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4 Methods to Download Photos from iPhone to Computer

"How do I download photos from iphone to computer" is a frequently asked question we can find. The advanced camera and high-quality photos have made iphone a portable camera in our daily lives. However, with the accumulating photos, it's inevitable to face with limited internal storage. Therefore it makes sense to know how to download photos from iphone to computer.

In this article, we will discuss 4 different ways to transfer photos from your iphone X/8/8 plus/7/7 plus/6/6s/SE/5. Keep reading and find which one you'd prefer.

Way 1: Download Photos from iPhone to Computer with iCloud Photo Library

The iCloud photos Library is one of the easiest ways to transfer photos from iphone to computer and keep the entire library automatically synced on all devices. Before you get started you need to first sign in to the iCloud with same Apple ID. Follow the below steps to turn on your iCloud photo Library on your devices and transfer the photos.

Step 1: Enable iCloud photo Library on Win/Mac computer and iphone

1.First, download iCloud for the Windows or directly launch it from Finder if you are using Mac.

2.Next to photos click on the Options and just select iCloud photos Library.

 enable icloud photo library on computer

3.Click Done to apply the changes.

4.On your iphone, go to Setting > Your name > iCloud > photos and enable iCloud photo Library the same way. iOS 11 earlier users can find photos & Camera under Settings.

 enable icloud photo library on iphone

5. After that, you photos will be uploaded automatically to iCloud when connected to Wi-Fi.

Step 2: Find downloaded iCloud photos on computer

1.On indows, open File Explorer windows and clock on iCloud photos under Favorites.

2.Select a folder containing your photos and download to pC.

3.On Mac computer, downloaded iCloud photos can be accessed in photos App.

Way 2: Download Pictures from Photos App on Computer

Both Windows and Mac have preinstalled photos app that allowing users to import photos from iphone to computer. Though called the same name, they are actually different programs. Follow below steps to know what to do.

For Windows users:

1.Make sure you have installed iTunes on your computer.

2.Connect your iphone via USB cable.

3.Photos app will automatically pop up. If not, manually launch it from control panel.

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4.Click on Import button to select your desired photos. Now your photos have been successfully transferred.

For Mac users:

1.Similarly, start with connecting your iphone to Mac.

2.Photos app on Mac should automatically open.

3.Click Import or Import All New photos.

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Way 3: Download Pictures from iPhone to Computer by Google Photos

Google photos is another great way to directly download pictures from your iphone to computer. All you have to do is to just follow these simple steps to finish this procedure.

1.Download and install Google photos from App Store.

2.Sign in your Google account is prompted. Or you will see the automatic login of Google account.

3.Enable Back up & sync from the interface.

 google photos backup and sync

4.Connect to Wi-Fi to upload all photos to Google drive.

5.When all photos are synced, open on your computer and sign in with same account.

6.Locate the photos uploaded from iphone and click the 3 dots on the right corner to find Download option.

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7.Choose a folder to save your pictures.

Way 4:Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer using Tenorshare iCareFone

Whenever it comes to transfer photos directly from your iphone to a computer, then Tenorshare iCareFone is best to choose from. With its easy operations and user-friendly interface, one can easily get photos from iphone to computer. Beyond that, it supports to transfer specific photos you need, which is different from iTunes or iCloud. Now follow me to check how to use this great iOS data transfer tool to move your loved images.

Step 1: First download, install and launch the application to your pC or Mac.

Step 2: Connect your iphone to your computer through USB cable. The program will automatically recognize your phone.

 download photos from iphone to computer

Step 3: After that click the File Manager and select photos to continue.

 select photos to be transferred

Step 4: All photos, being from Camera roll, or downloaded from third party apps, will be display in time order. Check all or specific photos you need and click the Export button.

 export photos from iphone

Step 5: Create a path to save your iphone photos. And there you have finished it.


As you can see there are 4 ways to download photos from iphone to your computer. But overall Tenorshare iCareFone is the ultimate solution for your problem to transfer photos directly from your iphone to the computer. If you want effortlessly transfer all your iOS data, come and give it a trial.

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