How to Backup iPhone Photos to PC: 4 Free Ways in 2024

Want to backup iPhone photos to PC? This article shows you 4 ways to get photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10/8/7 computer easily. Methods are working for backing up iPhone 15/14/13/12.


By Dylan / Updated on May 31, 2024

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How to transfer photos from iOS to Windows computer!

Hi everyone I use iPhone without iCloud. My problem is I can't transfer my pictures and videos to my Windows computer. I tried: iTunes and cables (but a lot of pictures transfer with other extensions), is there any way to solve the problem? Thanks!

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iPhone records our daily lives such as photos with our families and friends. When enjoying the convenience it brings, you could also meet the data disasters leading to data loss. It would be better to backup/transfer your photos on your iPhone to a computer to avoid data loss. Besides, If your iPhone storage is full, it is a good idea to backup iPhone photos and delete them to free up some storage. 

Although Apple provides iCloud to backup data, but it only provides 5 GB storage for each user and a 2TB plan for each month at most, you may get "your iCloud storage is almost full" error when the storage runs out. Once your data like pictures of your old memory get lost. the photos you can restore depend on the extent of the data you have backed up.

So lots of people will want to backup iPhone photos to computer or external disk. Next, you can refer to the following content, which will walk you through how to backup photos on iPhone to PC (Windows 7, 8, 10, 11).

Method 1. Best way to backup iPhone photos to PC for free

To safely and swiftly back up iPhone, FoneTool can be the best way. With its various features, you could perfectly back up your iPhone photos with simple operations. 

yes Preview and select photos and live photos as you like to back up.
yes Fast backup speed saves lots of your time.
yes All pictures will be kept in their original quality and there's no data loss during the process.
yes Various image formats can be recognized including jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, gif, tif, tiff, heic, raw, etc.
yes Wide compatibility lets all your iPhone models and iOS versions can be supported.

Step 1. Download FoneTool for free. Connect iPhone to PC with USB cable and tap "Trust" on it.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7/XP
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Step 2. Launch FoneTool, and click Phone Backup on the main interface > Choose Selective Backup and click Get Started

click on backup

✍ Note:  If you want to edit, manage, and view photos on your computer, you can transfer photos to computer by clicking iPhone to PC under the Phone Transfer option.

Step 3. Click the icon to preview and select the needed photos if you want and click OK to return.

Select Pictures

Step 4. You can click the Backup Storage Path to select a location to save your photos. Then click Start Backup button to backup iPhone photos to PC.

Click Start Backup

Wait for the process to get finished. When the backup is completed, you can enter My Backups to manage your backup files. Here you can view, locate, restore, and delete your backup files.

backup completed

Method 2. Transfer All Photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 PC

For WIndows users, iTunes is also an available way to help you copy all iPhone data including photos to your computer. But you are not allowed to only save photos to your PC. Now you can download and install the lastest version of iTunes to begin the task.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC with a USB cable and then launch iTunes.

Step 2. Click the device icon and choose Summary on the screen.

Step 3. Choose This computer and tap on Back Up Now to save your iPhone data to the computer.

back up iPhone with iTunes

⚠️Note: If you need to export your iPhone photos from the iTunes backup, you need to use some iPhone backup extractors.

Method 3. Backup iPhone Photos to PC with iCloud

iCloud Photos is usually enabled when you set up iPhone, and you could download photos from the website or iCloud client. You could go to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud iCloud Photos to check if it is enabled. Then you could download iCloud backup to PC in 3 ways. And Option 3 might be the easiest way. Now you can keep on reading to get how to transfer photos from iPhone to computer without USB.

Option 1. Download iCloud photos to PC from the iCloud website

Go to the iCloud website >sign in with your Apple ID > Click Photos to view and download iCloud photos.

iCloud Site

Option 2. Save iPhone photos to computer from iCloud client

Download iCloud for Windows > sign in with your Apple ID > enable Download photos, Upload photos, or Create new folders in Options > press Win + E to enter Windows File Explorer > click the icon of iCloud Photos > click Download Pictures and Videos in the upper-left corner.

iCloud Photos

Option 3. Get multiple photos from iCloud to PC easily

When you need to download lots of full-resolution photos from iCloud to your PC, the iCloud manager - FoneTool will help you a lot.

yes Fast download speed allows you to efficiently get 1000+ photos from iCloud in a short time.
yes It uses two-factor authentication to protect your iCloud data which is same as the encryption used by Apple. 
yes You can also sync iCloud data like photos, videos, notes, etc. to another account in one click.

Now just download it on your Windows PC and learn from the simple steps to get how to get iCloud photos easily.
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Step 1. Launch FoneTool > Go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Choose Manage iCloud.

manage icloud

Step 2. Select the photos you need under the Photos option > Click the Download button from the top of the page to continue.

choose photos to download

Step 3. Change the download settings from the pop-up window > Click Download to start.

download photos

Method 4. Transfer iPhone from iPhone to Computer with Windows Photos

If you are using a Windows PC, you can import photos and videos from an iPhone to PC via the Windows Photos app.

Step 1. Connect the iPhone with your computer via a USB cable. 

Step 2. Hit the "Start" button and run the "Photos" app. 

Step 3. Once the app is launched, click "Import" > Tap on "From a USB device" and follow the on-screen instructions to choose the iPhone photos and save them on the PC.

Windows Photo


You have known how to backup iPhone photos to PC, easily save photos to computer with FoneTool, download iCloud photos to computer, or import iPhone photos to computer using Windows Photos. But by contrast, FoneTool is faster and easier to use. Besides, it also helps you to backup iPhone music, contacts, messages, and so on. 


Q1: Why can't I transfer photos from iPhone to PC?

When you can't import iPhone photos to Windows 11/10/8/7, it might be caused by 4 reasons below:

1. There are no photos to import.

2. iPhone internal storage folder (DICM folder) is empty.  

3. No new Photos were found.  

4. Something went wrong. You need to try again.

Q2: How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac?

You can use iCloud or AirDrop feature to move photos from iPhone to Mac.

Q3: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone?

If you need a wireless way, iCloud could be an ideal choice. If you want to move lots of large photo files, FoneTool mentioned in Method 1 will be your best wired way to make it. You can go to Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC to add iPhone photos to the computer and use the PC to iPhone feature to move photos from computer to another iPhone. Or you can use the iPhone to iPhone transfer function to move all iPhone data to another iPhone even if they are using different Apple IDs.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.