iOS 12

4 Best Ways to Transfer iOS 12 Files to PC/Mac

It is a good practice to transfer the data in your iPhone and iPad for enhanced security and stability and also to save more space. Many ways have been explored to transfer files from iPhone to PC/Mac for backup. These days, apart from the traditional methods there are several other third-party applications available online which make the transfer process simple and easy while avoiding any discrepancies in the security of the data. Some of the safe and easy methods to get files from iPhone to PC are clearly described in this article.

Way 1: iOS 12 Files Transfer Without iTunes

While there are several other authentic traditional ways to move files from iOS 12 iPhone to PC, several third-party apps have been developed to make this transfer easier. Out of the many third-party apps, Tenorshare iCareFone is considered to be the most efficient and user-friendly app using which you can transfer files from iPhone to PC without iTunes or iCloud. This app can be used to transfer any kind of iOS files stored in your phone to your PC with just a click.

Tenorshare iCareFone has many advantages over iTunes and iCloud such as"

  • Using this app, the data can be backed up and restored almost instantly without encountering the common iOS problems.
  • Any file can be selectively moved from iPhone to PC flexibly without any hassle.
  • Any data can be previewed before restoration.
  • There is no risk of the data being lost or of the data being overwritten.

To start using this app the following steps have to be followed,

Step 1: Download the iOS 12 file manager on your PC and follow the installation steps.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to PC or Mac.

Step 3: A prompt window opens “Trust This Computer”. Enter the passcode to detect and connect the phone.

icarefone main interface

Step 4: On the top of the screen, you can see four options. Click on “Manage”!

Step 5: You can choose from the 8 types of files listed on the left corner of the screen to import or export.

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Step 6: To export the files from iPhone to PC, select all the files to transfer and then click on “Export”. Choose the destination where the file has to be exported and click “OK”.

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And you are done! Don’t miss this amazing software.

Way 2: Transfer iOS 12 Files from iPhone to PC/Mac using iCloud

iCloud is an online drive which can be securely accessed by iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or even Windows PC. All the data is backed up in this drive and all the up to date data can be easily retrieved by any of the above-mentioned devices anytime through iCloud. So in a way, iCloud makes the restoration and backing up of data easy.

When you start to transfer or copy files from iOS to PC, the iCloud backup has to be enabled on your iPhone. To do this,

Step 1: Make sure that your iPhone is updated to the latest version of iOS.

Step 2: On the home screen, tap on “Settings”.

Step 3: Select iCloud and log in using your Apple ID.

Step 4: You will notice an On/Off button, turn it “On” to enable back up.

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iCloud will now start storing backups of your iPhone whenever you are connected to a steady Internet connection.  This is how to copy files from iPhone to PC using iCloud.

Once you switch on the backup on iCloud, let’s see how you can access the iCloud files on your computer.

Step 1: Open any web browser on your PC and visit and log in with Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Select the options which you wish to access.

iCloud’s main page neatly showcases all the apps. You will be able to see all the synced data for the required category.

icloud backup to pc

This process of file transfer proves to be a very easy process but iCloud has space limitations. A free space of only 5 GB is provided by the iCloud drive. For extended space, you would have to pay extra. This is a major limitation of using iCloud.

Way 3: Transfer Photos from iOS 12 iPhone to PC/Mac with USB Connection

To transfer the photos using the USB cable (which is the charging cable of your iPhone/iPad) you can follow the below-mentioned methods. The method of transferring photos through USB is different for both Windows PC and Mac. Read the following points, if you are wondering how to transfer iOS 12 photos/videos with the help of a USB lightning cable.

Transfer Photos from iOS 12 iPhone to Windows PC

The photos can be imported from iPhone to Windows PC easily through the Windows Photo App present in all PCs with Windows 8.1 and Windows 10. Your PC must have the latest version of iTunes to carry out this transfer.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to the PC through USB lightning cable.

Step 2: Unlock your iPhone/iPad.

Step 3: A prompt window opens up in your phone with either “Trust” or “Allow” popping on the screen. Tap on that to continue.

Step 4: Open the Windows Photo App on your PC and click on “Import”.

Step 5: Select the device from which you want to import the photos.

Step 6: Select all the images you wish to import.

Step 7: Click on “Continue”.

Step 8: Click on “Import” when you are ready to transfer.

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Transfer Photos from iOS 12 iPhone to Mac

Here's how to manually move images through the Photos App on Mac.

Step 1: Using the USB charging cable, connect your iPhone/iPad to Mac.

Step 2: On Mac, open the Photos App.

Step 3: In the sidebar, under “Import” click on “iPhone”.

Step 4: Unlock your iPhone/iPad.

Step 5: Select all the images you wish to transfer.

Step 6: At the top right corner, select “Import Selected”.

Step 7: If you wish to transfer all the new photos, click on “Import All New Items”.

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This is how to transfer photos from iOS 12 iPhone to PC/Mac using USB.

Way 4: AirDrop Files from iOS 12 iPhone/iPad to Mac

With the AirDrop feature, you can transfer files such as documents, videos, pictures, map locations etc wirelessly to a nearby iPhone, iPad or Mac. This method of iOS 12 file transfer proves to be fast and convenient. However, this feature is limited to iOS and cannot be used to transfer files to a Windows PC. To transfer any file from iPhone to Mac,

Step 1: Open Finder window on your Mac and select “AirDrop” from the side menu.

Step 2: At the screen’s bottom, you can see “Allow me to be discovered by”. Select either “Everyone” or “Contacts Only” according to your preference.

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Step 3: Don’t close the AirDrop window on Mac.

Step 4: On your iPhone, enable AirDrop and choose the discovery settings accordingly.

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Step 5: Now, select the files which you wish to transfer.

Step 6: After selection, tap Share and click on “AirDrop” from the list.

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Step 7: Wait till your Mac appears in the AirDrop section. Click on that!

Step 8: The files will get transferred.

And that’s it! Keep in mind, the AirDrop feature works the best on the latest versions of iOS devices.


The iOS files like images, map location, files and folders, and other similar data can be easily transferred by any of the above-mentioned methods. Using a USB lightning cable, files can be easily transferred to both iOS devices as well as Windows PC. The wireless transfer methods prove to be more efficient and require fewer resources. While the wireless file transfer options like iTunes and iCloud are the well known authentic methods, Tenorshare iCareFone App proves to be a better option in various ways and thus we highly recommend this software for all your iOS 12 files transfer requirements!

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