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How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC – 8 ways

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Nowadays, an iPhone is not just a means of communication, it is a whole world that stores a lot of important information, such as photos. However, managing and organizing these precious moments can sometimes be a daunting task, especially when it comes to transferring photos from iPhone to PC.

Why copy iPhone photos to PC? There can be many reasons: you want to free up space on your iPhone, or you just want to back up your photos on your computer to make it easier to edit them. We realize how frustrating it can be if you don’t know the best ways or tools to use for this process. That’s why we have prepared a list of various methods suitable for different types of users, whether you are a tech-savvy person or a beginner.

In this post, you’ll find 8 most popular ways to transfer iPhone photos to PC without iTunes, and thus clean up space on your device:

Transfer pictures from iPhone to PC

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Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer allows you to transfer pictures from iPhone to PC: just connect your iPhone to computer and run Windows Explorer. Then, find your iPhone name under “Portable devices”. Open the “DCIM” folder, then drag and drop photos to your PC.

Move photos from iPhone to PC with DCIM

The only benefit, really, is that the photos will be present on your PC. However, the following caveats may spoil the fun when transferring photos from iPhone to PC:


❌ the album structure is not preserved and there isn’t any coherent timeline;
❌ you cannot choose the photo format (for example .HEIC is not supported by Windows);
❌ photo orientation is not respected;
❌ iPhone might not be detected by PC at all;

If you’d like to transfer photos from iPhone to PC in the right order and appearance, with album structure preserved and an opportunity to convert upon transfer – try CopyTrans Photo. We also have drivers for iOS devices, so your iPhone won’t stay unnoticed!

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How to transfer photos from iPhone to computer

CopyTrans Photo

If you are interested in how to download photos from iPhone to computer in a quick way, try CopyTrans Photo – a simple solution for transferring pics from iPhone to PC.

A new way to manage your iPhone photos

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  • Intuitive interface: drag-and-drop transfer
  • Support the formats HEIC and ProRAW
  • Transfer photos and videos between PC and iPhone
  • Backup all your iPhone photos to PC at once with Full Backup feature
  • Save photos without duplicates
  • Compatible with all iOS devices, including iPhone 14

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  1. To upload photos from iPhone to computer connect your iPhone to your PC and start CopyTrans Photo. All your iPhone photos will start loading immediately. The photos from your iPhone will be shown in the left-hand pane of the program, while all the pictures and folders on your computer will be displayed on the right side.

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  3. Now you can select some of your images or all of them at once (by pressing the ctrl and “A” keys simultaneously) as well as all your photo albums, and copy photos from iPhone to PC with a simple drag-and-drop.

  4. Finally, click the green “Apply” button and you’re all set!

This way you can import iPhone photos to PC and organize them in albums so that they look exactly like they do on your Apple device. You can also back up all photos in one click using the Full Backup option in CopyTrans Photo.

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  • Transfer iPhone photos to PC and back
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  • Do a full backup of your iPhone photos and videos – without duplicates!
  • Save photos on your PC or external hard drive
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Download iCloud photos to PC

CopyTrans Cloudly

Now you need to know how to copy photos from iPhone to PC using an iCloud alternative. If you have iCloud Photos enabled on your iPhone, you can use CopyTrans Cloudly to transfer iPhone photos to PC:

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  1. Open CopyTrans Cloudly from the CopyTrans Control Center, enter your iCloud password and login and choose the Download option.

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  3. Then select the folder where you would like to store all your photos on your computer and start downloading. After it’s finished, open this folder and you will find all your images there.

  4. After you downloaded all your iPhone pics, you can switch off iCloud Photos on your iPhone and remove all your images and videos from with CopyTrans Cloudly. This will free up a lot of storage in your iCloud account and you can even downgrade your iCloud storage plan and pay less.

By the way, we have a comprehensive guide on how to download all photos from iCloud. We compared the strengths and weaknesses of all three methods described in this article and created a table for you to decide which one suits you best. Check it out!

CopyTrans Cloudly iCloud for Windows
Downloading all photos Downloads everything at once Downloads only 1000 items at a time Downloads everything at once
Preserving album structure Yes No No (downloads by year)
Downloading originals Yes Yes Not always
Incremental download of new photos (without creating duplicates) Yes No No
Deleting all photos Deletes everything at once Deletes only 1000 items at a time No
Retrieving permanently deleted photos Yes No No
Speed (depends on the Internet connection speed) 15-30 minutes for every 5 GB Eternity 1,5-3 hours for every 5 GB
Viewing and selecting photos before downloading No Yes No
Using on a Mac No Yes No
Uploading photos to iCloud Yes Yes Yes

Download iPhone photos to PC via iCloud

Transfer photos from iPhone to PC

How to move pictures from iPhone to computer without connecting iPhone to PC? You can use iCloud for it.


❌ does not let you download all the photos with one click;
❌ only 1000 can be downloaded at a time;
❌ photos not stored in the correct order;

  1. Enable iCloud Photos on your iPhone (Settings> Apple ID> iCloud> Photos). After this, your photos and videos will start uploading to your iCloud.

  2. You can check the box next to Download and Keep Originals, if you want to keep the high-resolution original photos and videos on your iPhone, or Optimize iPhone Storage, if you want to store the original photos and videos in iCloud and have space-saving versions on your device (i.e. only thumbnails).

  3. After this, log into your iCloud account from your PC, select the iPhone photos you want to download one by one, and click the Download symbol in the top-right corner.

  4. Download all photos from iCloud

NOTE: Unfortunately, Apple scrapped the option to select and download multiple iCloud photos to your PC at once. Now you can download 1000 photos at a time. You can also download them in small batches by sharing entire moments. To select the moment, click on the small plus sign at the right top corner of one of the moments. You can download them to your PC after that.

Bring your iPhone photos to PC with Dropbox

How to download photos from iPhone to computer

via Dropbox

With Dropbox, you can download photos from iPhone to PC via LAN.


❌ you get only 2 GB of free storage;
❌ the folder structure is not saved;
❌ photos on PC sorted by date of transfer, not by date of creation;
❌ Dropbox will create a duplicate if you copy a photo twice.

  1. Install the Dropbox app on your iPhone, start it, and tap the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen > Upload Photos. Choose individual photos or select them by moments and add them to your Dropbox.

  2. Move photos from iPhone to PC through Dropbox

  3. Now install Dropbox on your computer and open the Dropbox folder you have created from your iPhone. Your iPhone photos will appear there. You can then move pictures from your Dropbox to any folder on your PC.

  4. Use Dropbox to transfer photos from iphone to pc

NOTE: You’ll get only 2Gb of free space in Dropbox, while a 1Tb account will cost you $9.99 monthly. Photos on your iPhone should be picked individually or selected by moments, not in one big batch. In addition, the original structure of folders on your iPhone won’t be retained. If you have accidentally copied a photo twice, Dropbox does not detect this and creates a duplicate.

Transfer photos from iPad to PC through Google Drive

How to move photos from iPhone to PC

Google Drive

Google also offers 15GB of storage for free and allows you to transfer photos from iPhone to PC wirelessly. This is how to download photos from iPhone to computer via Google Drive:

  1. Download Google Drive from the AppStore and install it on your iPhone. Open the app, tap the plus symbol at the bottom of the screen > Upload > Photos and Videos. Now you can select photos and upload them to your Google Drive.

  2. Install Google Drive app from AppStore

  3. Then install Google Drive on your computer. A folder called “Google Drive” will be created automatically on your PC. Open this folder and find your uploaded pictures in it.

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NOTE: 100Gb of storage space will cost $1.99 a month. With Google Drive, you cannot select more than 10 photos at once. The photo albums you created on your iPhone will not be imported. If you select images you uploaded before, Google won’t detect this and will create duplicates.

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How to import photos from iPhone to PC

Email iPhone images to yourself

There is one more way to transfer iPhone photos to PC: you can send them by email. This method is very slow though, unless you need to transfer only a few pictures.

To do this, go to the Photos app on your iPhone > Camera Roll > Select. Now select photos (not more than 5), click the icon at the bottom left corner and select “Mail” from the list of suggested options.

Select iPhone photos to send via email

NOTE: You cannot send more than 5 photos at a time, so this process is very tedious.

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How to upload photos from iPhone to computer

CopyTran Backup Extractor

This method is especially useful if your iPhone is lost or broken. All you need is any iPhone’s backup (on your PC or in iCloud) and CopyTrans Backup Extractor:

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  • Extract data from any backup to your PC
  • Find all the backups automatically (FREE feature)
  • Free version allows you to see what a backup includes
  • Compatible with different backups: iCloud, iTunes, CopyTrans Shelbee

  1. Run CopyTrans Backup Extractor. The program will automatically start searching for backups on your PC. This should be super fast!

  2. NOTE: if you can’t see the backup you need, it may be stored in iCloud. Let CopyTrans Backup Extractor сheck it for you: just click on “iCloud Backups”.

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  3. Click on the backup that contains your photos. Click on the backup that you need (if it is encrypted, you will be prompted to provide the backup password).

  4. Choose “Photos”, click “Extract” and then select the folder you want to extract to. This can be a folder on your PC or an external hard drive.

  5. click on photos to extract them to PC

  6. Wait until the photos are extracted. After that if you click on “Go to folder”, you can see which photos have been extracted.

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How to transfer iPhone photos to PC


Transferring photos from iPhone to PC may seem like a daunting task, but if you have the right knowledge and tools the process is easy. In this article, we have covered 8 methods that will help you download photos from iPhone to PC effortlessly.

Using built-in software such as Windows Photos, and cloud-based platforms such as iCloud or Google Photos – each option has its own advantages and suits different user preferences. But the best option to import photos from iPhone to PC is CopyTrans Photo. You can pick just a few photos or transfer all of them back and forth between your iPhone, iPad, and computer. With CopyTrans Photo, you can store your personal images on your PC or external hard drive and you do not have to worry about the security of your personal data.

Don’t forget to regularly back up and organize your photos – this will not only free up space on your iPhone but also preserve your memories for emergencies.

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2 responses to “How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC – 8 ways”

  1. Avatar for Rina apothecare says:

    Hi Rina, my name is Mike and I have just downloaded the CopyTrans Photo trial.

    I am trying to copy my photos from my iPhone 6 to my Windows 7 PC but even though my phone shows 2390 photos and has over a gigabyte of space reserved for them, when I connect my phone to the PC, it only shows a handful of photos to be transferred.

    This is true whether I use CopyTrans or the Windows Photo Gallery feature.

    Does CopyTrans have the ability to find those other photos so that I can copy them to my PC?

    • Avatar for Rina Marika CopyTrans says:

      Hey Mike,
      Rina doesn’t work in CopyTrans anymore so Irina and I will take care of you 🙂
      Let’s figure why we don’t show all 2390 pictures.
      Could you please email us at with the copy of your comment and your log files?