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista •Optionally select any wanted photos from iPhone to transfer
•Allow you to preview pictures on computer before and after transferring
•easy and fast to use HTC G13
Need to download from the Internet
iPhone Data Recovery for Mac •Highly compatible with macOS 10.12 Sierra, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7, 10.6, 10.5

Here is the simple guide on how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer with iPhone Data Recovery. Here the steps to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac are the same.

1. Download and run iPhone Data Recovery on your computer.

Download UltData (iPhone Data Recovery) Software:

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2. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and select "Recover Data from iOS Devices". Click "Start Scan" to scan the files.

3. Click "Photos" to preview and select any of them or all of them. Click "Recover" button and then a "Browse for Folder" pops up to let you select a destination folder to import photos from iPhone to computer.

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transfer iphone pictures to computer

This iPhone photo transfer tool also can transfer contacts from iPhone to computer.

2. Using Windows OS AutoPlay

When you connect iPhone to a computer with Microsoft Window 8.1/8/7/XP/Vista, a dialog appears for working with the pictures stored on your iPhone. You can use this AutoPlay function to transfer iPhone photos to computer. According to different Windows system on your computer, the dialog is little different, but the transferring operation is quite similar. Here is the list of it pros and cons.

Tool Pros Cons
Windows OS AutoPaly No need to download from the Internet Sometimes not all the photos can be transferred to computer
•Only the photos taken with the built-in camera can be transferred
•Delete your photos on iPhone without your permission if the option of erasing after coping is on

To transfer photos from iPhone to computer in Windows 8, you can connect your device to computer, click "Import pictures and videos" in the AutoPlay windows, and follow the instructions. If you don't like this method, go to iPhone Data Recovery.

3. Using iCloud Photo Stream

You can also use Photo Stream to transfer iPhone pictures to computer. All of your iPhone photos would be imported into C:\Users\\Pictures\Photo Stream\My Photo Stream.

Tool Pros Cons
Photo Stream Easy to use •Need an iCloud account
•Only stored in iCloud for 30 days
•Hidden risks like wireless vulnerabilities, virus infections, hacking attempts, data theft

With those above methods to help you, to transfer photo library from iPhone to computer is just a piece of cake. You can pick up one of them according to your need.

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