Phone Transfer

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes

Apple offers a simple way for iPhone users to back up photos to their computers using iTunes. Though it works well, it comes with a number of restrictions that force users to seek alternatives. There are a slew of different options for users to make use of. This article details the different methods of how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. The methods listed work on iPhone X/8/8 Plus/ 7/7 Plus 6/6s/6 Plus/6S Plus/5s/SE and other iOS devices.

Part 1: Tenorshare iCareFone Supports to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes

Tenorshare iCareFone enables users to transfer photos from their iPhone to Mac or PC without using iTunes or iCloud.

1. Advantages of Using Tenorshare iCareFone over iTunes

The following are the advantages of using Tenorshare iCareFone to transfer photos to computer over using iTunes.

  • Users are allowed to selectively transfer photos. It is impossible to do the same with iTunes.
  • When using iTunes to transfer photos, existing data such as music, movies, TV shows books, and tones will be deleted and synced to the iTunes library of that computer. With Tenorshare iCareFone, users transfer photos without deleting any data on their computer or device.
  • Users can batch transfer photos using Tenorshare iCareFone.

2. How to Use Tenorshare iCareFone

Step 1: Download, install and run Tenorshare iCareFone on your PC.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 3: Click the File Manager tab if it's not displayed by default.

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Step 4: Click Photos.

Step 5: iCareFone will automatically detect all photos in all folders and albums. Choose the photos you would like to import by browsing through the folders. Click Export and choose a file location on your hard drive to save your photos. (Tenorshare iCareFone saves the photos on the Desktop by default.)

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Part 2: Other Ways to Import Pictures from iPhone without iTunes

Since iTunes has many restrictions, the importance of importing iPhone photos without iTunes cannot be underscored enough. Other methods include using iCloud Photos Library, Windows File Explorer, and third-party cloud-storage services like Google Photos and Drobox.

1. Upload iPhone Photos with iCloud Photos Library

Users can import photos from iPhone to their computers without iTunes by enabling iCloud to sync photos then downloading them on their computers. Follow the procedure below.

Step 1: Enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone by navigating to Settings > Photos & Camera and toggling on the iCloud Photo Library button. iOS 11 users can select Photos under Settings.

icloud photo library

Step 2: Download iCloud for Windows, install and run it by following the prompts.

Step 3: Sign in to iCloud using the same Apple ID credentials you used to set up iCloud on your iPhone.

Step 4: Click Options and check the iCloud Photo Library checkbox plus any other options such as My Photo Stream, iCloud Photo Sharing etc. and click Done. All your photos will be synced to your computer.

icloud photo options

Your synced photos are located in iCloud Photo under favorites which is accessed using File Explorer.

access downloaded icloud photos

2. Move Photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Files Explorer

Step 1:  Connect your iPhone to your computer using a USB cable.

Step 2: Press Windows + E button to open File Explorer.

Step 3: Under This PC, click iPhone > DCIM  and locate folder containing your photos.

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Step 4: Open it and transfer photos using one of two methods: select the photos you would like to transfer or simply copy paste the whole folder to another file location.

Alternatively, navigate to your iPhone under This PC/Computer, right-click it and select import pictures and videos.

Transfer photos using file explorer

3. Third-party Cloud Service like Google Photos or Dropbox

You could also transfer files from iPhone to computer by uploading them to third-party cloud storage services like Google Photos or Dropbox on your iPhone then download them on your computer.

To use Dropbox, follow the procedure below:

Step 1: Download and install Dropbox on your iPhone from the App Store then proceed to log in to your account. If you don't have an account, create one.

Step 2: Launch the Dropbox app and navigate to Settings > Camera Upload and toggle on the button to automatically upload photos.

automatically upload photos dropbox

Step 3: Your photos will be uploaded under Wi-Fi.

Step 4: Visit and sign in to your account.

Step 5: Select the photo you want to download, click the ellipses icon located on the right of your photo of choice and click download.

download dropbox photos

To use Google Photos, follow the procedure below:

Step 1: Download Google Photos app on the App Store, install and run it on your iPhone.

install google photos

Step 2: Navigate to Menu (the three horizontal lines) > Settings > Back up & Sync and turn it on. You’ll be asked to allows Google photos to access your photos; Settings > Privacy > Photos > then turn on Google Photos.

Step 3: To download the photos, visit on your browser.

Step 4: Select the photos you want to download then click download.

download photos from google photos to laptop


Thinking of how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes? This article has detailed several methods of doing so. We recommend using Tenorshare iCareFone because it offers multiple layers of functionalities such as compressing photos without loss of quality, transferring photos in bulk, user-friendliness, selectively preview and transfer photos, and easily locate photos in all albums. With Tenorshare iCareFone, iPhone users don't have to worry about the restrictions that come with using iTunes.

/ Posted by Jenefey Aaron to iOS File Transfer Follow @Jenefey Aaron