By Bryce / Last update December 8, 2022

In our daily life, we often use photos to record our life, but the storage space of the mobile phone is limited, we can free up space by transferring the photos to the computer. In the following text, here are illustrated 4 methods about how to import photos from iPhone to PC Windows 11/10, involving using FoneTool, iTunes, iCloud, and Windows Photos app.


Import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 without Internet

First, let me introduce you to professional software, FoneTool. It can transfer various files from iPhone to PC, like photos, contacts, messages, etc. Beyond that, it also has numerous merits:

▪ Easy to operate: It provides users with a graphical interface, so users can intuitively understand the operation steps.
▪ High transfer speed: Its transfer speed is fast and can transfer 1000 photos in a minute.
▪ Allow previewing: It allows users to preview photos that will be transferred before transferring.
▪ Support multiple devices: It can transfer files between iPhone 5s or later iPhone, iPad/iPad Pro/Air/Mini/iPod Touch, PC, or external drive.

You can get this freeware by clicking the button below. We will show you how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 11 laptop/PC.

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Step 1. Install the FoneTool, launch it, and connect your iPhone to Windows 11/10 computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Click the Phone Transfer on the home screen and go to iPhone to PC. Then, click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer 1

Step 3. Click Photos and drag all photos that you want to transfer to the box. Then, click Open.


Step 4. Click the Start Transfer to complete the process.


Import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 with Windows Photos app

You can import photos from iPhone to Windows 10 or 11 using the Windows Photos app. It can read iPhone “DCIM” folder, and then easily import photos to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable, and your iPhone will pop up a hint like a picture below, and click Allow.

Access iPhone

Step 2. Click the Start and find Photos, and then open it.

Step 3. Click Import in the upper-right corner, and tap From a USB Device.

Windows Photos

Step 4. Select the photos that you want to import and choose a storage place, finally, click the Import button.


Import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 PC using iCloud

Importing photos with iCloud is also a good choice. After you turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone, iCloud Photos will automatically upload all photos and videos from your iPhone to the cloud (The premise is that you have enough iCloud space), and then you can use on your Windows 11/10 PC to download the photos you need.

On iPhone: Turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone.

Go to Settings > Tap your name > Click iCloud > Find Photos and tap it > Turn iCloud Photos on.

iCloud Photos

On computer: First of all, you should download iCloud.client and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 1. Check Photos and enable download photos in Options.

Step 2. Right-click the icon of iCloud in the lower-right corner on the desktop to download photos.

Step 3. Enter Windows Explorer, tap iCloud Photos, and find your photos in the Downloads folder.

iCloud photos

Transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 11 using iTunes

If you have iTunes on your computer, you can use it to transfer photos as well. However, you ought to make sure that iTunes is the latest version, otherwise, there may be unforeseen problems with transferring photos using iTunes.

Step 1. Install iTunes, launch it, and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the “Device” icon in the upper-left corner, and select Photos.

Step 3. Check Sync Photos and select the folder on PC, then click Apply to start syncing photos.

Using iTunes

Further reading: Can't import photos from iPhone to Windows 11

Transferring photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 doesn't always work. If the import fails, the possible causes are a USB issue, your phone is not unlocked, the transfer file is too large, or the iOS version is too low.

1. Large data transfer: Too many photos can cause the transfer to get stuck. You can transfer your photos in small batches.
2. USB connection: Maybe it's a problem with your USB connection, and you can check your USB port, or change a wire to connect.
3. Lock your iPhone: locking your iPhone will prevent your data transfer, so you should make sure your phone is unlocked.
4. Low iOS version: Sometimes the iOS version is too low, which will cause the transfer of photos to fail, you should update your phone in time.

Bottom Line

This post displays 4 effective ways to import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 PC/laptop, including utilizing iCloud, Windows Photos app, iTunes, and FoneTool.

In fact, apart from file transfer, AOMEI MBackuper can backup iPhone data as well. It provides the users with two backup modes, full backup, and selective backup.

FoneTool Runs Perfectly on

iOS Versions
  • iOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
  • iPadOS 16/15/14/13/12/11 and former
iOS Devices
  • iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max), 13/13 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 12/12 mini/Pro (Max), iPhone 11/11 Pro (Max)
  • iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6s/6s Plus
  • iPhone SE (1st, 2nd, 3rd generations)
  • iPod touch 1/2/3/4/5/6/7
  • All models of iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad Pro and iPad