[Full Guide] How to Transfer Data from iPhone to PC Easily

This guide will show you how to transfer data from iPhone to computer. 5 effective ways to transfer files from iPhone to PC successfully.


By Lena / Updated on June 7, 2024

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Easy way to transfer files from iPhone to PC?

“Does anyone know an easy way to transfer tens of GB of data from my iPhone to PC? I've tried Dropbox but can only manually copy one file at a time to my Dropbox account. How do I transfer large files from iPhone to Windows computer?”                                                                                                                            – Reddit

When you want to export photos for editing, backup music to computer, move files from iPhone to free up more space, you may be eager to know how to transfer data from iPhone to computer. However, iPhone users often find it difficult to transfer files from iPhone to PC compared to Mac syncing data.

Don't worry, we have listed 5 effective ways to get done how to transfer iPhone data to laptop/PC.

Transfer Tool Function Connection
🏆FoneTool Selectively transfer data from iPhone to PC. USB
📗iTunes Only transfer app-related files from iPhone to . USB
📙Snapdrop Transfer data between iPhone and PC via a web browser. Wireless
📘iCloud Drive Apple's official cloud service with 5 GB of free storage. Wireless
📕Nearby Sharing Send files from your iPhone to a nearby PC with Bluetooth. Wireless

Way 1. Transfer data from iPhone to PC with FoneTool

If you are looking for a way to transfer a large number of files quickly, a professional iPhone data transfer software - FoneTool is the best choice. You can transfer selected files such as photos, videos, music, contacts, etc. from iPhone to PC for free.

iPhone to PC File Transfer Software
  • Fully/selectively transfer files between iPhone and PC.
  • Preview files before transferring data quickly.
  • Support transferring photos, videos, music, etc.
  • Access and view iPhone files on your computer.
  • Support all iPhone models and the latest iOS.

You can click the download button to get FoneTool and follow the steps to transfer data from iPhone to computer with cable.

1. Launch FoneTool > Connect your iPhone to computer via USB cable.

2. Choose Phone Transfer > Move the mouse to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

iPhone to PC

3. Click the “+”icon > Choose the files you want to transfer and click OK to confirm.

Choose Music

If you have a large number of videos, you can make use of FoneTool to transfer large video from iPhone to PC.

4. Click Start Transfer > Select a path to save your files > Click Transfer to confirm.

Transfer to iPhone

Above is an example of transferring music from iPhone to computer. If necessary, you can choose PC to iPhone to transfer music from compute to iPhone.

Way 2. Transfer data from iPhone to computer with iTunes

iTunes is the official tool for iPhone data transfer, which can meet the needs of some users to transfer apps from iPhone to PC. Well, iTunes File Sharing can help you transfer files, but only to the apps it supports, like Keynotes, Numbers, Pages, Kindle, etc. Read on to learn how to transfer files from iPhone to PC with iTunes.

1. Download, install, and launch iTunes > Plug in your iPhone.

2. Click the Device icon > Under Settings, choose File Sharing.

3. Click one app and choose the files you need > Click Save to continue.

4. Choose a storage path to save your files and click Save to confirm.

Transfer data with iTunes

Way 3. Transfer data from iPhone to computer via Snapdrop

Although AirDrop is not available on Windows PC, many AirDrop-like tools can help you send data from iPhone to PC wirelessly, such as Snapdrop, Xender, and SHAREit. Here we take Snapdrop as an example. It supports data transfer via web browser so you do not need to install any apps.

1. Connect your computer and iPhone to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Open a browser and go to SnapDrop.net on iPhone and PC. Each device will be given a nickname so you'll know where you're going to pass the data.

3. On your iPhone, tap the name of your PC > Choose Photo Library, Take Photo or Video, or Browse to select the files you want to transfer.

Snapdrop from iPhone to computer

4. On your computer, click Save to accept the transfer.

🌟Tips: This AirDrop for Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 PC Free Download guide introduces more apps. If you find Snapdrop not working, you can go to this guide to get another tool to help you transfer data.

Way 4. Transfer data from iPhone to computer via iCloud Drive

iCloud is an official cloud drive provided by Apple, you can transfer data by uploading data to iCloud Drive on your iPhone, and then downloading the file on your computer. It can help you transfer photos, videos, contacts, notes, documents, and data in the Files app. Learn the steps to transfer files from iPhone to PC wirelessly.

Here is an example to transfer photos to computer:

1. Upload data to iCloud Drive on iPhone: go to Photos app > choose the photos you need > tap Share button > choose Save to Files > select iCloud Drive > tap Save to confirm.

🌟Tips: If you want to transfer data in the Files app, you can choose the files you need > tap Move > choose iCloud Drive as the destination. Or you can copy the files to iCloud Drive.

2. Download files on computer: open a browser and go to iCloud.com > log in to your account with your Apple ID and passcode > click iCloud Drive > download photos to your PC.


Way 5. Transfer data from iPhone to computer via Nearby Sharing

For Windows 11 users, you can use Nearby Sharing to transfer data from iPhone to computer without cable. It can help you transfer data that can be moved to Files app. Let's see how to connect iPhone to laptop for data transfer with Bluetooth.

Step 1. Turn on Nearby Sharing

1. Press the Windows key and i key to open the Settings app.

2. Choose System > select Nearby sharing.

3. Choose to share files only with your own devices or any device nearby.

Turn on Nearby Sharing

⚠️Note: If you do not have Bluetooth enabled, the system will notify you. If this is the case, you can go to Settings > Bluetooth & devices to turn it on.

4. Click Change if you want to configure where Nearby Sharing files are saved to.

Step 2. Transfer data from iPhone to computer

1. Open the Files app > Tap the three-dots icon > Choose Connect to Server.

Connect to Server

2. Tap your PC IP address in the box. (You can find the address this way: go to Settings app > choose Network & Internet > click the Properties to view the details of your network > the IPv4 address is the local IP address.)

3. Tap the Connect button > Choose Registered User > Enter your PC login user and password > click Next.

4. Now you can put data into the shared folder to transfer data. (You can refer to the steps of the previous method to see how to transfer data to the Files app.)

Save to Shared folder

Bonus tip: Why is my import falling from iPhone to computer?

There are many reasons why the import fails when transferring from iPhone to computer, such as incompatible software, outdated drivers, insufficient storage space on your device, software conflicts, etc.

You can update your software and drivers, and make sure you have enough storage space.

Final words

The above content will guide you on how to transfer data from iPhone to computer, follow the specific steps to transfer files between iPhone and PC.

We recommend trying the best free iPhone to PC transfer software - FoneTool, which not only can quickly transfer files from iPhone to PC, but also supports phone-to-phone data transfer, including photos, contacts, WhatsApp, etc. Why not download it now and turn on Easy Transfer?

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.