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Transfer iPhone photos to PC — 4 solutions without using iTunes

Transferring iPhone photos to PC can create a backup of important pics on computer, which also allows you to edit and manage your pictures on a larger screen.

Jasmin Woods Updated on Jun 20, 2023 6:22 PM

iPhones are definitely the best mobiles for taking perfect photos of both landscapes and people. Once the snaps are captured, the pictures get stored within the device itself, ensuring that you can access and share your iPhone photos anywhere, anytime.

But what if you'd like to edit your iPhone photos on a larger screen, or want to create a backup of important photos on your Windows PC? In those situations, you may want to search for a quick solution to transfer photos from iPhone to PC safely.

Some iPhone users prefer to use iTunes for ensuring the photo transfer can be completed without any hassle. But it is not convenient for you all the time, especially if you want to add or remove some pics before performing the transfer from your iPhone to PC. That's why in this guide, we will introduce you to the best ways through which your iPhone photos will be transferred to your Windows PC without using iTunes.

Some useful alternatives of iTunes to transfer iPhone photos to a Windows PC.

Transfer iPhone photos to PC using Windows Photos

If you are using an iPhone together with a Windows PC, you can rely on the effectiveness of the built-in Photos app on your computer to import your iPhone photos to PC. It will not only help you in establishing connections between two different OS, but also allow you to move multiple pictures at a time.

Note: this process won't use iTunes to apply the photo transfer, but to let your iPhone trust the Windows device, it's necessary to install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

First, plug your iPhone into the PC using a suitable USB cable. Check that the connection of the USB is strong so that you won't have to deal with incomplete photo transfer.

Then on your PC, move to 'Start' menu and click it. Select and launch 'Photos' from the taskbar.

After that, click on 'Import' located at the upper right corner, and choose 'From a connected device' from the following options.

Import pictures from Photo Library on your iPhone to Windows Photos on your PC.

The 'Import items' window will pop up with all your iPhone photos displayed on the screen. Now, tick the pictures you want. You can also select the whole picture folders arranged by date.

You can also choose to delete the original items on your iPhone after importing the pictures you want.

Once done, select a destination by clicking the 'Change destination' link, and confirm your import items at the bottom of the window. Then, the selected photos will be imported from your iPhone to the Windows PC very soon.

Copy photos from iPhone to Windows PC via iPhone Data Transfer

Besides the preset feature Photos app, there are also some third-party apps which let you easily transfer photos from iPhone to PC without the use of iTunes. One such useful app is iPhone Data Transfer which is a one-stop solution for people who want to transfer all kinds of media files from their iPhone to other devices or vice versa.

Using iPhone Data Transfer on your Windows PC, you can have an overview of all the pictures in the Photos Library on your connected iPhone, which makes it much easier for you to manage your iPhone photos in one place. Additionally, you also have the option to add or remove pictures before the transfer starts. All the operations can be done within a few clicks. Therefore, it won't take you a long time to get the photo transfer done.

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Step 1: Launch iPhone Data Transfer and connect your iPhone with a USB cable.

Once connected successfully, you can see the brief info of your iPhone.

Step 2: Click on the 'Photos' option present on the left side of the page.

You're able to view the Camera Roll and also the Photo Library on your iPhone from here.

Step 3: Check the photos you want to keep on your PC. Then click the computer icon and choose 'Export to PC' option.

It's available to add or delete the pictures before you export the selected photos to your PC.

You can also manage the pictures, remove duplicate images, or create collections before the transfer. This will reduce the hassles of dealing with a huge library or multiple images at a time, which will make it much easier and swifter to transfer photos from iPhone to PC directly.

Sync iPhone photos to PC computer using iCloud instead of iTunes

If you prefer to use a wireless way to sync iPhone photos to your PC without iTunes, iCloud will be a good option for you. As a cloud storage service for all iPhone users, it enables you to store your iPhone photos, videos and other files on it, from which you can easily get your photos downloaded to your other devices that are using the same Apple ID.

1. On your iPhone, toggle on iCloud Photos feature so that your iPhone photos will be uploaded to iCloud Photos automatically.

  • Access 'Settings' on your iPhone and tap your iPhone's name.
  • Locate 'iCloud' > 'Photos', and turn on 'iCloud Photos'.

Enable iCloud Photos on your iPhone.

2. On your Windows PC, open a browser and go to iCloud and sign in to your Apple account.

3. Once logged in, choose 'Photos'. Then, you're able to view the Photos Library on your iPhone.

4. Select the pictures you want to download to your PC. You can also hold the command key on your keyboard to pick multiple photos at a time.

5. In the upper corner of iCloud window, click the download button. And all the selected photos will be downloaded to your PC. You can check the images in the destination on your computer.

Note: iCloud only provides each iPhone user with 5 GB free cloud storage. And if you delete your photos from iCloud Photos, they will also be deleted from all your devices that you set up using the same Apple ID. So, be careful when you want to remove a photo or more.

Download iPhone photos to PC without iTunes by Google Photos

If you have a large number of photos that exceed 5 GB, you may like to search for another cloud service which offers a larger cloud storage. That's where Google Photos comes in. With 15 GB storage space for free, you can use it to transfer your iPhone photos to PC without any concern.

But for that, you need to have a valid Gmail ID and also, a properly established sync with the Google Photos app on your iPhone. Whatever photos you will click through your iPhone, make sure to click on the share button and select 'Save to Google Photos'. This will automatically create a backup copy in your Google Photos account. And then, here are the steps you can follow for using Google Photos and downloading all the images to your PC:

  • Open a browser on your PC and go to Google Photos.
  • Start selecting the pictures you have uploaded from your iPhone.
  • In case you have tons of images, you can search the specific pictures from the Albums tab.
  • After you have selected all the pictures you want, click on the three dots from the tool bar at the top, and click on the 'Download' option.
  • When a computer window pops up, select a place where you want to keep the photos, and it will automatically copy the pictures from your Google Photos to your Windows PC.

You can also hold Shift + D on your keyboard to download the selected images to your PC.

Move iPhone photos carefully

Knowing about the methods above will help you in transferring iPhone photos and creating backups on your PC safely. With the useful tools, there's no worry about not having additional copies of your photos. Besides, you don't need to endure the hassles of using iTunes anymore since it is not available for you to preview or manage your iPhone photos.

At the time of transferring pictures from iPhone to your Windows PC, make sure that the connection is not broken. If that's the case, the transfer process will be stuck and you may lose the pictures or it may create a blurred or corrupted file, which is why you should be careful.

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