By AOMEI / Last Updated January 12, 2021

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10?

I have too many photos on my iPhone 11 and iCloud storage is full so I feel like getting the photos exported to my laptop. How can I get the photos off iPhone in the fastest way?

- Question from Apple Community

Microsoft Photos

> Pictures taken by iPhone camera could be directly used for business without editing.

> The Professional camera cannot be resisted by photographer.

> The size of iPhone photos is more than 2MB on average.

> You can directly export photos from iPhone on Windows 10 to backup iPhone photos.

Photos are the common files on iPhone. Users love to take selfies or lock the moments in journey. After some time, photos could take a lot of storage on iPhone. Because of the high quality of iPhone photos, it would be easy for them to eat more than 10GB space on iPhone.

iCloud could your photos, but they can’t help relieve the situation because photos would be still saved on your device. The best way to release iPhone storage is exporting them to computer.

Since there is an application on Windows 10 which could directly export iPhone photos, let’s see how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10.

Section 1. How to transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows Photos?

What is Microsoft Photos? If you have used Windows 7 or 8 to export photos from iPhone, you need to open File Explore to reach iPhone storage like you copy data from Android to download photos from iPhone to windows. In Windows 10, Microsoft Photos would help you transfer photos in an easier way.

Steps to transfer iPhone photos with Microsoft Photos:

1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB cable.

If your iPhone is successfully connected, it would automatically pop up.

Tips: How to manually open Microsoft Photos?
If it does not appear, you can click the Windows start button to look for it on the right, or you could also type Photos in Windows search bar. If you open the application, but cannot transfer photos, the next section would give you the fix.

2. Click Import in Microsoft Photos and then select From a USB device.

From a Usb Device

3. Preview and select the photos on your iPhone and click Import Selected.

Import Selected

After the process is completed, you can find your iPhone photos in File Explorer > Photos on your computer.

Section 2. How to fix the issue “can’t use Microsoft Photos”?

Like any other apps, sometimes Microsoft Photos would also bring trouble. If you can’t import photos from iPhone to windows 10, you may need the following solutions:

Solution 1. Rebooting your computer is always the first thing you should do to fix Windows system issue. The problem might be solved by one click.

Solution 2. You should always keep iPhone screen unlocked or you could not see your device in Microsoft Photos.

Solution 3. If you cannot see your device in Microsoft Photos after waiting for a long time, the connection might not be built. You need to check the USB cable and USB port. Installing or reinstalling the latest iTunes could help your repair the driver. It helps especially when Apple Mobile Device USB driver is missing.

Solution 4. Photos need to be download from iCloud. You need to go to Settings on iPhone > tap your avatar > iCloud > Photos > tick Download and Keep Originals.

Solution 5. Related settings need to be changed to help transfer iPhone photos to Windows. Go to Settings on iPhone > locate and tap Photos > in the section TRANSFER TO MAC OR PC, tick Keep Originals.

Solution 6. If you see the prompt “Something went wrong. Your files might not have been imported.” In Microsoft Photos, disable the antivirus when you transfer photos.

If you find that iPhone not importing photos to computer with Microsoft Photos, there is another way to transfer your iPhone photos.

Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 Not Working

Section 3. How to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10/8/7?

Microsoft develops Photos application on Windows 10 to help users easily export iPhone photos, but doesn’t push an update on Windows 8 and 7. There is another app that could be used on Windows 10/8/7, AOMEI MBackupper.

Compared with Microsoft Photos, it could run on more computer and help you transfer photos back to iPhone. Photos on the latest iPhone 12/11, the old iPhone 6/5/4 or other iPhone could be transferred by AOMEI MBackupper. If you wish, it could also be used to manage photos, videos, and other data in iPad or iPod Touch.

Steps to transfer iPhone photos with AOMEI MBackupper:

Step 1. Download the latest client of AOMEI MBackupper and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Select Transfer to Computer when you see this window.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click any area in the box to add photos from iPhone.

Select Files

Step 4. Preview and select your photos from iPhone and click OK.

Choose Photos

Step 5. Click the Transfer button to transfer photos to your Windows computer.



You can transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 with Microsoft Photos. It is easy to use. If you have any problem using this software, you can also find the solutions in this guide.

You can also use AOMEI MBackupper to export photos or other data via an easier way.

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