Top Easiest Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac


Have you been wondering and looking for the best way to transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac? Today I would like to share several easiest and quickest options with you about how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

Import with Photos

In terms of transferring photos from iPhone to Mac, the quickest way must be plugging in your USB cable and the Photos app on your Mac is automatically set to open automatically as soon as you plug your iPhone into your Mac. The Photos app – or iPhoto on older Macs – will display all the photos that are stored on your iPhone’s camera roll, and you can simply click ‘Import All New Photos’ to import everything at once. Also, you can click on individual photos to select the best shots that you want to import and keep. You can also tell Photos to automatically delete photos from your iPhone once they’ve been copied onto your Mac.


Import with Image Capture

Plug in your iPhone and launch Image Capture. You’ll see a list of your photos along with quite a bit of technical information, such as file sizes and aperture settings, that will be useful for more knowledgeable photographers. You can use the Import All command, or just select individual photos that you want to import. There’s also an option to delete photos from within Image Capture if you want. By default, Image Capture will import your photos into the Pictures folder on your Mac, but it also allows you to specify other folders as well.


Transfer Photos via Wi-Fi

Apple’s iCloud  can do the photos transferring work automatically whenever there’s a WiFi network available. The first thing that you need to do is to make sure that iCloud is activated on both your iPhone and Mac. Tap Settings on your iPhone’s Home Screen to get started.  scroll down and click on iCloud.

You’ll see a list of apps that work with iCloud, and you can just tap on Photos to see the options that are available. Alternatively, you can go into Settings again, and scroll down past iCloud until you find Photos And Camera. Tap on Photos And Camera and you’ll see the iCloud options for Photos again, along with a few other settings that can be used to control the camera itself.

Transfer Photos Via Email or iMessage

You can email or iMessage the photo to yourself, then open your email (or iMessage) on the Mac and copy the attachment wherever you want it. This might just be the best option if you wanted to send a baby photo, say, to the grandparents at the same time as importing it into your Mac.

Go to Photos on your iPhone or iPad and find the photo you want. If the menus have disappeared, touch the photo to make them come up again – click on the share icon (the an arrow coming out a box at the bottom left) then tap the icon for iMessage or Mail. This will pop the photo into an email or iMessage for you.

Transfer Photos With AirDrop

You can also AirDrop your photo to your Mac. The process is similar to the one described on the previous slide. Start by turning on AirDrop on your iPhone by swiping up fron the bottom and tapping the AirDrop tab and choosing Everyone. Next you will need to open the Finder on your Mac for this to work – and you will also need to be running Yosemite or El Capitan.

For AirDrop to work on you Mac you need to make sure your Mac isn’t sharing it’s connection over WiFi and your AirDrop connection is visable to your iPhone. If you are only using it for a few minutes then it’s probably safe to change it so it allows you to see everyone, so select Everyone from the dropdown menu beside ‘Allow me to be discovered by:’

Now you can find the image you want to share, click the Share icon and on the next screen you will see AirDrop as an option. To share your photo from your iPhone to your Mac click on the image that represents your Mac on your iPhone and this should start the process of sharing the image to your Mac.

iCloud Photo Library

If you turn on iCloud Photo Library then all the photos and videos on your iPhone will be uploaded to your personal iCloud account, and then copied onto your Mac or any other device that also has iCloud Photo Library activated. You get 5GB of free storage on iCloud, which should be fine for most people, but if you need more than that then you’ll have to sign up for one of Apple’s monthly subscription plans for extra storage.

My Photo Stream works differently, as it only uploads the latest photos that you’ve taken, and only stores them within iCloud for 30 days. You’ll need to activate My Photo Stream on your Mac to make sure the photos are downloaded onto your Mac before that 30 day period ends. However, photos uploaded with My Photostream don’t count as part of your 5GB of free storage, so you can snap away to your heart’s content.

Import Photos with Third Party Software

If you download and install a renowned third party iPhone Data Recovering and Transferring software iFonebox. Here is how.

> Install and launch the iFonebox on your computer.
Note: iFonebox is available for both Windows and Mac version, please choose the right version to download and install.
> Connect your iPhone to your computer.
> Click “Start” after your iPhone is recognized by iFonebox.
> Choose photos to scan selectively from the interface listing all the supported data categories.
> Preview all the photos on your Mac and select what you need to transfer to your Mac.


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