How to Backup Photos from iPhone to Computer in 5 Easy Ways

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: August 30, 2019

I’ve been wanting to backup photos from iPhone to computer. That way, I would have a copy of all my photos and I could share them easily with my family and friends. What’s the most convenient way to backup photos from iPhone to PC? I hope you can help me out. Thank you in advance.

The following guide will show you five ways to backup photos from iPhone to PC.

Part 1. Best Way to Back Up Photos from iPhone to PCVideo Guide: How to Backup Photos from iPhone to PCPart 2. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using Windows ExplorerPart 3. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using Photos AppPart 4. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using iTunesPart 5. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using iCloudPart 6. Conclusion

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Part 1. Best Way to Back Up Photos from iPhone to PC

Works Best For Users of Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8 and 10 who want a convenient way to backup photos from iPhone to PC and at the same time restore them on their devices when needed.If you’ve been wondering if there’s a way to backup your photos from iPhone to PC without the need to enable iCloud or go through time-consuming backup then you’re in luck. FoneDog iOS Data Backup and Restore can backup all kinds of photos from your iPhone to your PC.It backs up your photos within minutes without compromising their resolution or quality. It is very easy to use too. Just in case you want to backup your photos to another iPhone or iPad, you can use the iOS Backup Restore feature. This automatically moves your backup to another device without having to manually backup files.To get started, free download FoneDog iOS Data Backup and Restore Toolkit to try.

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Step 1: Run the Software and Connect iPhone to Computer

Launch FoneDog iOS Toolkit. Using your USB connector, plug in your iPhone to your computer. Select iOS Data Backup & Restore to proceed.

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Step 2. Choose the Backup Mode

Since you want to back up your photos, select iOS Data Backup. If you want to perform a regular backup, choose Standard Backup.

If you wish to secure your photos, select Encrypted Backup. This mode will lock your backup file with a password.

After choosing your preferred mode hit Start.

Select Backup Mode

Step 3: Choose Photos to Backup

The software will now show you a list of file types that it can back up. To transfer all photos, check Photos and App Photos. Press Next to begin the backup. Wait for the backup to complete

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Note:

If you wish to restore your backup in the future, you can simply select iOS Data Restore from the main menu of iOS Data Backup & Restore.

Video Guide: How to Backup Photos from iPhone to PC

In this video, you can learn how to selectively backup photos from iPhone to PC with a few simple steps.

Part 2. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using Windows Explorer

Works Best For: People whose computer run on earlier versions of Windows.For Windows users, using Windows Explorer is probably the simplest way to transfer photos and back them up to the computer. What’s great with this method is that it also works on older Windows computers and laptops. However, Windows Explorer can detect your Camera Roll photos only. These are images that you have captured using your iPhone. Other images under Photo Library and Photo Stream, synced photos, and those from iCloud sharing can’t be transferred. There are two ways to use Windows Explorer. Before we proceed, plug in your iPhone to your PC and unlock your phone first.

Option 1: Use AutoPlay

  1. Once your iPhone is connected to the computer, wait for the AutoPlay window to appear.
  2. Select Import pictures and videos.
  3. From the available options, choose Review, organize, and group items to import if it’s your first time to transfer photos from your iPhone. If it’s not, select Import all new items now. Click on the More Option to select the folder where you wish to save the photos and hit OK.
  4. Click Next. If you selected Review, organize, and group items to import, you will be asked to select your desired photos. Hit Import to proceed.
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In case the AutoPlay window doesn’t appear, you can try doing Option 2.

Option 2. Access iPhone as Digital Camera

  1. Launch My Computer and wait for your iPhone to appear under Portable Devices. Click on it once it appears.
  2. You will now see all folders on your iPhone. Look for your photos there. Photos can usually be found under Internal Storage > DCIM.
  3. Click on one photo and hold the Ctrl key to select multiple pictures. You may also select entire folders. Right-click and choose Copy. Open the folder on your computer where you want to save the photos. Right-click and hit Paste.
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Part 3. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using Photos App

Works Best For: iPhone users whose PC is running on the latest Windows 10.

The Photos app is a software available on Windows 10 that organizes all your pictures in one place. This app also makes simple photo edits and sharing much more convenient. It is designed to work hand in hand with your OneDrive account. If you don’t have one, don’t worry. You can still use the program to back up your images.You should see the Photos app on your computer’s Start menu. To enable the app to find your iPhone photos, make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your computer. You won’t be required to launch iTunes though.

  1. Plug in your iPhone to the computer.
  2. Run the Photos app on your PC.
  3. On the top right-hand corner of the window, click Import.
  4. By default, the app will import all available pictures. If you want to back up several photos only, simply click on those that you don’t want to import. This will deselect these pictures.
  5. Hit Continue to start transferring your photos to the Photos app.
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Part 4. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using iTunes

Works Best For: People who have the latest version of iTunes installed on their computer.If you’re looking to use iTunes, it is highly recommended that you organize the albums on your iPhone first. Create a new folder and backup the albums containing your desired photos to this folder. This way, you’ll have an easier time looking for it.After doing so, you can proceed with the steps below.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the computer.
  2. Launch iTunes and wait for the iPhone icon to appear. You will see it on the top portion of the window. Click on it.
  3. On the left tab, press Photos.
  4. Tick the box for Sync Photos and click on the drop-down menu below it. Press Choose Folder. On the new window that will appear, look for the folder that you have just created. Click on it and select the subfolders or albums inside it.
  5. Hit Apply to start the backup. This button can be found in the bottom right-hand corner of the window.
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Part 5. Backup Photos from iPhone to PC Using iCloud

Works Best For: iPhone users who have turned on iCloud syncing and Photo Stream on their device.

Using this method requires that you sync your iPhone photos with iCloud. You can do this by heading to your phone’s Settings to enable iCloud and turn on Photo Stream. Once you have activated these two, your photos will automatically be backed up to iCloud whenever you are connected to the internet.

Part 6. Conclusion

There are many ways to back up photos from iPhone to a computer, but only FoneDog iOS Data Backup and Restore can do it without missing any of your images. While you’re at it, why not back up your other files too? The software also supports messages, contacts, audio, WhatsApp messages, Safari bookmarks, and notes.

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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