Transfer photos from iPhone to PC: this is how, step by step

If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC, now you have several options. No need to download iTunes for Windows anymore. An iCloud subscription isn’t required either, but it’s definitely a possible option.

We will show you three methods on how to transfer photos from your iPhone to Windows PC.

Table of Contents

  1. Transfer photos from iPhone to PC using Windows Explorer
  2. Transfer photos to Windows PC via iCloud
  3. View and download iPhone photos through the app in the browser
  4. Bonus: Install iTunes on Windows to Transfer Photos from PC to iPhone

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC?

If you want to save your iPhone snapshots or just browse photo albums on a bigger screen, you can transfer iPhone pictures to PC. In the past, the easiest way to do this was with iTunes for Windows. But Apple’s media center is doomed since 2019. But unlike Mac users, Windows users can still use iTunes, for example, to sync photos from PC to iPhone.

1. Transfer photos from iPhone to PC using Windows Explorer

An iPhone can be connected to the PC as a USB device. Then the photo files can be easily displayed and downloaded. Is that how it works:

1st step

The iPhone is connected to the PC through a USB cable. The message “Trust this computer?” appears on the iPhone. Confirm the message and, if necessary, perform two-factor authentication. The iPhone now appears as a USB stick in Explorer:

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The iPhone connects to the PC via a USB cable and then appears in Explorer (left). / © NextPit

2nd step:

To transfer the images from iPhone to PC via Windows Explorer, you can directly select the drop-down menu (on the left in the bar) or a (double) click on the iPhone in Explorer opens the file memory in long format:

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One click on the device and the memory opens. / © NextPit

3rd step:

Another click reveals the DCIM folder on the iPhone. Contains the photos that were taken with the device or, for example, images that were saved from WhatsApp:

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iPhone photos are located in the “DCIM” folder. / © NextPit

4th step:

In the example below, there are now more folders. Depending on how many folders have been created on the iPhone, the images are already sorted and available. Entire folders or individual images can now be selected and saved to the computer using copy and paste, or transferred to the PC using right mouse button -> copy.

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All images can be selected with Ctrl+A and moved to a folder on the hard drive. / © NextPit

2. Transfer photos to Windows PC via iCloud

Anyone who keeps their photos in iCloud on iPhone can easily access them through a browser.

1st step:

Under www.icloud.com All Apple iCloud users can sign in with their Apple ID and access files. Open the iCloud website and enter your Apple ID and password:

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You can also access iCloud from your Internet browser. / © NextPit

Step 2:

Anyone who has activated two-factor authentication must generate the code with another Apple device at this point. The familiar Apple icons then appear in the browser. The photos are in the folder of the same name:

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To access photos, select the photo icon. / © NextPit

Step 3:

By clicking the photos app in the browser, images can be transferred from iPhone to PC. You can also view recently deleted items and favorites. Photo folders can also be quickly found and downloaded from the dropdown menu on the left.

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Images can now be saved by right clicking. / © NextPit

3. View and download iPhone photos through the app in the browser

Did you know that there is an app in the Apple App Store that you can use to easily access your photos via browser and server address? The free app called “WIFIAlbumFree” makes it possible. This is how it works:

Step 1:

Download the free WIFIAlbumFree app from the Apple Store. Check if iPhone and PC are connected to the same WiFi network. Now open the iPhone app and your smartphone becomes a web server:

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The iPhone app generates an IP address that you can use to access the photos in the browser. / © NextPit

Step 2:

Open a browser of your choice, such as Firefox or Chrome, and enter the IP address in the URL field as shown. Now all the photos and folders on the iPhone are displayed in the browser and you can browse the folders and download the images individually or collectively.

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You can upload and download images. / © NextPit

Bonus: Install iTunes on Windows to Transfer Photos from PC to iPhone

As already mentioned at the beginning, Windows computer users can still use the old iTunes to sync photos with PC in 2020. Mac users, on the other hand, have to do all the file management in Finder. iPhone backup is also created there. Music and streaming content can be found in new, separate apps. However, if you want to use iTunes on Windows, you can only sync your pictures between iPhone and PC, but not specifically access the photos folder for export.

Sync photos on iPhone and PC – here’s how to do it:

Step 1:

To transfer photos from PC to iPhone and sync the files, you must first download the Apple program. We link directly to Apple’s download servers here:

How can I tell if I’m using a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows?

That’s pretty easy. As a general rule, systems are only used with 64-bit architecture, but not always. To find out which version of bits is installed, proceed as follows:

  1. Click Start (Windows icon).
  2. Enter “System” in the search field
  3. Click on “System and Security”.
  4. Click on “System”.
  5. Under “System Type” it says 64-bit or 32-bit

Step 2:

After downloading iTunes, the installation should start. You can then sign in to the program with your Apple ID. Connect iPhone to PC with a USB cable. The iPhone now appears as a device in the bar on the left. Below “Photos” there is a check mark for “Sync Photos”. Here you can select which photos should be synced between PC and iPhone.

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