Four Ways to Extract Photos from iPhone

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iPhone becomes more and more popular these years because of its excellent performance, so there are more and more people use it as primary smartphone and digital camera. We use it to save the valuable and memorable moments and also share them with our friends and family. Undoubtedly photo is one of the most important things on iPhone and we cannot afford to lose them.

So the question is how to extract photos from iPhone to save them? This article will show you 4 different ways to do it. Just read on.

Option 1: Extract iPhone Photos via Professional Tool

Professional data transfer tool, such as iMyFone D-Back iPhone Data Extractor is another choice for you to extract photos from iPhone to computer. The software, released by reliable iMyFone company, allows you to transfer photos from your iPhone/iTunes backup/iCloud backup to PC/Mac with ease. Visit the iMyFone official download center to download the Free Trial version.

  • You can also use the program to selectively backup your iPhone. That means you can backup only messages, WhatsApp, WeChat and other 16 data types separately instead of all the data on your device.
  • You can backup your device without affecting your previous backups.
  • You can view them on computer anytime you want which is unlike iTunes that does not allow you to view the backup content.
  • There is no storage limitation which is unlike iCloud that offers only 5 GB free storage.

Windows version    Mac version

Step 1. Launch the iMyFone D-Back on your iPhone, tap on "Recover from iOS Device" and then tap on "Start".

Recover from iOS Device Tab

Step 2. Connect your iPhone to your computer, wait for the progam to detect your device, then click on "Next".

connect your device

Step 3. Select the photo type you need to recover and then click on "Scan".

select data types

Step 4. Once the data is detected, you can view and select te photos you need. Choose the location where you want your files to go, and that's all you need to do to recover or extract photos from your iPhone.

Preview File from iOS Tab

Actually the program can do more than extracting photos; it can extract WhatsApp data from iPhone, view photos in iCloud backup and much more.

Now try iMyFone D-Back to extract your photos.

Windows version    Mac version

Option 2: Extract Photos from iPhone Using Windows

Windows detects iPhone as a digital camera or a file system. You can use the windows explorer to retrieve the pictures. Please note that you have to unlock the iPhone to allow Windows to access the content.

Step 1: Connect the iPhone to Windows PC using the provided cable.

Step 2: Open "My Computer".

Step 3: You will notice your iPhone displayed under "Portable Devices".

Step 4: Left click on your iPhone and choose "Import pictures and videos" or explore the device to see the images stored on device.

Step 5: Mark the pictures that you want to extract from your iPhone and save them on your computer in the preferred folder.

Extract photos from iPhone using Windows

Option 3: Extract Photos from iPhone Using iCloud

If you have iCloud Photo Library enabled, iPhone will upload all the photos and videos automatically at full resolution. You can transfer these images to your computer using the following steps.

Step 1: Turn on iCloud Photo Library on your device and Mac. Log in with the same Apple ID on both the devices and ensure that they are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: If you have enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone and Mac, then iCloud will synchronize all the photos across the devices. Therefore, you will see your iPhone pictures on your Mac.

Step 3: You will have all the photos extracted from iPhone to your Mac and stored in the Photos app. You can browse them after completion of the synchronization process.

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Option 4: Extract Photos from iPhone Using iTunes

You can also use iTunes to sync all the photos from iPhone to computer. See the following steps.

Step 1: Organize all the pictures on your iPhone.

Step 2: Connect iPhone to computer and open iTunes application.

Step 3: Under the device "Summary", look for "Photos" on the left side of the screen and click it.

Step 4: In the right screen, tick the checkbox that reads "Sync Photos".

Step 5: Choose "Choose Folder…" from the drop-down box.

Step 6: Select the folder where you organized the pictures.

Step 7: Press "Apply" to begin copying the folder to your computer.

Extract photos from iPhone using iTunes

Reviews of the Four Options above

Pros
Cons
Extract Photos with D-Back
  • You can selectively or fully extract photos from iPhone as you like.
  • You can extract photos from iPhone or iTunes and iCloud backups.
  • It allows you to view first before extraction.
  • It will not affect your previous backups.
  • It will not affect your current data on device.
  • It is not totally free.

Extract Photos with Windows

  • You can select the items you want to export to your computer.
  • The process is standard, easy and fairly quick.
  • You have to physically connect your device.
  • The process is not automatic.

Extract Photos with iCloud

  • This option is straightforward and quick as long as you synchronize your devices.
  • It’s easy and all you need to do is log into your iCloud account on your iPhone and Mac.
  • All your photos will automatically sync to your Mac, so you won’t be able to select specific files, which means you will have to comb through your photo collection to find what you need.

Extract Photos with iTunes

  • You can select the items you want to export to your computer.
  • The process is easy.
  • It requires you to organize your photo library in advance and create a folder with the photos you need to export.
  • You have to physically connect your device.
  • The process is not automatic.

Windows version    Mac version

As you can see, you can easily extract photos from iPhone with the four methods discussed above. You can choose the most appropriate one based on your requirement and convenience.