How to Sync Photos iPhone to Mac

Alicia Santos

Mac, Tutorials

Are you tired of constantly emailing or messaging photos from your iPhone to your Mac? Well, fret no more!

In this tutorial, we will guide you through the process of syncing photos from your iPhone to your Mac effortlessly. So, let’s get started!

Using iCloud Photo Library

If you want a seamless way of syncing photos between your iPhone and Mac, iCloud Photo Library is the way to go. With iCloud Photo Library enabled, all the photos and videos you capture on your iPhone will automatically be uploaded to iCloud and synced across all your devices, including your Mac.

To set up iCloud Photo Library:

  1. Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings.
  2. Step 2: Tap on your name at the top of the screen.
  3. Step 3: Select “iCloud” and then “Photos”.
  4. Step 4: Toggle on “iCloud Photos”.

Your iPhone will now start uploading all existing photos and videos to iCloud. This process may take some time depending on the number of photos/videos you have.

To access your synced photos on your Mac:

  1. Step 1: Open the Photos app on your Mac.
  2. Step 2: Go to “Photos” in the top menu bar and select “Preferences”.
  3. Step 3: In the “General” tab, make sure “iCloud Photos” is checked.

All the photos and videos from your iPhone will now be available in the Photos app on your Mac. Any changes you make to your photos, such as edits or deletions, will be synced across all your devices.

Using AirDrop

If you prefer a more direct method of transferring photos from your iPhone to your Mac without relying on iCloud, AirDrop is a great option. AirDrop allows you to wirelessly transfer files between Apple devices that are in close proximity to each other.

To use AirDrop:

  1. Step 1: On your iPhone, swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center.
  2. Step 2: Press and hold on the network settings box (the one with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, etc.) to expand it.
  3. Step 3: Tap on “AirDrop” and select either “Contacts Only” or “Everyone”.

To transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac using AirDrop:

  1. Step 1: On your Mac, open Finder.
  2. Step 2: In the sidebar, under “Locations”, click on “AirDrop”.
  3. Step 3: Make sure both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are enabled on your Mac.
  4. Step 4: On your iPhone, open the Photos app and select the photos you want to transfer.
  5. Step 5: Tap on the share icon (the square with an arrow pointing up) and select your Mac from the list of available devices in AirDrop.

Your selected photos will now be transferred to your Mac using AirDrop. You can find them in the Downloads folder or the location you specified during the transfer.


Syncing photos from your iPhone to your Mac doesn’t have to be a hassle. Whether you choose to use iCloud Photo Library or AirDrop, you can easily transfer and access your photos on both devices effortlessly. So, say goodbye to manual transfers and start enjoying a seamless photo syncing experience!

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