By Lena / Last update November 8, 2021

How to transfer SD card to iPhone

I have taken many photos with my camera and saved them on my SanDisk SD card. Last week, I bought a new iPhone 13. Here is my question: how do I transfer photos from SD card to iPhone? I tried putting my photos into the DCIM folder but they don’t appear on iPhone. What is the right way?

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SD card is the common storage to save photos. When you take pictures with your DSLR camera like Canon or Nikon, the memory card helps you save beautiful pictures. What’s more, you might have saved other data like music, videos, contacts, etc. on your SD card.

Sandisk SD Card

Sometimes you need to transfer photos from SD card to iPhone to share with your friends. However, you cannot directly drag and drop files from SD card to iPhone. Here in this guide, I'll show you 4 workable methods that can help you transfer SD card to iPhone with or without computer. You can read them first and then choose the most suitable method according to your situation.

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone with Computer

If you have a computer at hand, you can choose to transfer photos from SD card to iPhone via USB connection, or transfer photos wirelessly using cloud storage services.

Method 1. Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone without iTunes

You could directly import photos from SD card to iPhone on computer but of course, you need a professional tool. AOMEI MBackupper is recommended here. It's one professional iOS data management tool for Windows PC users.

â—Ź Why it is professional? You can easily select the photos, videos, music from your SD card in this software and quickly send them to your iPhone. What's more, it will not erase any existing photos on the device.
â—Ź Does AOMEI MBackupper support your iPhone and SD card? AOMEI MBackupper has good compatibility. It supports almost all iPhones including the latest iPhone 13/12/11 and all types of SD cards.

Click the download button to get the tool and follow the steps below to import photos from SD card to iPhone.

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How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone with AOMEI MBackupper

Step 1. Launch AOMEI MBackupper > Insert your SD memory card to computer, and connect iPhone to computer with USB cable.

Step 2. Wait for a few seconds and then select the Transfer to iPhone option.

Transfer to iPhone

Step 3. Click any area in this box to select photos from SD card.

Select Files

Step 4. Click the Transfer button to transfer photos from CD card to iPhone.

Transfer

Method 2. Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone Using iTunes

You could download iTunes to sync files like photos, videos, or music to iPhone. There is one thing you should know is that if you want to use the sync feature of iTunes, you can’t use iCloud on iPhone then. It means you need to turn off iCloud Photos before you use iTunes sync feature. After the sync, if you want to turn on iCloud Photos again,  Photos Synced from iTunes will be Removed.

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone Using iTunes

1. Download and install iTunes, insert your memory card to computer, and connect iPhone to iTunes with USB cable.

2. Click the device icon in the upper-left corner.

3. Select Photos section in the sidebar.

4. Check Sync Photos, select photos from your SD card, and then click Apply.

Sync Photos Using iTunes

Method 2. Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone via Google Drive

Cable is not the only tool to transfer data. Network can do the same thing. You can upload the data from SD card to network drive on your computer and then download them to your iPhone. You’d better find fast Wi-Fi, or you might need to wait for a long time to get these photos to your iPhone.

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone with Google Drive

1. Insert your SD card into computer.

2. Open your browser, go to https://drive.google.com/, and sign in to your Google Account.

3. Click the New button to upload photos from your SD card.

Google Drive Upload

4. On your iPhone, download Google Drive app from App Store.

5. Open Google Drive on your iPhone and sign in the same Google Account.

6. Find your photos and download them to your iPhone.

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone without Computer

There is no memory card slot on iPhone, but if want to directly transfer photos from camera to iPhone, you could use a lightning SD card reader, Apple Camera Adapter to connect SD card to iPhone like you connect an external hard drive to computer. It costs about $29 and is very convenient for photographers.

Steps to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone without Computer

1. Insert the SD card into this adaptor and then plug the adapter into your iPhone.

2. Wait for a few seconds and the screen to select photos from the SD card would automatically pop up and then you could save the photos into your computer.

It is easy to complete the process but you need to purchase this gadget.

Apple Camera Adapter

Conclusion

SD card is very convenient to store photos that you take with camera. When you want to transfer SD card to iPhone, you can use the 4 methods above. If you have a computer at hand, you can let AOMEI MBackupper help you import photos from SD card to iPhone directly. In addition, the tool can also help you transfer photos from iPhone to computer without effort. Go for it now and discover more!

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