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How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To PC



Do you want to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC? Fortunately, there are several quick ways to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Windows computer. In this article, you’ll learn how to copy photos from iPhone to PC in minutes!

Table Of Contents: How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To PC
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1. How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To PC: USB vs Wireless
2. Transfer Photos From iPhone To Windows Using A USB Cable
2.1 Transfer Photos Using File Explorer/Windows Explorer
2.2 Transfer Photos Using The Windows Photos App
2.3 Transfer Photos Using Windows AutoPlay
3. Transfer Photos From iPhone To PC Wirelessly
3.1 Transfer Photos Using iCloud Photos
3.2 Transfer Photos Using iCloud.com
Note: If you have a Mac rather than a PC, read our guide to transferring photos from iPhone to computer.
1. How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To PC: USB vs Wireless
There are two broad ways of transferring photos from your iPhone to your PC.
The first way uses a USB cable. To transfer your photos this way, you’ll need a cable that connects your iPhone to your PC.
The second way to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows is wireless. No cables are required. However, you’ll need to be connected to Wi-Fi to transfer photos. You’ll also need an Apple iCloud account (which will be discussed later).

2. Transfer Photos From iPhone To Windows Using A USB Cable
Do you want to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC using a USB cable?
There are several ways of transferring photos from iPhone to Windows PC via a USB cable. In this article, you’ll discover three easy options:

Transferring photos with File Explorer/Windows Explorer
Transferring photos using the Windows Photos app
Transferring photos using Windows AutoPlay.

2.1 Transfer Photos Using File Explorer/Windows Explorer
Transferring photos using File Explorer (known as Windows Explorer on Windows 7 devices) is a quick way to get your iPhone photos onto your PC. It requires no programs.
First, connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable. A notification may appear on your iPhone, asking if you trust your computer. Alternatively, it may ask if you allow access to your photos and videos. In either case, say that you do. Then enter your device passcode when prompted.

The rest will be done on your PC.
If you have a Windows 8 or Windows 10 PC, open File Explorer. You should see your iPhone under This PC, labeled Apple iPhone. Double-click on Apple iPhone.

If you have a Windows 7 PC, open Windows Explorer. You’ll find your iPhone under Computer, labeled Apple iPhone. Double-click on Apple iPhone.
Once you have clicked on Apple iPhone (on Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 10 computers), you’ll be taken to a folder labeled Internal Storage. Double-click to open this. And double-click to open DCIM.
You’ll now see one or more folders. These contain your images (and other media, such as video files). They should be named things like 100APPLE, 101APPLE, 100CLOUD, 101CLOUD, etc.

If you want to copy photos from your iPhone, click and drag to select all of the folders. Then right-click on any folder. Select Copy.
Then choose a folder on your desktop. Right-click on this folder. Select Paste. Your photos will now begin to transfer from your iPhone!
Once your photos have finished copying, you can access them by clicking on your chosen desktop folder.
If you prefer to copy specific photos from your iPhone, double-click on the 100APPLE folder (or any other media folder).
You should now see the thumbnails for all of your iPhone photos. You can copy and paste specific photos straight from the 100APPLE folder.
What If Your Photos Are HEIFs?
If your files end with .HEIC, this means that your photos are HEIFs. This is a new image file format offered on iPhones.
If your photos are HEIFs, you won’t be able to access them via File Explorer/Windows Explorer. You’ll need to ensure that your iPhone automatically converts your HEIF photos to JPEGs when exporting to your PC.
To do this, tap Settings on the Home screen of your iPhone. Then tap Photos, and check Automatic under Transfer To Mac Or PC.

2.2 Transfer Photos Using The Windows Photos App
If you’re using a Windows 8 or Windows 10 computer, you can transfer your photos via the Windows Photos app (also known as Microsoft Photos). The Windows Photos app comes already installed on your PC.
First, make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes installed on your PC. To do this, open iTunes on your PC. Click Help. Then click Check for Updates. Follow the directions to install the latest version of iTunes.
Plug your iPhone into your PC using a USB cable. Agree to any permissions that your iPhone requires, and enter your iPhone passcode if asked.
On your PC, open the Photos app. This can be accessed through the Start menu.
Once you’ve opened the Photos app, you should be given the option to import your photos from iPhone to PC. On a Windows 10 computer, this option will be in the top right corner of the Photos app. On a Windows 8 computer, you’ll need to right-click anywhere on the Photos app, and the option to Import will appear.

Click Import. Select the items you want to import.
On a Windows 8 computer, click Import again.
On a Windows 10 computer, click Continue, then click Import again. On some devices, you only have to click Import Selected instead of Continue > Import. Then your computer will immediately begin to import photos from iPhone to PC.
The files will begin to transfer from your iPhone to your PC.
Once your PC has finished importing the photos, they can be found in your Pictures folder. They will be automatically organized by date.

2.3 Transfer Photos Using Windows AutoPlay
If you have a Windows 7 computer, you cannot transfer photos using the Photos app. Why is this? Because Windows 7 computers don’t have a Photos app!
However, you can transfer photos from iPhone to PC using Windows AutoPlay.
First, connect your iPhone to your computer. Allow the iPhone to access your computer when prompted. Enter your passcode.
When your iPhone connects to your computer, an AutoPlay window should open. Click Import Photos and Videos (Photos).

All of your photos will be imported from your iPhone and copied into your Pictures folder. They’ll be organized automatically into folders by date of import.
Alternatively, you can click Open device to view files. This will open a folder with your iPhone pictures. You’ll be free to copy and paste individual images to your PC.
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3. Transfer Photos From iPhone To PC Wirelessly
There are two simple ways of wirelessly transferring your iPhone photos to your Windows PC. In this section, you’ll discover both methods: transferring photos using iCloud Photos and transferring photos using iCloud.com. Transferring photos using either method requires an iCloud account.
iCloud is a storage service offered by Apple. It allows you to upload media from your iPhone to your iCloud account and then download it onto other devices.
If you have an iPhone 4 or later, you should automatically have an iCloud account. You’ll be given 5 free GB of storage. However, if you take a lot of photos, you’ll probably want to upgrade to 50 GB (and there are options to upgrade to 200 GB and 2 TB, as well).
3.1 Transfer Photos Using iCloud Photos
How do you transfer photos from your iPhone to your PC via iCloud Photos?
First, you need to enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone. Tap Settings, then Photos, then select iCloud Photos (or iCloud Photo Library, depending on your device). Now, when you take a photo, it will be uploaded to iCloud (as long as you have Wi-Fi).

Second, you need to download the iCloud for Windows app. You can click here to download it from the Apple website.
Install iCloud for Windows on your PC. Then sign in using your Apple ID (this is the same Apple ID you use for your iPhone app store account).
Open the iCloud for Windows program. Make sure you put a check mark next to Photos. Then tap the corresponding Options button.

Select the iCloud Photo Library option. Then select Download new photos and videos to my PC. If you want new photos and videos to automatically upload from your PC to your iCloud Photo Library, then check Upload new photos and videos from my PC.

Click Done. Then click Apply. You’ll now automatically download photos from iPhone to PC whenever you have Wi-Fi.
To retrieve photos that have been downloaded via iCloud, open your File Explorer/Windows Explorer. Click on This PC (or Computer on Windows 7 devices). Click on iCloud Photos.

Then click on Downloads. You’ll be able to view your iCloud folders. You can also move or copy your iCloud photos to other folders if you wish.

3.2 Transfer Photos Using iCloud.com
You can also download your iPhone photos from iCloud.com. As with iCloud Photos, you first need to enable your iPhone to upload photos to iCloud.
Tap Settings > Photos > iCloud Photos. Now you’re ready to download photos from iCloud.com to your computer.
Go to iCloud.com. Sign in using your Apple ID and password.
If your iPhone uses two-factor authentication, then you’ll be prompted to enter a six-digit PIN on your PC.
At the same time, a window will appear on your iPhone, indicating that Apple ID sign-in has been requested by your PC. Tap Allow. The next screen will give you your six-digit PIN. Enter this on your PC.

If you wish to use the same PC to access iCloud.com in the future, you have the option to trust your computer. That way, you won’t have to go through the verification process the next time you sign in to iCloud.com.
From iCloud.com, click on Photos. Now you can access your photo library. It will be organized similarly to the Photos app on your iPhone.

On the left-hand sidebar, you can click to access your media by media type, or you can access your albums.

Select any photos you wish to download. Then tap the Download icon at the top of the screen (the cloud with a downward arrow). Your photos will begin to appear in the Downloads folder on your PC. From here, you can copy your photos to other folders.

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