How to move photos from iPhone, iPad, or iPod to Mac or Windows

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You may transfer photographs and videos to your computer using the Photos app and a USB cord.
You may also use iCloud Photographs to make your photos available on all of your devices.

Utilize iCloud Photos

iCloud Images automatically saves, updates, and makes your photos and videos available on your Apple devices,, and even your PC.
You don’t have to import photographs from one iCloud device to another when you utilize iCloud Photos.
Your original, full-resolution photographs are always uploaded and stored by iCloud Photos.
You may retain the originals in full quality on each device, or you can reduce space by using device-optimized versions instead.
In any case, you may always download your originals anytime you need them.

Import to Mac

  1. Utilize a USB connection to link your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac.
  2. Go to your computer’s Photos app and open it.
  3. All the photographs and videos on your linked device are shown on an import screen in the Photos app.
    Click the device’s name in the Photos sidebar to bring up the Import page if it doesn’t display immediately.
  4. Use your passcode to open your iOS or iPadOS device if prompted.
    If your iOS or iPadOS device displays a prompt asking you to Trust This Computer, press Trust to proceed.
  5. Wherever you wish to import your images is up to you.
    You have the option of selecting an existing album or making a new one next to Import to.
  6. Click Import Selected after selecting the images you wish to import, or Import All New Photos.
  7. Wait for it to finish and then disconnect the device.

Import to Windows

By connecting your device to your computer and using the Windows Photographs program, you can import photos to your PC.

  1. On your computer, update iTunes to the most recent version.
    iTunes 12.5.1 or later is required to import photographs to your PC.
  2. Utilize a USB connection to connect your PC to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
  3. Use your passcode to open your iOS or iPadOS device if prompted.
  4. If your iOS or iPadOS device displays a popup asking you to Trust This Computer, select Trust or Allow to proceed.
  5. To start the Photos app on your PC, click the Start button, followed by Photos.
  6. After choosing Import -> From a USB device, adhere to the directions.
    You may choose what to import and where to keep it.
    Give detection and transfer some time.

Before importing your images to your PC, you must first download the original, high-resolution copies of your pictures to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if you have iCloud Photos enabled.

Some of the videos that you import from your iOS or iPadOS device to your PC may not be appropriately rotated in the Windows Photos program.
To play these videos in the proper orientation, add them to iTunes.

Try these steps to make sure Windows works best with images taken with an iOS or iPadOS device.

  1. Open the Settings app on your iOS or iPadOS device.
  2. First choose Camera, then Formats.
  3. Select Most Compatible.
    Your camera will now produce images and films in the JPEG and H.264 formats.