How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to External Hard Drive

Photo Transfer iPhone/iPad Last Updated: Jan 17, 2018

How to get off photos from iPhone/iPad and save to external hard drive?

Portability and improved camera drive iPhone iPad to be preferred tools to capture magnificent landscapes, beauty portraits, special moments etc. in photos. Most times, we would like to share great photos on Instagram, Facebook and other SNS, while sometimes we have special needs to transfer photos from iPhone iPad to external hard drive, for example:

"I've tried to transfer images of a friend's wedding onto an external hard drive to share with their family. Apple requires owners to go through iCloud to share their photos but I need an easier way. Please give me some suggestions. Thanks in advance!"

If you have the same experience, read on to get the answer.

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to External Hard Drive?

WinX MediaTrans offers the simplest solution!

  • Download (HEIC) photos from iPhone iPad to (external) hard drive
  • Also available to move music, videos, books etc, from iPhone iPad
  • Support all devices running on iOS 7 and later, including latest iOS 11
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Export photos, videos, music, books etc, from iPhone iPad to (external) hard drive with ease.

What Can We Use to Transfer Photos from iPhone iPad to External Hard Drive?

iCloud Photo Library

iCloud Photo Library

Apple recommends iCloud helping users to access iPhone iPad photos on computer.

• Turn on iCloud Photo Library on iPhone iPad: Settings > iCloud > Photos > Switch iCloud Photo Library option to on.
• Log in iCloud with the same Apple ID on computer.
• Now, you can download wanted photos from iCloud to external hard drive.

It's quite easy to use but some requirements should be met. Also, the limits and errors exist.

• All the devices and computer should be connected to Wi-Fi for transferring.
• iCloud only gives 5GB free of space for file saving. If you don't have enough iCloud photo storage, you need to pay at least $0.99/month for an upgrade.
• It will go into a trouble if you forget Apple ID password.
iCloud photos not syncing problem may happen unexpectedly.


Windows Photo Gallery

Import Photos from iPhone to External Hard Drive on Windows 10

If you are using Windows 7, once you successfully connect iPhone iPad to PC, AutoPlay dialogue box will appear. Select "Import pictures and videos using Windows" and then click "Import". After your photos have been downloaded to PC, move them to the connected external hard drive.

If you are using Windows 10, plug in iPhone iPad to computer. And then input Photos into search box on toolbar. After the Photos app is launched, hit the top-right button to import. You are allowed to select certain items to import.

Also, those Windows tools come with some disadvantages.

• Windows AutoPlay can only transfer photos in Camera Roll from iPhone iPad to external hard drive, not including photos saved in other photo apps.
• iPhone may have been connected to iTunes but not showing up on Windows 10 leading that no photo is accessed in Photos app making transfer impossible.


Third-party File Transfer Software

WinX MediaTrans

The best third-party file transfer software we want to introduce here is WinX MediaTrans. It is designed as an easy-to-use application to transfer media files between iDevices and computer. Compact interface with well-organized function buttons has already told you how to operate it. You are allowed to browse photos by year/month/day and select one or more or all items to export. All photos saved in Camera Roll and other apps can be accessed and transferred. And, it delivers a fast speed to load and transfer photos from iPhone iPad to external hard drive without crash during batch transfer. It is fully compatible with iOS 7 and later, including latest iOS 11.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone iPad to External Hard Drive with WinX MediaTrans

Step 1. Download and install WinX MediaTrans on your Windows (10) computer. Mac version is also available on macOS High Sierra or lower.

Step 2. Plug in your iPhone or iPad and the external hard drive to computer. Launch WinX MediaTrans.
• If the connection succeeds, it will automatically access the device.
• If "Not connected" string still appears on main interface, please check "Fix iPhone Not Connecting to Computer" for a solution.

Step 3. Click the gear icon in the top right corner of interface. Select Settings > Path > Photo. Click the pen icon to define the external hard drive as new destination folder to save photos downloaded from iPhone/iPad.

Step 4. Click Photo Transfer button.

Step 5. Now, you'll be led to the page where all photos. Select photo(s) you want to transfer to external hard drive. Click Export.

Tip: If you try to transfer HEIC photos from iPhone/iPad to external hard drive, you can directly export photos or convert HEIC to JPG for viewing or editing on PC or other devies not supporting HEIC.

Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to External Hard Drive

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