An iPhone is an excellent device for capturing memories through videos and photographs. However, the device’s storage capacity is finite, and it can fill up fast, leaving you with the tedious task of deleting files to create space for new ones. Fortunately, there are efficient methods to copy videos and photos from your iPhone to your PC. In this blog, we’ll discuss the following content:
Before beginning, you’ll need the following equipment:
- An iPhone with videos and photos
- A Windows or Mac PC
- A USB cable that came with the phone
- iTunes installed on your PC to transfer photos with the help of a USB Cable (for Windows user)
- Using iCloud (Optional)
Method 1: Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Computer Using USB Cable on Windows
This method involves plugging your iPhone into your Windows PC with your phone’s USB cable and then transferring your photos and videos to your computer using the built-in Photos app on your Windows computer.
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Follow these steps to transfer iPhone photos and videos to your computer:
1. Connect your iPhone to your PC with your phone’s USB cable.
2. Unlock your iPhone and choose to Trust This Computer if prompted to do so.
3. Wait for the Photos app on your Windows PC to launch automatically. If it’s not, open the Photos app manually by clicking the Start menu and typing Photos.
4. Then Click the Import button, located at the upper right-hand side of the app.
5. Select the photos and videos you want to transfer to your computer
6. Once you’ve selected all the files you want to transfer to your computer, click Import Select to begin the transfer.
Method 2: Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Computer Using iTunes on Windows
This method uses iTunes, a software application available for both Mac and PC that helps you manage and back up photos, videos, music on your phone.
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Follow these steps to copy iPhone photos and videos to your computer using iTunes:
1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with the USB cable.
2. Open iTunes on your PC if it doesn’t launch automatically.
3. Click on the iPhone icon on the upper left part of the iTunes window.
4. Click on Photos from the menu on the left pane.
5. Then, select the checkbox labeled Sync photos on the right pane.
6. Choose from the drop-down menu whether to sync all photos or a selected folder. If you choose a folder, select which folder from the drop-down menu.
7. Click Apply and then click Sync.
Method 3: Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to Computer Using AirDrop on Mac
If you own a Mac, AirDrop is an efficient way to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to your computer.
Explaining method in detail
Follow these steps to transfer iPhone photos and videos to your Mac computer:
1. Turn on your Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (on your iPhone and Mac)
2. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and select the videos or photos you wish to transfer
3. Tap the Share icon
4. Find your Mac’s name in the AirDrop section and tap it
5. To save the files to your Mac, open Downloads or choose another file location
Why can’t I Transfer Photos and Videos from iPhone to PC?
There are several reasons why you might experience difficulties when copying videos and pictures from your iPhone to your computer.
Reason 1: You have not trusted your computer
If you have not trusted your device, you might experience difficulties when attempting to transfer files between your iPhone and computer. To fix this, connect your phone to your computer and click "Trust this Computer" on the iPhone.
Reason 2: Insufficient storage space
If your iPhone has insufficient storage space, you might experience difficulty when copying files from your device to your computer. To fix this, delete unwanted files from your iPhone.
Reason 3: An outdated iTunes version or the absence of iTunes on your PC
iTunes should be installed on your computer before copying files from your iPhone. But, if you have an outdated version, you may experience difficulties. Update iTunes to the most current version, or download it from Apple’s official website.
- Always make a backup of files on your device.
- Keep your iPhone software updated to its latest version.
- Use good quality USB cables that work effectively with your iPhone.
Q1. I have connected my iPhone to my computer, but the "Trust This Computer" prompt has not appeared. What should I do?
A1. Make sure you are using an authentic USB cable that is compatible with your iPhone. Next, check if iTunes is installed and launched on your PC, or restart both devices and try again.
Q2. Can I transfer pictures or videos from my iPhone to a Windows PC without using the iTunes app?
A2. Yes, you can use the built-in Photos app on your Windows computer to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to your computer. Plugging your iPhone into your computer with your phone’s USB cable automatically opens the Photos app.
Q3. How long does it take to transfer files from my iPhone to my computer?
A3. The time required for transferring files depends on the number and size of files you wish to transfer. Larger files take more time, while smaller files don’t take too long.
Q4. Can I transfer photos from my iPhone to iCloud without using a computer?
A4. Yes, you can use the iCloud app on your iPhone to transfer photos from your iPhone to iCloud. Open the Settings app on your iPhone, tap your name, select iCloud, click Photos, and then toggle on iCloud Photo Library.
Q5. If I have an iPhone, do I need iTunes on my computer to transfer files?
A5. No, you can use other software like iCloud or the built-in Photos app on your computer to transfer files from your iPhone. However, using iTunes is the direct and easy way to transfer files.
Now you know how to copy photos and videos from your iPhone to your computer using the methods mentioned above. These methods are quick and effective, allowing you to save and manage storage space on your iPhone. It’s always essential to know how to transfer files safely and efficiently, so be sure to use the methods mentioned in this blog.