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Top 6 Ways to Import Photos from iPhone/iPad to Mac without iTunes

Oct. 3, 2017 11:21 am / Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iPhone Tips
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Situations you will need to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac are many. Maybe simply save photos to Mac and delete from iPhone to free up memory, or edit photos with Mac-based software after importing. In this tutorial, we will show you 6 different ways to import photos from iPhone X/8/7 Plus/7/6s/6/5 to Mac without using iTunes.

Method 1: Selectively Transfer iPhone Photos to Mac with Tenorshare iCareFone

There are actually lots of ways and apps to sync your iPhone photos with Mac computer. We’ve experienced all the methods mentioned in this article and found Tenorshare iCareFone is the most effective way. All images, including Cameral Roll, Photo Stream, Photos Library, third-party software downloaded pictures, can be exported to your Mac at once within clicks, and you can decide whether to transfer multiple or a single picture to computer. Below steps will show you the process to get photos off iPhone and into your Mac.

There you finished iPhone photos transferring to Mac. Quite easy and fast, isn’t it? Don’t miss the best iOS file transferring software – Tenorshare iCareFone.  

Method 2: Import Photos from iPhone to Mac Using Photos App

With Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 and later, Apple introduced the Photos App as a replacement of iPhoto to systematically manage, edit and share images between iOS devices and a Mac. By default, the Photos app is set to copy iPhone photos to your Mac automatically when connected via the USB cable. If not, do the following:

Method 3: Sync Photos between iPhone and Mac with iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photos Library can automatically backup iPhone pictures among all your Apple devices as long as you sign up the same Apple ID and whenever there is a WiFi network available. To migrate iPhone photos library to your Mac computer, you need to set up a few things first:

On iOS 11 and iOS 10.3 devices: go to Settings > Your Profile > iCloud > Photos and turn on iCloud Photo Photo Library.

If you are using iOS 10.2 and earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Photos and do the same way.

On your Mac, go to System Preferences > iCloud. Find Photos and click the Options and check the iCloud Photos Library.

turn on icloud photos library on mac

Then your iOS device accesses to a WiFi network, iCloud Photos Library will upload photos from iPhone to Mac automatically and you just need to download and add it to Mac storage later.

Method 4: Send Photos from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly via Email or iMessage

If you just need to transfer only a few photos to your MacBook or iMac, either Email or iMessage is a good choice for the easy operations and timeliness. Here we take Email as an example to get photos from iPhone to Mac.

Open Photos app on your iPhone and select the photos you want to import to a Mac. Tap the share icon on the lower left and it bring a few options. Choose Mail from the provided list.

put photos to email and send to mac

You will be navigated to Email screen, where you should type you own email address to send to. After all these, download it on an Internet- available Mac computer and you can now view iPhone photos on Mac freely.

Method 5: Import Photos from iPhone to Mac with Airdrop

Similar to Email, you can use Airdrop to add pictures to Mac from your iPhone, but this will require Mac OS X Yosemite, El Capitan or macOS Sierra. Make sure you do this under WiFi connection.

To start with, enable Airdrop on your iPhone and choose Everyone. Then open the Finder and launch Airdrop. When connected, tap Photos app and choose images to transfer to your computer by the share icon.

 airdrop share photos between iphones and macs

However, if you Wi-Fi is not steady, the whole transferring process will take a long time. And one import thing is that don’t forget to turn off Airdrop after syncing.

Method 6: Move iPhone Photos to Mac Computer with Image Capture

Last but not least, there is another app that allows you to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes, which is the default Image Capture app. Compared with Photos app, it’s much handy to organize and share your pictures especially for the folders.

To export your photos from an iPhone to a Mac, you will need to connect your device with Mac and launch Image Capture. Select your iPhone from the Devices list and decide the output image folders, after that click either Import or Import All option. Like Photos, you can also choose Delete after Import to free up the storage on iPhone.

 airdrop share photos between iphones and macs

Comparisons between the 6 Ways to Transfer iPhone Photos to A Mac

 

Tenorshare iCareFone

Photos

iCloud Photos Library

Email

Image Capture

Airdrop

1-click photos transferring

×

×

×

×

×

Automatically sync up on all Apple devices

×

×

×

×

×

Preview before importing

×

Two-way transfer between iOS devices and Mac

×

×

×

No WiFi required during transferring

×

×

×

Keep the original quality and filter

×

×

×

×

Transfer other iOS files like messages, contacts, music, books, etc.

×

×

×

×

×

Support all Mac OS

×

×

Support with iOS 11/10/9/8 and earlier devices

×



After reading so much, which method do you think works the best in iPhone photos exporting? Leave a comment below to let us know.  

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