By AOMEI / Last Updated September 10, 2020

Can you AirDrop pictures from iPad/iPhone to PC?

Many iPad and iPhone users asked a similar question online “can I use AirDrop to transfer pictures, music, videos, and other files from iPad/iPhone to a Windows PC?”. Before figuring out this question, we need to know what is AirDrop.

According to the Wikipedia, AirDrop is an ad-hoc service in Apple Inc.’s iOS and MacOS operating system, introduced in Mac OS X Lion and iOS 7, which allows users to transfer files among supported Macintosh computers and iOS devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth without using mail or a mass storage device.

From the brief introduction from Wikipedia, we can know that AirDrop provides an easy solution to transferring files between two iOS devices, or the iOS device and the Mac computer. Namely, you can use it to transfer files only among iOS devices. Therefore, we cannot use AirDrop to move files from iPhone to PC.

Free alternative to AirDrop to transfer files from iPad/iPhone to Windows PC

Since AirDrop does not enable users to transfer files, photos, videos and other data from iPad/iPhone to PC, here we would like to offer a free alternative called AOMEI MBackupper, which can transfer and back up data from iPhone to Windows PC with fast speed. It is compatible with iPhone 4s/5/5s/6/6s/6 plus/6s plus/SE/7/7 plus/8/8 plus/X/XS/XS Max/XR/11/ 11 Pro /11 Pro Max, iPad /iPad mini/iPad Air/iPad Pro and iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7.

Besides, it comes with many important and amazing features to make files transfer between iPhone and PC easy and convenient.

☞Allows you to select what you want to back up or transfer onto PC by folders and files. For example, you can choose several photos in the “Photos” folder to copy to PC.
☞Enables you to transfers data from old iPhone to another, even a new one with the help of a Windows computer.
☞Permits you to back up all data or only back up changed and added files, which can help save much time and space. Also you can choose to restore all backup files or some of them to another iOS device.
☞Supports transferring music, images (camera roll, photo library, photo video and photo stream), videos (movies, TV shows, music video), contacts and messages.

Now you can free download the AOMEI MBackupper and follow the steps to transfer files from iPhone to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to the Windows PC via USB cable and make sure it is detected. And launch AOMEI MBackupper.

Step 2. Tap “Trust This Computer” on your iPhone.

Step 3. Click “Back up all” or “Photos Backup” to enter the next screen.

Only Photos Or All

Step 4. Now, you can click the Photos, Music, Videos, Contact or Message icon as you need.

Click An Icon

Step 5. Here we click the “Photo” icon to enter the selection screen where you can tick the specific pictures you need to transfer from iPhone to PC. Then click “OK” to return to the last screen.

Select Files

Step 6. After the target files are chosen, you can change the location path for the to-be-backup files.

Change Path

Step 7. Then click “Start Backup” button to start the backup process.

Click On Backup

Step 8. Wait for the process to be finished. The backup time depends on the total size of the chosen files.

Backup Completed

This is how to use AirDrop alternative to transfer files from iPhone to Windows PC. If you need to transfer them to another iPhone or iPad, you can directly restore the backup to it.

Restore To Device


In this guide, we discussed whether you can Airdrop files from iPhone to PC or not, and provides an easy workaround to transfer photos, videos, files, movies from iPhone to Windows 10/8/7 computer. Hope you can successfully complete your files transfer between iPad/iPhone and PC with the provided method.