iPhone Files Too Large to Transfer? Choose the Most Efficient Way to Do It on PC

transfer files large iPhone files to PC Last Updated : December 29, 2018

Transferring large files from iPhone to PC wirelessly via Wi-Fi or using only a cable? It really depends.

Mobile entertainment is uber-popular. We often stream or download full movies on iPhone (Xs/Max/8) to watch on the go, shoot crisp but large images, 1080p slo-mo or 4K @60fps video clips for sharing on Instagram/WhatsApp, and may also record long gaming screen for uploading to YouTube or other sites... Only large videos eat limited storage up easily, not to mention there may be piles of other stuff, like HD photos, music playlists, apps, books and podcasts. Then how to transfer large video or other files off iPhone to PC to free up space? Let's check 3 general ways in the followings.

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Sync Large (Media) Files from iPhone to PC with WinX MediaTrans
Import Large Files from iPhone to PC Wirelessly with Online Services or iOS App
Transfer Large (Video/Picture) Files from iPhone to PC with Windows Photos/AutoPlay

How to Fast Copy Giant Files from iPhone to PC?

Using bonzer iPhone File Manager WinX MediaTrans:

  • Sync any large media files on iPhone to PC, selectively or entirely.
  • No file size limit, as long as your iPhone memory can hold it.
  • Faster speed than uploading & downloading with online services.
  • FThe only standalone iPhone file manager, no need to install iTunes.
WinX MediaTrans

Best and Fastest iPhone Large File Transfer Software, with hardware acceleration support.

Way 1 - Transfer Large (Media) Files from iPhone to PC with WinX MediaTrans

As an all-sided iPhone file manager, WinX MediaTrans allows to copy whatever media files off iPhone Xs/Max iOS 12, iPhone 8 iOS 11 or any earlier models running on iOS 7-12 to Windows PC effortlessly, be it (4K) videos, photos, music or books, the purchased DRM-locked ones included. Well, please follow the fairly simple steps below to move hefty files from iPhone to PC right away in a flash. Please FREE download and set WinX MediaTrans up in a few clicks beforehand.

WinX MediaTrans Transfer Large Files from iPhone to PC Step 1

Step 1. Connect iPhone to WinX MediaTrans on PC

Take a working lightning cable out to connect iPhone to PC successfully. After that, when you open up WinX MediaTrans, your iPhone will be recogonized by it with phone information shown in the UI.

WinX MediaTrans Transfer Large Files from iPhone to PC Step 2

Step 2. Choose Source Large File(s)

Click to enter into a specific file manager control according to the file type:
Video Manager - Home Video, Video Recorded, TV Show, Music Video, Movies etc.
Photo Transfer - Camera Roll photos, Screenshots, Selfies, WhatsApp photos etc.
Music Manager - All music & playlists, DRM music. | Book - All EPUB books, PDFs, and Audio Books. | Voice & Ringtone - All ringtones, voice memos, iTunes U files and podcasts. | Remove DRM - All purchased videos, music and books


And then choose any large media file or a batch of them to proceed. If you wish to duplicate iTunes-bought, say, movies or TV series to computer, you can access to select from either "video manager" or "remove DRM". With DRM removal capability, WinX MediaTrans will output DRM-free file once it synced successfully, for instance iTunes M4V to MP4.

WinX MediaTrans Transfer Large Files from iPhone to PC Step 3

Step 3. Sync Large File(s) to PC Effectively.

Start the large file transferring by following the user-oriented interface and tap "Sync" button. Since data transferring with physical USB (3.0/2.0) cable is much faster than Wi-fi transferring, a majority of people choose to backup large file up to computer with cable, but not Wi-fi. WinX MediaTrans not only make the use of cable transferring, but also supports hardware acceleration to boost the speed once again.

Way 2 - Transfer Large Video/Pic File from iPhone to PC with iTunes + Photos/AutoPlay

For Windows users, the system provides a default app, Windows 10/8 Photos app or Windows 7 AutoPlay, to import external iPhone video and picture items manually.

With the latest iTunes (12.8) installed on PC in advance, you can connect any iPhone to computer with a USB cable, open the Photos/AutoPlay app to select one or more items at will, and then just select Import to finish the data syncing.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 by autoplay/photos app

Way 3 - Transfer Large (Media) File from iPhone to PC Wirelessly Using Internet

Generally, we can turn to cloud service (iCloud, DropBox), file transfer app for iPhone, email or social media sites to accomplish the wirelessly file transferring.

The steps are quite simple: login cloud service or email -> upload large file from iPhone to it -> check the service or email from computer where you need the large file to be downloaded.

Using large file transfer app is a little bit different: make sure iPhone and PC are connected to the same wifi network -> open file transfer app on iPhone and choose transfer mode properly -> enter into the IP address shown on app from PC browser -> choose to download large file immediately from iPhone.

transfer large files from iphone to pc via online tools

This method does bring about much convenience. No matter where you are, you can access and get large file downloaded to local hard drive of any computer. However, wireless syncing is both a strength and weakness. For one thing, it usually takes long to upload and download big files. For another, some tools may still have file size / type limitd or do compression to downgrade quality, just to set a few examples online:

- How to download a very large video file from iPhone X to PC? It's a 30 min 4K HEVC video with over 5GB file size, too big for iCloud.
- Wanna send a big file (high-res presentation video) by email. But it keeps popping back unsent with an "attachment too large" message!
- I have such a big problem on downloading a 1.2GB movie from my Dropbox onto PC. I'm connected to my router with a fibre-optic connection of 50/50Mbps, and I've tried many times already, but the download is either ridiculously slow or stops altogether. I'm on Dropbox Pro, I have plenty space on my laptop hard drive, and I'm not doing anything else on computer at the same time.
- I need to upload a lot of stories from my iPhone to Instagram for work related things. Unfortunately I'm getting a lot of comments on the quality of my uploads as they seem really bad.

Each of the three processes has its own pros and cons. In short, if you already have a cloud account with enough space remained, wireless transferring is more appropriate. If you expect a faster file transferring speed, using a cable to transport large iPhone files via third-party iPhone manager, not iTunes, is more recommended. In addition, if you want to shrink huge video size while keeping the good quality still, you can ask help from 2019 best video compression software.

Sync iPhone Large File to PC More Inteligently

with WinX Mediatrans but not iTunes

  • Selectively sync any large photos, videos, audios between iPhone and PC.
  • SmarteriPhone manager than Apple iTunes, easier-to-handle.
  • Full-laden tool to password protect photos/videos and act as flash drive.

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