Many iPhone users have a huge collection of photographs and pictures that they enjoy snapping on the go. In order to maintain a secure backup of the images, and to see your images on the computer at any time, one would need to know how to transfer their pictures from the iPhone to their computer.
Fortunately, it is quite easy to move pictures between the iPhone and computer. This guide would help one learn their options to transfer images from the iPhone to the computer – whether it is a Mac or a PC. One would also learn to use the iCloud to secure and transfer their images.
How To Transfer Images From The iPhone to PC:
You need a lightning to USB cord to transfer images from the iPhone to a Windows computer. This cord would have the USB plug on one end of the cable and the iPhone charging plug on the other.
First, we use the cable to plug in the iPhone into the computer. The iPhone might verify if it was alright to trust the computer. Tap on “Trust” if this message shows up. One might require unlocking the phone by entering the passcode or swiping to the open the iPhone to start off the photo transfer. When an iPhone is plugged into the computer for the first time, a driver is downloaded so the computer can communicate with the iPhone. This download usually takes place automatically when the iPhone is plugged in for the first time. It could take some time when this happens and one would need to be patient. One should note that transferring images from the iPhone and computer would sometimes not work if they use off brand or generic lightning to USB cords, so be sure to use an Apple brand lightning to USB cord only.
Once the iPhone is plugged into the computer, open the Photos app on the computer. You can find this by searching the programs through the Start menu. You could either browse through all the programs, type in “P” to find the Photo app easier, or search with the Windows search bar. When the Photos app is open, select Import on the upper right corner, select the photos to import, and click Continue.
On the next screen, you can select the images you would like to save onto the computer and how they are to be organized. At this point, one also can decide if these imported images immediately get deleted off the iPhone. This completes the transfer and one can access these images on the computer at any time – even when the iPhone isn’t connected to the computer.
How To Transfer Images From The iPhone to Mac
To transfer images from the iPhone to a Mac, you need to plug in the same lightning to USB cable and connect the iPhone and Mac. You will see prompts similar to the PC asking if you trust the computer. Be sure that the iPhone is powered on and is unlocked during the transfer. Tap yes to trust the computer and let the iPhone connect to the Mac computer.
The Mac usually opens the Photos app automatically when the iPhone is plugged in. If this doesn't happen, one can open the app manually by opening a new Finder window. Then click Applications on the left and double click to open Photos to start the app.
Select the iPhone under the “Import” tab on the left sidebar of the Photos app. This would display all available media on your iPhone. Another way to access it is selecting one’s iPhone on the sidebar.
Now the pictures from the iPhone have successfully been transferred to the Mac and can be accessed at any time.
How to Transfer Photos from the iPhone to iCloud
iCloud is very useful when one doesn't want to transfer images from the iPhone to a computer manually at all times. One could automatically transfer images from the iPhone to both their computer and iCloud at the same time. This just has to be set up and iCloud can handle the rest automatically. Using the iCloud is one of the most preferred ways to transfer images from the iPhone for many.
When one turns on a new iPhone, they would be prompted to log into iCloud with their Apple ID credentials. Setting this up can be done on the iPhone at any time through the settings menu. Simply go to Settings, and then tap on iCloud and then iCloud Drive to turn it on. The switch next to the iCloud Photo Library is supposed to be green. Otherwise, tapping on the switch would turn it on.
The next step would be to set up iCloud on the computer. When using a PC, one would download iCloud for Windows. The iCloud comes built in with the Mac computer and doesn’t require any manual download.
Click on the Apple icon, go to System Preferences, and click on iCloud to set up the iCloud on the Mac. Then, one follows the prompt to set up the iCloud, be sure that Photos is selected when asked which items are to be synced with the iCloud. This is done by selecting Options next to the word Photos and ensuring that the iCloud Photo Library is selected.
Once this setup is complete, any photo that is transferred from the iPhone to the iCloud would also be automatically sent to the iCloud on your computer. You would not have to periodically move images from the iPhone to the computer.
Whether you like to personally transfer iPhone images to the computer, or use the iCloud, now you are ready to move your images off the iPhone to keep a safe backup and never lose these precious memories ever. This is a great way to ensure that one always have enough memory to take all the new photos that they would need to.
Learning how to move photos from the iPhone and safely storing them in your computer and iCloud would ensure that one would never lose any old photos or be in the place where they run out of memory right when there is a precious moment to capture.
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