How to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop

The iPhone has turned us all into professional photographers. Whether you are taking a picture of your beloved family members or friends or creating a business proposal/project report, the iPhone has become an ideal partner and a perfect replacement for digital cameras.

Keeping the photos in an iPhone for a longer period will be hard for someone because of their large size which may fill up the phone storage and sadly there isn’t any more option to extend it further. Also, viewing the photos on a big screen would be an ideal choice and for those who wish to edit their photos, they won’t find a perfect partner other than a laptop.

Keeping the above facts in mind, an iPhone user should transfer those photos to the laptop. Luckily, this article will be a handy guide in providing you with the right ways to make the photo transfer possible from iPhone to a laptop.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop

There are multiple ways to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop and in this guide, we will provide you with their details to make it easy for you to adopt them.

Method 1: Using File Explorer

This is the easiest method for an iPhone user to transfer photos to a laptop using the file explorer. To do this method you have to perform the below steps.

Step 1: Connect iPhone with the laptop through USB cable.

Step 2: Go to the “Apple iPhone” option in your devices section.

Step 3: Double click on the “Internal Storage” option.

Step 4: There you will see the DCIM folder where your iPhone photos are stored. Enter the folder via double clicking.

Step 5: In the DCIM folder, you will find two folders containing your iPhone photos and you will need to open the folder one by one.

Step 6: Now you can easily copy these photos and paste it in your laptop’s folder.

Method 2: Using iCloud

iCloud is an amazing cloud storage platform built for iPhone users that can be used to easily transfer the photos from iPhone to laptop. This process requires the following steps.

Step 1: In order to use the iCloud storage, you will require to have an iCloud account. If you don’t have one, go to the website and create one.

Step 2: Sign in to iCloud using the same account on your iPhone as well. Once the sign completes, your photos will be automatically sync to your account.

Step 3: Now, when you open the iCloud account on your laptop browser, it will ask you to pass a two-factor authentication process and a passcode will appear on your iPhone screen.

Step 4: Once you write the authentication code, you will need to choose the “Trust “option to include your laptop to the trusted device list.

After completing the process, you can then click on the “Photos” icon that appears on your iCloud dashboard.

There in the iCloud photos, you will be able to see all your iPhone photos.

Step 5: To transfer these photos to your laptop, simply select all these pictures by pressing “Ctrl+A” keys and then click on the “download” option to download the images as a zip file in your laptop.

Method 3: Using Air Copy

Air Copy is a third-party software that allows you the freedom to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop through wireless connection. This app can easily be installed on a laptop from the website.

Once it is installed, open the app and perform the following steps.

Step 1: Go to the “Phone to PC” option and there you will find the QR code.

Step 2: Open your iPhone camera and scan the QR code and it will open the Air copy webpage on your iPhone browser.

Step 3: Click on the “Select Files to Transfer” option.

Step 4: Tap on “Photo Library” option.

Step 5: Select all the pics and click on the “Done “option to start the transfer process.

Once it completes, you can see these pics on the Air copy dashboard and to view these photos in your laptop, click on the “Open” button to see all your photos in the folder of your laptop created by the Air copy.


Transferring your photos from iPhone to the laptop is compulsory as it allows you to modify your images on multiple platforms like Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator and much more. Also, you can recall your memories with your friends and family members by watching the trip’s photos together on a big screen. The approaches mentioned above can aid you in picking the best way to transfer photos from iPhone to the laptop, and you should need to follow one.

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Awais Khan

I'm an Engineer and an academic researcher by profession. My interest for Raspberry Pi, embedded systems and blogging has brought me here to share my knowledge with others.