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Import Photos and Videos from iPhone/iPad to Computer

There are many ways to copy the videos and photos from iPhone to your computer, for example, you can transfer photos and videos via the third-party tool, like Dropbox, Email, or sync via iTunes. While this article will show you the easiest way to import photos and videos to computer via USB cable.

Part 1: Import Photos and Videos to Mac via USB Cable

If you have cable at hand, you can easily transfer photos and videos from your iPhone/iPad to your Mac. These steps below work for importing images or videos to Mac without using iCloud Photo Library.

Step 1: Connect iPhone/iPad to computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: You might see a prompt on iPhone/iPad asking you to Trust This Computer. Tap Allow to continue.

Trust this computer

Step 3: On your Mac, the Photos app automatically opens. If it doesn't, open the Photos app.

Step 4: The Photos app shows an Import screen with all the photos and videos that are on your connected device.

Tip 1: If the Import screen doesn't automatically appear, click the Import tab at the top of the Photos app.

Step 5: To import all new photos, click Import All New Photos.

Import photos and videos to Mac

Tip 2: You can also check the box beside Delete items if you wish to automatically delete the photos on your iPhone after importing. Or click Keep Items to keep them on the device.

Step 6: You can now disconnect your device from Mac.

Part 2: Import Photos to Windows PC in Windows File Explore

Windows treats the iPhone or iPad as either a digital camera or a file system. On a Windows PC, the easiest way to get pictures from your iPhone is to just use Windows File Explorer. You can still access your photos and videos on these devices with just a few quick steps.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with a USB cable.

Step 2: If you have one, enter your passcode to unlock your iOS device.

When you first plug your iOS device into your Windows computer, it will prompt you to allow your PC to access its photos and videos. Tap Allow to continue.

Allow to this device to access photos and videos

Step 3: On Windows PC, it immediately pops up with a dialog asking us if we want to import items from our iPhone.

Choose import from iPhone

Step 4: If you don’t have a photos application installed, open File Explorer and browse to your PC’s directory. Right-click on your device and then select Import pictures and videos.

Import pictures and videos

Step 5: When the Import Pictures and Videos window prompts, select Import all new items now, then click Import.

Click import

All of the photos in your iPhone/iPad will be imported to computer.