4 Ways | How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Chromebook

To browse iPhone photos on your Chromebook, you may need to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook. In this guide, we will show you 4 effective ways to make it with or without USB.


By Demi / Updated on May 24, 2023

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How do I transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook?

I have bought a little Chromebook to have Internet access when I’m on vacation. Is there a way to download photos during the day on my iPhone to the Chromebook? How can I do this?

- Question from Apple Community

If you have both iPhone as your personal smartphone and Chromebook for work or study, you may have to transfer files from iPhone to Chromebook and vice versa from time to time, and photos are the most. Do you have no idea how to transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook because of the different operating systems? This guide comes to help you with 4 effective methods.

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According to your needs, you are given options to transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook with or without USB connection. Let’s take a look at them in more detail.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook with USB

It is acknowledged that an old-schooled USB connection between your iPhone and Chromebook can promise a stable transfer process. You can utilize the two tools - inbuilt ChromeOS Files app or professional iOS data transfer software FoneTool to make it.

Way 1. Transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook by ChromeOS Files app

Without downloading software on your Chromebook, the built-in ChromeOS Files app can help you import photos from iPhone to Chrombook as soon as you connect iPhone to Chromebook.

However, please keep in mind that ChromeOS Files app can only read photos in the DCIM folder, in which photos you took via iPhone are saved. If you don’t mind, follow the steps to make it.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Chromebook with a compatible USB cable > You may need to provide permission on your iPhone when prompted.

Step 2. The ChromeOS Files app will open automatically and show the photo from your iPhone > Finally, you can drag and drop the photos to the local storage of your Chromebook.

ChromeOS Files app

Way 2. Transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook via FoneTool

FoneTool, a professional iOS device transfer and backup software, allows you to simply transfer videos, photos, music, and contacts from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to Chromebook, and vice versa. You can access to all wanted iPhone photos on your Lenovo laptop in three simple steps.


• Transfer all wanted photos. FoneTool allows you to preview photos of all albums on your iPhone.

• No data loss. The photos will be transferred without degrading their quality.

• Fast transfer speed. It takes you just 3 seconds to transfer 100 photos from iPhone to Chromebook.

• Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 14, iPad, and iPod. It's compatible with iOS, like iOS 16.  

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Since it is software designed for Windows, you may need to download software like Parallels Desktop for ChromeOS to make sure FoneTool can be downloaded and running fine on your Chromebook.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your Chromebook with a stable USB cable. Your iPhone will be detected automatically. Then tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. On the home screen, click Phone Transfer option. Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

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Step 3. Click the plus icon > Check the Photos icon and uncheck the others > Preview and select the photos you want to transfer > Click OK to confirm.

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Step 4. Select a destination from Transfer Settings to save the photos (Any local folders on computer, external hard drives, USB, etc. are allowed) > Click Start Transfer to start the process.


How to transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook without USB

If you prefer a more convenient way to wirelessly transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook, you can try iCloud from Apple or Google Photos from Google.

Way 3. Upload photos from iPhone to Chromebook with iCloud

iCloud can not only backup your iPhone, but also enable you to get access to photos in iCloud on your Chromebook.

If you have enough iCloud storage space to save photos, follow the steps below to know how to upload photos from iPhone to Chromebook with iCloud.

Step 1. On your iPhone, make sure you have enabled iCloud Photos from Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Choose Photos > iCloud Photos. If it is off, turn it on, and it would take some time to upload your photos to the server.

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Step 2. On your Chromebook, open browser > Go to the website of iCloud > Sign in with the Apple ID > Click the Photos icon.

iCloud site

Step 3. Wait for the iCloud photos loaded, and select the photos you’d like to transfer to Chromebook. Finally, click download button to get these photos.

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Way 4. Upload photos from iPhone to Chromebook using Google Photos

If you don’t pay for extra iCloud storage to save photos, it is recommended to try Google Photos. You can utilize the tool to backup iPhone photos and videos for free. At the same time, it makes it easy to access iPhone photos in it on your Chromebook. Here are the steps.

Step 1. On the App Store app on your iPhone, install Google Photos app.

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Step 2. Open Google Photos on your iPhone and let it access your photos > Finish the setup process and sign in with your Google account > Wait for Google Photos to upload your iPhone photos.

Step 3. On your Chromebook, open Chrome and go to photos.google.com and sign in with your account > Select and download the photos you’d like to get on your local storage of Chromebook.

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That’s all for the four ways about how to transfer photos from iPhone to Chromebook with or without USB.

In conclusion, a USB connection between iPhone and Chromebook promise a fast and stable transfer process. On the other hand, wireless transfer is more or less convenient, especially if you don't have a proper USB or your iPhone is not around temporarily. If this guide is helpful, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Doris is an editor of AOMEI Technology as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.