How you can Switch Pictures From iPhone to PC: 5 Strategies

Your iPhone is great at taking phenomenal photos. But when it's time to check out your snaps, the tiny mobile screen just doesn't do them justice. You definitely need a larger display for this.

If you're using a Windows PC in addition to your iPhone, you have several options for transferring pictures to the desktop device. Let's check them out.

1. Use File Explorer to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

The easiest way to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Windows PC is to simply connect them with a Lightning cable and copy them using File Explorer:

  1. Connect the iPhone to your PC via USB.

  2. Unlock the iOS device and tap enable or trust.

  3. Open on your PC File manager and choose Apple iPhone in the sidebar.

  4. Double click Internal memory > DCIM. You should then find all the photos on your iPhone categorized into monthly folders.

  5. Select a picture (or multiple pictures while holding the button) Ctrl Button), then right-click and select Copy. Then right-click anywhere else on your computer and select Insert. You can also copy single or multiple folders (or the entire DCIM folder) to your computer if you wish.

If the photos are copied in the iPhone's HEIC (High Efficiency Image Container) format, open your iPhone's the settings and choose photos > Automatically at the bottom. That should cause iOS to convert the photos to the compatible JPEG format during the transfer process.

Related: Can't Open HEIC Files on Windows? How to fix it

2. Use the Photos app to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

If you're using a PC with Windows 10 installed, you can use the Photos app to import pictures from your iPhone. It's an incredibly convenient way of copying images, and you don't have to worry about creating duplicates on subsequent transfers:

  1. Connect your iPhone to your PC via USB.

  2. Unlock the iOS device and tap trust or enable.

  3. Open the windows; begin Menu and select photos.

  4. Choose Import from the top left corner of the Photos app. Then choose From a connected device and wait for that Import assistant take action.

  5. Choose All elements in the menu at the top of the screen to select all of the items in the photo library on your iPhone. Or manually select the images you want to import.

  6. By default, the Photos app imports images into the images Folder in your Windows user account. To change this, choose Change the goal.

  7. click Import article to copy the pictures to your PC.

Note: If the Photos app doesn't import your photos halfway through, just repeat the steps a few times and your PC should eventually copy everything.

If you want to import all photos, select Since last import to only copy newer photos to your PC next time.

Related: Hidden Windows 10 Photo App Tricks You Need To Know

3. Use iCloud for Windows

If you use iCloud Photos on iPhone, you can access your photos on your PC in real time using the iCloud for Windows app:

  1. Install iCloud for Windows on your PC. You can download it for free from the Apple website or the Microsoft Store.

  2. Sign in to the iCloud for Windows app with your Apple ID.

  3. Choose photos. Then turn on all other iCloud services (like iCloud Drive) and select Shut down. You can always make additional changes later by opening the iCloud for Windows app from the system tray.

  4. to open File manager and choose iCloud photos in the sidebar. Your photos should appear briefly in the directory.

If iCloud Photos isn't active on your iPhone, your photos won't appear on your Windows PC. To activate it, open the. of the iPhone the settings App, choose photos, and turn on the switch next to on iCloud photos.

However, iCloud only offers 5 GB of free space. You may need to update your iCloud storage to upload all of your photos and videos.

4. Use the third-party cloud storage service

Aside from iCloud Photos, you can also use a third-party cloud storage service to back up your iPhone photos and access them on your PC. Google Photos used to be the best option because it can store an unlimited number of photos.

Related: Reasons To Keep Using Google Photos Even Without Unlimited Free Storage

While this is no longer possible on most devices, including the iPhone, you still get 15GB of free storage, which is significant when compared to other storage services.

Here's Google Photos in action:

  1. Download Google Photos on your iPhone.

  2. Open Google Photos and tap Allow access to all photos. Then sign in with your Google account.

  3. Choose Memory saver to save your photos in reduced quality (use less storage space), or Original quality to upload them in their original quality.

  4. Tap To confirm to backup your photos.

  5. Use the Google Photos web app to view the photos and download them to your PC.

If you're an Amazon Prime subscriber, Amazon Photos is another fantastic alternative with unlimited storage for photos (but not videos).

Related: Cloud Services That Can Help You Back Up Your iPhone Photos

5. Use iMazing or CopyTrans

Third-party iPhone management apps like iMazing and CopyTrans offer an alternative approach to copying your photos from iPhone to PC. They do require a fee, but you have the option to view your photo library as it appears on iPhone and import pictures by album.

You also get access to a host of additional features like the ability to schedule iPhone backups, extract messages, manage apps, and so on. However, they do require a fee and there is little reason to use them unless you need access to the advanced features they offer.

For example, here's iMazing in action:

  1. Install iMazing on your Windows PC.

  2. Connect your iPhone to your PC via USB.

  3. to open iMazing and choose yours iPhone.

  4. Choose photos.

  5. Select the album or category that you want to transfer.

  6. Choose export.

Both iMazing and CopyTrans offer free trials that allow you to export up to 50 photos. That should let you decide whether to take the plunge and buy one of them.

Download: iMazing (Free Trial, Subscription Required)

Download: CopyTrans (Free Trial, Subscription Required)

Transferring iPhone photos is not complicated

As you just saw, there are several ways you can transfer photos from your iPhone to your Windows PC. Just choose the method that suits you best and you should be good to go.

After you've transferred your photos, don't forget to spend some time spicing them up.

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Dilum Senevirathne
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Dilum Senevirathne is a freelance tech writer and blogger with over three years of experience contributing to online technology publications. He specializes in topics related to iOS, iPadOS, macOS, Windows and Google web apps. Dilum holds an Advanced Diploma in Management Accounting from CIMA and AICPA.

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