How to pass photos from iPhone to computer

The launch of the iPhone 7 was the end of the devices launched by the company with 16 GB, a storage space that left almost no room for maneuver to users who purchased this model. Fortunately all the models offered by Apple, both in the iPhone range and in the iPad range offer 32 GB of storage, a space with which we can do many more things than with half the space, space that was never real because once it was Discounts the space that occupies the operating system as soon as we had something more than 11 GB.

As we make use of our device, either installing applications or recording videos and taking photos, the space is reduced so that we are forced to connect it to our computer, either PC or Mac to empty the device and, incidentally , back up photos and videos we have made so far. When connecting our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to our computer, we must keep in mind that the methods to extract the content that we have stored is different in both operating systems, always obtaining the same result at the end.

Methods to pass photos from iPhone to Mac

Photos for Mac

Photos application

Apple has tried to make this task as easy as possible by integrating the Photos application into the operating system, an application that is responsible for accessing our device and extract the content in images and video that we have created copying it into the application in a way that many users may find funny, since it does not physically give us access to all files to be able to copy, move or delete them according to our priorities. We solve that problem a little later.

Natively, every time we connect our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to the Mac, the Photos application is automatically opened, showing the latest photographs we have taken along with the latest videos. To extract the images that we want to store independently or that are automatically saved in the application we must select them and then press on the key Import the selection (1), located in the upper right part of the application. In addition, if we want to erase them once we have passed them to our Mac we must check the box Remove items after importing (2).

We can also select the option Import new (3), so that the Photos application of our Mac, is automatically responsible for downloading all the photographs we have taken on our device since the last time we connected it. If we have never connected it to the Photos application, the application will import all the photos and videos available on our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

To facilitate this task We can go to the section Albums (4), located in the right column where all the different albums created by the application (People, Places, Selfies …) and those that we could create on our device are located.

When the import process is finished, all the images in the Albums section will be displayed, under the title Last Import. Once we stop using the application and close it, automatically The application will start to classify images by People, Places, Videos, Screenshots … (5).

Where are the photos we import to the Photos app on our Mac saved?

Well, now we have the pictures and videos on our Mac in the Photos app, but Where have they been? To access the photos and videos that we have extracted from our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch we must go to the Finder and click on Images and we do not place in the right section, just above Photo library .photolibrary and click on the right button and select Show package content. In the new window that will be displayed we will find our photos within the Masters directory, classified by years and months.

Image capture

The Image Capture application not only allows us to extract images and videos from our device, but also allows us to obtain images from cameras, camcorders or scanning devices that are connected to the Mac. This application is not found in the macOS Dock, so we must access it through Launchpad> Others.

Once we run the application, we must wait a few seconds until our Mac recognize our device so you can access the photos and videos that we have stored in it and thus be able to extract them. To do so we just have to select them and drag them to the folder where we want to save a copy of all of them.

As well we can select the destination directory and click on the Import all key, if what we want is to extract all the images and videos from our device. Once we have made the copy of the photographs and videos we can proceed to delete them directly or drag them directly to the trash of our Mac.


Unfortunately iTunes is not intended for us to extract images from our device, something difficult to understand and that forces us to resort to third-party applications or somewhat more complicated methods, especially if we do not use a Mac. With iTunes, all we can do is keep a backup copy of our entire device and then Extract the images with another application, a process that is too complicated since it requires installing an application specifically for that and that we are not going to mention in this article.

We can also make use of iFoto or Aperture, as itunes points us, but both applications have stopped receiving support from Apple, so we are not going to consider them in this article as available options. iTunes allows us to copy photos and videos from our Mac to the device. For this we only have to select the folders where the images that we want to transfer and synchronize the device are located.


On previous occasions we have talked about iMazing, an alternative to iTunes with which we can not only extract our images, but also tWe can also add or remove books, music, notes In addition to making different arrangements with her. To be able to extract our favorite images or videos, we just have to connect our device to the Mac, install the application and go to our terminal, located in the right column.

Next, click on Camera to automatically begin to show the different albums that we have created. Double click on the album from which we want to extract the images, select them and click on Export, located in the lower right corner of the application. Now we just have to select the directory where we want to store the photographs and click on Choose. The selected images and videos will start downloading on our Mac.

Once we have exported the selected photos, we go to the lower right corner and click on Delete, to delete the images we have copied to our Mac from the iPhone and being able to recover space on our device. iMazing is priced at 39.99 euros and is available for both PC and Mac. The trial version limits the number of photos and videos to be imported to 50 in each session, so you can download your reel in several sessions with the trial version


This application has always been related to jailbreak users, but not only serves to install or delete .ipa files. With iFunbox, a free application, we can, as with iMazing, extract all the images we have stored on our device, quickly and easily. To do so we just have to go to Camera and select all the images we want to extract from our device. Then we go to the top menu and click on Copy to Mac.

Then we just have to select the directory where we want to save our photos and videos and click on Choose. To delete them we just have to press on fn + delete key and confirm the deletion of all the images that we have selected at that time and that we should already have a safe deposit on our Mac.

Download iFunbox for free.

How to pass photos from iPhone to Windows

When it comes to extracting all the images or videos that we have stored on our PC, if we are familiar with the Windows file system it is likely that the simplest method is the one we have used throughout life to be able to consult and / or extract the files that we have stored on an SD card, a USB stick, a digital camera, hard drive


Unfortunately the iTunes application, with which we can manage which applications we install on our device, as well as videos, music, books and photographs does not allow us to extract the images in the Windows version, like the Mac version, so we are forced to resort to other unofficial alternatives. Of course, it is necessary that it is installed on our PC to be able to directly access the device to be able to extract the images by other means.

Traditional method

If we are used to the file system and for us copying and pasting files are the order of the day, the simplest method to extract images from our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch is through the Windows file explorer. The only requirement to obtain images in this way is to have iTunes installed that you can download through the following link.

Once we have connected our device to the Windows PC, we go to the unit that will appear on My Computer. Then, we just have to navigate to the different folders, with names that do not tell us what their content may be, Select all the images, cut them and paste them in the directory of our PC where we want to store them.

Keep in mind that every time we exceed 1,000 photographs on our device, a new directory is created to store them, so we must check all the folders to make sure that we have extracted all the photographs we would have taken with our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

Browsing the directories, we will also find images we have received through messaging applications, images that are not in the same directory where the images or video we make are saved, so if we do not want to lose them, it is convenient to include them in the extraction.

Import images and videos

This is a very similar option to the one offered by the Capture image application in macOS. This function not available through the menus, at least since the arrival of Windows 10, so to access it we just have to place ourselves on the unit that has created our device and click on the right mouse button and select Import images and videos.

  • Then you will start read all the files and videos we have stored on the device and that can be copied to our Windows PC.
  • In the next step we select the directory where we want to store our images and videoYes, but before clicking Next, we go to More options.
  • Within this menu, we can select the format in which we want the photos to be saved on our device. But, in addition, we can check the box Delete files from device after import so that automatically when the import is finished the videos and images are deleted from our iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.
  • To finish the process click on next and We wait for the process to end.


As in Mac, if we do not want to resort to the options offered by the operating system natively, such as the traditional file management method, we can use this application, an application that allows us to extract all The images of our device quickly and easily. To do this, we must connect our iPhone to the PC, open the application, select Camera, in the right column so that all available images and videos are displayed. Then, click on export, located in the lower right corner and go to the directory where we want to store them.

Once stored in our device we can proceed to delete them directly from the application, through the option located in the lower right corner and which is called Delete. iMazing is priced at 39.99 euros


The free iFunbox application is the best alternative if we do not want to use paid applications to download the content of our mobile device to the Windows PC, since it is also compatible with the Microsoft operating system, not just the Mac. proceed to download the content of images and videos that we have stored on our device, We will proceed in the same way as with iMazing, since, although the interface is different the process is practically the same.

  • Once we have downloaded and installed the application we connect our device.
  • When the application recognizes it, it will show us in the right column All options to copy from or to the device.
  • Click on Photos / Photo to show all the images we have on our iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, as well as the videos we have recorded with our device.
  • We select the images we want to download on our device and we go to the Export / Copy to PC button.
  • Once they have been downloaded to our PC, we just have to click on the Delete / Delete button to delete all the photos from our device.

How to pass iPhone photos to the cloud

Although in most cases it is advisable to copy all our images to a PC or Mac and then store them on an external hard drive, not all users make use of PC or Mac. For all those users, there is also a possibility and not It is another to store all your images and videos in the cloud and when you need the files go to the cloud used and download its content. At present the best service, in addition to free, available for this type of needs is found in Google Photos, since it offers us unlimited storage space for photographs with resolution lower than 12 mpx and videos with Full HD resolution. Everything that exceeds there, we can store them, but the occupied space will be deducted from the one we have hired.

Google Photos

Although it may seem strange that with an app we can have our favorite images at hand and get extra space on our device, it is like that. Google Photos allows us to save a copy of all the videos and images we capture with our iPhone in the cloud. When we are short of space, the application will offer us the possibility of deleting the images and videos that are already stored in the Google cloud.

Keep in mind that every time you connect to a Wi-Fi network (although you can also do it for 4G although it is not recommended) Google Photos copies all images and videos that we have done to the cloud and that were not in it, so the process of deleting our device is completely safe.



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Amazon Cloud

All Amazon Premium customers have at their disposal an unlimited Amazon cloud storage plan, a service that allows us to store as many videos as we want images of our device in its original resolution and without having any other small print. If you are a user of this service, this option may be the most recommended for your space needs, whether they are punctual or continuous over time.

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