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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. In this guide we will explain how to transfer photos from iPhone to external hard drive, USB flash drive or an SD card.

How to import photos from iPhone to external hard drive

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

    Transfers in the original quality

    Keeps the metadata

    Maintains the correct order

    Videos: mov, mp4

    Photos: HEIC, bmp, gif, jpeg, jpg, dng, tiff, tif, tga, png, pcx, dng (ProRAW)

  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.

    CopyTrans Photo main window interface

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

    CopyTrans Photo external drive selection

  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.

    CopyTrans Photo multiple photos selection

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

    CopyTrans Photo moving photos from an iPhone to an external hard drive

    NOTE: You can drag and drop entire albums from your iPhone or iPad in the same way.CopyTrans Photo transferring a photo album from an iPhone to an external hard drive
  7. Click on the “Apply changes” button.

    CopyTrans Photo Apply changes button

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    Then use CopyTrans Photo to run a Full Backup in one click.CopyTrans Photo full backup button
  8. The selected iPad photos and videos have been transferred to your external drive or USB memory stick.

    iPhone photos on the external drive transferred with CopyTrans Photo

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

How to transfer photos from iPhone to 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 log in to your Apple ID.

    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 images and .MOV, .MP4, .M4V video files.

    CopyTrans Cloudly select files to upload

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

    CopyTrans Cloudly upload confirmation

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

    CopyTrans Cloudly upload success

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Krasimir is an avid marketing aficionado and a tech-support specialist in charge of the English-speaking market. He grew up in Bulgaria and on the island of Mauritius where he became passionate about windsurfing and photography.