6 Methods to Switch Pictures From iPhone to Mac

Seamlessly transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with the help of these tips.

iPhones are now equipped with gigabytes of storage space. It can also skillfully handle many image editing tasks that you throw with it. But at some point, you may want to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac and edit them with more powerful software. Sending some photos as email attachments may be easy, but there are easier ways to export your iPhone photos to Mac.

This article will teach you how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

1. Use Airdrop

The secret of productivity on Apple devices is the tight integration between an iPhone (or an iPad) and a Mac. AirDrop is Apple's proprietary technology for quickly transferring files between Apple devices when both are within range (approximately 9 m). Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both iPhone and Mac before following the steps below.

  1. Open that photos App on your iPhone.

  2. Select the photos that you want to transfer to the computer. Tap the share Icon at the bottom of the screen.

  3. Choose AirDrop It's the first icon on the Share menu.

  4. Choose the name of your computer.

  5. The iPhone confirms a successful transfer with a sent message under the name of your computer.

Note: To automatically save the photos, you should have both iPhone and Mac computer signed in to the same iCloud account. If not, you have to click to save when the file arrives on your computer.

2. Use photos

The photos app on your iPhone and Mac is the central storage location for all photos and videos. Because of this, the app is the most organized way to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac.

  1. Connect the iPhone to your Mac with a USB cable and open the Photos app.

  2. The Photos app on the Mac shows a Import Screen with all the photos and videos that are in the Photos app of your iPhone. If you don't see the Import screen, choose the iPhone name in the Photos sidebar.

  3. Unlock your iPhone. The iPhone can a Trust this computer Notification. Tap trust keep going.

  4. click Import selected to transfer specific photos or click Import all new photos to broadcast your entire camera roll.

3. Use the Files app

Think of the Files app as a file manager on your phone. You can connect cloud services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive and use them to transfer files between devices. This utility allows you to organize your photo transfers, compress them if necessary, and send them as a bridge to the Mac via any cloud service. You need to connect and activate them first.

  1. Open the Files app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap that Search Tab when on another screen.

  3. Tap the ellipsis icon in the top right corner.

  4. Tap To edit.

  5. Under Locations, toggle the third-party service or app in the list and enable it.

  6. Tap Done.

To transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, use these locations in the Files app.

Send photos from the Files app

  1. Select the photo or photos that you want to transfer from your iPhone.

  2. Tap the share icon to view the share sheet.

  3. Choose Save to files.

  4. Select the cloud service and the folder in it to save the photos. Create a new folder if you want. You can rename a single photo before exporting it.

  5. Tap on to save.

  6. Go to your Mac and check out your photo or video in iCloud Drive.

As you can see, you don't have to use iCloud only with the Files app. It can also be a faster way to send photos to a shared folder between friends and family on the cloud, and even back up your iPhone photos.

4. Use iCloud Photos

With iCloud Photos, you can sync and view all of your photos on any Apple device you own. The only problem is the free but limited 5GB of space shared by all files on iCloud. Since iCloud is a backup and sync service, it's easy to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. Before doing so, make sure that iCloud Photos is turned on on all of your devices.

  1. to open the settings on your iPhone.

  2. Scroll down and tap Photos.

  3. Toggle the iCloud Photos switch to green if it's off.

  4. Launch the Photos app on your Mac.

  5. Open Photos on your Mac.

  6. Go to Photos> Settings from the menu.

  7. Click on that iCloud

  8. Check the box on iCloud photos to activate it.

Learn how to download photos from iCloud Photos to your Mac in this official Apple Support video. You have the option of downloading them as they were recorded or downloading them with any changes you made.

5. Use the iCloud Photo Stream

Confused between iCloud Photos and iCloud Photo Stream? You're not alone. iCloud Photos enables storage all your photos and videos on the cloud. iCloud Photo Stream Uploads new photos only (and not videos and live photos) on devices with iCloud Photo Stream enabled. It only saves photos from the last 30 days and up to 1000 photos. This doesn't count towards your iCloud storage limits.

If you just want to see your latest photos and transfer them to Mac, use iCloud Photo Stream and turn it on. Otherwise, use iCloud Photos to back up all of your photos and videos as described in the previous section. There are other differences as mentioned in the Apple Support article.

  1. Open that the settings App on the iPhone and tap on our name at the top.

  2. Go to iCloud> Photos.

  3. Activate My photo route with the toggle switch.

  4. Go to your Mac and open photos

  5. Choose Photos> Settings> iCloud

  6. Check the box for My photo route to activate it.

Photos are automatically synced with the photo stream from your iPhone. If you don't see the option, turn off iCloud Photos by going to. walk Photos> Settings> iCloud first.

6. Use Image Capture on your Mac

The Image Capture app on macOS is designed to import images from digital cameras and scanners. But it can also be used to upload photos and videos from any other device such as an iPhone connected to the Mac.

  1. Connect the iPhone to the Mac with the cable and unlock the iPhone when prompted.

  2. In the Image Capture app on your Mac, select the device in the equipment or Divided list.

  3. Select the pictures you want to transfer to Mac.

  4. Open that Import to Pop-up menu at the bottom of the window and then choose where to save the images. You can also use these images to create a PDF or a website.

  5. To transfer pictures to photos, select Other, then photos.

Transfer your photos from iPhone to Mac seamlessly

Keeping your precious photos on Mac will save space on your iPhone. You might not need to buy more iCloud storage if you don't want to. As you can see, there are several ways to import your photos to Mac. Once you do, you will be able to manage your photo library on Mac before it becomes a mess.

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Saikat Basu
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Saikat Basu is Assistant Editor for Internet, Windows, and Productivity. After shedding the dirt of an MBA and a decade of marketing, he's now passionate about helping others improve their storytelling skills. He's on the lookout for the missing Oxford comma and hates bad screenshots. But photography, Photoshop, and productivity ideas calm his soul.

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