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4 Methods to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

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Tata Davis

September 13, 2017 (Updated: November 14, 2017)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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If you have an iPhone, I am sure that you may most likely have a Mac computer. Needless to say, a computer is very often used to backup files on a phone. It could mean that you want to free up some phone storage or maybe you want to have another backup source for your phone items just in case something goes wrong. Regardless, transferring photos from your iPhone to Mac has become very popular. Below, we will show you the different methods that you can use to transfer iPhone photos to Mac computer.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

The powerful iMyFone iPhone Transfer allows you to easily import any iPhone photos to Mac without the need for an iTunes password and restrictions to other photo albums. Both pictures purchased on iTunes and photos that were taken with the device can be transferred from their iPhone to Mac by simply selecting any photo that they wish to transfer and importing it to a folder of their choosing on their computer. There are no restrictions on file formats and you can transfer virtually any photo or media (music, video, picture, podcasts, albums and more).

Key Features of iMyFone iPhone Transfer

  • Directly add files from computer to iPhone, without ever opening iTunes.
  • Two-Way Transfer: Transfer files from iPhone to iTunes/computer, or sync files from iTunes/computer to iPhone.
  • iMyFone iPhone Transfer allows users to preview photos at its interface and manage them selectively.
  • It supports all popular models of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
  • Apart from music, it can also manage photos,videos and apps.

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Import Photos from iPhone to Mac with iMyFone iPhone Transfer

STEP 1: Launch the iMyFone iPhone Transfer program on your computer and then Connect your iPhone to your computer using your USB cable.

STEP 2: To transfer Picture from your iPhone to Mac, select your preferred camera album (Camera Roll or My Photo stream) from the left sidebar.


a. Navigate and find the picture you wish to transfer and click on “Export > Export to PC” from the menu at the top to initialize a picture transfer from your iPhone to your computer.

b. A popup window will prompt you to select a destination folder on your Computer. Once you “Select Folder” the export process will begin. A window will notify you of the successful transfer of the photo to your chosen folder on your computer once the transfer is complete.


Three Other Ways to Transfer iPhone Photos to Mac

1Using iCloud

To utilize Apple iCliud services to sync photos from your iPhone to your mac, proceed to enable the iCloud photo sharing.

Step 1: Open setting app,click on iCloud > Photos, turn on iCloud Photo Sharing

Step 2: Activate the Backup to iCloud option to allow your iPhone backup any photo automatically.

Step 3: Click on Backup Now and any photo you take with your device will be automatically synced to the iCloud using a WiFi connection.


You can always access these photos when you log in to iCloud with your Mac computer.


Disadvantage: To use the iCloud, you require a Wi-Fi connection and only photos that were taken when the iCloud backup service was activated will be synced.

2Via Dropbox

To transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using Dropbox, you would first need to have Dropbox installed on both your iPhone and your Mac.

Step 1: Launch the Dropbox app on your iPhone, use the + icon to add photos that you wish to sync to the cloud.


Step 2: Once you select the photos you wish to transfer, choose a folder to save these files on Dropbox and click “upload.”

Step 3: When you log into your Dropbox account using your Mac, the same photos will be available for download on your computer.


Disadvantage: Dropbox is a cloud based backup storage, hence you require the internet to backup and download files.

3Transfer iPhone Photos to Mac via Email

Step 1: Log into your email address.

Step 2: Proceed to create a new email and select a recipient, (you can also select your own email as the recipient).

Step 3: Navigate to the attachment option in your email and select the photos you wish to upload and attach it to the email and send it.

Step 4: On your Mac, log into that same email and look for the attached photos in your inbox and simply download it to your computer again.


Disadvantage: File transfer using Email are usually limited to 25MB and you also need to have an internet connection to upload an attached file.


From all the other available methods on how to import photos from iphone to mac, the most convenient and fastest method remains the iMyFone iPhone Transfer. This iOS transfer software does not require any internet connection unlike the others backup and transfer methods listed (Dropbox, iTunes and Email). There is also a precise and organized arrangement of the category of photos that you wish to transfer and you can also use this method to import photos from any album on your iPhone to Mac and not just your camera roll. Apart from photos, you can also import and equally export other media like videos and music using the iMyFone iPhone Transfer.

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