Shunt your beautiful pictures from iPhone or iPad to your Windows PC with these simple steps.
You've been taking some beautiful pictures with your iPhone or iPad, and you want to be able to see them on your Windows 10 computer. Maybe there's some tweaking you want to make before sharing them, or you want to have a long-term archive for your shots. Whatever your reason, we'll help you move those photos painlessly.
The easiest way to go about this process is to set up an automatic sync between your iPhone or iPad and your Windows computer. This will make sure your photos transfer to your computer without you having to do anything other than open the folder they're supposed to go into. This can also make sure your Windows pictures show up on your iPhone or iPad. Take a look at our guide on setting up an iTunes sync for Windows to see how this works. If you would rather have manual control over how photos move from your iOS device to your computer, we'll show you how here.
How to transfer iPhone or iPad pictures to a Windows 10 computer using File Explorer
- Install iTunes, If you haven't already. This will ensure your computer can communicate with your iPhone or iPad.
- Plug in your iPhone or iPad with your Lightning to USB or 30-pin Dock to USB cable.
- Open Windows File Explorer. It's the little yellow folder icon on the bottom taskbar. You can also press the Start key on your keyboard and "E" at the same time to open File Explorer.
- On the left pane, look under Desktop. If there's nothing below it, the file tree may be collapsed. Click the right-pointing arrow next to the Desktop icon to see everything contained inside.
- Under This PC, you should see your iPhone as a drive. Again, This PC may need to be expanded to see everything inside.
- Double-click the icon for your iPhone here. You will also need to open Internal Storage, then DCIM, then another folder inside to get access to your photos.
- Photos and videos take on your iPhone or iPad should now be visible. Select the items you want to copy to your computer. Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and left-click each item you want to include. Previously selected items can be unselected in this way as well. You can also select multiple items by left-clicking and dragging your mouse to form a box over photos, or hit Ctrl and "A" on your keyboard to select everything.
- The top bar in the window should have a menu that says Copy To. Click it, and click the destination where you want your selected files to be copied to. The Desktop is a nice, easily accessible spot, provided you aren't copying too many photos. If your preferred location isn't listed, click Choose Location… at the end of the list. Try not to use the Move To option unless your iPhone or iPad is running out of storage space and you want the photos removed altogether from the device.
How to transfer photos from your iPhone or iPad using the Windows 10 Photos app
If you're feeling adventurous, there's also the new Windows Photos app. It isn't quite as precise as manually picking your pictures to copy over, but it does a fine job of doing it in bulk, and the app is very nice for looking at your pictures.
- Plug your iPhone or iPad into your computer over the Lightning cable.
- Open Photos. Again, this can be found by typing "Photos" into the search bar at the bottom of the screen in Windows 10.
- Click the button at the top-right of the Photos app to import. It's just to the left of the three dots.
- Select your iPhone from the options that appear.
Remember, having an automatic sync over iCloud or iTunes is leagues easier than these options, though you enjoy less fine-tuned control over what transfers and when. If you're having any trouble at all getting photos off your iPhone and onto your Windows computer, let us know in the comments and we'll do our best to help.