[4 Ways] How to Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 11 or 10

There are 4 methods to import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 with a USB or wirelessly, which involve the use of FonTool, iTunes,iCloud, and Windows Photos app.


By Bryce / Updated on September 26, 2023

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


I want to back up my photos to Windows 11, but I haven't found a straightforward way to do it. Does anyone know how to do this? Thank you very much!

- Question from iPhone user

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 copying 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.


How to transfer photos/videos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 with USB

First, let me introduce you to professional software, FoneTool. It can transfer various files from iPhone to PC and laptop, like photos, videos, contacts, etc with a USB cable and doesn't require a Wi-Fi connection or consume any cellular data. 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.
▪ Preview and selective transfer: It allows users to preview files in the process and selectively transfer photos and videos as they like.
▪ Support multiple devices: It can work well with iPhone 4 to iPhone 15, iPad/iPad Pro/Air/Mini/iPod Touch, PC, as well as the latest iOS 16/17 or external drive.

You can get this freeware by clicking the button below. We will show you how to get photos off 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 Get Started.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click Photos and choose targeted photos. With this way, you can transfer all or part of photos from iPhone to PC. Then, click OK.


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


How to import photos from iPhone to PC and laptop 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 or videos to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. Your iPhone will pop up a hint to require your permission and click Allow. Then your photos and videos in iPhone DCIM will be visible on computer.

Step 2. On your PC or laptop, go to File Explorer > This PC. If your PC has correctly recognized the iPhone (and granted permission for the connection), it will appear as a removable drive in the "Devices and Drives" section. Then right-click the iPhone icon and choose Import Pictures and Videos.

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Step 3. A window will appear and your computer will scan the DCIM folder in your iPhone. Once the process is finished, it will tell you how many photos and videos can be copied. Then you can choose Import all new items now and tap on Import to make it.

Note: In the importing process, Windows will duplicate the photos and videos into a new folder within your Pictures directory, usually with a timestamp. If you wish to remove all the photos and videos from your iPhone after completing the import, select the option "Erase After Importing".

This way can help you easily move iPhone pictures to computer without any third-party software, but the transfer speed is so slow and the steps are complex for some users.

How to copy photos from iPhone to PC using iCloud wirelessly

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 iCloud.com on the computer to download photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 11/10.

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

That's all about how to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop/PC in Windows 11/10 wirelessly.

How to 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 PC

When you import photos from iPhone to Windows 11 something went wrong, 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

If you don't know how to save photos from iPhone to PC or laptop, 4 effective ways in this post will tell you how to import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10, including utilizing iCloud, Windows Photos app, iTunes, and FoneTool.

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

Bryce · Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.