How to Move Photos From iPhone to Computer

Joel Mason

iPhone, Tutorials

How to Move Photos From iPhone to Computer

Capturing precious moments with your iPhone is a breeze, but as your photo library continues to grow, you might find yourself running out of storage space on your device. That’s where transferring photos from your iPhone to your computer comes in handy!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of moving photos from your iPhone to your computer in a few simple steps.

Method 1: Using a USB Cable

One of the easiest ways to transfer photos from your iPhone to your computer is by using a USB cable. Just follow these steps:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable.
  2. Unlock your iPhone and tap “Trust” when prompted on the device screen.
  3. On your computer, open File Explorer (Windows) or Finder (Mac).
  4. Navigate to “This PC” or “My Computer” (Windows) or “Devices” (Mac) and locate your iPhone under the list of connected devices.
  5. Double-click on your iPhone to open it.
  6. Locate the “DCIM” folder and open it. This folder contains all the photos stored on your iPhone.
  7. Select the photos you want to transfer by holding down the Ctrl key (Windows) or Command key (Mac) and clicking on each photo.
  8. Right-click on one of the selected photos and choose “Copy”.
  9. Navigate to the desired location on your computer where you want to save the transferred photos.
  10. Right-click in the destination folder and choose “Paste”. The selected photos will be copied to your computer.

Method 2: Using iCloud Photos

If you prefer to wirelessly transfer your photos from iPhone to computer, using iCloud Photos is a convenient option. Follow these steps to set up and use iCloud Photos:

  1. On your iPhone, go to “Settings” and tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  2. Select “iCloud” and then tap on “Photos”.
  3. Toggle on the “iCloud Photos” option.
  4. On your computer, open a web browser and visit
  5. Sign in with your Apple ID and password.
  6. Click on the “Photos” app icon.
  7. You will see all your photos from your iPhone. Select the photos you want to download by holding down the Shift key and clicking on each photo.
  8. Click on the download button (cloud with an arrow pointing downwards) to save the selected photos to your computer.

Method 3: Using Third-Party Apps

Apart from the native methods mentioned above, there are various third-party apps available that can simplify the process of transferring photos from your iPhone to your computer. Some popular options include Google Photos, Dropbox, and Microsoft OneDrive.

Install one of these apps on both your iPhone and computer, follow their respective setup instructions, and enjoy seamless photo synchronization between devices!

Note: Remember that depending on the number of photos you are transferring, it may take some time for them to complete copying or downloading onto your computer.


By following one of the methods mentioned above, you can easily move your photos from your iPhone to your computer. Whether it’s using a USB cable, iCloud Photos, or third-party apps, you have multiple options to choose from based on your preferences.

Take control of your photo library and free up valuable space on your iPhone by safely storing your cherished memories on your computer!

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