How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows PC

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Typically, users of iPhone they tend to move only within the Apple ecosystem. Thus, they are used to connecting the iPhone with their Mac using the usual methods. The problem arises when we use an iPhone as a mobile phone and we have a Windows computer at home. How then are the files transferred? Here we will explain how to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC.

The truth is that carrying out this type of transfer from the iPhone to a Windows computer is even easier than using the macOS system. There are several ways to do it, as we explain below:

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In this post we have selected four methods. The first of them is the most used, although not the only one. We recommend that you read them all and choose the one that could best suit your needs:

direct method

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When we talk about transferring photos from iPhone to Windows PC, this is the most popular way. Even though MacOS and Windows are two different worlds, there are always options to bridge the gap between the two. To build it, just follow these steps:

    1. To begin, we must connect iPhone to computer via Lightning cable. A notification will be displayed at the bottom right of the computer screen: The computer has detected the Apple iPhone. You have to click on it to display the options.
    2. In the following options we choose the “Open device to view files”, through which the iPhone File Explorer opens.
    3. Then we click on the icon Internal Storage, which gives access to the internal storage of the iPhone.
    4. There we click on the DCIM folder, which is where the phone's photos are saved (this is the same on both iPhones and Android phones).
    5. In the folders shown on the next screen, we select the APPLE folders, which are sorted by date.
    6. The last step is to transfer the photos to a Windows folder by dragging them or using the buttons Control + SIZE to copy and Ctrl + P to paste them in their new location.

Windows 11 Photos App

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This is another interesting resource to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC, although it will only be useful if we have installed Windows 11 on our computer. The latest version of Microsoft's operating system incorporates a new app called Windows Photos, a tool that allows us to manage and store photos. A complete and very easy to use editor.

Among its many functions, there is also the ability to import photos from any of our devices. Of course, as a prerequisite we must have the latest version of iTunes installed on our PC (here the download link). Is that how it works:

  1. First of all, we have to connect the iPhone to our computer. A series of notifications will appear on the screen, both from the iPhone and from the PC, so that we accept the corresponding permissions to establish the connection between both.
  2. Once this is done, we open the program Microsoft Photos.
  3. We click on the button "To import" displayed in the upper right corner of the screen.
    Finally, we just have to choose the photos that we want to import to our computer and click on "Continue".

Google Cloud and Dropbox

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There is yet a third method that works to transfer photos from iPhone to any computer, whether it is a Mac or a Windows PC. The key is have our music library stored in some cloud: those of Apple, Google and Dropbox are the most popular and used, although there are many others.

Performing photo transfer between two Apple devices is very easy. You just have to upload the photos to and use the app Photos to download them. Logically, this does not offer any solution if we have a Windows computer, we will have to use other cloud storage systems:

  • With Google Photos: It will be necessary to have it installed on both devices. You just have to wait for them to sync.
  • With dropbox: you have to activate synchronization in the iOS app itself. To do this, go to the “Photos” option and from there activate the “Activate uploads from camera” function.

Copy Trans Photo

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Finally, we must mention the possibility of transferring photos from iPhone to PC using third-party software, such as Copy Trans Photo. This program is compatible with all versions of iOS, iTunes and Windows. In addition, it makes automatic backups. Although it is a paid software, it offers a free trial version that is worth trying. This is how you do it:

  1. First we connect the iPhone to the computer.
  2. Then we open the program Copy Trans Photo. By doing so, all the photos on the iPhone will start uploading immediately.
  3. Once loaded, we drag the images from the iPhone folder to the PC folder.
  4. To finish, we click on the green button "Apply changes".

Download link: Copy Trans Photo

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