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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

Have thousands of photos on iPhone and want to transfer them to your Mac for backup or better viewing. There are many ways you can import photos from iPhone to Mac. In this article, we list all the possible ways of transferring photos from iPhone to Mac. You can choose any of them to copy photos from iPhone to Mac according to your need.

There are two main parts in this article: Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using USB cable and import photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly. Using USB cable means you need to connect your iPhone to your Mac and copy the photos via USB cable to your Mac by the help of some software. To get photos from iPhone to Mac wireless, you need to use cloud service, Email or AirDrop.

Transfer iPhone photos with USB cable:

Method 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhone Transfer

iPhone Transfer can scan your iPhone and transfer all the photos on your iPhone including camera roll, photo library, photo stream and photo albums from iPhone to Mac easily. It can also transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone directly and transfer photos from computer to iPhone for you. You can even directly delete iPhone photos with it. It is the best photo management software for iPhone.

Step 1. Connect iPhone

Free download, install and run iPhone Transfer software on your Mac. Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB cable. The software will load your iPhone to it easily after detecting your iPhone.

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Step 2. Select Photos on iPhone

Click “Photos” on the left side of the interface, you will see all the photos on your iPhone in different albums. Preview and select the photos you want to transfer to Mac.

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Step 3. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

Once you select all the photos you want to import to Mac. Click “Export to” option on the top menu and select “Export to Mac” in the drop-down list. All the selected iPhone photos will be transferred to your Mac.

Method 2. How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac with iPhoto/Photos App

Apple provides a great tool, iPhoto/Photos, to help iPhone users to transfer camera roll photos/videos to Mac. This tool is built-in app of your Mac OS X. You can easily find it and use it to copy photos from iPhone to Mac. You need to know that you can only transfer camera roll photos from iPhone to Mac with it. Camera roll photos mean the photos you shoot with iPhone camera.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to Mac

Plug your iPhone into your Mac via USB cable. iPhoto or Photos app will run automatically. It can recognize your iPhone and load all the photos in your camera roll to it.

iphoto connect iPhone

Step 2. Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac

Select the photos you want to download from iPhone to Mac and click the button “Import Selected”. All the selected photos will be imported to your Mac. You can also select to delete the imported photos from your iPhone to make more space on your iPhone for new photos.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac Wirelessly

Method 3. How to Get Photos from iPhone to Mac with Cloud Service

For iOS users, the most popular cloud service is iCloud. You can use iCloud to backup your photos and even keep sync with the photos on your Mac and your devices. You just need to switch on the iCloud Photo Library on both your Mac and your iPhone.

After doing this, all the photos in your phone library will automatically sync between your Mac and your iPhone. For example, if you edit one of the photos on your Mac, the edited photo will be synced to your iPhone.

You can find the preference of iCloud on your Mac by going to System Preferences > iCloud and check the Photos. On your iPhone, you need to go to “Settings” > “iCloud” > “Photos”. After switching on the iCloud photos on Mac and iPhone, you need to enable the iCloud photo library or photo stream. You can easily keep your photos sync between your iPhone and Mac.

You can also use Dropbox, Box and Microsoft OneDrive to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac easily and most of the cloud service have app for iOS users.

Method 4. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop and Email

To use Air-Drop to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, you need to enable the Bluetooth on your iPhone and Mac and they need to be in the same Wi-Fi network.

1. Select the photo you want to transfer from iPhone to Mac

2. Click the icon on the bottom left and you can find the Mac under the AirDrop. Tap the icon for your Mac. The selected photos will be transferred to your Mac automatically.

You can try to use AirDrop to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. Many users have problems when they use AirDrop.

You can also email your photos from your iPhone to Mac. Just send an email to your email address and attach the photos you want to get to your Mac. Log in your email on your Mac and download the photos to your Mac easily.

That’s all the ways you can use to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. If you know other ways or apps that can import photos from iPhone to Mac, please send us email and after trying them, I will update this article. I recommend you to use iPhone Transfer software. It is easy to use and the safest way for you. You won’t lose photos using it to manage your iPhone photos.