Transfer Photos from iPhone (11/Pro Max/XS/XR/8/7) to Windows/Mac Laptop Guide

transfer photos iPhone photos to laptop Last Updated : September 11, 2019

Since more and more people own laptops, the question of "How can I transfer photos from iPhone to laptop?" arises...

Compared with desktop computer, lighter and more portable laptop must suit you better if you're a traveller, student, businessman or so who stays out-door often. At present, nearly all computer manufacturers have their own laptop series, like MacBook from Apple, Surface from Microsoft, Yoga/Think Pad from Lenovo, Aspire from Acer, Spectre from HP and Inspiron from Dell. When you need to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop, what would you do? Of course the way varies from laptop's operation system. And this post will mainly focus on:

▶ How to import photos from iPhone to laptop in Windows (10/8/7 etc.)
▶ How to import photos from iPhone to laptop in macOS (10.15 etc.)
▶ How to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop (Win/Mac)

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with Default Tool on Win/Mac

Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 Laptop

● How to Import Photos from iPhone to Windows Laptop via Default App

For Windows 10 and 8 laptop user, the built-in Photos App can help import all or selected camera roll photos from iPhone 11/XS/X/8/7 to computer. And for Windows 7 laptop user, it's AutoPlay that takes the responsibility. They both need iPhone connected to laptop with USB cable. And the only difference is AutoPlay can only move all photos to laptop, but not partial ones.

>> Detailed guide on Windows Import Pictures to PC

Import iPhone Photos to Mac via Photos App

● How to Import Photos from iPhone to Mac Laptop with Photos App

Mac laptops must have iTunes pre-installed. As the default iPhone manager, iTunes can sync photos from iPhone to laptop via iCloud. Alternatively, Mac Photos app also helps:
Connect iPhone to laptop with cable -> Open iTunes of the latest version and unlock iPhone -> Open Mac Photos app if it does not open by itself -> Go to Import section -> Select whatever photos and then click "Import Selected" or directly "Import All New Photos" -> A message prompt box shows up to ask you whether to delete the imported items on iPhone.


Note: This photo import feature requres iTunes 12.5.1 or later. And backup iPhone with iTunes is another way to copy all iPhone photos to computer.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop [Win/Mac] with Best Photo Manager

Both Windows and Mac systems do provide tools for transferring photos from iPhone to computer. But according to a large number of user feedbacks, there are many limitations and unexpected troubles, e.g "Windows can only import iPhone Camera Roll photos", "cannot transfer iPhone photos to Windows 10 computer after updating to latest iOS", "my iPhone fails to connect to iTunes", and "The iPhone x cannot be synced. An unknown error occurred"

To transfer whatever photos from iPhone to (Windows/Mac) laptop smoothly, with no errors at all, here we recommend you an intelligent and secure iPhone (photo) manager - WinX MediaTrans, which is able to add, export one or multiple photos freely, create new image album [deletable] to gather certain photos in one folder.

Apple abandons JPEG and adopts new HEIF format (.heic) for camera photo in iOS 11. According to MPEG group, an HEIC photo only takes the half space of a same-quality JPEG image, which means iPhone X/8 can store more photographs in photos library. Whether it will become a cumbersome task for WinX MediaTrans to transfer photos from iPhone X/8 to laptop? Absolutely not. Because cable connection makes all file transfer missions finished in blistering speed without quantity limitation, and you can move 100 iPhone (4K) HD photos to computer in several seconds only. WinX MediaTrans also gives you an option to export HEIC photos on iPhone to JPEG being compatible with more photo viewers on Windows (10).

Without further ado, let's directly check the steps below.

Connect iPhone to/Trust laptop

Step 1

Connect iPhone to laptop rightly with workable genuine lightening wire. It may pop up a prompt to ask you to trust this laptop. Just tap "Trust" to go ahead.

Choose Photo Transfer

Step 2

Open WinX MediaTrans, and the basic information of your iPhone will be shown on the main UI. Choose "Photo Transfer" then to go to another specialized photo manager panel.

Select iPhone Photos for Transferring to Windows (10) Laptop

Step 3

Select target photo or photos you want to transfer to laptop at Camera Roll, Screenshots, Selfies, Wallpaper, WhatsApp and more. All photos can be listed by Day/Month/Year in larger or smaller thumbnails.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows (10) Laptop

Step 4

When photo items are checked, click blue "Export" icon on the top left interface to get the image copy task started. During the photo transferring process, do not plug out iPhone.

By supporting Intel QSV and Nvidia NVENC hardware acceleration, WinX MediaTrans can transfer iPhone photos to laptop at the top-class speed. And the whole data transferring process is 100% stable, with no accidental crash/stuck or data loss like iTunes.

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Transfer iPhone Photos to Laptops

WinX MediaTrans - Easiest iPhone Manager

- Transfer (HEIC) photos from iPhone XS/XR/8/7 to laptop in a flash;
- No stuttering, no data losing, flexible photo file selecting;
- Also support (DRM-ed) video, music, ringtone, podcast, eBook etc.

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