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iPhone takes great photos and keep them all safely. Sometimes you may want to access iPhone photos on PC for a better view, or simply because your iPhone is running out storage. Fortunately, this guide will explain how to access iPhone photos on PC in different simple ways, so you can view and manage your iPhone photos on computer for backup or future viewing.
With the built-in Windows Photos and File Explorer, accessing iPhone photos on PC is an easy task. Also, Apple's iCloud Photos allows for remote access to iPhone photos wirelessly. If you want direct photos access on iPhone from PC, try iPhone Data Transfer that enables you to transfer photos and videos between iPhone and PC without limitation, making it effortless to access iPhone photos on PC, and manage all iPhone photos in one place!
With no need for iTunes or any extra app, the built-in Photos on Windows lets you access iPhone photos on PC easily by importing pictures from your iPhone to computer through a USB cable.
To access photos from iPhone on PC, establish a wired connection between your phone and computer, and run the Photos for Windows 10 or Windows 11 on your PC. Then you'll be able to view your iPhone photos, select what pictures you desire, and follow the onscreen instructions which guide you how to access photos from iPhone on PC easily:
Step 1. Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone and PC.
Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust your computer. The PC can't detect your iPhone if it's locked; then you might see a prompt asking you to Trust This Computer, tap on Trust to continue.
Step 3. Open the Start menu on your PC to launch Photos.
Step 4. Choose Import > From a USB device, or From a connected device. Give it a second to access and load the photos on your iPhone.
Step 5. Select which iPhone photos to import and where to save them on PC.
It's simple to access iPhone photos and videos on PC with the help of Photos app. You can also view and manage the imported iPhone photos, and edit, rotate or crop them as needed. For those looking for the other around, check how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes.
Note: Photos can only import the photos that are really on your iPhone. If your pictures are saved in the cloud, it's unable to access your iPhone photos from PC.
Another cable-based way to access iPhone photos on PC is to use the File Explorer, the pre-installed app on each Windows computer. With no additional software required, File Explorer builds a direct way to access photos from iPhone on PC through a physical connection.
However, it only allows you to access photos from iPhone's Camera Roll, which are sorted by date in different folders. If you want to access specific photos from iPhone on PC, it may take some time to locate them. Here's how to access iPhone photos on PC with File Explorer:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer using a USB-to-Lightning cable.
Step 2. Get your iPhone unlocked and select Trust on the prompt on iPhone screen.
Step 3. Open This PC and double-click to choose Apple iPhone.
Step 4. Go to Internal Storage > DCIM. From there, your iPhone photos and videos are accessed and stored in separate folders marked with dates.
Step 5. Find the pictures you want and transfer the iPhone photos to PC. You may copy and paste the iPhone pictures and videos to a local folder on your PC for future access.
Accessing iPhone photos on PC with File Explorer is not hard, but it only works for iPhone camera pictures. Other images and albums in iPhone Photo Library won't be accessed. To manage all your iPhone photos, use the next tool to gain full access to iPhone photos on PC.
Designed for all needs to access iPhone photos on PC or Mac computer, here's an all-in-one solution for iOS users, the iPhone Data Transfer, to view, manage, and transfer photos between iPhone and Windows for directly accessing photos from iPhone on PC.
Supporting all kinds of iPhone photos, it offers full view to access your iPhone photos on PC, which includes cameral rolls, created albums, live photos, videos and photos from other sources. Additionally, it's compatible with all iOS picture formats and capable of converting iPhone photos from HEIC to JPEG with its built-in HEIC converter.
Whether you want to view iPhone pictures on computer or transfer photos from iPhone to PC, here's how to access photos on iPhone from PC:
Step 1. Open up iPhone Data Transfer and connect your iPhone to PC. Turn on your iPhone and unlock it, or it can't detect the device.
Step 2. Click the Photos from the left to access all iPhone photos. Here you can view all photos and albums on your iPhone.
Step 3. Transfer iPhone photos to PC by clicking the computer icon at the top. You may select pictures and move iPhone photos to PC for local access. Also, you may delete the iPhone pictures you don't want.
No Internet or cloud storage is required. It allows for direct photo access on iPhone from PC. Don't need to switch from folder to folder in File Explorer or waste time looking for pictures in Windows Photos, now access iPhone photos on computer in one place without hassle.
If you don't have a digital cable in handy, Apple's iCloud Photos is an excellent option that provides remote photo access on iPhone from PC wirelessly. As a cloud storage service, iCloud Photos makes it easy to upload pictures and files from iPhone and keep them updated, so you're allowed to access iPhone pictures on PC or any other iCloud-available device.
However, if there's no Internet connection or enough cloud space, iCloud will fail to access the photos on your iPhone from your PC. And make sure to use the same Apple ID to view your iPhone photos from PC:
Tip: On the iCloud Photos screen, you'll see how much your iCloud storage remains and manage it to ensure that there's enough space for you to access iPhone photos on PC. Or you may also want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud for easy photo access on a new iPhone.
Once you enabled photo access on iPhone, here are two ways to access pictures from iPhone on PC wirelessly: the iCloud for Windows app, and the iCloud website:
Access iPhone photos with iCloud on PC:
Step 1. Enable iCloud Photos on Windows PC.
Step 2. Find iPhone photos on PC.
Step 3. Download iPhone photos and videos to PC.
The iPhone photos and videos will be downloaded to the location you set in iCloud Photos and you're able to access your iPhone pictures on PC. Alternatively, head to iCloud's web instead.
After download, feel free to access iPhone photos on PC anytime when you need. And it also helps when you want to transfer photos from PC to iPhone quickly.
Q1: Why can't my PC access my iPhone photos?
If your iPhone gets connected but your PC doesn't find your device or can't access iPhone pictures in the Photos app, you may check whether the connection is built successfully:
Once done, access the imported iPhone photos on PC from where you save them.
Q2: How do I view my iPhone photos on my PC?
To view photos on iPhone from your PC, you may transfer your iPhone photos to your PC and manage them by album for better access in the coming days. Here's how to view photos from iPhone on PC: