Forget iTunes or using a USB cable to transfer your pictures from your computer to your iPhone. Here's how to transfer photos hassle-free!
Although it may seem complicated, transferring photos to your iPhone isn't that difficult of a task. It can seem a little tricky because iOS isn't very user-friendly. However, there are three straightforward ways you can use to move your photos and videos from your computer to your iPhone.
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In this guide, we will demonstrate how to transfer photos to iPhone from your PC and even introduce you to a new solution – iMazing.
How do you export photos from computer to iPhone?
The iPhone is one of Apple's most popular devices. It has been very popular ever since its inception and has revolutionized how people use their phones. The iPhone's beautiful and big HD Retina display makes it the ideal device for viewing your photos and videos on the go.
When trying to transfer photos to iPhone from PC, the process can't be made any simpler than that of the iMazing software.
Here is a quick guide on how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer using iMazing:
Step 1. Download and install iMazing
You only need to download the iMazing software onto your computer. There is no need to download it onto your iOS device. You can download iMazing for free from the developer’s official website.
The installation file will be in a .exe format and you have to run it once it is downloaded onto your computer.
Step 2. Connect your iOS Device
Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.
Once your phone is connected, for future photo transfers, you can transfer photos using the USB cable or using a Wi-Fi connection.
Step 3. Activate iMazing on your computer
The iMazing software provides a lot of features for free, however, to avail features such as unlimited data exports, the ability to restore backups, and to update or reinstall iOS, you will have to purchase a license.
How does iMazing work?
iMazing is a very innovative software that operates on a few underlying basics:
No data is stored online by iMazing. All your data is only stored on your computer.
Photos, Videos, Music, Books, Voice Memos, and public Application files can be accessed directly. Other types of data like Messages or Call History will be pulled from a backup of your device.
iMazing will automatically perform a backup when for the type of data you're accessing.
iMazing works by reading through the multitudes of files present in your iPhone's backup and displaying them in a more digestible format.
A backup is essentially a snapshot of all of your iPhone's data. It will more often than not, contain a large number of files. This is meant to serve as a safety net incase you need to update or restore your device.
Key properties of iMazing
The key features of imaging can be categorized into the following pointers:
Browse - this includes viewing all the data present on your iPhone, backups, iCloud photos, and even iTunes backup.
Export - iPhone photos to PC transfer
Import - transfer data to iPhone from PC
Backup - Save data from your iPhone onto your computer
Restore - Restore your device using a backup. You can choose to restore only selected items from your backup as well.
Transfer - Device to device data transfer. Backup and restore simultaneously using this feature! You can choose to restore only selected items from your backup as well.
Advanced - Tools and features for power users and developers which you can read more about on the iMazing website!
Below you'll find links to some great iMazing guides. Simply click on the dataset that you want to manage, and you'll be redirected to the appropriate guide page.
If you'd like to know more about how iMazing handles different types of data, have a look at their cheatsheet.
How do I transfer photos from laptop to iPhone using USB?
There are a multitude of ways through which you can your photos from your laptop to your iPhone or iPad using a data cable. These include using softwares like iTunes, iCloud or Google Photos.
You can also transfer photos through the file explorer for Windows or file manager for iOS whilst your phone is connected to your device. To do this, you can follow the following steps:
Connect your device to your computer using a data cable.
Open your file explorer/file manager window in case it doesn't automatically launch.
Navigate to "This PC" on Windows and "Locations" on iOS to find your iPhone or iPad.
Click on your iPhone and select the "Internal Storage" option and open the "DCIM" folder.
Copy the pictures from your computer that you want to transfer to your iPhone or iPad and paste them in the "DCIM" folder.
Check the Photo App on your iPhone or iPad to see if the pictures have been transferred from your computer.
In case you wish to transfer your pictures from your computer to your iPhone or iPad using iTunes or iCloud, keep on reading to find out how to do exactly that!
How do I transfer photos from computer to iPhone using iTunes?
Using iTunes to transfer photos is another option that is available to you. Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:
Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable
Run iTunes on your computer if it doesn't automatically launch when you connect your iPhone
Select "Device" from the menu bar and then select "Photos".
Enable "Sync Photos" and then select where you'd like your synced photos to be saved. Once selected, click Apply to save the changes you've made.
We bet at this point you're wondering whether you should use iMazing or iTunes to transfer photos to your iPhone. We've summarised the differences between them below to make it easier for you to choose how to transfer your photos.
iMazing vs iTunes
There are many differences between iTunes and iMazing, but there are two key parameters upon which they differ significantly enough to warrant consideration:
Multiple Backups vs Single backup
iMazing allows you to store multiple backups of your iPhone's data on your computer. You will therefore be able to even access data that has been deleted from your device.
iTunes, on the other hand, will only store one backup off your iPhone's data at a time which can very easily result in data loss. This happens because whenever iTunes will make a new backup on your computer, it will overwrite the data from your previous backup.
Sync vs Transfer
iMazing provides you with the ability to choose what data including pictures you want to transfer onto your iPhone from your computer. This inherently means more control since you manually transfer the data.
iTunes does have the feature of automatically syncing your computer with your iPhone or iPad. However, this can result in data loss accidentally if you attempt to sync your iPhone or iPad with a new computer. There is definitely more room for error with using iTunes to transfer your photos.
How do I transfer photos from laptop to iPhone using iCloud?
Similar to syncing photos between your computer and iPhone using iTunes, you can also sync photos using iCloud.
Here's a step-by-step guide on how to transfer photos from your computer to your iPhone using iCloud:
Step 1: Upload the photos you wish to transfer to your Apple ID account on iCloud.com. Simultaneously, you can also download the iCloud app on your computer and upload the photos there.
Step 2: Activate the photo syncing option on your iPhone/iPad by going into "Settings", clicking on your "Name" and then "iCloud". From there open "Photos" and enable iCloud Photo Library.
Step 3: When your phone is connected to Wi-Fi, the photos will automatically get synced from iCloud photos on your computer to iCloud photos on your iPhone/iPad.
Keep in mind that iCloud only provides 5GB of free cloud storage. If you wish to have more storage, you can purchase it for $0.99 per month for an extra 50GB which is very reasonable!
Another thing to also note is that once photos are deleted from iCloud from your iPhone/iPad/computer, they cannot be recovered since iCloud does not make a backup of your data. So, make sure that if you are using this option, you don't accidentally end up deleting important data!
I cannot copy photos from computer to iPhone
If you're still unable to transfer photos from your computer to your iPhone, the underlying issue will need to be resolved.
Here's a list of things you can check on prior to you attempting to transfer photos:
If you are using a Windows PC, make sure you have the iTunes Apple Mobile Device USB Driver installed and set it up to update automatically.
Set your PC as a trusted device on your iPhone. Unless you do this, you will not be able to transfer photos to your iPhone due to device security restrictions.
Check if your computer or iPhone has any pending updates that may be hindering the process of transferring photos.
Ensure that your USB cable is not damaged. Also make sure the portion which connects to the device port is free of dust.
Try using a different port on your computer in case of of the ports is malfunctioning.
Disable the antivirus on your computer and your iPhone incase that is hindering the process of transferring photos.
If you are struggling significantly, it's a better idea to set up a software like iMazing first whereby you can transfer photos using your Wi-Fi once the initial connection has been established. It will save you from the hassle of troubleshooting constantly while trying to transfer data.
As discussed, there are three solid solutions to help you transfer your photos from your computer to your iPhone: iMazing, iTunes, and iCloud. It is important that when you are choosing what solution to opt for, you keep in mind certain attributes such as convenience, security, and backup data.
In our opinion, iMazing seems to be the strongest contender since it doesn't require much effort after the initial setup. Since it stores all your data on your computer and not on an online cloud, it definitely sounds more secure too. furthermore, because it doesn't overwrite previous iPhone backups, you will not lose any data that you delete from your device!
We hope that this comprehensive explanation of the best hassle-free solutions available to you for transferring your photos from your computer to your iPhone or iPad will help you make the choice that best suits your needs!