How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop in Windows 11/10/8/7

Want to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop but do not know how? 6 proven ways are here to help you transfer photos from iPhone to laptop with or without USB.


By Lena / Updated on August 7, 2023

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The iPhone's camera gets better with every update and we can take wonderful photos with its amazing photographic abilities. When you have plenty of pictures on your iPhone, you may want to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop to backup iPhone photos. Or copy photos to laptop for better viewing and managing. 

Well, there are many ways to help you put photos from iPhone to laptop. You can try built-in tools and photo transfer apps based on your needs. To better illustrate these methods, according to whether to use the USB cable, we divide these methods into two categories. Read on to discover the best method for you.

All these methods described here apply to iPhone 14/14 Pro (Max)/14 Plus,  iPhone 13/12 mini/13 Pro (Max), iPhone 12/11/X series, iPhone 8/7/6/5/SE. Also applies to iPad and iPod touch.

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop with USB cable

The connection of USB cable to achieve the transmission between iPhone and laptop hasn’t changed in a decade. Way 1 lets you transfer all kinds of pictures stored on your iPhone; Way 2 and Way 3 can help you transfer Camera Roll photos.

Way 1. Best freeware to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows laptop

The convention to transfer FoneTool is one professional iOS data backup & transfer tool that can help users transfer photos, videos, songs, and more between iPhone and Windows 11/10/8/7 laptop in an easy, quick, safe way.

Features of Photo Transferring
● Supports Various Pictures. Transfer photos stored in Camera Roll and any other albums.
● Transfer What You Need. It lets you transfer all photos or selected ones as per your needs.
● Keep Original Quality. The quality will be not compromised. FoneTool transfers full-resolution photos to laptop without losing quality.

It is only a matter of making a few clicks of the mouse to transfer photos from iPhone to windows 11, 10, 8, 7 laptop with FoneTool. Follow the steps below to make it.

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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop in Windows 11, 10, 8, 7

Step 1. Download, install and run FoneTool > Plug in your iPhone. (You may need to enter the passcode on iPhone so that the software can access your device.)

Step 2. On the Home screen, click Phone Transfer option. Go to iPhone to PC and click Get Started.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click the “+” icon > Choose the pictures you want to transfer > Click OK to continue.

Choose Photos

Step 4. The selected pictures will be listed. You can choose storage path to save them. Click Start Transfer to execute the operation.


Then wait for the process to get finished.

Way 2. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop via Photos App

For Windows 11, Windows 10, and Windows 8 users, you can import pictures from iPhone to laptop through Photos app. It is able to transfer Cameral Roll photos quickly.

1. Run Photos app and connect your iPhone to laptop via a USB cable.

2. Tap Trust or enter passcode on iPhone if asked.

3. Click Import > Choose From a USB device.

4. Click Import Settings and you can set the destination or other options.

5. Uncheck the pictures and videos you don’t want to transfer > Click Import Selected.

Import Selected

Way 3. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop via Windows Explorer

If you do not want to use any app, then you can take advantage of Windows Explorer to copy Camera Roll photos to laptop.

1. Connect your iPhone to laptop via USB cable > Tap Trust or enter passcode on iPhone if asked.

2. Open This PC or Computer > Find your iPhone under Devices and drives > Open your iPhone.

3. Go to Internal Storage > DCIM folder > Open those folders named 100APPLE, 101APPLE, 102APPLE, etc. to find the pictures you need to transfer.

DCIM Subfolder

4. Copy and paste the selected pictures to laptop.

Tip: If your DCIM folder is missing photos, you can try resetting your iPhone settings, update iOS version, reinstall the Apple drive to fix the problem.

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop Wirelessly

If you don't have a USB cable, you can move your iPhone photos to your laptop with the following ways.

Way 4. Move Photos from iPhone to Laptop via iCloud

iCloud storage services have changed the way people store data, whether for commercial or personal use. It’s easy to access files stored in iCloud on any device and you can take advantage of this to share photos from iPhone to laptop. You can upload your photos to iCloud from your iPhone. Then visit your iCloud photos from your computer and download the photos.

Make sure you have a strong and stable Wi-Fi or internet environment. Follow the steps below.

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone. 

Step 2.  Scroll your screen and find Photos. Then toggle on iCloud Photos. And sync your iPhone photos to iCloud.You may need to wait for a while.

Step 3. Visit the iCloud site from your laptop.

Step 4. Log in with your Apple ID, and choose photos. Then download the photos you need to your this computer.

icloud site

Way 5. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop via AirDrop-like Apps

There are many AirDrop-like apps that can help you transfer files between iPhone and laptop through Wi-Fi connection. Snapdrop, Xender, SHAREit are the most recommended ones.

To send photos from iPhone to laptop, you should first visit the website of the tool or run apps on iPhone > connect your iPhone with the laptop > then choose the pictures you need on iPhone and the pictures will appear on your laptop soon.

Way 6. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop via Email

If you just want to transfer one or two pictures, just email them to yourself. It’s the fastest way.

1. Go to Photos app > Choose the videos you want to transfer > Tap the Share icon.

2. Choose Mail option > Compose your email > Tap Send.

3. Check the email on laptop > Save the pictures to a destination folder.

Way 7. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Laptop using Bluetooth

You can use Bluetooth to transfer your iPhone pictures to your laptop as long as your laptop support Bluetooth. Here are how to send photos from iPhone to Windows laptop using Bluetooth.

Step 1. Go to the Settings app on your iPhone. Tap Bluetooth and toggle on.

Step 2. Click the start button on your laptop. Choose Settings > Devices > Bluetooth & other devices.

Step 3. Toggle on the Bluetooth option. Click Add Bluetooth & other devices.

pair iphone laptop bluetooth

Step 4. Make a Bluetooth connection between your iPhone and the laptop. 

Step 5. Go to your Photos app on your iPhone, and select photos > click the Share icon > choose Bluetooth to transfer photos to the connected laptop.


That’s all for how to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop with or without USB. To quickly transfer photos stored in all albums, FoneTool is the best way to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop without iTunes and iCloud. In addition, as a powerful iPhone data management software, it also enables you to transfer videos to laptop, transfer photos from PC to iPhone, and delete duplicate photos from PC.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. 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.