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How to Transfer Photos/Pictures from iPhone to Mac Easily?

Q: How do I download photos from my iPhone to my iMac? I can't find a connection in iTunes that allows a transfer. Can anybody tell me how to do it? Many thanks.

Transferring photos from iPhone to Mac is an ideal way to back up pictures and release iPhone's storage capability. So that you'll never worry about suddenly losing photos from iPhone without any backup and you can save the new photos in your iPhone as you like. Export pictures from iPhone to Mac can be a simple task or troublesome task for different people. The key point is to find an effective way. In this article, we could like to show you three different methods to transfer photo from iPhone to Mac. You can compare them and decide which one is better according to your own specific needs.

Method 1: Sync iPhone Photos with Airdrop
Method 2: Share iPhone Photos with iCloud Photo Library
Method 3: Transfer Photo from iPhone to Mac with 3rd-party Program (Recommended)
Method 4: Use iPhoto to Import Photos in OS X
Method 5: Copy Photos with Mac Built-in Preview

Method 1. Sync Photos from iPhone to Mac via Airdrop

> Swipe up from the bottom to see the Airdrop option and turn it on. Select "Everyone" option when prompted.

> Open a Finder window on your Mac so as to access Airdrop on Mac computer.

> Click on Airdop option in the Favorites section to continue. And then choose "Allow me to be discovered by" and "Everyone" options.

> Now, open the images on your iPhone and tap the Share icon and then Airdrop option.

> Then a message will appear on your Mac, asking whether to accept the file. Click on Accept option.

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In using this way, there are several matters you have to bear in mind: first of all, make sure your Mac computer and iPhone are connected to the same and stable network; secondly, make sure your devices are running iOS 8 or later, Mac is running Yosemite or later and having an iPhone 5 or newer model; this way is adoptable if you only have several photos to transferred from iPhone to Mac. Or otherwise, you might fritter a full day in waiting for the process to get completed.

Method 2. Share Photos from iPhone to Mac via iCloud Photo Library

> Open your iPhone and go to Settings and then iCloud. Enter with right Apple ID and password.

> Then enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone.

> After that, photos on your iPhone will be uploaded to iCloud.

> Then go to Mac computer and enable iCloud Photo Library on it.

> Now, go to Photos app on Mac to preview photos uploaded from iPhone.

But in using this way, you need to make sure that a stable wifi environment is available.

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Also Read: Full Guide on Using iCloud Photo Sharing

Method 3. Transfer Photo from iPhone to Mac with Third-party Program

Coolmuster iPad iPod iPhone to Mac Photo Transfer is the program, which enables users to export all photos to Mac with one simple click. With it, no matter the photo is taken by your iPhone X/8 Plus/8/7 Plus/7/6s Plus/6s/6 Plus/6/5S/SE and etc., or the images are downloaded from the websites, you can copy them to OS X without any limitation. (This tool also has a Windows version for PC users' reference.)

This iPhone to Mac Transfer is really easy to use for every user. No matter how many photos you want to transfer, or how large the file is, you can export them at one time. And all transferring process will be finished within 2 simple steps:
1. Launch transfer tool on your Mac and connect iPhone to Mac.
2. Preview and mark photos you want to transfer, then click "Export" to finish it.

sync photos from iphone to mac

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Method 4. Use iPhoto to Import Photos in OS X

If the photos you want to export to Mac are taken by your iPhone, then you can use iPhoto to finish the transferring from iPhone to Mac OS X. Below is the simple steps for your reference.

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac, then iPhoto will automatically launch and open to the Import window. All photos in your iPhone will be listed under "Camera Roll" option.

2. Here, you can import all iPhone photos into iPhoto by clicking "Import All" button. If you only want to import a few pictures, then just hit the "Import Selected" button as you like.

After importing photos to iPhoto, a dialogue box will appear and ask you would like to delete the original pictures from your Camera Roll. You can delete or undelete the original photo at your will.

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Related: How to Transfer Photos from iPod to Mac OS X without iPhoto

Method 5. Copy Photos with Mac Built-in Preview

Preview is the Mac built-in function, which acts as an image viewer very well. But actually, it is also a good file importer. To copy photos to Mac, you only need:

1. Plug your iPhone to Mac and launch Preview on your computer.

2. Select "Import from iPhone…" from the File menu. Here, you can choose "Import" or "Import All" to get all the pictures or the specific photos.

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During the process, you can choose the output destination by yourself. So after importing, you can open the folder you set before to check the exported pictures freely.

Which One is the Best?

Above are different methods for transferring photo from iPhone to Mac, which one is the best according to your needs? Actually, in my opinion, I think using a 3rd-party tool is the best method to solve your transfer problem. Because it is not only a simple iPhone Photo Transfer, but also a reliable iPhone Contact/SMS/Note Transfer. With it, you can transfer anything from your iPhone to Mac easily.

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