How to Get Photos Off iPhone

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

Have you ever found yourself struggling to get photos off your iPhone? Whether you want to transfer them to your computer for safekeeping or share them with friends and family, it’s essential to know the best methods for doing so. In this tutorial, we will explore various ways to easily get photos off your iPhone and onto other devices.

Using a USB Cable

If you prefer a direct method of transferring photos, using a USB cable is your best bet. Follow these simple steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer: Take the USB cable that came with your iPhone and plug one end into your phone and the other end into a USB port on your computer.
  2. Trust the computer: A prompt may appear on your iPhone asking whether you trust the connected computer. Tap “Trust” to continue.
  3. Open the Photos app (Windows) or Finder (Mac): These applications should automatically launch when your iPhone is connected.
  4. Select the photos you want to transfer: Use Ctrl+Click (Windows) or Command+Click (Mac) to select multiple photos.

    To select all photos, press Ctrl+A (Windows) or Command+A (Mac).

  5. Copy the selected photos: Right-click on one of the selected photos and choose “Copy” from the context menu.
  6. Paste the photos onto your computer: Open a folder or location on your computer where you want to save the transferred photos. Right-click in that location and choose “Paste” from the context menu.

Emailing Photos

If you only need to send a few photos, emailing them can be a quick and convenient option. Follow these steps:

  1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone: Locate and open the app from your home screen.
  2. Select the photos you want to email: Tap on the “Select” button in the top right corner of the screen, then tap on each photo you want to include in the email.
  3. Tap on the Share icon: It looks like a square with an arrow pointing upward. This will open a menu of sharing options.
  4. Select Mail from the sharing menu: This will open a new email with the selected photos attached.
  5. Enter the recipient’s email address and compose your message: Fill in the recipient’s email address, subject, and any additional text you want to include in the email.
  6. Tap Send to send the email: Once you are satisfied with your message, tap Send to send it along with your photos.

iCloud Photo Library

If you prefer to keep all your photos in sync across multiple devices, using iCloud Photo Library is a great option. Here’s how to enable it:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone: Find and open the Settings app from your home screen.
  2. Navigate to Photos & Camera: Scroll down and tap on “Photos & Camera” (or just “Photos” depending on your iOS version).
  3. Select iCloud Photo Library: Toggle this option ON. You may also choose to enable “Optimize iPhone Storage” if you have limited space on your device.
  4. Wait for the sync to complete: Depending on the number of photos and your internet connection, this process may take some time.
  5. Access your photos on other devices: Once the sync is complete, you can access your photos from other devices by signing in with the same Apple ID and enabling iCloud Photo Library on those devices as well.


Getting photos off your iPhone doesn’t have to be a daunting task. Whether you prefer a direct USB connection, emailing them, or using iCloud Photo Library, these methods provide easy ways to transfer and share your precious memories. Choose the method that suits your needs best and start enjoying your photos on other devices!

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