By Dylan / Last update December 24, 2020

How to use iTunes to sync photos to my iPhone 11?

I have found some old photos on computer and want to save them to my iPhone. I have installed iTunes, so I think I want to use it to transfer photos. Anybody could tell me how to do that?

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Photos have been important in digital life. People can not only recall the past from a painting or a memo, but also from the vivid pictures. When you travel around the world, all the beautiful views can be saved by iPhone camera. After you go back to home, you can transfer iPhone photos to computer.

Finding your old photos on computer is like finding the time capsule. You can feel the good time again. This guide will give you tips about syncing photos between iPhone and computer with iTunes.

#1 How to sync photos from PC to iPhone via iTunes?

If you want to transfer photos from iTunes to iPhone or iPad, you need to turn off iCloud photos beforehand. It means that iCloud photos and iTunes photos cannot coexist. If you turn on iCloud photos later, photos synced from iTunes will be removed. You can try the method 3 to save iTunes photos before switching on iCloud Photos.

iTunes will create a folder in Photos app, and these photos from computer cannot be edited or deleted. When you sync photos with iTunes again, the previous pictures will be replaced, so syncing an empty folder or turn on iCloud photos can remove the photos from iPhone.

Step 1. Download the latest iTunes to computer. If you have installed iTunes, make sure it’s the latest version, or iTunes cannot sync photos.

Step 2. Open iTunes, connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable, and wait for the device icon appearing on the upper-left corner. Click the device icon.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 3. Select Photos in the sidebar, check sync photos, select the folder on computer and then click Apply.

Sync Photos Using iTunes

#2 How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC using iTunes?

iTunes could sync photos from iPhone to computer, but it might be not the way you want to get photos off iPhone.

First, your photos will not be always saved by iTunes. If the photos on iPhone have been uploaded to iCloud, or they are synced from iTunes, iTunes would not sync these photos. You can know more about that from this guide what does a full iPhone backup include.

Second, the photos are not allowed to be viewed. iTunes only creates full backup of iPhone and your photos are just part of it. Everything in the backup cannot be directly viewed. If you really want to see whether your photos albums have been saved, you can use iPhone backup browser to check it for free. When you need to transfer the photos backup to iPhone, the only way is restoring the iPhone and then iTunes will rewrite the whole device.

Step 1. Connect iPhone to the latest iTunes with a USB cable and click the device icon.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Click Summary on the left and then click Back Up Now.


Usually backing up iPhone will take more than 10 minutes. To transfer everything back to iPhone, connect iPhone to iTunes and click Restore Backup on the screen.

#3 How to freely sync photos between iPhone to PC?

iTunes is not the ideal software to sync iPhone photos. You can have a better one.

AOMEI MBackupper is a free professional iPhone photos transfer. It is far more convenient than iTunes to manage iPhone photos.

  • Backup iPhone photos to PC and transfer them back

  • Preview and select photos when transferring photos

  • Superfast speed to transfer photos

  • Friendly sync photos back to iPhone

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper to computer for free. Connect iPhone to computer with a USB cable.

Step 2. Select Photos Backup to quickly sync photos.

Backup Only Photos

Step 3. Click the Photos icon to preview and select photos. Click OK to return.

Select Pictures

Step 4. Click Start Backup to copy the select photos to computer.

Start Backup


  • You can easily manage photos on computer by clicking the pin icon in Backup Management.

  • If you want to sync photos back to iPhone, select the task in Backup Management and then select Restore. You can add photos to iPhone with no misgivings because syncing photos with AOMEI MBackupper will not delete the photos on iPhone.


You can use iTunes to sync photos between iPhone and computer but it is not always convenient for you. AOMEI MBackupper is considered as the best iTunes alternative for you. You can use it to easily sync and manage iPhone photos.

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