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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive with or without Computer? (iPhone 12 Supported)

"Hi, How to transfer my photos/videos from my iPhone to a flash drive - it is compatible with the iPhone and has plenty of space remaining. Once I have pasted them, it only transfers 14,000 out of 18,500 photos..."

Over the years, thousands of photos or videos may have been existed in your iPhone memory, leaving no space for other apps and data. Deleting the significant photos from your iPhone may cause you to lose part of the precious memories. So, many people migrate them to a flash drive. But how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive?

Don't worry. Although iPhone does not have a standard USB port to connect the flash drive directly, we have discovered other easy ways to do it, such as iCloud Photos, Photos app, professional iOS assistant, etc.

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Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to Flash Drive with Computer
1.1 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Windows/Mac with Coolmuster iOS Assistant (Safest and Easiest)
1.2 How to Download Pictures from iPhone to Flash Drive Using iCloud Photos
1.3 How to Put Photos to USB from iPhone via iTunes
1.4 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to Flash Drive on Windows PC via USB Cable (Primitive)
1.5 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to USB on Mac with Photos App
Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive without Computer
2.1 How to Transfer Pictures from iPhone to Flash Drive Using Email
2.2 Can You Transfer Photos Directly from iPhone to Flash Drive?

Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to Flash Drive with Computer

As many marvelous ways are completed on a computer, we will introduce how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Windows/Mac computer in this part. You have got 5 easy options.

1.1 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Windows/Mac with Coolmuster iOS Assistant (Safest and Easiest)

To transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive, Coolmuster iOS Assistant is the safest and easiest way to choose. By connecting the flash drive to the computer, you can transfer contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, notes, bookmarks, eBooks, calendars, user apps, and other files from your iPhone to the flash drive. Besides, you can also get calendars, contacts, eBooks, iTunes backups, etc. back to iPhone with one click anytime you want.

This tool automatically scans iPhone data and displays the file types you can transfer on the interface. Also, it's up to you to decide what to transfer. Thus, you don't need to worry too much about the process.

Well, Coolmuster iOS Assistant works well with all generations of iPhone, iPad, and iPod (iOS 14 included), such as iPhone 12/SE (2nd generation)/11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max/XS Max/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus/7 Plus/7/SE (1st generation)/6S Plus/6S/6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4, etc.

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How do you transfer photos from your phone to a flash drive in one click?

Notes: Please make sure that iTunes or Music can detect your iPhone, or the program will fail to detect your device.

1. Launch Coolmuster iOS Assistant after installing it on your computer, connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable and insert the flash drive to the computer's USB port.

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2. The program will automatically detect your devices. If a pop-up window appears on your iPhone, hit the Trust option on your iPhone and click the Continue option on this program to move on.

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3. Once the program detects your devices successfully, all data types will be listed on this program. Just select the Photos option from the left panel, preview, and tick the photos you want to transfer. Next, tap the Export option on the top menu and choose the flash drive from the pop-up window to save photos.

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1.2 How to Download Pictures from iPhone to Flash Drive Using iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos is a reliable way to keep the photos up to date and available on all of your iOS devices and computers. Of course, you cannot directly transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive with iCloud Photos. Instead, you need to sync iPhone photos to iCloud, download iCloud photos to your computer, and move them from the computer to the flash drive. Sounds complicated! Anyway, if you select this way, you will have to be patient enough.

Let's see how to do it.

Notes: The photos may occupy large storage. So, make sure that there is enough storage space in iCloud before you go further.

1. Upload iPhone photos to iCloud. Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network, open iPhone's Settings, and click your Apple ID. If you have not logged into your account, you can input your Apple ID and password to sign in. Then, tap iCloud > Photos > turn on the iCloud Photo Library switch. After that, iPhone photos will be synced to your iCloud account automatically once connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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2. Save photos from iCloud to the computer. Go to iCloud.com on your computer, and sign in with the same Apple ID that you use to upload photos on iPhone. After that, enter the Photos section > click the Photos option at the upper left corner of the interface > select the photos you want to save and click on them > Tap the Download button to save photos to your computer.

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3. Copy the downloaded photos from your computer to the flash drive. Insert the flash drive into the computer's USB port and open it afterthat. Then, copy and paste the downloaded photos to the flash drive.

1.3 How to Put Photos to USB from iPhone via iTunes

You can also transfer photos with iTunes. However, this is a roundabout way - you will need to export iPhone photos to the computer and import photos from iTunes backup to the USB flash drive.

How do I move pictures from my iPhone to a flash drive? Here are the steps:

1. First and foremost, make sure that you have installed the latest version of iTunes on your PC since transferring photos to PC requires iTunes 12.5.1 or later versions.

2. Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable. If asked, tap the Trust or Allow option on your iPhone to trust your computer. Then, follow Microsoft's website guidance to import photos from the phone to PC.

Generally, if you have enabled the iCloud Photos option, you will need to save the original and high-resolution photos to your iPhone first.

1.4 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone/iPad to Flash Drive on Windows PC via USB Cable (Primitive)

If you use a Windows computer, you can export photos from your iPhone/iPad to PC using Windows's Photos feature, and then copy and paste them to the flash drive.

How to transfer photos from iPhone/iPad to USB stick on Windows PC?

1. Plug your iPad into a PC with a USB cable and trust your computer if it asks you to do so.

2. On your PC, click the Start button (window-shaped icon) at the lower-left corner. Next, select Photos to open the Photos app > tap Import > hit From a USB device and follow the on-screen instructions to save iPhone photos to your PC.

3. Connect the USB stick to your computer, drag and drop the saved photos into it.

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1.5 How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to USB on Mac with Photos App

For Mac users, you can also use the Photos app to export Camera roll photos to the computer. However, live photos, iCloud, and iTunes synced photos will not be included.

Let's see how to import photos from iPhone to USB.

1. Connect your iPhone to Mac with a USB cable, and make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your Mac.

2. The Photos app will automatically launch. If it doesn't, you can manually open it. Then, click the Import option, select the photos you want to transfer, and tap the Import Selected or Import All New Photos option to bring them onto your computer.

3. To transfer photos to the flash drive, connect the USB flash drive to your Mac, find it in Finder, and open it. Next, run another Finder window, navigate to the Pictures option and open the Pictures folder. Then, copy and paste the photos to the flash drive.

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Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive without Computer

How do I transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive without computer? Someone asked this in an Apple forum. If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to a flash drive without a computer, you can choose the following two ways.

2.1 How to Transfer Pictures from iPhone to Flash Drive Using Email

Email is an all-purpose way to transfer data from device to device. However, as many email services limit the size of attachment to be no more than 25MB per email, like Gmail, the photos larger than 25MB may not be transferred. Therefore, to begin with, make sure that the photos you wish to transfer meet the requirement.

How to save photos from iPhone to flash drive without a computer?

1. Open the Photos app on your iPhone and tap the Select button to choose the photos you want to transfer.

2. From the pop-up window, tap Share > Mail and log into your email account. Then, send this email after filling in another email account of you.

3. Visit the email service website on your computer and enter the same email account to log in. Next, find the email you sent out a moment ago in the Outbox and download the attached photos to your computer. Once done, connect the flash drive to the computer and copy photos to it.

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2.2 Can You Transfer Photos Directly from iPhone to Flash Drive?

Nowadays, to meet Apple users' demand, many companies manufacture special flash drives for iPhone, like Sandisk iXpand Mini, Sandisk Wireless Stick, Maktar, etc. If you need this kind, you can freely purchase one from Amazon.com.

You can transfer photos from iPhone to external hard drive directly, check the guide to learn the detailed steps.

Conclusion

Transferring photos from iPhone to flash drive can release more storage on the iPhone. If you don't know how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive, you can follow our guide. To fulfill this task successfully, I highly recommend you try Coolmuster iOS Assistant since it is the easiest and safest to use, user-friendly, fast, and most importantly, widely compatible with all generations of iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

If you get into difficulties when using, please leave a comment below.

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