How to transfer photos from your Mac or Windows PC to your iPhone

These days, you can take incredible photos with your iPhone by simply tapping a few times. There is a good chance, however, that you still have pictures on your computer that you would like to have on your phone, as well. There’s no problem moving photos from your computer, whether they’re taken with a DSLR or an older iPhone. Please continue reading this article for more information on how to transfer photos from your PC or Mac to your iPhone.

Three ways to transfer photos from a Windows PC to an iPhone

If you want to transfer your photo library from your Windows computer to your iPhone, you have a few options. This article explains how to use iCloud, iTunes, and AnyTrans.

Before you move photos from your computer to an iPhone

You will immediately run out of space on your phone after transferring a few gigabytes of photos. Some of those photos won’t be worth saving, either: there are always duplicates, blurry shots you took by accident, and similar shots you took to choose the right angle but then forgot to save. Make sure you download Gemini Photos on your iPhone beforehand.

You can easily delete unwanted photos with Gemini Photos, which will locate and categorize them for you. You can easily find and delete any duplicate photos on your iPhone if, for instance, you accidentally duplicated photos or transferred pictures you already have.

  1. Open Gemini Photos and let it scan your library.
  2. To see what duplicate photos are on your iPhone, tap Duplicates.
  3. Then tap Delete X Duplicates and confirm.

1. How to copy photos from a PC to an iPhone using iCloud 

iCloud can be used to wirelessly transfer photos from a computer to an iPhone. Syncing your devices with the same iCloud account will allow you to easily transfer pictures between your devices.

Follow these steps to transfer your photos from your PC to your iPhone using iCloud:

  1. iCloud for Windows can be downloaded on your PC.
  2. You need to log into your iCloud account once iCloud for Windows is open.
  3. Select Photos from the drop-down list.
  4. Click Apply.
  5. Open a File Explorer window.
  6. Under Favorites in the left sidebar, click iCloud Photos.
  7. In the Uploads folder, paste the photos.

After you’ve created an iCloud account on your computer, you’ll need to enable iCloud Photos on your iPhone:

  1. The Settings app is located in the iPhone’s App Store.
  2. Tap [your name] > iCloud > Photos.
  3. Activate iCloud Photos by turning it on.

You may have to wait a few minutes for the pictures to appear in iCloud and on your iPhone. You can find your photos in your iPhone’s Photos app after the sync is complete.

2. How to transfer photos from a PC to an iPhone with iTunes

Using a USB cable, you can still copy pictures if you don’t have an iCloud account. Connect your devices and follow these steps:

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. In the iTunes window, click the iPhone icon on the top-left.
  3. Go to the sidebar and click Photos.
  4. Check the box to Sync Photos.
  5. You can choose either Choose Folder or Pictures in the drop-down menu.
  6. You can choose to sync all folders or only selected ones.
  7. Click Apply in the bottom-right corner.

YWhen you have pictures on multiple computers, transferring them to your iPhone can be a should be aware that when you sync your photos this way, the saved photo library on your iPhone is over Using this computer to sync your phone with your photos will not cause any problems as long as it’s your only computer. issues. It becomes a bigger problem, however, when you have pictures on multiple computers that you want to transfer to your iPhone.

3. How to transfer photos from a computer to an iPhone using AnyTrans 

You can use an app like AnyTrans if, for instance, you only need to transfer a few photos from your PC and don’t want the entire library of photos synced. You can move specific files over while anyTrans won’t erase your iPhone’s photos.

When you have AnyTrans downloaded and installed on your computer:

  1. Plug a USB cable into your iPhone to connect it to your PC.
  2. Open AnyTrans.
  3. Click Device Manager in the sidebar.
  4. To view the iPhone screen, click the button near the center of the window.
  5. Browse your computer for your photos.
  6. Select the pictures you want to transfer.
  7. Click Open.

After the transfer is finished, you’ll be able to unlock your iPhone and find your pictures in the Photos app.

Five ways to transfer photos from a Mac to an iPhone

Using your Mac to transfer pictures to your iPhone isn’t as hard as you might expect. The following sections will teach you how to move your photos:

  • iTunes
  • Finder
  • iCloud
  • AirDrop
  • AnyTrans

1. How to sync photos from a Mac to an iPhone using iTunes

Syncing your iPhone to your computer has been the most popular method of syncing since the launch of the original iPhone. The problem is that Apple has recently ceased using iTunes and, in fact, the software no longer has been included in their macOS. In spite of the fact that you can still sync your pictures with iTunes if your Mac runs an earlier version of macOS than Catalina.

Follow these steps to transfer pictures from your Mac:

  1. USB cable is needed to connect the iPhone to the Mac.
  2. Open iTunes.
  3. To access the iPhone in iTunes, click the iPhone icon in the upper-left hand corner of the window.
  4. In the sidebar, click Photos.
  5. Check the box next to Sync Photos.
  6. Aperture, iPhoto, or Photos can be selected from the drop-down menu.
  7. Click Apply.

2. How to transfer photos from a Mac to an iPhone without iTunes

If your computer runs catalina and doesn’t have iTunes, you can synchronize your images with the Finder. Upon plugging in your iPhone:

  1. Finder will open in a new window when you click its icon.
  2. Click on the name of your iPhone in the sidebar.
  3. Go to the button bar and select Photos. When iCloud Photos is turned on, the Photos button will not appear.
  4. Check the box to Sync Photos to your device.
  5. You can select a folder or the Photos app from the drop-down menu.
  6. Click Apply.

3. How to sync photos from a Mac to an iPhone with iCloud

iCloud is also a great way to wirelessly sync photos between your Mac and iPhone. If you want to sync your photos with iCloud, you can do this:

  1. On your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos.
  2. Make sure that iCloud Photos are turned on.
  3. On your Mac, open the Photos app.
  4. Click Photos > Preferences.
  5. On the left side, click iCloud.
  6. You can log in to iCloud by opening System Preferences and clicking Continue if your Mac isn’t already signed in.
  7. Check the box next to iCloud Photos.

You’ll see the pictures from your Mac in your iPhone’s Photos app after they’ve been uploaded to iCloud. It also works if you’re looking to transfer photos from an iPhone to a Mac, as your photos will sync between both your devices.

If your pictures aren’t appearing on your iPhone, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos and make sure you’re logged into the same iCloud account and photo syncing is enabled.

4. How to AirDrop photos from a Mac to an iPhone

With AirDrop, you can quickly send a few photos from your Mac to your iPhone. In Finder, find and select the photos you want to move, then follow these steps:

  1. Click the Share button at the top of the window.
  2. Select AirDrop.
  3. Click on your iPhone in the pop-up.
  4. Then click Done to finish.

When they’ve been successfully sent to your iPhone, you’ll be able to view them in the Photos app.

5. How to import photos from a Mac to an iPhone with AnyTrans

You can use the app AnyTrans in case you want to transfer a lot of photos from your computer to your iPhone. Using this method, you can easily transfer data from your Mac to your PC without using iTunes. 

After downloading and installing AnyTrans, connect your phone to your computer using the USB cable:

  1. AnyTrans for Mac should open.
  2. In the sidebar, click Device Manager.
  3. In the middle window, select the iPhone screen.
  4. This will open a Finder window. You can move photos from your computer by finding and selecting them.
  5. Click Open.
  6. Make sure the box next to Photos is checked and click Next.

Following a successful sync, your iPhone will display the photos in the Photos application. From AnyTrans will appear in an album and will not appear in Recents: (Note that these songs will not appear in Recents)

After you transfer photos from your computer to your iPhone

In your photo library, you can notice some duplicates and similar-looking images once you’ve moved your photos from your computer. A free iPhone app called Gemini Photos can help you clean up these photos.  

  1. Install Gemini Photos on your iPhone.
  2. Open Gemini Photos and let it scan your library.
  3. Tap Similar.
  4. Tap on a month or event to sort your pictures.
  5. You can select similar photos in each set for deletion by selecting the ones you want to delete.
  6. Tap Move to Trash.
  7. This process should be repeated for every similar set of photos.
  8. You can empty your trash by tapping Empty Trash when you are done reviewing your similar photos.
  9. You can return to the other categories such as Duplicates, Screenshots, and Notes by tapping Your Library.
  10. When you’re finished, go to the Photos app on your iPhone. 
  11. Tap Recently Deleted > Select > Delete All to remove all the pictures from your iPhone.

Whether you’re using a Mac or a Windows PC, transferring your photos to your iPhone couldn’t be easier. In this article, we hope to have helped you choose the method that will work best for you. Find out the best iPhone app to use for photo transfers in our new article.

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