Complete guide to Transfer Photos And Videos from iPhone to a Computer

Photos and videos are way to keep memories of our past event. Go on those days, when we print photos and have large volume of photos albums of different categories. Hardly have you visited friends and they present to you with photos album, rather they have collection of photo and video on their iPhones. Meanwhile, this write up will be focusing on how to transfer Photos and videos from iPhone to your computer.

You might say you don’t need to keep your photos and videos on your computer, but on the other hand, I see this as a backup process to your photos and videos.

You may have a large amount of precious photos stored in iPhone, or save images from applications such as Safari and Mail to your device, then require to transfer photos to computer for releasing the device memory or sharing with family or for backing up.

This article will show you different ways of transferring photos from iPhone to personal computer or laptop to help you quickly find what best fits you.

Transfer Photos And Videos From iPhone To Local Disk With Windows Explorer 

This is one of the ways to move photos and videos from your iPhone to your computer. This is the simplest way I will recommend if you have joy in backing up your media to your computer. Now these are the requirement:

Your iPhone,

USB cable,

A computer system

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Using Windows Plug and Play

This utilizes the pop-up that shows by default in Windows when a device is connected to the computer via the USB. Here are the steps to take:

Transfer Photos And Videos

Step 1 ====> Plug-in your iPhone to the computer or your laptop without iTunes running via USB

Step 2 ====> Then wait for a popup asking you what you want to do with the device

Step 3 ====> Now select View Content

Step 4 ====> Now locate the folders that contain the videos and photos you wanted to transfer from the folder that displayed

Step 5 ====> Now copy the images from Windows as usual. You highlight by pressing (Ctrl + A), copy by pressing (Ctrl + C)

Step 6 ====> Finally, you paste into the folder you want by pressing (Ctrl + V)

With this simple method, you have successfully transfer photos and videos to your computer from an iPhone.

Alternatively on transfer photos and videos from iPhone to computer

Using iPhone as Digital Camera in Windows Explorer

If your iPhone is already plugged into the PC, you can also try this method as an alternative way:

Step 1 ====> Open My Computer

Step 2 ====> Then find the iPhone, it should appear under Portable Devices section

Step 3 ====> Now open iPhone to find your Photos

Step 4 ====> Finally, select the pictures you want to copy and paste them to the desired location of your computer. You may repeat step 5 and 6 above.


If the iPhone pictures are not showing up in Windows, make sure the iPhone is unlocked first. Otherwise the iPhone will be found in ‘My Computer’ but all of the content on it will be invisible and inaccessible.

If you run into that, all you need to do is touch the iPhone, unlock the screen and provide the password, and all of your stuff will be visible as expected.

How to Transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC Via Dropbox

The requirements for this process are:


A computer,


Wi-Fi, to transfer iPhone photos to computer using Dropbox,

Transfer Photos And Videos

Step 1 ====> You need to install Dropbox app onto both your iPhone and your PC.

Step 2 ====> Then open the Dropbox app on your iPhone and switch to the Uploads tab.

Step 3 ====> Press the + icon at the top left corner and select the photos you need to transfer.

Step 4 ====> Choose an upload destination and start to upload.

By the time you get to your computer, the photos you selected will be waiting to be downloaded to your Dropbox folder. This method also works for transferring videos to your computer from your iPhone.

How to Transfer iPhone Photos to Computer Via iTunes 

Requirements are:

The iPhone

A USB cable

Computer system


iTunes account

If you are using Windows, you can sync the photos on your device with iTunes on your computer. Here are the steps:

Transfer Photos And Videos

Step 1 ====> Organize your photos in iPhone, I recommend you create folder for your photos

Step 2 ====> Plug in your iPhone to your computer via the USB and open iTunes

Step 3 ====> Find the iPhone icon on the menu and click Photos tab under settings on the left

Step 4 ====> Check the box to Sync Photos

Step 5 ====> Now select Choose folder… from the drop down menu

Step 6 ====> Browse to the desired folder

Step 7 ====> Select the picture folder you would like to sync

Step 8 ====> Click Apply to start transferring

Import Photos To Your PC

You can import photos to your PC by connecting your device to your computer and using Windows Photos app:

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.

Step 2 ====> Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable.

Step 3 ====> You might need to unlock your iOS device

Step 4 ====> You might also see a prompt on the iOS device asking you to Trust This Computer.

Step 5 ====> Tap Trust or Allow to continue.

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