The camera on the iPhone takes great photos that it’s not hard to fill up the internal memory with all your favorite videos and snapshots. So, it’s essential to know how to transfer the photos from the phone to a more appropriate place like to your computer.
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Hi there, in this post I’m going to show you four easy ways to transfer the photos and videos on your iPhone to your PC’s desktop. And we’ll look closely at the options that automate the task, and can free up memory on your phone.
Now I don’t believe there’s one way/best way solution to handle this, so I’m going to give you four options to consider.
Transfer Photos with iCloud My Photo Stream
One way to transfer your iPhone photos to your computer is to use the “My Photo Stream,” feature in iCloud. This option will automatically upload new photos and send them to all your iCloud enabled devices when connected to Wi-Fi. Just to be clear, this option does not store your pictures in the iCloud Photo Library, they just get sent and received between iCloud devices.
To start: Go to iCloud on both devices, find the “My Photo Stream” option and turn it on.
On the iPhone go to Settings —>then, under iCloud —> find Photos and turn it ON. Then find the “My Photo Stream” option and turn this ON too.
Then, as soon as the magic starts flowing, find the photos on your computer and move them locally to the drive.
To find the photos on a Mac, open Apple’s Photos app, and you’ll see your photos there. If you’re using Windows, you’ll need to install Windows for iCloud first, then follow the same.
Transfer Photos with Carousel by Dropbox
This next option is an alternative to iCloud and it’s what I currently use. It requires the app Carouse, by Dropbox. Carousel, in a nutshell, is a Photo Managing app provided by Dropbox, that allows users to share and sync their digital photos and videos stored in their Dropbox account with anyone and from anywhere.
Here’re four things to like about Carousel:
- It does automatic backup just like iCloud
- You can sync your photos over Wi-Fi and Cellular Data or WiFi only
- You can have access to your photos across multiple platforms, not only on iOS, Mac or Windows
- It offers A nifty way to free up space on your iPhone. It does this by removing the photos from your iPhone, once saved in Dropbox.
How to Transfer Photos Without Wi-Fi
Online Cloud storage services have their perks, but one drawback to this option is that it requires access to a Wi-Fi network. But what if Wi-Fi is unavailable?
To get around situations where Wi-Fi is not an option or if you don’t want to use your precious cellular data. Not a problem! There’s always the old school method of connecting the phone directly to your computer. Once the two are connected, you could either use iTunes or your preferred photo management app of choice to transfer the photos to the desired location on your hard drive.
Transfer iPhones Photos with a Flash Drive
Another mobile friendly method to transfer your photos off your iPhone, but without the need to be near a computer is to use a memory flash drive.
The advantages of these compact-sized flash drive are that they provide a two-way storage between iOS and MAC/PC computers. This means that transferring photos is not the only use:
- Wi-Fi is not required or a carrier’s network signal
- they’re not battery-powered
- And to further extend their capabilities most, (if not all) flash drives have downloadable apps. For example, the iXpand app can be set to auto-save photos and videos to the drive when connected and play music and movie files directly from the flash drive.
For managing photos off the iPhone, these are the Flash Drives that I like (and recommend).
If you’re planning on visiting a secluded island in the middle of nowhere on your next vacation. Not to worry! They come in a variety of storage sizes. So, capture all the moments that you want, but just remember that they’re not waterproof.
Well, there you have it, You have just learned four ways to transfer the photos on the iPhone to your computer, so don’t wait until the memory is full to get your photos backed-up.
If you have any question or would like anything further explained, please let me know in the comments. I’m committing to making more videos like this one to help you navigate the iOS platform and help you to get more done on the go with your favorite Apple Mobile device.
What is your preferred method for backing up photos off the iPhone?
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