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How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

Having an iPhone is wonderful until that annoying day arrives in which you can no longer take photos because the memory of the device is full or, even worse, in which you suffer an irreparable loss of data.

There are several things you can do to protect your valuable gallery of images and videos, including creating a backup copy of your files. This provision can be done very easily from a Mac.

If, on the contrary, you are a Windows user, the process is somewhat more laborious. But don't panic. You've come to the right place. Here you will find the 5 easiest methods to transfer photos from iPhone to PC.

Specifically, we explain how to export multimedia files from your Apple device with Windows Explorer, the import tool, iTunes, cloud platforms and other external programs.

In addition, the trick of saving images on your computer is one of the most effective for free up space on your iPhone and also on your iPad, as we explain in other Macworld Spain articles.

On the other hand, if instead of storing the photos and videos, you want to get rid of them forever, in this tutorial we show you 5 methods to delete images from an iPhone or iPad.

Option 1. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer

This first option we present to download photos from your iPhone to your computer requires the installation of drivers or drivers, that is, those special programs that serve as a link between the external device and the Windows operating system.

one. Connect your iPhone to a USB input on your computer using a Lightning or 30-pin connector cable, depending on the model smartphone you have

two. Unlock the device by entering your unlock code or using your Touch ID or Face ID. This step is essential because the computer will not be able to locate the images and videos of your iPhone if it is locked.

3. When your PC recognizes the Apple device, your iPhone may receive the following alert: Trust this computer?. Tap on Trust so that your computer can access your photos and videos and enter your unlock code.

4. Next, your Windows device should install the drivers corresponding automatically.

5. Once the installation is finished, a new window will open to allow you to import your images using Windows, the Windows Live Photo Gallery or the Windows Explorer.

In our case, we will use the option of the Windows Explorer, since it is the simplest way to be able to see all the files of your iPhone and extract individually those photos, videos and screenshots that we want to save on the computer.

one. In the window to which we refer in the previous process, select the option Open device to view files to access the folder Internal Storage.

Alternatively, you can reach this folder by going to This team and by clicking on your device, in our case called caroline's iPhone.

two. Open the folder DCIM to have access to the different folders in which all your videos and photos are located.

3. Select the files you want to save on your PC and copy them by right clicking and clicking on the option Copy from the drop-down menu, or using the shortcut Control + C.

4. Create a new folder on your desktop – or open an existing one – and paste the files copied to it. To do so, right click and select Paste from the drop-down menu or use the shortcut Control + V.

Option 2. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with the Windows import tool

There is another way to pass photos from iPhone to PC using the tools offered by Windows: your import system.

Unlike the previous method, this option does not allow you to browse and choose individually the images and videos you want to save on your computer, but you can import only one folder at a time.

It is very useful when you want to pass all the photos of the iPhone or iPad to the computer, but that does not mean that we can put in the face of Microsoft the little flexibility that this Windows tool offers.

Keep in mind that before following the steps that we present below you must have installed the drivers corresponding on your computer, as we explained in the previous section. This process is usually done automatically when connecting the iPhone to the PC.

one. In the new window that opens when you install the drivers, choose the option Import images and videos.

two. Once the computer has finished searching the images and videos of your iPhone, click on Import Settings and select the folder in which you want to save your files smartphone. You must choose one for videos and one for images.

You can also choose the format of the title of the files, as well as the name of the new folder that will be created and where the photos will be saved.

Then click on To accept.

3. Before proceeding to import the files, you can optionally label the images under a common name.

4. Finally, click on to import.

5. Once the progress bar is finished, go to the new folder and verify that your files have been successfully imported.

Option 3. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with iTunes

While the above options are more recommended for users with older versions of Windows, those who use the latest update may want to opt for an old, and sometimes feared, friend: the iTunes player.

In fact, computers that are already several years old or that are not too powerful can present problems with this Apple program.

Option 4. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with a cloud storage service

At the beginning of this article we portrayed the horror of losing the images on your iPhone, but there is something worse: losing your PC backup as well.

This is why cloud platforms are a simple and effective solution to store all your photos without fear of them disappearing forever. In addition, this method is done without wires, which makes the process even easier.

The only downside of using a cloud storage system is that you need an Internet connection both to import the photos and to access them later. Also, if you do not use a Wi-Fi network and depending on your mobile rate, it may cost you dearly.

Now, if you finally decide on this option, you have to know that there is a wide variety of platforms that offer this service, such as Dropbox, iCloud or Google Photos.

Keep in mind that all these systems have a space limit, relatively low in their free subscriptions.

Option 5. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC with an external program

If none of the above methods have convinced you, there are also several options for software external that can help you pass photos from iPhone to computer.

Among the most popular programs, they stand out AnyTrans, CopyTrans, Syncios, FonePaw, Dr. Fone Y Appandora, all of them downloadable from its official website and with many more features than Windows Explorer.

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