4 Methods to Transfer iPhone Photos to Computer without iTunes

iPhone users may often need to transfer photos to computer for various reasons, and the main reason may be to save more space on iPhone. Apple has an application called iTunes which is specially developed for Apple users to transfer media files between iOS devices and computer. However, someone will think iTunes is difficult to use, and there may be data loss when transferring data with iTunes. So is there any easier way to transfer photos from iPhone to computer? You will get answers here.

Transfer Photos to Computer

Part 1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer with Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer

Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer should be the best choice to help Apple users transfer photos from iPhone to PC/Mac computer without iTunes. It’s able to transfer files flexibly according to your needs. It’s possible to transfer data from iOS device to iTunes/computer, or between two iOS devices with this iOS data manager. In short, Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer is alternative but superior to iTunes, you can check its detailed features below.

  • Transfer photos, videos, music, SMS, contacts etc. from iPhone/iPad/iPod to PC/Mac safely without any data loss.
  • You can easily manage photos with this iPhone Transfer. For example, you are able to create album, preview photos, edit photos, etc. for your iPhone, iPad and iPod.
  • Sync files to PC/iTunes/another iOS device in one click.
  • Make ringtones easily with your favorite music.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer with Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer

Step 1. Download and install this iOS photo transfer tool on your computer. Both Windows and Mac versions are available, you can download according to your computer OS.

Step 2. Launch the software and connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.


Step 3. After your iPhone is connected successfully, the software will remind you to tap “Trust” on your iPhone.

Trust iPhone

Step 4. After you trust your computer, all the data in your iPhone will be scanned and displayed at the left sidebar in categories. Click Photos then all the photos in your iPhone will be loaded in the software interface.

Step 5. Check the photo you want to transfer to PC, then click Export to > Export to PC to transfer photos from iPhone to computer easily. You can transfer multiple photos once a time with hot keys Ctrl + Click. After that the software will ask you to select a folder in computer to save the photos.


Part 2. Transfer Photos to Mac without iTunes

It’s not complicated to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with your USB cable.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable.

Step 2. The Photos app in your Mac will open automatically. If no, you can find the Photos app and open it manually.

Step 3. Select File from the top menu, then select “Import”.


Step 4. Select your device name in the Devices list, then the photos in your iPhone will be displayed in the screen. Select the photos you want to import to Mac and click “Import X selected” button on the top of the interface to transfer the iPhone photos to Mac without iTunes.

Import X Selected

Part 3. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes

When it comes to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes, there will be more options to choose from.

1. Import Photos from iPhone to PC via Windows Explorer

Apple users can use the built-in Windows Explorer to transfer iPhone photos to PC without iTunes. Check the detailed guide below. Here we take example on Windows 10.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC and trust your computer.

Step 2. Open “This PC”, you will see your iPhone under “Devices and drives” section.


Step 3. Click on the device storage, you will see a folder named DCIM.

Open the folder and you will see all the photos on your iPhone, now you can view and copy the photos to the desired location on your computer. In order to save time, you can select multiple photos once a time.


2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Using Autoplay

Another free solution to transfer photos from iPhone to PC is to use Windows Autoplay feature. To use this method, please make sure the Autoplay feature is active in your PC. This method is a little similar to Windows Explorer. Check details as below.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC via USB cable and trust your PC.

Step 2. A pop-up will be displayed on your computer with the heading “Autoplay”, choose the “Import pictures and videos” option.


Step 3. Click “Import settings” option to set the destination where you want to transfer the iPhone photos to.

Step 4. In the next window, click on “Browse” in front of “Import images to” in order to navigate to the folder where you want to save the iPhone photos. Click on “OK” after you finish the settings.


Part 4. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Computer with iCloud

Another free method to transfer photos from iPhone to computer is using iCould. You just need to back up your photos to iCloud photo library account and sync it on your computer, then you can achieve the purpose to transfer iPhone photos to computer without iTunes.

Step 1. Open your iPhone and go to Settings.

Step 2. Under Settings option, tap your name or Apple ID and then click on iCloud > Photos, turn on My Photo Stream.


Step 3. Go to the Photos app and tap “Shared” at the bottom of the screen, create a shared album and give it a name, then tap Next.

Step 4. Tap the album you just created and click the “+” to add photos you want to transfer to this album. After you select the photos, click the Done button on the upper-right corner of the screen, then tap Post to send the selected photos to iCloud.

Step 5. Download iCloud software on your computer, install and launch the application. Click on “Options” next to “Photos” to view the detailed option settings and preferences.


Step 6. Check “My Photo Stream” and select location to download the photos and then click “Done”.

Step 7. Click on “iCloud Photos” from the left pane of Windows Explorer, then select the “Shared” folder to see the album you created on your iPhone.

To be honest, it’s necessary to make a backup of all your important photos and videos from iPhone to computer from time to time in case accidental data loss or for the purpose to save your iPhone storage. What’s more, it’s also of great importance to back up other important data on your iPhone/iPad/iPod frequently. In this point of view, Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer can be your best choice. You can also give all the methods mentioned above a try to pick up your favorite choice to transfer your photos from iPhone to computer without iTunes.

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