If you have an iPhone, you more than likely take a lot of photos with it. After all, the best camera is the one with you, and who goes without their iPhone? While there are great photo editing apps out there, maybe you just prefer to do your photo editing on your Mac instead (and don’t forget about how to transfer photos from your Mac to your iPhone). Wondering how to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac? There are a few different ways to go about this, so let’s dive in.
One of the easiest methods to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac, with no cables required, is to turn on iCloud Photos. When this is enabled, you should be able to access all of the photos and videos that you have across all of your devices — including iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
However, you will need to have enough storage space in your iCloud account, which you may not have. Apple provides 5GB of free space for every iCloud account, which is hardly anything these days. If you want to use iCloud Photos, you may need to upgrade your iCloud storage plan, which starts at $2.99 a month for 200GB, or you can get 2TB for $9.99 a month. The 2TB option can also be shared with up to six others through Family Sharing. For most individuals, the 200GB should suffice. However, you should keep in mind that this iCloud storage is not just for iCloud Photos — it’s for everything you store in iCloud, including iCloud backups, which can take up quite a bit of space.
To use iCloud Photos for importing your photos over to your Mac from your iPhone, you’ll first need to make sure that all of your devices have iCloud Photos enabled.
Once iCloud Photos is enabled on all of the devices you want to use it on, your images should sync automatically across everything. However, it may take up to 24 hours after turning it on for everything to get synced over, so you may need to be patient. After that, though, everything should be rather seamless when it comes down to how to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac.
If you use the Photos app on your Mac to manage your photos and edit them, but you don’t want to use iCloud Photos, then you’ll have to manually plug your phone in and import it the old fashioned way. Here’s how.
Before iCloud Photos was a thing, this was probably the best and most straightforward way on how to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac.
Don’t use the Photos app on Mac? No problem. Another quick way on how to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac is to utilize AirDrop. With AirDrop, you’re using Bluetooth Low Energy to basically create a point-to-point WiFi network that can transfer data between two Apple devices, such as an iPhone and a Mac, an iPhone to another iPhone, an iPhone to an iPad — you get the idea. AirDrop is fast, power-efficient, and secure.
If you use AirDrop enough, it will begin to show up as the first choice in the top row of sharing options. You can just tap it to send to your most frequently AirDropped device, which may be your Mac.
I honestly use AirDrop every day to complete work here at iMore. It’s the fastest way to for me to get iPhone and iPad screenshots, product review photos, and more, without having to deal with iCloud Photos or the Photos app on Mac.
If you want to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac, but don’t want to use iCloud Photos and Photos on Mac, then you could use the Files app instead. Importing a file into the Files app on your iPhone means you can access that photo or video file from your Mac via iCloud Drive, or even another third-party syncing service, such as Dropbox or Google Drive.
If you prefer to use a third-party service, such as Dropbox, you’ll need to turn that on first.
Now that your service or app is enabled in the Files app, you should be able to browse all of your stored files directly, without having to use a separate app.
Of course, third-party services like Dropbox also have standalone apps that can handle your Camera Roll uploads automatically themselves as well.
Once you have imported your photos and video to the Files app in your specified location, it should be easy to find them on your Mac.
Click iCloud Drive in the sidebar. If you chose a different location, like Dropbox, click Dropbox in the sidebar.
These are the best and easiest methods when it comes to how to transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac. Do these tips work for you? Or do you have another method that you prefer? Let us know in the comments!
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