“There are pictures that I need to download from iPhone to my computer for my upcoming blog, how can I download pictures from iPhone easily? What are the steps I need to do? Thanks!”

There are different ways to download pictures from iPhone to your Mac or PC.  You can even sign up to iCloud Photo Library where you can easily access all the pictures across any iOS devices. In this article, we will discuss and guide you through the different ways to download pictures from iPhone.

Part 1. Download Pictures from iPhone to Mac

Download Photos from iPhone Devices to Mac

Step1. Update iTunes on Mac. Transferring or importing photos to Mac will need iTunes 12.5.1 or higher

Step2. Plug in the iPhone using an original USB cable. If a pop up asks you to “Trust this computer” simply click OK. You might also need to unlock the iPhone with the passcode.

Step3. The Photos app will open automatically. If it doesn’t, click the Photos app

Step4. All the photos will now display on the screen choose the photos you want to import by clicking any of the options: “Import Selected or Import All New Photos”.

Step5. To download the pictures from iPhone to Mac, click on the desired pictures you want to download and then click “Import Selected”. If you want to download new photos then click “Import All New photos”.

Step6. A pop-up message will ask if you would like to keep or delete the photos on the device. Choose the desired option.

Step7. Disconnect the iPhone from the computer safely.

All the photos downloaded from iPhone to Mac will be saved in the Last Import Album of the Photos App.  


Download Pictures from iPhone to Mac

Part 2. Import Images from iPhone to PC


Import Photos from iPhone Devices to Your Computer

Import Pictures from iPhone Devices to A Computer

If you are using Windows computer then you can also download pictures from iPhone easily using Windows Photo gallery.

Step1. Update iTunes to its latest version before the transfer or photo download

Step2. Plug in the iPhone to the computer using an original USB cable

Step3. If required, you need to enter the passcode to unlock the device and a prompt to “Trust this Computer”. Enter the correct passcode and tap Allow or Trust to continue.

Step4. Refer to these guides for Win 10 & 8  

Windows 10:

  • Open the Photos app on the computer and click on Import. Follow the onscreen instructions
  • Automatically, it will choose all the photos you haven’t imported yet. You can also manually choose the photos.

Windows 8

  • Open the Photos app after successful connection
  • Right click the mouse and click Import
  • Choose the desired photos you want to import or select all
  • Click Import

Step5. All the photos and videos synced to the iPhone using iTunes are not imported into the computer.

These steps are so easy to do when you want to download pictures from iPhone to the computer. But what if the photos you need to download from the iPhone was already deleted or gone? How are you able to download them now? Will it still be possible to get them back? On the next part of this article, you will discover how you are able to download pictures from iPhone even though they have been deleted.

Part 3. Download Photos from iPhone Using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery is known for its 100% recovery rate. This program has helped millions of people with data loss problems, especially on their iOS devices. It easily recovers any phone contents like contacts, messages, photos, call history, and so much more. Here are the top reasons why FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery is the most trusted software today:

  • 3 solutions for data recovery: “Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes Backup File and Recover from iCloud Backup File
  • Compatible with all iOS devices including the iPhone X, iPhone 8 and iPhone 8Plus
  • Data Preview is available
  • Selective Recovery of any file types

FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery also offers Free Trial version to allow users to test the program without having to pay for it. You can download the right version for your computer in order to begin the recovery. To download pictures from iPhone using FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery, we will use the first recovery solution which is “Recover from iOS Device” by following these guides below.

Step1. Run FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery and Connect iPhone

After you have successfully downloaded and installed FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery, the next is to run the program and then click the option: “Recover from iOS Device” from the left panel of the program and then plug in the iPhone using an original USB cable to begin the recovery. The program will be able to detect the connection automatically and when it does, click “Start Scan” to continue.


Run FoneDog iOS Data Recovery and Connect iPhone to a PC--Step1

Note: Before running the program, FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery make sure you have turned off the automatic sync option of iTunes. To do this, go to iTunes, click Preferences, click on Devices, and check “Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPad from syncing automatically”.


Scan, Preview, and Download Lost Images from iPhone--Step2

Step2. Scan, Preview, and Download Pictures from iPhone

The scanning will take time depending on the files being recovered from the iPhone. You can see its progress displayed on the progress bar onscreen. Once the scanning stops, you are now able to see all the files both present and deleted inside the iPhone. You can narrow down the search by toggling on the option seen on top:”Only display deleted items”. Proceed to the gallery or media categories and then find the deleted photos.  Mark the pictures one by one for selective recovery and then click the"Recover" button found at the end of the screen. You can now download pictures from iPhone even if they were already deleted. Don’t forget to save them in a folder on the computer for easy reference in the future.
Also Read:
Lost Contacts on iPhone, How to Recover
How to Recover Photos Recently Deleted on iPhone/iPad and iPod Touch

This process is possible because all the data stored inside our iPhones are not yet permanently deleted once we erase them but rather become unreadable files. The only way to recover those unreadable files is by using third-party tools and this is where FoneDog Toolkit- iOS Data Recovery works best.

Part 4. Video Guide: How to Download Pictures from iPhone Devices

You have learned the different ways to download pictures from iPhone as well as getting them back even though the photos were deleted by using FoneDog iOS Data Recovery Tool. There are no other programs that perform just like FoneDog Toolkit.

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