By Dylan / Last update February 27, 2023


How to transfer photos from computer to iPhone fastly

Is it possible to transfer pictures taken by a digital camera, stored on my HP computer, onto my iPhone? I have 1K+ photos on my Windows 10 computer. And I will buy the iPhone 13, and I want to know the fastest way to import my photos into it. Thanks.

- Question from Apple Community

We save photos on multiple devices, such as computers, cameras, or mobile phones. Sometimes, we will need to transfer photos or videos from computer to iPhone. For example, when you switch to new iPhone, you want to keep the photos you like wherever you go. And when you finish editing your photos, you will need to share them with someone using your iPhone.

 Next, this post will guide you on how to import photos from Windows 11/10/8/7 computer to iPhone 14/13/12/11 easily and fastly.

How to transfer photos from computer to iPhone 14/13/12/11

Here we list 4 commonly used ways to send photos to your iPhone. You can choose the professional iOS transfer tool-FoneTool, or other official tools, iCloud, iTunes, and Photos App to iPhone.

Method 1: Transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes/iCloud (Best way)

When it comes to transfer data, iTunes and iCloud may be the first tools that come into your mind. But it is a fact that iTunes and iCloud is not the best choice. iTunes is not flexible, and it may cause data loss when it syncs data. And, iCloud only gives you 5GB free of storage space. So you want to copy photos from computer to iPhone without iTunes and iCloud. Then what is the best choice?

To save pictures to your iPhone, here we recommend one of the best iPhone transfer tool-FoneTool. With this tool, it can easily transfer photos and videos, and other files from Windows computer / laptop to iPhone 14/13/12/11/X with a USB cable.  It owns the following advantages making it meet various demands, such as,

• Easy-to-use software: FoneTool uses an intuitive interface. Anyone can handle data transfer between PC and iPhone easily.
• Fast transfer speed. Compared with other tools, FoneTool gives you the most transfer speed. Thousands of photos can be transferred to your PC in 5 minutes.
• Support transfer of multiple file types: Besides photos, this tool allows you to import videos, contacts, music, etc to your iDevice.
• Selective and preview transfer: If you don't want to send all photos, you can select items to transfer.
• Fully compatible with iOS: It supports all iOS devices including iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7/6s, iPad 8/Air 4, and also supports iOS 16, 15,14.

Next, follow the steps below to see how to transfer photos from Windows 11/10/8/7 computer to iPhone easily.

Step 1. Download FoneTool and connect iPhone to PC with USB cable.

Download Freeware Win 11/10/8.1/8/7

Step 2. Click Phone Transfer > Select PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Click the blank box to add photos from computer.

Select Photos

Step 4. Click Start Transfer to send photos to iPhone.

Transfer Photos

Wait for while, you can go to your Photos app on your iPhone to check your selected photos. 

Method 2: Send photos from computer to iPhone using iCloud

iCloud Photos allows you to upload photos and videos from your Windows PC to iCloud Photo Library so you can view them in the Photos app on your iPhone. Follow the guidance below to transfer photos from computer to iphone using icloud:

1. Download iCloud for Windows. Install and run iCloud on your PC.

2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Click Options next to Photos.

Photos Options

3. Select iCloud Photo Library, click Done and then click Apply.

4. Open iCloud Photos in File Explorer. Click Upload photos and videos to select the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone.

iCloud Upload Photos

Tips: You can also drag and drop photos and videos from your PC into the Uploads folder in iCloud Photos.

5. On your iPhone, go to Settings > your name > iCloud > Photos, and switch on iCloud Photos. You can then view the photos you uploaded in the Photos app on your iPhone.

Note: To view iCloud photos on the iPhone, you need an internet connection.

Method 3: Sync photos from PC to iPhone with iTunes

iTunes is a traditional way to transfer music to iPhone, movies, photos, and so on.  You can also use iTunes to send computer photos to your iPhone and iPad.  But you should know that iTunes will sync data between your iPhone and PC, so it may cause data loss. Then you can also learn how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with iTunes as follows:

1. Connect your iPhone to your computer with a USB cable. Download iTunes from Microsoft Store and install it.

2. Launch iTunes. Click your device icon and then click the Photos header.

3. Check Sync Photos and select Choose folder from the drop-down menu. You can then choose the folder which contains the photos you want to transfer.

Tip: If the folder you choose has some sub-folders, you need to select All folders or Selected folders before you start syncing.

4. Click Apply to start syncing photos from PC to your iPhone.

Sync Photos

● If you have turned on iCloud Photos on your iPhone, you need to turn it off before you sync photos with iTunes.
● If you have photos synced to your iPhone from iTunes and then turn on iCloud Photos, you’ll see “Photos Synced from iTunes will be Removed.” The original versions of the photos will stay on your computer and the copies will be deleted from the iPhone. If it is a matter for you, please turn to other ways to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

Method 4: Google Photos app to transfer photos from PC to iPhone

Google Photos is a photo-sharing and storage service developed by Google. It can also help you transfer photos from PC to iPhone:

1. On your computer, open your browser and go to Sign in with your Google account.

2. Create a new album and upload the photos from your computer to Google Photos.

Google Photos

3. On your iPhone, go to App Store and install Google Photos. Sign in with the same account on your computer.

4. Photos will sync to your iPhone Google Photos. Then, download photos to your iPhone.

Method 5. Transfer photos from computer to iPhone via BlueTooth

If your computer supports Bluetooth connection, you can enable Bluetooth to make the connection between your iPhone to send data. Follow the guide below to see how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone via BlueTooth.

Step 1. Firstly open Bluetooth on your iPhone. You can go to Settings app on iPhone > tap BlueTooth and toggle on BlueTooth option to open it.

Step 2. To enable your PC's BlueTooth, click on the Start button > choose Settings > Choose "Devices".

Step 3. Choose Add BlueTooth & other Devices

Step 4. Select the BlueTooth. Then it will start scanning the device nearby that enables Bluetooth. Choose your iPhone to pair.

pair iphone bluetooth

Step 5. Click Send or receive files via BlueTooth > Choose Send File > Browse and select the photos you want to send > Click Next >Finish

Then your pictures will be moved to your iPhone.

Tip: If you need, you can also send photos on iPhone to a computer via Bluetooth.


Now you know how to transfer photos from computer to iPhone. FoneTool, BlueTooth, iTunes, iCloud and Google Photos are good at transferring data. For your photos’ security, you may backup them with FoneTool before you start transferring. It supports iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 12/13/14 and it’s easy to use.

What's more, some pictures and other data can be very important, you could also use FoneTool to easily backup iPhone to computer to avoid any data loss because of some unexpected issues.

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