How to Transfer Android Photos to iPhone with(out) Computer

"I have an Android phone, and now I just bought a new iPhone 7, but how to transfer all my photos from Android to iPhone? Please help me."

When you embrace your new iPhone XS/XR, and give up old Android phone, do not forget to move data to new iPhone.

Among the data, photos take up an important part.

How to transfer photo from Android to iPhone?

iTunes? Move to iOS app? Or other tools?

Don't worry, and this page collects the most practical and easy 3 ways to help you achieve the goal.

Most importantly, the 3 ways are total free.

Transfer photos from Android to iPhone

Part 1. Transfer photos from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS app without computer

The Move to iOS app was released by Apple for switching to iPhone over internet. It is a simple way to send photos from Android to iPhone. And our guides below could help you to complete it smoothly.

For using it, you need to meet the following demands:

  • 1. Android 4.0 and later, and iOS 9.0 or later (iPhone 5 or later, iPad 4th generation or later, iPad mini 2or later).
  • 2. Enable wireless connection on both devices. (iPhone cannot connect to Wi-Fi?)

How to transfer photos from Android to iPhone with Move to iOS

Step 1. Unlock your old Android phone, connect it to your Wi-Fi network, find the Move to iOS app in Google Play Store and install it to your phone. Then power on your new iPhone, follow the onscreen assistant to start setting up. Enter your Wi-Fi network credential when prompted.

Put all photos in Android Gallery for easy transferring.

Step 2. Factory reset on iPhone. Go through setup process until you reach the "Apps & Data" screen, select the "Move Data from Android" option. Then unlock your Android phone, open the Move to iOS app from app tray, hit "Continue" and agree Apple's terms and conditions. Hit "Next" at top right side of Find Your Code screen.

Move to iOS App

Step 3. Next, switch the new iPhone, hit "Continue" to show up the verification code. Then input the code on the old Android phone; you will be presented the data category screen. Now, you can select the data that you want to transfer to iPhone, such as Photos. Then photos will go to new iPhone as soon as you tap on "Next".


Step 4. When it is done, tap on "Done" on Android phone, and then hit "Continue" on iPhone to go to the reset steps of setup. Bear in mind that leave both phones alone until the loading bar on your iPhone finishes. Even if the Android phone indicates that the process is complete, the process is not done.

Android to iPhone

Part 2. Sync photos from Android to iPhone with iTunes (Images overwrite)

Unlike iPhone, Google permits users to get photos from phone to computer, and then you can sync them to iPhone with iTunes. The workflows of downloading photos from Android to PC and Mac are a bit different. Following the guides below could complete it within a few minutes.

Also, do not miss the defects brought by iTunes:

  • 1. It takes a long time to finish the whole task.
  • 2. It will wipe photos on iPhone and replaced with transferred Android photos.

Step 1. To transfer photos from Android to PC, turn on USB Debugging mode in Android "Settings" > "Developer Options". Plug your Android phone to your PC using a USB cable. Go to your desktop, double click "My Computer" and you will find your Android phone under the "Portable Devices" area.

Tip: If it is the first time to connect your phone to the computer, you have to wait for a while to install corresponding drivers.

Step 2. Unlock your Android phone, and select the option related to MTP. Then open your phone on your PC. Search for the folder named DCIM, which stored photos on Android. Press Ctrl key and highlight all photos that you want to send to iPhone; then drag and drop them to your desktop.

Android to PC

Step 3. To download photos from Android to Mac, you will need a dedicated tool, called Android File Transfer. It is free to download on Google support website. Start Android File Transfer after install it on your Mac, and use the USB cable to connect the old Android phone and your Mac computer.

Step 4. Now, navigate to the DCIM folder, hold down the Cmd key and select all desired pictures, also drag and drop them to your desktop. Or you can download the entire DCIM folder to Mac.

Note: Many major manufacturers have developed data transferring toolkits, such as Samsung Kies, HTC Sync Manager, Sony Desktop Manager, etc. They allow you to import photos from Android to Mac or PC as well.

Android to Mac

Step 5. Remove the old phone and hook up your new iPhone to your computer using Apple's Lightning cable. Start the latest version of iTunes and view photos in iTunes.

Step 6. Click on the "Device icon at upper left corner, and go to the "Photos" tab under "Summary" on left hand column.

Step 7. Now, tick the checkbox in front of "Sync Photos", unfold the dropdown menu and select "Choose folder". Then pick the folder that stored photos downloaded from old Android on your desktop.

Step 8 After setting, click on the "Apply" button at bottom right corner and then hit the "Sync" button to initiate moving photos to new iPhones.

Sync iPhone via iTunes


Apple has introduced Wi-Fi syncing feature into new version of iTunes. It means that you can send photos from computer to iPhone wirelessly. To set up Wi-Fi syncing, you also need to connect the new iPhone to your computer, locate to "Summary" > "Options" in iTunes and check the box next to the "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi option".

Then disconnect your iPhone with the computer. When you need to send photos to iPhone, put your handset and computer to the same Wi-Fi network. Once open iTunes, it will detect the iPhone (How to do when iTunes Not Recognizing iPhone?).

Sync iPhone via iTunes Wi-Fi

Remember that iTunes will use the new photo folder to cover your Camera Roll. It means that existing photos on your iPhone will be overwritten during the process.

Apparently, iTunes and Move to iOS app are not a good Android to iPhone photo transfer option, because they will erase all content and take a long time to finish the whole process.

Is there any way to send photos from Android to iPhone simply?

The answer is yes.

Move the next part to use Apeaksoft Phone Transfer to do it. If you want to transfer photos from Samsung phone to Mac, directly click here.

Part 3. Send Android pictures to iPhone with Phone Transfer safely and quickly

Apparently, iTunes is not a good Android to iPhone photo transfer, if you do not want to delete current photos on iPhone. Is there any way to send photos from Android to iPhone simply? The answer is simple, yes, and Apeaksoft Phone Transfer is one of the best iTunes alternatives.

Phone Transfer

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Transfer photos from Android to iPhone quickly in one click.

Keep moved photos and existing images intact safely.

Copy photos from Android to Android, iPhone to iPhone/Android directly.

Compatible with iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6, Huawei, Samsung, HTC, etc.

Step 1. Connect the two smartphones

Download the right version of Phone Transfer and follow the onscreen instructions to get it installed on your computer.

Launch the best phone transferring application, it will recognize your handsets as soon as connect both iPhone and Android phone to your computer with original USB cords.


Step 2. Transfer Android photos to iPhone

Make sure that iPhone appears in the "Target Device" box and Android phone shows up in the "Source Device" area. If not, click on the "Switch".

Then check the box in front of the Photos option.

If you do not want to damage current photos on your iPhone , make sure to uncheck "Remove the chosen data on Target Device before copy" under the target device icon.

Click the "Start to copy" button to initiate transferring photos from Android to iPhone .

If you connect both Android devices like Samsung, you are able to get files transfer between Android phone, like transfer photos from Samsung to Samsung.

Android to iPhone


Based on the introductions above, you might understand how to transfer photos from Android to iPhone under various situations. First of all, if you just upgrade to a new iPhone and want to export photos from old Android phone, Apple's Move to iOS seems a good choice. On the other hand, if you only want to send specific photos from Android to iPhone, iTunes is one of choices. The downside is that the photos you saved on your iPhone will be deleted. But don't worry; we also shared a versatile Android to iPhone transfer application, Apeaksoft Phone Transfer. It won't interrupt current photos and other data on your iPhone during sending photos from Android to iPhone with a single click.

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