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by Joy on Jan. 19, 2016 | NO COMMENT

How to Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone with/without iTunes Sync

Have saved some holiday pictures on the home computer and search for a way to transfer them to your iPhone? Find 3 detailed solutions in this article.

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When it relates to transferring photos from PC/Mac to iPhone, iTunes may be the first option for most of us. It goes without of saying that iTunes indeed has the ability to do this, but one annoyed point is that it will erase or cover the previous data like music, playlists, photos etc. on your iPhone. What’s more, it crashes or stops working unexpectedly more than once for software over-downloading.

Because of these shortcomings of iTunes, more and more Apple users are looking for an iTunes alternative to help them transfer photos from computer to iPhone without syncing. That’s why we introduce this tutorial to all of you. Read on the following content to get 3 simple methods to transfer Mac/PC’s photos to your iPhone without efforts.

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Table of Contents:

1. Transfer Pictures from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

Before we start, you need to create a folder and copy the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone into it. It is recommended to put the folder on the desktop.

Step 1. Plug in with your iPhone, and launch iTunes. Click the Device tab, and choose photos on the left side column.

Step 2. Check Sync Photos and select Choose folder… option, find the folder you just created, and click Open to start transferring.

Step 3. Click Apply to start syncing photos from computer to your iPhone.

Transfer Pictures from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

Transfer Pictures from Computer to iPhone with iTunes

2. Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud

The iCloud service provides you ways to sync photos from computer to iPhone by using iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Drive.

Use iCloud Photo Library:

iCloud Photo Library works for iOS 8.3 and later. Here is how to use it to transfer photos from computer to your iPhone:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Wi-Fi network, and turn on iCloud Photo Library: Settings > iCloud > Photos > Turn iCloud Photo Library on.

Step 2. On your computer, navigate to iCloud, and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 3. Click on Photos, and wait for iCloud to load data. Click Upload and select the photos on your computer, click Open. After the photos on your computer have been uploaded to iCloud Photo Library, they should soon also appear in your iPhone's Photos app when you have connected to Wi-Fi.

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud Photo Library

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud Photo Library

Use iCloud Drive:

iCloud Drive is launched alongside iOS 8, and it makes it easy to share files across iPhone, iPad, and computer. For iOS 9, there is an iCloud Drive app and iCloud Drive is turned on automatically. For iOS 8, you can set up iCloud Drive: Settings > iCloud > Sign in your Apple ID > Tap iCloud Drive > Tap Upgrade to iCloud Drive.

Step 1. After enabling iCloud Drive on your iPhone, you should log into iCloud.com on your computer.

Step 2. Choose iCloud Drive, upload photos you need from computer.

Step 3. On the iCloud Drive app on your iPhone, you will see the photos as long as you have connected to network.

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud Drive

Sync Photos from Computer to iPhone with iCloud Drive

3. Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone | PrimoPhoto

DO NOT want to lose the previous photo library and feel confused about the iCloud stuff? Here is a simpler & safer solution. Among similar photo transfer tools, PrimoPhoto stands out for it provides you easy and comprehensive iPhone photo management experience. With it, you can just drag the photos from computer onto your iPhone, and even the specific album you made. No previous photos will be wiped, and no need to connect your iPhone to network.

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Step 1. Install PrimoPhoto on your computer (Windows or Mac), and connect with your iPhone.

Step 2. Click on Import to Device option. Now just drag the photos from your computer to PrimoPhoto.

Step 3. Then choose the album you want to keep the photos, and click Import.

Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone with PrimoPhoto

Transfer Photos from Computer to iPhone with PrimoPhoto

What Makes PrimoPhoto Stand Out on Photo Transfer

Here is a comparison table about the mentioned four ways, and it is clear that PrimoPhoto stand out from the rest. Now take a tour with PrimoPhoto.

1. iTunes 2. iCloud Photo Library 3. iCloud Drive 4. PrimoPhoto
iPhone Models All iOS 8.3 & Later iOS 8 & Later All
Data-erase Previous Photo Library iTunes Synced Photos NO NO
Time Needed 5 Mins Depends on WLAN Depends on WLAN 3 Mins

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