How To Transfer Photos & Videos From iPhone & iPad To Computer (Mac or Windows)

A lot of people use the iPhone to take beautiful photos and videos. This article explains how to easily and wirelessly transfer your photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer, Mac or PC.

These method described here are also an easy and effective way to backup your photos and videos.

In this article, we will describe two methods:

  1. Transfer your photos with iCloud Photo Library.
  2. Transfer your photos with a USB cable.

1. How to transfer your photos and videos with iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library lets you have all your photos and videos available on all your devices (iPad, iPhone, iPod touch, Mac or PC). Here is how:

See also: How To Sign In To From Your iPad Or iPhone

  1. Turn on iCloud on all devices. Here is how to enable iCloud:
    1. iOS devices: Settings > iCloud. Make sure that you are using the same Apple ID on all devices.
    2. macOS: Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloudmac OS iCloud
    3. Windows PC: Your system needs to be Windows 7 or newer. Then you need to download and install iCloud for Windows.
  2. Enable iCloud Photo Library. Here is how to turn on iCloud Photo Library:
    1. iOS devices: Settings > iCloud > Photos, turn on iCloud Photo Library.iCloud Photo Library Turn on
    2. macOS (Mac OS X): Apple Menu > System Preferences > iCloud > click Photos Options and select iCloud Photo Library.Mac OS iCloud Photo Library Turn On
    3. Windows PC: Open the iCloud for Windows program, click Photos Options and select iCloud Photo Library and click Done and Apply.iCloud Photo Library Windows

Now you have enabled iCloud Photo Library, you can access your photos and videos from any device you own. Now lets see how you can import photos. There are two methods you can do this:

  1. You can easily access your photos and videos and you can save them on you computer. Here is how:
    1. macOS: Open the Photos app
    2. Select one or more photos or videos that you want to export. Hold down the Command key, if you want to select multiple photos or videos. If you want to select all, go to Photos > Edit > Select All
    3. Then select Photos > File > Export > Export Photos. Exporting photos or videos will not remove your exported items.export photos to your computer
    4. You can save photos these as PNG, JPEG and TIFF. You can also import videos.
  2. You can also access and download your photos via Here is how:
    1. On your computer (Mac or PC), visit
    2. Enter your Apple ID and password and sign in.
    3. Click Photos
    4. Select photos to download and save onto your computer by clicking Select PhotosiCloud select photos
    5. When you done selecting, click photos and vides from

2. How to transfer your photos and videos with a USB cable

Here is how you can do this without iTunes:


  1. Connect your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch to your Mac with your USB cable.
  2. If you are asked, enter your passcode to unlock your device
  3. If you are asked to Trust This Computer, click Trust. trust-computer
  4. Photos will open automatically, if not, you open the Photos app
  5. Select your device (e.g., iPhone) (under Import)import photos or videos from ios devices to computer
  6. You can import all photos or selected photos the ones you selected. select photos and import them
  7. After you import, you will be asked if you want to delete or keep the imported photos on your device. You can choose to delete to free space on you device. But if you delete, then deleted photos will be removed from all of your iCloud devices.

PC (Windows 7 or later)

  1. Connect your iOS device to your PC with your USB cable
  2. If you are asked, unlock your device
  3. If you are asked to Trust This Computer, tap Trust.
  4. Your photos will be imported to Windows Photo Gallery.
    1. Windows 7: When you see the AutoPlay box then select Import pictures and videos using Windows and click Import.Windows 7 import photos and videos from iphone and ipad
    2. Windows 8 and Windows 10: Launch the Photos app. Open the App commands and then click Import.Windows Import Photos

See also: iMessage Won’t Send Pictures, Fix


Dr. Serhat Kurt worked as a Senior Technology Director. He holds a doctoral degree (or doctorate) from the University of Illinois at Urbana / Champaign and a master’s degree from Purdue University. Here is his LinkedIn profile.

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