How to transfer pictures from an iPhone to a computer

Updated: 02/27/2019 by Computer Hope

Apple iPhoneApple iPhone users often take pictures with their phones which can eventually use up all of the storage. When there is no more space available, it's necessary to either delete some pictures or move them to an alternative storage medium, such as a computer. After the pictures have been copied to a computer, they can be deleted from the iPhone, freeing up space to take more pictures.

To copy pictures on your iPhone to a computer, select the type of operating system on your computer from the list below, then follow the steps provided.

Transfer iPhone pictures to a Microsoft Windows computer

Tip: The steps below will also work with an iPad.

  1. Turn on your iPhone, so the Home screen is displayed.
  2. Connect the iPhone to the computer by using the USB cable that came with the iPhone.
  3. On the iPhone screen, you should see a message asking "Allow this device to access photos and videos?" Tap the Allow option.

iPhone - Allow device access message

  1. On the computer, open File Explorer.
  2. In the left navigation pane in File Explorer, click the Apple iPhone entry under This PC.

iPhone entry in File Explorer

  1. In the main section of File Explorer, double-click the iPhone storage drive named Internal Storage or something similar.
  2. Double-click the DCIM folder.
  3. Double-click the 100APPLE folder.

Note: The DCIM and 100APPLE folder names might be different for your iPhone.

  1. You will see the pictures currently stored on your iPhone in File Explorer, under the 100APPLE folder. You can copy and paste the pictures from the File Explorer window to any folder on the computer.

iPhone pictures in File Explorer

  1. After copying the pictures from the iPhone to the computer, you can safely delete them from your phone.

Transfer iPhone pictures to an Apple macOS computer

Tip: The steps below will also work with an iPad.

  1. Turn on your iPhone, so the Home screen is displayed.
  2. Connect the iPhone to the computer by using the USB cable that came with the iPhone.
  3. On the iPhone screen, you should see a message to trust the computer or allow the computer to access data on the iPhone. Tap the Trust or Allow option.
  4. On the computer, open the Photos app if it does not open automatically after connecting the iPhone.
  5. you should now see the Import screen. If not, click the Import tab near the top of the Photos app window. You can also click the iPhone device name displayed in the left navigation pane.
  6. Select the pictures you want to copy to the computer.
  7. Click the Import Selected button near the top-right of the Photos app window to copy the pictures to the computer.
  8. After copying the pictures from the iPhone to the computer, you can safely delete them from your phone.