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[5 Ways] How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC

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“My iPhone is out of storage and has rougly 100GB worth of photos and videos. I just wanted to import thhem to my PC and then erase them from the iPhone. I opened the Photos app but it kept freezing up. What should I do?”

Have you ever run into the same situation? You took a lot of photos and videos with your iPhone, and now there is no enough space on the device.

Then, a series of problems arise. For example, the iPhone runs slower than before and some apps doesn't work as normally. At this moment, you can import photos from iPhone to PC then erase them on the device to free up space.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC? You've come to the right place. In this article, we will introduce 5 easy ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC that works for all iPhone models, including the latest iPhone 13/12 series.

Way 1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using File Explorer

The easiest way to transfer iPhone photos to your Windows PC is to connect the device using an USB cable and then copy all photos using File Explorer (or Windows Explorer in Windows 7).

  1. Connect your iPhone to Windows PC via USB cable. Unlock the device and "Trust" this computer.
  2. Open This PC to launch File Explorer and find your iPhone in the sidebar.
  3. Double-click the iPhone icon and go to Internel Storage > DCIM folder. You will find all the photos on your iPhone by categories.
  4. Select the photos you want to transfer, then copy and paste them to other folders on your computer.

transfer photos from iphone to pc via file explorer

Way 2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using the Photos App

If you are using a Windows 10 computer, you can easily import photos from iPhone to PC using the Photos app. Just follow the simple steps below:

  1. Plug your iPhone to the Windows 10 PC with USB cable and the Photos app should popup. If not, you can open the Start menu and choose Photos.
  2. From the top-right corner of the Photos app, click "Import" and then choose "From a USB device".
  3. The computer will begin searching for all photos on your iPhone, select the items you want to transfer and where to save them.
  4. Once you are done with the selection, click "Import" again and the selected iPhone photos will be transferred to your computer.

transfer photos from iphone to pc via the photos app

Way 3. Transfer iPhone Photos to PC Using iCloud for Windows

If you have enabled iCloud Photos on your iPhone, you can access and download your iPhone photos on PC via the iCloud for Windows app. However, iCloud only offers 5GB of free space. To transfer all your photos and videos, you may need to upgrade your iCloud storage.

  1. On your iPhone, head over to Settings > Photos and turn on iCloud Photos to sync all photos to iCloud via WiFi.
  2. Download iCloud for Windows from the Microsoft Store or Apple website and install it on your computer.
  3. Sign in to the iCloud for Windows app with your Apple ID, using the same one on your iPhone.
  4. Click "Photos" and choose "Download new photos and videos to my PC". Then click "Done > Apply".
  5. Now open File Explorer and choose "iCloud Photos" to download photos from iCloud to your computer.

transfer photos from iphone to pc via icloud for windows

Way 4. Transfer iPhone Photos to PC Using Cloud Storage Service

In addition to the iCloud Photos, you can also import iPhone photos to your computer using third-party cloud storage service like Dropbox or Google Photos. For example, if you have Google Photos on your iPhone, you can upload your iPhone photos to Google Photos and then copy them to your computer. Here's how to do it:

  1. Download the Google Photos app on your iPhone, open it and sign in with your Google account.
  2. Tap on your account profile at the top-right and select "Photos", then click "Back up & sync".
  3. Now on your computer, visit the Google Photos web app to view and donwload the iPhone photos to your computer.

transfer photos from iphone to pc via google photos

Way 5. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using Third-party Tool

One of the most professional way to transfer all photos from iPhone to PC is using a reliable 3rd-party tool: FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. Apart from the feature of transferring photos from iPhone to computer, this program also comes with many other features that you cannot imagine.

  • Preview all photos and videos in advance on your computer for free before the transferring process.
  • All photos and videos saved on iPhone camera, social apps will be transferred in one click without loss of quality.
  • Both the deleted and existing photos on your iPhone will be transferred to your computer.
  • Besides photos and videos, this program also supports to transfer and recover contacts, text messages, notes, voice memos, WhatsApp messages, and more data.
  • Supports all iPhone models and iOS versions, including the latest iPhone 14/13 and iOS 16/15.


Download and install FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery to your computer, then follow the steps below to transfer photos from iPhone to computer.

Step 1. Open this program and choose "Recover from iOS Device" option on the main interface.

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Step 2. Using the original USB cable to connect your iPhone to the computer. And click "Trust" option on the iPhone screen.

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Step 3. Choose "Photos" from all the data types and click on "Scan", the program will start to scan the data that you selected.

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Sep 4. Wait for several minutes until the scanning process is finished. After that, you will be able to preview the photos you need, then tap on "Recover" to transfer the selected photos to PC.

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Now you've learned 5 easy ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC. Just choose the one that best suits you to do the transfer and backup.

If unfortunately, you deleted some photos by mistake and there is no backup, don't worry, you can also use FoneGeek iPhone Data Recovery. This program can directly scan your iPhone and recover deleted photos without backup.

Edwin J. Parke

As a professional writer who is interested in technology, Edwin J. Parke has helped thousands of users by offering various tips to solve their problems.

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