How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

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People love to take photos in every important moment, such as weddings, family days, graduations, friend’s gatherings, etc. With the latest iPhone (iPhone 11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11), the photos and videos taken by its camera keep the wonderful time on your iPhone and you won’t want to lose them at any time. As time by time, you may find that the photos have taken too much space in your iPhone, or you will be afraid of losing the photos unexpected.

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In this case, you should transfer your photos from iPhone to Mac to backup your iPhone photos. Here we will introduce 4 ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. You must be able to find the best way for you.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac using Photos/iPhoto App

For the photos taken by iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, using Photos app to transfer photos directly to Mac is a convenient way.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac
After you connect your iPhone to your Mac, the Photos app usually will be launched automatically. If not, you can launch Photos app in the Launchpad.

Step 2. Import your Photos to Mac
Click “Import” on the top in Photos, and then select the photos you want to transfer. After you have selected all the photos, you can click the “Import Selected” or “Import All New Photos” option to transfer the photos to your Mac.
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Note: The Photos app is updated by iPhoto if your macOS is Mac OS X Yosemite or later. If your Mac runs on Mac OS X Yosemite earlier version, you can do this using iPhoto with similar steps.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac using iCloud Photo Library

If you want to sync your photos taken by iPhone camera, you can try this way if you have enabled iCloud on your iPhone. You can follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Setting on your iPhone.
  2. Click your Apple ID and enter your iCloud.
  3. Enter the Photos in the Apps Using iCloud list. Then turn on the iCloud Photo Library (iCloud Photos above iOS 12).

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After you have enabled the iCloud Photo Library, you should do the same settings on your Mac. First, click the Apple icon in the top left corner. Then go to System Preferences > iCloud. After you sign in to the iCloud account with the same Apple ID, you’ll see the uploaded photos from your iPhone in the appropriate sections.
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Note: As you have enabled the iCloud Photo Library, you should be aware that any changes (new-added, deletion or duplicate) on one of your Apple devices will sync to the other one automatically. If you don’t want to auto-synchronize, you should turn off it.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with AirDrop

AirDrop is another powerful tool for iOS and macOS, which allows you to transfer files between iOS and macOS. You surely can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using AirDrop.

Step 1. Enable the AirDrop on your Mac.
Step 2. Open your Photos app on iPhone.
Step 3. Click the “Select” button on the right top corner to select the photos you want to transfer.
Step 4. After you have chosen the photos, tap the “Share” button on the bottom.
Step 5. Choose the name of your Mac in the AirDrop Share section if your Mac is detected via AirDrop.
Step 6. Accept the transferred photos on your Mac. After transferring, you can check the photos in the Downloads folder.
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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac via iPhone Transfer

The best way to copy photos from iPhone to Mac is by using Mac iPhone Transfer apps. It can help you easily transfer photos to Mac, as well as music, videos, contacts, text messages, apps, etc. Moreover, it can do more than these. Just have a free try!

Step 1. Download & Install iPhone Transfer
Download Mac iPhone Transfer on your Mac, and then install it.

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Step 2. Connect Your iPhone to Mac
Connect your iPhone (including iPad and iPod) to your Mac via USB cable or Wi-Fi. It will be displayed in Mac iPhone Transfer if it is detected.

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Step 3. Export iPhone Photos
Click “Photos” on the left bar and select the photos you want to transfer. And then click “Export” to transfer the photos from iPhone to your Mac.

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After a few seconds, the photos ib your iPhone have been transferred to your local folder and you can have a view on them whenever you want. Besides, Mac iPhone Transfer is powerful that you can convert your iPhone photos from Heic to JPG, backup your iPhone in a very easy way and sync all data between your iPhone and Mac. It is well compatible with MacBook Pro/Air, iMac and Mac.
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