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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using iTunes or without iTunes Free?


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Many iPhone users who loved the rear-view ultra-high pixel camera of iPhone X for its 4K photos and HD videos are now turning such features because of storage space issues. Are your iPhone 4k photos and HD videos occupying a good chunk of your iPhone storage space, thereby making it hard to find enough storage space for other important files, apps, and data?

This article introduces a solution to use iTunes or other tools to transfer your photos from your iPhone X or iPhone 5 (iOS 14/13/12 Supported) to your PC for safe keeping before erasing them from your device. Excellent alternatives to iTunes are also discussed with details. Follow our guide to transfer your iPhone photos to PC with/without iTunes easily and effectively. Our editor recommends best iPhone data transfer software iMyFone TunesMate to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes. Download TunesMate free now.

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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using iTunes Free

Apple Inc. designed iTunes as an all-in-one software for managing everything iOS (including iOS 14/13/12/11). Being a single multimedia suite for your entire Apple devices' needs, iTunes can easily transfer iPhone photos and videos to laptop without any hassle.

If you have photos on your iPhone that are not on your computer, you can follow these steps to import them to your PC:

Step 1: Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. Importing photos to your PC requires iTunes 12.5.1 or later. Launch iTunes first.

Step 2: Connect your iPhone to PC using the original iPhone USB cable.
You might need to unlock your iPhone using the screen passcode and then click "Trust This Computer" if such a window pops up.

Step 3:Click your device icon on iTunes top bar.

Step 4: Look to the left side of the iTunes windows and click Photos.

Step 5: Tick the box next to "Sync Photos", and choose the folder or app where to sync from.

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Step 6: Choose "Sync all photo and albums". You can select "include Videos" to include your iPhone videos in the sync.

Step 7:On your laptop, click the "Start" menu and then select Photos to open the "Photos" app.

Step 8: Select "Import > From a USB device", choose your iPhone, then follow the instructions. You can pick the items you want to import and select where to save them. Allow a few moments for detection and transfer.

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Alternative Methods to Transfer iPhone Photos to PC without iTunes Free

If you start encountering iTunes errors and issues, then use these Methods, Tools, and Techniques to transfer your photos to PC.

#1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Free without iTunes via iMyFone TunesMate

iTunes is not perfect in every sense and tends to end up in unknown errors and issues even when performing a simple task. iMyFone TunesMate is a preferred alternative to iTunes in transferring multimedia files like songs, videos, photos, and more. Therefore, to solve iTunes error issues in transferring photos from iPhone (including iOS 14) to PC, iMyFone presents TunesMate to you.

TunesMate supports to transfer all iPhone media files, such as photos, videos, documents, ringtones, wallpapers, podcasts, audiobooks, playlists without any error or issues.

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iMyFone TunesMate

  • Transfer iPhone photos to PC quickly and conveniently in one-click.
  • Fix iTunes library corruption via transferring your iPhone data to it.
  • Support transferring all kinds of media files from iPhone to PC, including photos, videos, documents, ringtones, wallpapers, podcasts, audiobooks, playlists.
  • More quick and friendly than iTunes.
  • Applies To: Any iPhone running iOS 8 to iOS 14 or later.

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“How do I transfor photos from iPhone to iPhone?”

Transfor photos from iPhone to iPhone as simple as transfor photos from iPhone to PC. All you need to do is use iMyFone TunesMate, a third-party tool, to help you easily transfer this important data.

Steps to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Free without iTunes with iMyFone TunesMate:

Step 1: Launch TunesMate and then connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable.


Step 2: Browse and choose the target folder for the exported photos on the computer from the pop-up window, tap "Select Folder" to begin the export process. You can now select the target folder to store your photos.


Step 3: If "Backup Successfully" pops up, click "Open Folder" to view your backup.


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#2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC via iCloud Photo Library Free

iTunes was primarily developed to manage iPhone, iPad or iPod touch files and data especially music files. iTunes has become overstock with many functionalities that it sometimes can even not perform simple tasks efficiently.

iCloud photo library safely stores your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Windows PC, and videos in iCloud, and makes them available on all your mobile and desktop devices as long as your iCloud account ids logged in. Here is how to enable iCloud Photo Library on Windows 10 PC.

Step 1: Download iCloud for Windows application to your PC and install it.

Step 2: Open iCloud for Windows and click "Photos > Options > iCloud Photo Library > Done > Apply".

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Step 3: In the Windows Taskbar, click the up arrow in the lower right. Click the cloud icon (for iCloud), then click "Download Photos".

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Step 4: Select the photos that you need to transfer to your PC, and then click "Download".

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Step 5: When the downloading ends, you can find photos transferred from iPhone to PC through Windows File Explorer.

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From what has been discussed above, we can see that except for transferring photos from iPhone to PC using iTunes, you can use iMyFone TunesMate and iCloud for Windows to achieve this goal. If iTunes errors and issues will not allow you to transfer your photos to PC, then choose iMyFone TunesMate now for your file transfer.TunesMate also does an excellent in transferring music and apps between iPhone and computer. iMyFone won't let you down!

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