Aug 31, 2020

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac and Windows PC

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Aug 31, 2020

It feels clumsy to import photos from iPhone to PC running Windows, I know. It takes time sorting the ins and outs. Even the Mac users, with preinstalled software, find it frustrating at times because of the limitations.

Yeah, new iPhone users face problems getting the hang of the system and import photos from iPhone to Mac or PC.

If you also wondered how to import albums from iPhone to Mac, iMazing does it for you. iMazing also gets rid of many constraints placed by Apple. And it’s available for Windows as well as Mac, giving you a painless experience on both.

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iMazing enables you to extract and transfer photos from iPhone to computer without syncing with iCloud or iTunes. And it’s perfectly legal!

Apart from the ability to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop, iMazing also helps you in checking the data of system apps like Messages, Phone, and Calendar. You can thus, browse the photos stored on your device and select which ones you want to import.

But what iMazing makes the best software to transfer photos from iPhone to PC is its backup options. You can keep multiple backups… in the location of your choice. So, when you need a photo which you deleted, maybe a few months ago, the chances are it’s still available in one of the backups.

iTunes, by the way, allows only one backup per device. With each backup, it overwrites the previous one.

In the next sections, find out how iMazing makes it easy to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone, iPad, or your computer and how to import photos from iPhone to hard drive. With iMazing, you can save photos securely, without any storage limitations.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer using iMazing?

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Whether you use the automatic iCloud syncing, manual syncing with iTunes or the Photos software, you cannot import photos from iPhone to Mac selectively. All those methods sync your photos in bulk, with little or no control, for you, over the process.

But with iMazing, you can:

  • Keep the best moments safe and secure.
  • Transfer selected photos wirelessly to PC.
  • Access even the hidden or the raw images.

If you know how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC using iTunes, you can see how iMazing is the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. And, iMazing also gives you the option to import and delete photos from iPhone.

You can choose to export your photos to external storage too. Mac’s storage space, after all, isn’t unlimited.

Instead of dumping all those blurry selfies, hundreds of irrelevant screenshots, and multiple shots which you don’t need anymore, iMazing helps you select only those which you would like to keep. Do you want to have them all? Well, iMazing will do that too; without any complaints.

With iMazing, it's easy to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer. You can save photos securely, without having to sync to the cloud, in just a few clicks. You can even drag and drop pictures straight to your desktop.

And here’s how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC.

Steps to import photos from iPhone to computer

Step 1. Download iMazing and install

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iMazing is available for Mac OS as well as Windows. So, whether you love being a part of the Apple universe or enjoy the magic of Microsoft, you can use iMazing. The software is available for free.

Download it, and once installed, you can transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. The downloaded software, by the way, comes with limited trials. Once over, you have to pay for the license.

How much?

Well, you don’t have to shell out more than 30 dollars for a single PC. And that’s a one-time investment.

Step 2. Launch iMazing and pair it

The next step to export iPhone photos to PC would require you to connect both the devices through USB. Launch iMazing and just for the first time, use the charging wire of your iPhone. Unlock your device if it isn’t and allow the “Trust this computer” prompt.

Give it a few seconds and you get your iPhone paired.

It would feel a hassle only for the first time; you can use the Wi-Fi mode to connect those, next time onwards. But remember to keep both the devices connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 3. Choose the device and start picking images

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Now, here’s how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without USB. Once your iPhone is connected, it appears in the left sidebar.

  • Select your iPhone, and you will see all the system apps.
  • Choose Photos, and iMazing will show you all the images. (Refresh if you don’t see the recent ones)
  • Select the photos you want to save in your PC. (Bring the Ctrl/Command and Shift keys in action to select multiple photos)
  • Now, click the Export button available there. In the dialog box that opens, select where to store those precious moments.
  • Confirm your selection, and it’s done.

Instead of clicking the Export button, you can drag and drop those photos onto the desktop or an open folder.

How to export photos from iOS devices with Photos app?

After the painful demise of iPhoto from the Apple ecosystem, here’s how to import photos from iPhone to Mac without iPhoto. Of course, you can still use iPhoto in the older devices, but those who have the latest Apple software will have to do with the resident Photos app.

So, how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac through this new Photos app? Well, connect your device to one of the available USB ports.

And now when the connection is successful, open the Photos app on Mac. The images from the Camera Roll will be displayed, in the main window, for you to import. You can go through those photos and select the ones you want to import; or click Import All New Items.

Once the import is complete, you can delete the pics on your iPhone through the Photos app, making more space there.

But the Photos app has a few shortcomings 

  • With Photos, you can’t import photos wirelessly.
  • Photos app shows images only from the Camera Roll.
  • It is available only for Mac OS, and not Windows.

And with iMazing, you can get over those, effortlessly. It gets the job done with ease. Connect through the Wi-Fi mode, browse all the stored images, and import them to your Mac, PC, external hard disk, or other iOS devices.

You don’t have to fumble with different apps.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iCloud?

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Syncing through iCloud Photos is another popular way to transfer iPhone photos to Mac or Windows PC. And here are the steps to set it up on your iPhone –

  • Go to Settings and tap on the first option, i.e. your name.
  • Now tap on iCloud.
  • Go through the list of apps and tap on Photos.
  • Toggle iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library) to ON.

Now, if you own a Mac PC, allow the Photos app to sync with iCloud in the Preferences window. Just click on iCloud and check the box next to iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library).

Oh, I almost forgot, you need to sign in with the same Apple ID on both your devices for the automatic iCloud syncing. You will thus, get all your pictures and videos on your Mac, as you click (or record) on your iPhone.

OK, now, if you use Windows, you will need to download the iCloud Photos software first. Then, set it up using your Apple ID to find your iPhone photos and videos there as they sync to the iCloud.

But this method – iCloud syncing – is limited by network availability. The sync speed depends on Internet speed. Also, you get only 5 GB of online storage for free, exceeding which you need to pay a monthly fee as per the plan you select.

iMazing, on the other hand, allows you to backup your photos to as many devices as you want and there are no storage limitations. And it’s available at a modest one-time payment of $30.

Another drawback of iCloud is that it removes the synced photo if the photo is deleted from your iPhone. But that’s not the case if you import iPhone photo to computer using iMazing.

Can I import photos from iPhone to the hard drive?

Yes, you can, and iMazing allows you to do so easily.

When you use Photos app to import photos or iCloud/iTunes to keep your photos in sync across devices, the images go to the default location. You, then, have to find and copy those pictures to a hard drive once the process is complete.

iMazing, however, finishes the entire operation in a blink. And here’s how to import iPhone photos to hard drive –

  • Select your iPhone from the left sidebar.
  • Click Photos to show all the images stored on the iPhone.
  • Pick the images you want to import. (Use Ctrl/Command and Shift keys for multiple selections)
  • Click the Export button.
  • In the dialog box that opens, select the hard disk drive.
  • Create a new folder or select an existing folder.
  • Confirm your selection, and it’s done.

Yup, it’s that easy. Sip your latte while iMazing does the rest of the heavy lifting to settle your photos down in the hard drive.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone?

Well, Apple provides two wireless ways to transfer photos from one iPhone to another – iCloud and AirDrop.

As mentioned earlier, here’s how to set up iCloud. But first, sign in with your Apple ID, and then –

  • Go to Settings and tap on your name there to access the account relates settings.
  • Now tap on iCloud.
  • On the screen that opens, tap on Photos.
  • Toggle iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library) to ON.

Once both the devices are synced, you’ll see all the photos in the Photos app. However, if you want to send selected photos, use AirDrop instead.

AirDrop uses the built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connection to send the selected photos across devices. So, check that you have enabled those connections on your iPhone. Then, make sure that the other iPhone is in the range with its Wi-Fi and Bluetooth signals turned ON.

Next, open the Photos app and:

  • Select the photos you want to send.
  • Tap the Share option/icon.
  • Choose the AirDrop user/device.

If both iPhones use the same Apple ID, you will receive the sent photo(s), just like that. But if they have different IDs, you will get a popup on the second iPhone asking if you want to receive the photo(s).

Apart from iCloud and AirDrop, you also have iMazing: 

  • Launch iMazing on your Mac/Windows PC.
  • Connect both the iPhones.
  • Select your iPhone from the sidebar.
  • Click Transfer to another device from the list of actions.
  • Next, choose the other iPhone as the target device.
  • Go through the customization options and select only Photos.
  • Now, follow the wizard until the operation starts.

Wait until it’s complete and you will have all the photos in the second iPhone. If not every time, iMazing does come handy when an iPhone doesn’t have AirDrop, or you have exceeded your iCloud storage limit.


Yes, iMazing is a versatile software that works for most iPhones and other iOS devices. You can use it to export iOS photos to Mac or Windows PC or save those memories to an external drive.

You can import your photos onto an external drive and free up the memory on your iPhone. So, practically, you fear no storage constraints. iMazing also works as a wireless backup solution that doesn’t need syncing with either iTunes or iCloud.

Click as many photos as you want. And send them all to your PC even when you have poor network reception or lost your charging cable among the socks.

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