By Lena / Last update December 24, 2020

How to transfer photos from iTunes to iPhone?

I’ve backed up iPhone to computer but iTunes does not show my photos. I need to get these photos to my new iPhone so anybody could tell me how to transfer photos via iTunes?

- Question from an Apple User

Photos could be very important data on iPhone. After you take beautiful pictures or download delicate images from the Internet, you could enjoy them from time to time. They should be saved to make sure you never lost them.

You might have known several methods to save iPhone photos to computer with iTunes but don't know how to transfer photos on computer from iTunes to iPhone. You should know what iTunes backup includes and how iTunes works. You could not export just photos from iTunes.

● You might have downloaded many pictures from the Internet on PC and want to transfer these photos to iPhone.
● You might have saved iPhone photos to a computer and want to transfer data to new iPhone.
● You might want to save pictures from computer to iPhone, so you could share them with friends.

In the following content, you would know how to transfer photos from iTunes 12.9/12.10 to iPhone on computer.

iTunes Logo

Section 1. How do you transfer photos from iTunes to iPhone?

iTunes has a lot of useful features, but there might be too many features that new users would complain about the complicated GUI. You could use it transfer photos from PC to iPhone by the following steps:

Step 1. Launch iTunes and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

You should make sure the connection is stable. Find a good lightning cable and plug it into an undamaged USB port.

Device Icon in iTunes

Step 2. Select your device in iTunes

After your iPhone is recognized by iTunes, you could click the device icon in the upper-left corner to interact with your iPhone. It is suggested to uncheck Automatically sync when this iPhone is connected.

iTunes Automatically Sync

Step 3. Select photos on computer

After you select your iPhone, you could select Photos on the left. You should turn off iCloud Photos on iPhone, going to iPhone Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos to switch off the button, or you could not sync photos with iTunes.

Check Sync Photos and select Copy photos from Pictures (it could be any folder on PC). If you wish to sync all the photos, just select all folders. If you just want part of them, you could choose Selected folders. It is suggested to prepare all the wanted pictures in a new folder, so it would be easy to manage them on iPhone.

Sync Photos Using iTunes

Step 4. Sync photos from iTunes to iPhone

After all the preparation and settings, you could click Apply at the bottom to transfer photos to iPhone.

Note: You could find all the photos from iTunes in Photos app on iPhone. If you want to delete them, just connect iPhone to iTunes, deselect Sync Photos and click Apply. These photos could coexist with iCloud photos. If you turn on iCloud Photos, they would be removed from iPhone, so you’d better backup iPhone photos to computer with the professional tool before you do that.

Section 2. How to transfer photos from iTunes backup to iPhone?

Does iTunes backup include photos? Sometimes iTunes will save photos to the full iPhone backup. You can use iPhone backup browser to view backed up photos on iTunes. If you find the needed photos, extract it to computer and use method 1 or 2 to import photos to iPhone.

Step 1. Download iPhone backup extractor to computer.

iMyFone iTransor is an excellent iPhone backup extractor which allows you to view data in iTunes backup for free. Simply download it to computer.

Step 2. Scan iTunes backup

Open iMyFone iTransor and select Export from Device & Backup. Select Export from Backup, waiting for it locating iPhone backups on computer, and then select one. Click next and then click Scan to view all the available items.

iTransor Browse iTunes Backup

Section 3. How to transfer photos to iPhone via professional tool?

You might find that using iTunes is not so convenient. After you sync photos to iPhone, there are so many limitations like photos synced from iTunes will be removed if you turn on iCloud Photos on iPhone. Professional tool never brings you such trouble.

You could use AOMEI MBackupper to transfer photos to any iPhone as you wish. It is far more professional than iTunes when transferring photos. It is also strongly suggested to backup photos to computer so that you would never worry about losing photos.

  • Preview photos on iPhone and select the wanted photos to transfer

  • Transfer photos at an amazing speed

  • Transfer photos to another device including the latest iPhone 12/11, iPad 8/Air 4 (iOS 14 supported. The new iPhone SE in 2020 is supported.)

  • Transfer photos on Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper

Simply download the iPhone photo transfer. Connect iPhone to computer with USB cable and tap "Trust" on it.

Step 2. Waiting for AOMEI MBackupper recognizes iPhone

Select Transfer to iPhone after AOMEI MBackupper recognizes your iPhone.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Transfer Photos to iPhone in a blink

Click the plus icon to add photos from computer and then click Transfer to quickly import photos.

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You might want to transfer photos from iTunes to iPhone for some reason and this passage gives 2 ways to do that.

You might not like the limitations of iTunes so try the brilliant iPhone photos transfer AOMEI MBackupper to easily transfer photos or make iPhone backup.

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