How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To Mac

How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To Mac: A photo of an iPhone connected with USB to a MacBook

Ever wondered How do you import photos from iPhone to MacBook? You are on track. For many reason, you may want to import your photos or pictures to your Mac for security reasons, to backup the picture of maybe you want to use the picture on your Mac Book.

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I’ll be showing you all the possible ways to go about this. If you are using a Windows Pc, then this post is for you.

How do I transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using USB? Instructions below ↓

To import photos from your iPhone to your Mac Book with a USB cable, you require a USB cord, Your MacBook should have enough battery same as your iPhone.

Step 1: Plug your iPhone to your MacBook

Step 2: Normally, the Photo App embedded in your Mac should automatically open, but if it doesn’t open you do that by going to your Application folder.

Step 3: Take your cursor to ‘File‘ at the top menu, a drop down should appear locate and click ‘Import‘.

Step 4: Press and hold the Command then click on all the photos you wish to import.

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Step 5: When you are done selecting, click on ‘Review‘.

Step 6: When Mac is done importing your selected photos, Mac will give you an option to select some more to do that click ‘Import New Photo

Step 7: If you prefer to import all photos you haven’t backed up before, click om ‘Import All New Items‘.

Step 8: To view the recently imported photos, go to your sidebar and select Last Import.


How do I transfer photos from iPhone to Mac wirelessly?

In a case where you have no USB cable around and you want to make the transfer. I’ll show you some methods you can go about this.

1. Using Third Party App

You can make photo transfer from your iOS to your Mac with a third party app called Wireless Transfer App, the downside about this app is it isn’t free.

I guess you aren’t ready to spend any penny for photo transfer, but if you want to the download link is here

2. Using Airdrop

You can also import photos from your iPhone to your MacBook using Airdrop, yeah!! it is free the steps to carry out are below.

Note this if you plan to use Airdrop.

  • AirDrop requires iPhone and Mac with a recent iOS and OS version.
  • Both devices’ Bluetooth needs to be enabled.
  • Both iPhone and Mac should have a working Wi-Fi.
  • iPhone and Mac should be within range.
  • For the most important, please make sure the AirDrop on your iPhone and Mac should work well, if you have any problem, you can refer to this guide for solving AirDrop not working on iOS.

Step 1: Turn on the Airdrop feature on both your Mac and iPhone; Refer to this article on How To Turn Airdrop On

Step 2: You now open your iPhone’s Photo App

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Step 3: Choose ONE photo, tab on the Share button, now select the Mac you wish to make the transfer to, after this you can choose multiple photos for the transfer.

Step 4: A pop-up appears showing that the photos will be transferred from your iPhone to the Mac, which you then accept.

Step 5: After the import is complete, you can locate the newly imported photos in the users Downloads folder on Mac.

Note: If you have trouble with AirDrop transfer between the Mac and iOS devices, you can try to restart both devices to fix the problem. If the devices can’t recognize and find each other, set AirDrop to Everyone instead of Contacts Only.

3. Synchronizing Photos Using iCloud Photo Stream

A little thing about iCloud Photo stream;

  • Photo Stream doesn’t take up any of your iCloud Storage space.
  • Photo Stream doesn’t upload videos but you will be able to view your pictures across all your iDevices.
  • Photos will appear in Photo Stream for only 30 days (we have a solution to this below).
  • By default, photos will automatically synchronize if you are in a Wi-Fi zone, unless you instruct it to use cellular data.
  •  To be able to use Photo Stream, you’ll need to enable it on your iDevices and your Mac.
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Step 1: Locate and open your iPhone ‘Settings‘ app.

Step 2: Tap on your profile/banner at the top of your Settings page.

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Photo Credits: iPhone Lifean iphone picture showing your banner in settings app

Step 3: Go down and Tap on iCloud

Step 4: Now, choose Photos.

Step 5: Toggle on Upload to My Photo Stream.

Go to your Mac Book >>

Step 6: On your Mac, open System Preferences from the Apple menu at the top. If you’re on a PC, click here to download iCloud for Windows.

Step 7: Choose iCloud then Sign in

Step 8: Click on the options close to ‘Photos‘.

Step 9: Tick the box next to ‘My Photo Stream‘. Then click Done.

Your Photos will automatically be added to Photo Stream when you’re in a Wi-Fi zone(Unless you choose otherwise). But Note, pictures remain in Photo Stream for 30 days or up to 1000 images.

The remedy for the above problem is

  • Open the Photos app.
  • Select Preferences at the very top, under Photos.
  • Choose General.
  • Check the box next to Importing: Copy Items to the Photo Library. Source from iPhoneLife

I hope I was able to help you out!

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