By AOMEI / Last Updated July 24, 2020

Why do you need to transfer photos from iPhone to desktop?

    Many people want to transfer photos from iPhone to desktop mainly for the following three reasons.

  • 1. Solve the issue of insufficient storage space

    Did the 4k photos and HD videos on your iPhone occupy a good chunk of storage space, thereby making it hard to leave enough storage space for other important files, apps, and data?

    iPhone can take beautiful pictures. Owning an iPhone, everyone enjoys its excellent image quality. However, as the Photo Collections grows day by day you are consuming the free space on iPhone, which might force your iPhone to function weirdly.

    For that matter, it is important to transfer photos from iPhone to PC desktop.

  • 2. Make a backup of your photos

    iPhone users tend to keep a backup of their precious photos for further use.

    If you want to have a long-term sorting plan for your shots and want to securely save your iPhone photos in a backup, you also need to transfer photos from iPhone to PC desktop.

  • 3. View photos on a larger screen

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

    At this time, you may need to transfer photos from iPhone to computer desktop.

How to transfer Photos from iPhone to desktop?

When choosing methods, most iPhone users will turn to iTunes which can sync iPhone data to PC, but we all know iTunes is not perfect in every feature and might tend to end up in unknown errors and issues even when performing a simple task. Therefore, many iPhone users are wondering if there are other ways to transfer photos from iPhone to computer desktop without iTunes.

Next I will show you three practical methods to do this without iTunes. (※Take the desktop of Windows 10 as an example.)

Way 1. Transfer photos from iPhone to desktop via File Explorer

Windows takes iPhone as a digital camera or storage device, so you can use Windows Explorer to manually copy photos to your computer desktop just like you do that from a memory card or other disk. In this way, iPhone photos can be smoothly transferred to desktop.

★File Explorer is a built-in function of Windows PC with which you can view and manage files in your devices and drives. As for this function, Windows 10 has the performance more outstanding than Windows 8 and Windows 7.

Using File Explorer to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to desktop won't take long if you follow the steps below.

※Prepare:
► Before you start, be sure that you have installed iTunes on the Windows 10 PC for your PC to recognize the iPhone in File Explorer. Installing iTunes allows the Windows 10 PC to easily communicate with iPhone or iPad even if you don't use iTunes here to transfer any photos.
► Besides installing iTunes, you just need a USB cable to transfer the photos from iPhone to desktop in this way.
► This way only transfers Camera Roll photos, so if the photos you want to transfer to desktop are stored in other folders, please put them into this folder beforehand.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC using a suitable USB cable.

Check your iPhone screen now and a notification of “Trust” option will appear. Choose “Trust” option to continue.

Step 2. Open Windows File Explorer from your desktop.

Go to Start menu > Windows System > File Explorer, or seach it in taskbar. You can also use “Windows + E” on your keyboard to enter File Explorer.

Step 3. Under Portable Devices section of “This PC”, you should see your iPhone as a drive. Double-click the icon for your iPhone. Then open “Internal Storage” > “DCIM” to access photos.

Step 4. Photos saved on your iPhone should now be visible. You can select the photos you want to transfer to Windows 10 desktop. Then copy them > Paste them to your computer desktop (or use the toolbar Copy/Copy to).

    ✎Note:

  • You can hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click to select multiple photos. You can also use the “Ctrl + A” shortcut on your keyboard to select all photos at once.

  • Make sure not to unplug your iPhone during the process.

Way 2. Transfer photos from iPhone to desktop via Windows 10 Photos app

You can also use the handy Photos app that is built in Windows 10 to transfer photos from iPhone to PC desktop. Just like Windows 7 and Windows 8, the Photos App on Windows 10 also only supports transferring the Camera Roll photos from iPhone to Windows computer.

Follow the steps to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 desktop with Photos App as below. Now let’s see how it works.

Step 1. Plug your iPhone into your PC with a suitable USB cable.

Step 2. Launch the Photos app from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.

Step 3. Click Import button. It is in the top-right corner of the window. Choose “from a USB Device”, which will allow you to import photos from your iPhone to your PC desktop.

Step 4. Click any photos you'd like to not transfer (Or select the pictures you want to import to Windows 10 desktop); all new photos will be selected for transferring by default.

5. Click Continue. The next pop-up will show you where the photos will be saved and give you the option to change the location. Here, you can select the desktop path.

6. Click Import. The Photos app will begin the import process.

※Note: Make sure not to unplug your iPhone or iPad during the process!

The way to transfer photos from an iPhone to Windows 10 desktop with the Photos app may be very easy. This also allows you to easily transfer bulk of photos from iPhone to desktop without efforts.

Way 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to desktop via AMB

If you don't want to use the above methods, you can try this easy-to-understand way (using AOMEI MBackupper to transfer photos from iPhone to PC desktop).

AOMEI MBackupper is a preferred alternative to iTunes in transferring multimedia files like photos, videos, music, movies, contacts from iPhone to PC desktop.

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There are many other advantages waiting for you to find out. Anyway, AOMEI MBackupper won't let you down! Just follow these simple steps.

Step 1. Free download AOMEI MBackupper and launch it. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. Once connected, tap “Trust" on your iOS device screen.

Step 2. On the home screen, click "Back up only photos". Select the photos you want to backup. After the selection, click “Back”. Then specify a path as the destination location to store the backup on PC. Here selects the path of the desktop.

Backup only photos

Select the photos

Step 3. At last click "Backup" to start the transfer process.

Backup

This method is very easy and fast, no need to download and install iTunes. It can save you a lot of time and energy. This is the best choice among all the methods, highly recommended.

Can’t transfer photos from iPhone to desktop?

You can transfer photos from iPhone to desktop using any of the methods above. Once the photos have been imported into Windows 10, you can browse them on the PC through Photo app or delete some photos on your iPhone to free up space.

However, sometimes it is not possible to transfer iPhone photos to the computer smoothly. In this case, you can refer to the following article. Maybe it can provide you with a way to solve the problem.

Fixed - iPhone Can't Import Photos to PC (Windows 10/8/7)

Conclusion

From this article, you’ve known how to transfer photos from iPhone to desktop without iTunes. You can use AOMEI MBackupper, Windows 10 Photos app, File Explorer to transfer photos from iPhone to desktop with ease. Of course, you can also use other tools like iCloud Photo Library, etc. Now, it is up to you to choose the most suitable way from the aforementioned methods.

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