By AOMEI / Last Updated July 24, 2020

Why transfer photos from iPhone to computer?

Apple’s mobile phone is very popular because of its outstanding performance. We have to admit that iPhone is really good at taking pictures and it has been one of iPhone’s selling points. And many Apple users want to transfer photos from iPhone 4, 5, 6,7,8, X, XS, XR, 11 to computer. Here are 3 main reasons for this idea.

1. Make a backup of your photos

These photos are your precious memories and you cannot afford this loss. If you have a long-term sorting plan for your shots and want to securely save photos on your iPhone in a backup, you also need to transfer photos from iPhone to PC.

2. Solve the issue of insufficient storage space

Your iPhone can take beautiful pictures. Everyone can enjoy excellent image quality. But, as the Photo Collections grows day by day you lose the free space on iPhone. 4k photos and HD videos on your iPhone X can occupy a good chunk of storage space.

For that matter, it is important to transfer photos from iPhone to PC. Then you can safely delete files on your phone to get more free space.

3. View photos on a larger screen

You've been taking some beautiful photos with your iPhone, and you want to be able to see them on your computer. Or maybe there's some postprocessing you want to make in photos via PC before sharing them with your friends.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer?

In the following, I’ll show you some commonly used ways to copy photos from iPhone to computer. By comparison, the first one is the quickest of all methods. And it can backup photos from different devices, such as Photo Library, Photo Share, etc instead of Cameral Roll only.

If you just want to copy photos from Cameral Roll to computer, you can use the rest of 4 methods, including using AutoPlay, Windows Photos, File Explore or Windows Explore, iCloud.

#1: The quickest way to transfer photos from iPhone to computer

This method uses a free iPhone transfer and backup expert for Windows PC - it’s AOEMI MBackupper, which can help you transfer all photos from iPhone to computer quickly. And here are some advantages for it and you can see if it satisfies your needs.

◈ Fully supports all the IOS system, even compatible with the newest iOS 13.

◈ Backup photos in different devices, such as, Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Photo Share and Albums. Up still now, the Panoramas, Live Photos, etc are stored in Cameral Roll.

◈ The transferring speed is very fast and the quality of backed photos is not degraded.

◈ Preview pictures after transferring. This feature is very useful, especially when you are not sure if your photos are backed up completely.

◈ Transfer specific photos instead of all. For example, if you want to sync photos from September 11, 2019, you can select them under the corresponding directory.

Now, let’s see the detailed steps and learn how to transfer photos from iPhone 8, S, XS, XR, 11 to computer without losing quality.

1. Connect your iPhone with USB cable and unlock it, then press Trust on the iPhone if you are asked.

2. Download AOMEI MBackupper, install and launch it.

3. Click Photos Backup option.

Bakcup Only Photos

4. Click Photos icon to select the photos you want to transfer.

Click Photos Icon

5. Then select the photos you want to backup by directory or its date and click OK. After that, click Start Backup and wait until the process is completed.

Select Photos


◈ If you want to preview the backed up photos, you can right-click the backup task and select Browse at the upper right corner. And you are allowed to copy these photos outside and edit them as you like.

◈ If you want to know where the backed photos are saved, you can select the backup task and click Positioning at the upper right corner.

#2: How to move photos from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay?

1. Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable, then click Trust and type the password if you are asked.

2. Then, the AutoPlay dialog box will pop up and click Import pictures and videos using Windows.

Import Pictures and Videos

3. Click the Import Settings link, select the folder in Camera Roll’s photos by clicking Browse and click OK to exit.

Import Settings

4. Set up settings for Cameras and Portable Devices in the following. You can choose to add a description for your pictures or not.

Set up Settings for Cameras

5. Type description in the Tag these pictures (optional) box and click Import. After that, just wait for the final result.

#3: How to import photos from iPhone to PC with File Explorer or Windows Explorer?

1. Connect your iPhone and unlock it. Then, click Trust to allows your computer to access your photos.

2. Go to Computer or This PC, and you see a new device named xxx iPhone.

3. Then, double-click the iPhone and open Internal Storage> DCIM folder, then preview your photos here and transfer specific photos from iPhone to computer via Copy and Paste.


Note: DCIM folder is the Camera Roll folder and it’s the only thing you can see in Windows 7/8/10. And there are some folders named as 100APPLE or 100Cloud, which are used to store your photos or videos. If you have many photos, you can additional folder like 101APPLE, 102APPLE, 101Cloud, etc.

DCIM Subfolder

#4: How to copy photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Photos?

Windows Photos is a built-in tool in Windows 10, which allows you to import photos from iPhone 7/8/s/xs/xr/11 to PC via a folder or USB device. Just see below and learn the detailed steps.

1. Connect your phone and unlock it. Then click Trust and type the password if you are asked to Trust this computer.

2. Click Import and select From A USB device. After that, it will automatically detect your photos on the iPhone, you just need to wait for a few minutes.

Import from a USB Device

Note: If the Windows Photos does not pop up automatically, you can click Start and select it from the Start menu.

3. Select the photos you don’t want to import because all the new photos will be checked by default. Then, click Import Selected. After the operation is 100% completed, you can see it in your Pictures folder.

#5: How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer using iCloud Photos or iCloud Photo Library?

1. Open your iPhone and go to Settings > iCloud's profile> iCloud, then turn on the iCloud Photos or iCloud Photo Library. It depends on the device you are using.

2. Download the iCloud for Windows app and install it on your computer. Then sign in iCloud with the same Apple ID on your iPhone. Type verification code if you are asked.

3. Tick the checkbox before Photos and select Options at its right side.


4. Then select Download new photos and videos to my PC and click Apply and Done.

Download New Photos and Videos to My PC

To view the photos downloaded from iCloud, you can go to This PC or Computer, double-click the iCloud photos and Downloads at the right side.

In the End

How to transfer photos from iPhone 3, 4, 8, 11, S, XS, XR, etc to computer is not a problem anymore. Here are 5 common used methods prepared for you. The first one is the fastest and can help you transfer photos from iPhone to computer without losing quality. Besides, it can import photos from multiple devices, including Photo Stream, Photo Share, Cameral Roll, etc.

The rest of the 4 methods are suitable for users who just want to move Cameral Roll photos from iPhone to computer. You can choose any of them according to your needs.