How to Copy Photos From iPhone to Pc

Alicia Santos

iPhone, Tutorials

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of copying photos from your iPhone to your PC. Whether you want to free up some space on your phone or need to transfer photos for editing or backup purposes, this step-by-step guide will help you accomplish it easily.

Method 1: Using a USB Cable

If you prefer a direct and reliable method, using a USB cable is the way to go. Follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC using the USB cable that came with your device.
  2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer if prompted.
  3. Open File Explorer on your PC by pressing Windows key + E or by clicking on the folder icon in the taskbar.
  4. Navigate to “This PC” or “My Computer” in the left-hand side panel of File Explorer.
  5. Select your iPhone under the “Devices and drives” section. It should be listed as an external device.
  6. Open the Internal Storage folder within your iPhone’s folder.
  7. Navigate to the DCIM folder, which stands for Digital Camera Images.

    Most of your photos should be stored here.

  8. Select and copy the desired photos by either dragging them to a specific folder on your PC or right-clicking and choosing “Copy”.
  9. Congratulations! You have successfully copied photos from your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable.

Method 2: Using iCloud Photos

If you prefer a wireless method and have an iCloud account, you can use iCloud Photos to sync your iPhone photos with your PC. Follow these steps:

  1. Enable iCloud Photos on your iPhone by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. Toggle on “iCloud Photos”.
  2. Download and install iCloud for Windows from the official Apple website.
  3. Sign in to iCloud for Windows using your Apple ID and password.
  4. Select the “Photos” option within the iCloud for Windows application.
  5. Choose “Options” next to “Photos” and enable the “iCloud Photo Library” option.
  6. Select “Done” and then click “Apply”.
  7. Your iPhone photos will now be synced with the designated folder on your PC.


If you have a large photo library, it may take some time for all photos to sync with your PC, depending on your internet speed and library size. Make sure both devices are connected to a stable Wi-Fi network during the syncing process.

In Conclusion

Congratulations! You now know two different methods to copy photos from your iPhone to your PC.

Whether you prefer a direct USB connection or wireless syncing through iCloud Photos, you can easily transfer your precious memories without any hassle. Choose the method that suits you best and enjoy organizing, editing, or backing up your photos on a larger screen!

We hope this tutorial has been helpful to you. If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to leave a comment below.

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