How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC/Laptop

This post provides 5 methods of how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 computer or laptop easily. You can use FoneTool, Photos app, File Explorer, and iCloud to export iPhone photos to PC.


By Dylan / Updated on April 18, 2023

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What is the best way to move my iPhone photos to Windows 10 computer?

Other than iTunes, is there any way I can transfer any pics/video from iPhone 13 to Windows 10 laptop? I tried to connect my iPhone to my laptop. It detected iPhone. But once I started it, I got "something wrong" error. How can I perform this easily? Thanks?

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How do I transfer photos from iPhone to Windows computer?

iPhone is a good device to take photos with great quality. You may love to take selfies or record your life via photos. But soon, you will find your iPhone is running out of space and need to send your photos from iPhone to Windows 10 computer. Then free up storage space on your iPhone. 

Besides, having a copy of important photos on PC is a good way to avoid data loss. Once your iPhone has an issue causing data loss, you can still restore the backup to your iPhone to keep the photos. In addition, when you buy a new iPhone, the photo backup quickly helps you transfer photos from old iPhone to new iPhone.

In this post, we provide 5 ways to save your pictures to a Windows 10 computer/laptop easily. 

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC/laptop

There are 5 commonly used methods of importing photos from iPhone to Windows 10. You can choose one as you like.

Method 1. Easiest way to transfer iPhone photos to Windows 10 computer

What is the easiest way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC? FoneTool can be the best and easiest way to perform this operation. It is an easy-to-use and professional iOS data transfer and management software. With a few clicks, you can move photos, or other data between your iPhone/iPad and a Windows 10, 11, 8, 7 PC/laptop easily and quickly.

Here are some main features and advantages of FoneTool.

✓ Fast transfer speed: A test shows that FoneTool copy1000+ HEIC photos to computer in 10 minutes. If you have lots of pictures and files to transfer, it is the best way.
 No photos compress. FoneTool transfers photos from iPhone to PC without losing quality.
 Selective and preview: You can preview your photos, and select an album and specific pictures to Windows 10.
 Full compatibilty with iPhone/iPad: This tool supports all mainstream iPhone models, including iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7, as well as all iPad/iPad Mini/Air/Pro.

Next, you can download FoneTool and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable. We will guide you on how to import photos from iPhone to PC (Win10/11/8/7) for free.

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Step 1. Run FoneTool, and select Phone Transfer on the left pane. Move the mouse to iPhone to PC. Click Start Transfer.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click the "+" icon to add photos from iPhone.

Select Files

Step 4. Click the Photos. Then you can preview and select your photos from iPhone and click OK.

Choose Photos

Step 5. Click the Start Transfer button > You can set transfer storage on the Transfer Settings > Click Transfer.



Method 2. Transfer photos from iPhone to computer using iTunes

iTunes software can backup the whole iPhone to your computer. If you want to move photos from iPhone to Windows 10 with iTunes, follow the guide below.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your computer, and run iTunes. 

Step 2. Click the phone icon from the top. On the Summary tab, choose Back Up Now to backup your iPhone.

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Wait for the backup process to get finished. iTunes backup file is defaultly located in C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\Apple Computer\MobileSync\Backup. Your iPhone photos will be saved here as backup image files, but you can't view these photos directly. You can use backup extract software to view iTunes backup photos.

Method 3. Import pictures from iPhone to Windows 10 PC via Photos app

 Microsoft Photos or Windows photos app, which is a Windows built-in software, helps you to transfer photos from external devices. You can connect your iPhone with your PC and use as a USB external storage device. Windows photos app will move photos to your PC. Here are the steps.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone computer with USB cable. Usually, the Windows photos app will be automatically opened. 

Tips: How to manually open Microsoft Photos?
If it does not appear, you can click the Windows start button to look for it on the right, or you could also type Photos in Windows search bar. If you open the application, but cannot transfer photos, the next section would give you the fix.

Step 2. Click Import in Microsoft Photos and then select From a USB device.

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Step 3. Preview and select the photos on your iPhone and click Import Selected.

Import Selected

After the process is completed, you can find your iPhone photos in File Explorer > Photos on your computer.

Bonus tip: If Photos app is unable to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10

Some users reported that they got some errors like "Import photos something went wrong" when using the photos application. When Windows/Microsoft photos can't work, you can try the following solutions.

Solution 1. Rebooting your computer is always the first thing you should do to fix Windows system issue. The problem might be solved with one click.

Solution 2. You should always keep iPhone screen unlocked or you could not see your device in Microsoft Photos.

Solution 3. you cannot see your device in Microsoft Photos after waiting for a long time, the connection might not be built. You need to check the USB cable and USB port. Installing or reinstalling the latest iTunes could help your repair the driver. It helps especially when Apple Mobile Device USB driver is missing.

Solution 4. If you see the prompt “Something went wrong. Your files might not have been imported.” In Microsoft Photos, disable the antivirus when you transfer photos.

Solution 5. Your photo probably is not on your iPhone but save in your iCloud. You need to download them to your iPhone. Go to Settings on iPhone > tap your avatar > iCloud > Photos > tick Download and Keep Originals.

Solution 6. Related settings need to be changed to help transfer iPhone photos to Windows. Go to Settings on iPhone > locate and tap Photos > in the section TRANSFER TO MAC OR PC, tick Keep Originals.

If you still find that iPhone not importing photos to computer with Microsoft Photos, there is another way to transfer your iPhone photos.

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 Method 4. Copy photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC using File Explorer

Windows Files Explorer is a Windows tool helping you to easily and quickly access your files and transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 computer. File Explorer can detect your iPhone as an external device, and you can copy and paste your iPhone photos to your Windows local folder. 

Follow the steps below:

Step 1.  Connect your iPhone to your computer. Double-click This PC or Press the Win + e keys to open Windows File Explorer.

Step 2. Open Apple iPhone under Devices and drives. And find the DCIM folder.

Step 3. In the DCIM folder, you can copy and paste or drag and drop the photos your need to a location on your local destination.

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Method 5. transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC via iCloud wirelessly

If you don't have a USB cable, iCloud is another way to transfer photos from your iPhone to Windows 10/11/8/7 PC wirelessly. It is a cloud storage service provided by Apple. You can upload your iPhone to iCloud, and visit iCloud site to download photos to your Windows computer.

Part 1. Upload iPhone photos to computer

Please make sure your iCloud has enough space and enable iCloud Photos. Then your photos will be automatically uploaded to your iCloud.

Step 1. Open Settings app on your computer. Scroll down and tap Photos.

Step 2. Toggle on the iCloud Photos / iCloud Photo Library.


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Part 2. Download iPhone photos from iCloud to PC

Part 2. Download iPhone photos from iCloud to PC

Step 1. Go to the iCloud site on your Windows 10 PC. Sign in with your Apple account. Click Photos icon.

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Step 2. Here you can view the photos that have been uploaded to your iCloud. Choose the photos you need, and click the download icon from the top to download pictures from iPhone to PC.

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This is how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 laptop/computer. You can perform this operation with FoneTool, File Explorer, Photos app, and iCloud.

If you have a USB cable, FoneTool is the best choice to export photos from iPhone to Windows 10, and also to Windows 11, 8, and 7. It is fast and easy-to-use. If you don't have a USB cable, you can use iCloud to transfer iPhone photos to PC wirelessly without USB.

Besides photos, you can also let it help you transfer videos, music, messages and more. And FoneTool is also a photos duplicate cleaner for PC. You may have some duplicate photos after transferring, you can use FoneTool to delete duplicate photos from PC.

It can always help you put your data in the right place. Go download FoneTool.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.