Five Methods to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC


It is now easier than ever to transfer photos from an iPhone to a Windows PC. These are the five options.


The iPhone can take amazing photos. The tiny screen on your iPhone doesn’t give the photos enough justice when you want to see them. A larger display is required for this.

You have many options to transfer images to your iPhone from a Windows PC. Let’s take a look at them.

1. File Explorer is used to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

It is easy to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC by simply connecting with a Lightning cable. Then, use File Explorer to copy the images.

  1. Use USB to connect the iPhone with your computer.
  2. Tap Allow, Trust to unlock your iOS device
  3. Open File Explorer on your computer and choose Apple iPhone from the sidebar.
  4. Double-click Internal storage > DCIM . Then, you will need to organize all your iPhone photos into monthly folders.
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  5. Click on an image or multiple images, while you hold down the Ctrl keys. Next, right-click and choose Copy. Next, right-click at a different place on your computer and choose Paste. You can also copy specific folders or the entire DCIM folder to your computer if you wish.

If photos are copied in iPhone’s High Efficiency Image Container (HEIC) format, you can open your iPhone’s settings and choose Photos > Automat at bottom. This should prompt iOS to convert your photos into the compatible JPEG file format during the transfer process.

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2. You can transfer photos from your iPhone to your PC using the Photos app

You can import images from an iPhone to a Windows 10 PC using the Photos app. This is a very convenient way to copy images. You don’t need duplicates for subsequent transfers.

  1. Use USB to connect your iPhone with your computer.
  2. Tap Trust on your iOS device.
  3. Select Photos from the Windows Start Menu.
  4. From the top-left corner, select Import. Next, choose From a connected phone and then wait for the Import wizard to activate.
  5. To view all items in your iPhone’s photos library, select All Items from the menu at top of screen. You can also manually choose the images you wish to import.
  6. The default setting for the Photos app is to import images into the Pictures directory in your Windows account. Select Change destination to change this.
  7. Click Import products Copy the images to your computer
    img alt=”Windows 10’s Photos app showing all iPhone photos.” data-img-url=””/>

Please Note: If Photos app fails to import photos at all, just repeat the steps and your computer should copy everything.

Select Since the last to only copy newer photos to your computer.

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3. Windows users can use iCloud

If you enable iCloud Photos on your iPhone you will have instant access to your photos from your computer via the iCloud for Windows App.

  1. You can install iCloud Windows on your computer. It can be downloaded free of charge on the Apple Website and the Microsoft Store.
  2. Register using your Apple ID to log in to the iCloud for Windows application
  3. Choose Photos . Next, activate any other iCloud service (such as iCloud drive) and then select Close . You can always make further changes by opening the iCloud app for Windows via the system tray.
    img alt=”The iCloud App in Windows 10″ data-img-url=””/>
  4. In the sidebar, open File Explorer. Select iCloud Photo. You should see your photos in the directory immediately.


Your photos won’t appear on your Windows PC if iCloud Photos isn’t active on your iPhone. Open the Settings iPhone app and select Photo. Next, turn on the switch next iCloud photos.

iCloud offers only 5GB free space. Upgrade your iCloud storage if you want to upload all of your photos and videos.

4. Cloud Storage Service Provided by Third-Party

iCloud Photos aside. You can also use a third party cloud storage service to backup your iPhone photos and allow you to access them from your computer. Google Photos was the best option because it can store unlimited photos.

RELATED: Why You Should Keep Using Google Photos Even If You Don’t Have Unlimited Storage

Although this is no longer possible for most devices, including the iPhone 5, you still get 15GB free storage. This is significant in comparison to other storage services.


Google Photos at work:

  1. Get Google Photos for your iPhone.
  2. Open Google Photos, and tap To access all photos. Sign in with your Google Account.
  3. Choose Storage Saver to back-up your photos in a lower quality (using less space) or Original Quality to upload them at their original quality.
  4. To back up your photos, tap Confirm
  5. Use the Google Photos web app You can view the photos and save them to your computer.
    img alt=”Google Photos web app for Windows PC” data-img-url=””/>

Amazon Photos, a great alternative to Amazon Prime subscribers, offers unlimited storage for photos but not videos.

RELATED: Cloud Service That Allows You to Back Up Your IPhone Pictures

5. CopyTrans or iMazing are great options.

CopyTrans and iMazing are third-party iPhone management apps that allow you to copy your iPhone photos to your computer. Although they do cost a fee you can view your iPhone’s photo library and import images by album.


Access to additional features such as scheduling backups of your iPhone, managing apps, extracting messages, and managing apps are all available. They do come with a cost and you will need to pay if you want to access the more advanced features.

Here is iMazing at work, for example

  1. Install and iMazing on Windows.
  2. Use USB to connect your iPhone with your computer.
  3. Open IMazing, and choose your iPhone.
  4. Choose Photos.
  5. Select the album or category that you wish to transfer.
  6. Choose Export .
    img alt=”iPhone’s photo library in iMazing.” data-img-url=””/>

CopyTrans and iMazing both offer free trials that allow you to export up 50 photos. This should help you decide whether you want to buy either CopyTrans or iMazing.

Download: iMazing (Free trial, subscription required)

Download CopyTrans

Transferring iPhone Photos Isn’t Complicated

You have many options to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC, as you’ve seen. You can choose the one that best suits your needs and you will be fine.

After you have finished transferring your photos don’t forget about spicing them.


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