[Top 3 Ways] How to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone

Want to know how to transfer photos from camera to iPhone? This guide will tell you 3 ways to import photos from camera to iPhone: using an adapter, using Wi-Fi, or using a computer.


By Lena / Updated on June 6, 2023

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How to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone

I have taken some pictures on my Sony A6000 and want to transfer some of them into my iPhone 12 Pro. What is the best way to complete that?

- Question from Apple Community

Want to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone?

iPhone camera is well-designed to take high-quality photos. Apple has given the example that iPhone photos could be directly used on the street advertising screen but for the professional photographer, it is still not enough.


Compared with DSLR, the lens, light sensor and other components have limited the performance of iPhone camera. After all, they are not the same weight class. You can take high-quality photos with professional cameras such as Sony, Canon, Nikon, Lumix, Fujifilm, etc., and then edit and enjoy them on your iPhone.

So how to transfer photos from camera to iPhone? There are three ways to help you achieve your goals. You can read first, and then choose one according to your situation.

Way 1. How to Import Photos from Camera to iPhone with Adapter

Connecting iPhone to iPhone is not fresh news now, you can also directly connect camera to iPhone to transfer photos. You need an adapter to complete the process.

You need to buy a Lightning to USB Camera Adapter from Apple Store. It costs 29 US dollars. If you want to know how to transfer photos from camera to iPhone without adapter, please move on to Way 2 and Way 3.

Steps to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone with Adapter:

1. Connect iPhone to the adapter and then use the cable of your camera to connect the camera to the other end.

2. If the connection is successfully built, the screen to view and select photos from camera would automatically appear on your iPhone. Tap Import in the upper right corner to transfer camera photos. If the screen doesn’t appear automatically or you close it by mistake, go to Photos app on iPhone to find it.

Apple Camera Adapter

You could also export the SD card from your iPhone but you need to use another adapter to import photos. It is a Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader.

You could just insert the SD card to the end of the adapter rather than connecting the camera. The next operations are the same as using the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter.

If the format is not compatible with iOS, you won't be able to view them on your iPhone, but you can import them to your computer.
It can only import photos captured by your digital camera. You are not allowed to import content that has been renamed, edited, or copied to a digital camera or SD card.

Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone via Wireless Mobile Adapter

You can use Nikon WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter to transfer photos from camera to iPhone. All you have to do is plug in the adapter and install Nikon's Wireless Mobile Utility app on iPhone.

Once you have transferred photos to the app, then you can move the photos to Photos or other apps. Besides, you can share the photos via email or social media.

Wireless Adapter

Way 2. How to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone Wirelessly

Don’t want a wired connection? You could also send photos from camera to iPhone over the air. You could enable Wi-Fi in Settings on some camera like Canon. Use your iPhone to connect the Wi-Fi and then photos could be transferred by the app.

Steps to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone Using WiFi:

1. On your camera, go to Menu> go to Setup section > select Wireless communication settings.

2. Enable Wi-Fi/NFC first or the other options would be greyed out. You can select Wi-Fi only here.

3. Select Wi-Fi function on the same screen, tap the phone icon to let camera Connect to smart phone.

4. Then there would be a prompt to let you select Connection method. Select Easy Connection here and then tap OK.

5. On your iPhone, download Canon Camera Connect from App Store.

6. Go to Settings > select Wi-Fi > find the name of your camera and connect it.

7. Open the app Canon Camera Connect to view, select, and transfer to iPhone.

Camera Connect

Way 3. How to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone with Computer

Your photos won’t be permanently saved in the SD card of your camera. Usually, you would export them to computer so you could use many applications to transfer photos from computer to iPhone. Among all the software, FoneTool is the best one for iPhone data transfer.

The sizes of camera photos are larger than common pictures. FoneTool has a professional way to import photos to iPhone. That’s why it is the faster iPhone transfer.

FoneTool perfectly supports the latest iOS devices including but not limited to iPhone 14/13/12/SE (2nd generation)/11 and iPad Pro/Air/mini.

Steps to Transfer Photos from Camera to iPhone with computer:

Step 1. Connect your camera to computer. Open File Explore> find your camera in the sidebar > click it to export photos to computer.

Step 2. Download FoneTool and connect iPhone to compute with USB cable.

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Step 3. On the home screen, click Phone Transfer on the left pane. Choose  PC to iPhone. Click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 4. Click any area in the box to add photos from computer.

Select Files

Step 5. After you all the camera photos you want from computer, click Start Transfer to import them to iPhone.



You could take better-looking pictures with camera and then import them to iPhone. In this guide, you have known how to transfer photos from camera to iPhone with or without computer.

If you want to release iPhone storage, you could also use FoneTool to backup iPhone camera roll to computer. It will create an image file for your pictures.

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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.