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How to Download Pictures from iPhone to Computer (Windows/Mac)

Need to make more room for iPhone by downloading photos to computer? Read this tutorial to get detailed instructions.

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When check your iPhone storage in Settings, you will find that pictures often take up the most space. Generally, 1,000 photos will occupy up to 2.5GB space on your iPhone. That's no platitude, and downloading your iPhone pictures to computer and then clearing them from your device is the most effective way to save iPhone space as well as make copies of your photos.

The conventional way like Photos or AutoPlay allows you to download photos from iPhone to Mac or PC, but only works for pictures in iPhone Camera Roll. And you should not forget about the photos in Photo Library (the iTunes synced pictures), which can neither be transferred with the mentioned ways nor be directly removed from iPhone, eating up your iPhone storage. In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to download photos from iPhone to PC/Mac computer, covering pictures in iPhone Camera Roll and Photo Library.

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Download Pictures from iPhone to Mac Computer | Photos

The Photos app or iPhoto on older Macs (before Yosemite 10.10. 3), will display all the photos that are stored on your iPhone's camera roll, and here is how to download the pictures from iPhone camera roll to computer with Photos.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac. Photos is set to open automatically as soon as you plug your iPhone into your Mac.

Step 2. Click on Import, you can click "Import All New Items" or you can click on individual photos and then click "Import XX Selected".

Step 3. Then the newly imported photos will show in an album named "Last Import".

Download Pictures from iPhone to Computer via Photos on Mac

Download Pictures from iPhone to Computer via Photos on Mac

Download Pictures from iPhone to PC Computer | AutoPlay

On a Windows PC, when you connect your iPhone for the first time, you'll see Windows install assorted drivers. After a few seconds, the AutoPlay dialog box will appear. AutoPlay allows you to download all pictures from iPhone camera roll to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer and wait for AutoPlay window.

Step 2. When it appears, click "Import pictures and videos" or "Open folder to view files".

Step 3. If you choose "Import pictures and videos", AutoPlay will download all photos from your iPhone to computer. If you choose "Open device o view files", you will need to find the pictures you need among multiple folders under DCIM.

Download iPhone Photos to Computer via AutoPlay

Download iPhone Photos to Computer via AutoPlay

If there is no AutoPlay pop-up dialogue, open My Computer to use Windows Explorer to find your Photos and copy them from iPhone to computer.

Download iPhone Photos to Computer with PrimoPhoto

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Here is how to download iPhone photos to computer with PrimoPhoto on Mac, and the steps are almost identical on a Windows PC.

Step 1. Get PrimoPhoto installed on your computer (PC or Mac), and connect your iPhone to the computer via a cable.

Step 2. Open PrimoPhoto, Choose a photo category by Camera Roll, Photo Library or by Albums.

Step 3. Choose the photos you'd like to download from iPhone to computer, set the destination on your computer to save the pictures. Click the Export button to get the photos to computer.

How to Download iPhone Photos to Computer with PrimoPhoto

How to Download iPhone Photos to Computer with PrimoPhoto

Comparison Table of the Above Methods – What Makes PrimoPhoto Stands Out

From the simple comparison table below, we can easily come to the conclusion that PrimoPhoto is the most effective and comprehensive solution for iPhone photo management. Try PrimoPhoto now.

Photos App Windows AutoPlay PrimoPhoto
Camera Roll Photos
Photo Stream Photos -- --
Photo Share Photos -- --
Albums Photos -- --
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