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How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC – 8 ways

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“Our smartphones are the sources of our utmost pleasure: they accompany us most of the time and capture everyday moments with their powerful cameras. High-resolution pictures populate Camera Roll rapidly. Next thing you know, you are searching for a way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC as your storage is full.

If you wonder how to download photos from iPhone to computer, iTunes can’t be of much help. 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:

Use Windows Explorer to copy your iPhone photos to PC

How to get photos off iPhone using Windows Explorer

Windows Explorer allows you to get photos off iPhone: 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.

Drag and drop photos to PC using Windows Explorer

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 photos are in disarray: the album structure is not preserved and there isn’t any coherent timeline;

    😑 You cannot choose the photo format, which is a shame, since most PCs do not digest HEIC files;

    🙄 Photo orientation is not respected :( If your photos were vertical – well, they’ve just gone to the dark side!

    No rotation for heic files

    😯 Finally, your iPhone might not be detected by PC at all. Many Apple product owners struggle to make Windows recognise the device.

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 PC without iTunes

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 photos between your iPhone, iPad, and PC.

CopyTrans Photo main interface

  1. To transfer iPhone photos to PC connect your iPhone to your computer and start CopyTrans Photo. All your iPhone photos will start loading immediately. transfer iphone photos to pc with CopyTrans Photo 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.

  2. 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.

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

This way you can easily transfer 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. copy photos from iphone to pc

Why people choose CopyTrans Photo:

⭐ Transfers photos and videos between iPhone and PC preserving the original quality and EXIF data;

⭐ Copies photo albums back and forth, preserving album structure;

⭐ Converts HEIC to JPEG;

⭐ Works offline;

⭐ Compatible with the latest iOS, iTunes, and Windows versions;

⭐ Works with the new Apple format, ProRAW.

Try CopyTrans Photo for free!

Download and delete all iCloud photos

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC (Windows 10, 7) using an iCloud alternative

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 photos from iPhone to PC:

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

  2. 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.

  3. After you downloaded all your photos and videos, 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

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⭐ Uploads JPG, HEIC or PNG images to iCloud from PC;

⭐ Unlike iCloud, CopyTrans Cloudly preserves the album structure of your iCloud photo pibrary;

⭐ Doesn’t create duplicates;

⭐ Recovers permanently deleted photos from iCloud.

Download iPhone photos to PC via iCloud

How to transfer iPhone photos to PC through

You can also use iCloud to transfer iPhone photos and videos wirelessly to PC:

  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 photos you want to download one by one, and click the Download symbol in the top-right corner.Download photos from iCloud

  4. 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 pictures from iPhone to computer via Dropbox

    With Dropbox, you can transfer iPhone photos to PC via LAN, to do this:

    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. Move photos from iPhone to PC through Dropbox

    2. 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.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 using 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. Install Google Drive app from AppStore

    2. 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. get photos off iphone with Google Drive

    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.

    transfer iphone photos to PC via email

    How to 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 extract iPhone photos from a backup

    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:

    Download CopyTrans Backup Extractor

    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”.

      screen how to find icloud backup with copytrans backup extractor

    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. the program shows all backups on your computer

    5. 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.
    6. click on photos

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

      When this method is the best?

    • your iPhone is lost or broken;

    • you have deleted some important photos from your iPhone but still have them in the backup.

    Try CopyTrans Backup Extractor for free!


    The best option to transfer iPhone photos 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. CopyTrans Photo will save the album structure you have on your device. 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. CopyTrans Photo is constantly evolving and getting more and more new features. Additionally, the $19.99 price makes it the most favorable option, which will save you a lot of time and nerves.

    Which method do you prefer? Let us know in the comments.

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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?