By AOMEI / Last Updated July 24, 2020

Want to transfer photos from computer to iPhone

We save photos on multiple devices, such as computers, cameras, or mobile phones. It is common to transfer photos between different devices. iPhone users may want to transfer photos from PC to iPhone. Here is a real case from the forum:

“Is it possible to transfer pictures taken by a digital camera, stored on my HP computer, onto my iPhone. I have several of my wife that I want to transfer over and use as wallpapers but can't see how to do it.”

If you are confused about how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone as well, just read on.

3 easy ways to transfer photos from computer to iPhone

iTunes, iCloud and Google Photos are great apps to help you transfer photos from PC to iPhone 6, 7, 8, X, XS, XR, 11, etc. Choose one way that works best for you.

Method 1: Transfer photos from PC to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes enables you to sync music, movies, photos and so on between your PC and iPhone. Learn how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with iTunes as follows:

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Download iTunes from Microsoft Store and install it.

2. Launch iTunes. Click your device icon and then click the Photos header.

3. Check Sync Photos and select Choose folder from the drop-down menu. You can then choose the folder which contains the photos you want to transfer.

Tips: If the folder you choose has some sub-folders, you need to select All folders or Selected folders before you start syncing.

4. Click Apply to start syncing photos from PC to your iPhone.

Sync Photos

● If you have turned on iCloud Photos on your iPhone, you need to turn it off before you sync photos with iTunes.
● If you have photos synced to your iPhone from iTunes and then turn on iCloud Photos, you’ll see “Photos and Videos Synced from iTunes will be Removed.” The original versions of the photos will stay on your computer and the copies will be removed from your iPhone.

Method 2: Transfer photos from computer to iPhone using iCloud

iCloud Photos allows you to upload photos and videos from your Windows PC to iCloud Photo Library so you can view them in the Photos app on your iPhone. Follow the guidance below to transfer photos using iCloud:

1. Download iCloud for Windows. Install and run iCloud on your PC.

2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Click Options next to Photos.

Photos Options

3. Select iCloud Photo Library, click Done, and then click Apply.

4. Open iCloud Photos in File Explorer. Click Upload photos and videos to select the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone.

iCloud Upload Photos

Tips: You can also drag and drop photos and videos from your PC into the Uploads folder in iCloud Photos.

5. On your iPhone, go to Settings > your name > iCloud > Photos, and switch on iCloud Photos. You can then view the photos you uploaded in the Photos app on your iPhone.

Note: To view iCloud photos on the iPhone, you need an internet connection.

Method 3: Google Photos app to transfer photos from PC to iPhone

Google Photos is a photo sharing and storage service developed by Google. It can also help you transfer photos from PC to iPhone:

1. On your computer, open your browser and go to Sign in with your Google account.

2. Create a new album and upload the photos from your computer to Google Photos.

Google Photos

3. On your iPhone, go to App Store and install Google Photos. Sign in with the same account on your computer.

4. Photos will sync to your iPhone Google Photos. Then, download photos to your iPhone.

Backup iPhone photos via a free PC app

To avoid any data loss during photo transfer, you may backup your iPhone photos in advance. mBackupper comes to help. It provides quick and safe solutions for iPhone data backup and recovery. You can use it to backup your iPhone photos, music, videos, contacts, and messages. And the backup copy can be restored to different Apple devices like iPad and iPod Touch. Just download and install it on your Windows PC (Windows 10 /8.1/8/7 SP 1 supported).

After launching it, you’ll see the user-friendly interface. Click Photos Backup to backup all photos or selected photos in the Photos app on your iPhone. You are allowed to backup to local disks, external hard drives, or USB flash drives, etc.

Backup Photos


Now you know how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone 6, 7, 8 and so on with three free apps—iTunes, iCloud and Google Photos. For your photos’ security, you may backup them with mBackupper before you start transferring. It supports iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 11 and it’s easy-to-use. Don’t hesitate to have a try!