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If you want to free up some space on your iPhone and still keep the photos backed up, copying them to an external hard drive is the way to go. CopyTrans Photo can transfer iPhone photos and videos to any external hard drive, USB flash drive or an SD card.

Transfer photos from iPhone to a flash drive or external disk

  1. Download CopyTrans Photo to PC from the following page: Download CopyTrans Photo

  2. Install the program. If you need help installing CopyTrans Photo, please refer to the installation guide.

  3. Connect a USB memory stick or an external drive to your computer and run CopyTrans Photo. Then plug in the iPhone or iPad to the PC. iPhone photos and albums will appear on the left-hand side of the program window while PC photos will appear on the right. On the right side you'll see the PC photos and on the left side - iPhone photos

  4. Select your external drive or memory stick from the tree on the right. Select the USB stick from the tree on the right

  5. From the left-hand side, choose the photo album or the photos or videos that you wish to transfer. To select multiple photos, press and hold CTRL on your keyboard while clicking on each photo or just select them using the mouse. Select the photos you wish to transfer

  6. Drag and drop the selected set of photos or videos to the right side. Drag and drop the pictures from left to right

    NOTE: You can also drag-and-drop entire iPad photo albums in the same way. Drag and drop albums from left to right

  7. Click on the “Apply changes” button. Click on the Apply changes

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  8. The selected iPad photos and videos have been transferred to the external drive or USB memory stick of your choice.Now you have your photos on your USB drive

This is how to transfer iPad or iPhone photos to a USB flash drive or an external drive with the help of CopyTrans Photo.

Use a flash drive alternative

There is another place for your photos to live in: iCloud. Flash drives get lost, but iCloud is always there and can be accessed from any device that can connect to WiFi. So, after you downloaded images to PC, you might want to upload them to iCloud. If you’re up to it, we have a tool to help, called CopyTrans Cloudly.

Here is how to upload PC photos to iCloud:

  1. Download and install CopyTrans Cloudly:

    Download CopyTrans Cloudly

  2. Run CopyTrans Cloudly and enter your Apple ID credentials.
    CopyTrans Cloudly authorization screen

  3. If you have two-factor authentication enabled, make sure to allow the connection and enter the verification code you received:
    CopyTrans Cloudly two factor authorization

  4. After you connected your iCloud account to CopyTrans Cloudly, click “Upload”.

    Uploading photos to iCloud with CopyTrans Cloudly

  5. Select the files you want to upload to iCloud. CopyTrans Cloudly works with .HEIC, .PNG and .JPEG.

    CopyTrans Filey upload button

  6. When everything is selected, click “Upload”.

    CopyTrans Cloudly upload confirmation

  7. Great! All your pictures are now safely stored in iCloud.

    CopyTrans Cloudly success

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