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5 Ways to Import Photos to iPhone 8/8 Plus

Apr. 26, 2018 05:45 pm / Updated by Jerry Cook to iTunes Alternatives
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Having a bunch of photos stored on your old iPhone or computer and now you want to add to your new iPhone 8? Here I will show you how to transfer photos to iPhone 8/8 Plus in 5 different scenarios.

Way 1: Download iCloud Photos to iPhone 8 (Plus)

Way 2: Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8

Way 3: Send Photos from Mac to iPhone using Airdrop

Way 4: Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus

Way 5: Move Pictures from Google Photos to iPhone

Way 1: Download iCloud Photos to iPhone 8 (Plus)

Depending on whether you have set up the device, you have 2 options to add photos to iPhone using iCloud.

Restore photos from iCloud backup

If you just got the new iPhone 8 and the pictures to be transferred is exactly in the backup files, you can choose Restore from iCloud Backup on the initial setup screen. After signing in with same Apple ID and choosing a correct backup, you just need to wait for iCloud to export photos to the device.

restore photos from icloud

Access with My Photo Stream

With My Photo Stream, all your recent pictures, whether shot by your iOS devices or uploaded from your PC/Mac, will automatically appear on all of your iCloud devices. To set up My Photo Stream on your iPhone 8 (Plus), go to Setting > Your Name > iCloud > Photos.

set up my photo stream on icloud

Now when you upload photos to your PC/Mac using iCloud, you can find them in Photos > Albums > My Photo Stream. Note that you can only upload last 30 days and up to 1,000 photos in this way.

Way 2: Transfer Photos from Old iPhone to New iPhone 8

Tired of using your old iPhone and want to move everything including the photos to a new iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus? Except for iCloud, you can also use iTunes to help move content.

So first of all, you should make a backup of old iPhone. Connect your device with iTunes and go to Summary > Back Up Now. When it’s done, eject the device and change to your new iPhone. Then choose a backup file containing your photos to restore.

transfer content from old itunes backup

One thing you should know is that, all the data and settings will be overwritten by the one from your previous device after restore. If you want to transfer photos only from old iPhone to new iPhone 8 or 8 Plus, you might as well try Tenorshare iTransGo.

Way 3: Send Photos from Mac to iPhone using Airdrop

Airdrop allows users to share files wirelessly between iOS devices and Mac, as long as the Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are on.

To import photos from Mac to iPhone 8/8 Plus, what you need to do is selecting Go > Airdrop from Finder. Once Airdrop on your Mac detects nearby users, you can drag one or more items to the window and click Send.

airdrop photos from mac to iphone

Similarly, you can use Airdrop to share photos between iPhone and iPad.

Way 4: Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone 8/8 Plus

Since Airdrop is only available between Apple devices and relies heavily on Wi-Fi network, if you want to copy photos from Windows PC to iPhone 8/8 Plus or other models, actually there is another program called Tenorshare iCareFone can do the same thing. Unlike iTunes or iCloud transfer, it won’t affect the existing data on your device, and you can selectively move one or more images at one time. Now check out how to transfer photos to iPhone 8 without iTunes

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1. Connect your iOS device with Tenorshare iCareFone after installation on your PC or Mac.

2. Choose File Mange from the bottom menu.

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3. Select Photos from file type and click on Import button to open target folder.

import photos from pc to iphone

4. Check all the photos you want to add to your iPhone 8 and wait for the whole transferring process done.

You can also export photos from iPhone to a computer using iCareFone.

Way 5: Move Pictures from Google Photos to iPhone

Google also offers a free service for users to backup and sync photos between iOS device and computer, which is the Google Photos App. This method is comparatively indirect but still worth trying.

To start with, you will need to download Google Photos from App Store on iPhone and log in with the same Google account on your computer. Then open Google Photos on PC and upload all your desired pictures.

When it’s done, go back to your iPhone and you can find the photo library has been updated. Select any photos you want and tap the 3 dot from top right corner. A download button can be found. Tap on it to save the chosen images to camera roll.

save images from google photos to iphone


Above the mentioned 5 ways have their own pros and cons. You can compare each method and decide which one you prefer in order to get photos to iPhone 8/8 Plus or other models like iPhone X, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6 series. If you have any recommendations, don’t hesitate to leave a message below so help more users.

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