Transfer photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch

Find out how to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac or PC. You can also make your photos available on all of your devices with iCloud Photos.


Use iCloud Photos

iCloud Photos keeps your photos and videos safe, up to date and available automatically on all of your Apple devices, on iCloud.com and even your PC. When you use iCloud Photos, you don't need to import photos from one iCloud device to another. iCloud Photos always uploads and stores your original, full-resolution photos. You can keep full-resolution originals on each of your devices, or save space with device-optimised versions instead. Either way, you can download your originals whenever you need them. Any organisational changes or edits you make are always kept up to date across all of your Apple devices. Find out how to set up and use iCloud Photos.

The photos and videos that you keep in iCloud Photos use your iCloud storage. Before you turn on iCloud Photos, make sure you have enough space in iCloud to store your entire collection. You can see how much space you need and then upgrade your storage plan if necessary.


Import to your Mac

You can use the Photos app to import photos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac with a USB cable.
  2. Open the Photos app on your computer.
  3. The Photos app shows an Import screen with all of the photos and videos that are on your connected device. If the Import screen doesn't appear automatically, click the device's name in the Photos sidebar.
  4. If asked, unlock your iOS or iPadOS device using your passcode. If you see a prompt on your iOS or iPadOS device asking you to Trust This Computer, tap Trust to continue.
  5. Choose where you want to import your photos to. Next to "Import to", you can choose an existing album or create a new one.
  6. Select the photos you want to import and click Import Selected, or click Import All New Photos.
    macOS Photos Import window
  7. Wait for the process to finish, then disconnect your device from your Mac.

Find out what to do if you can't import photos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer.


Import to your Windows PC

You can import photos to your PC by connecting your device to your computer and using the Windows Photos app:

  1. Make sure you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. Importing photos to your PC requires iTunes 12.5.1 or later.
  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your PC with a USB cable.
  3. If asked, unlock your iOS or iPadOS device using your passcode.
  4. If you see a prompt on your iOS or iPadOS device asking you to Trust This Computer, tap Trust or Allow to continue.

Then, visit Microsoft's website to find out how to import photos to the Windows Photos app in Windows 10.

If you have iCloud Photos turned on, you'll need to download the original, full-resolution versions of your photos to your iPhone before you import to your PC. Find out how.

When you import videos from your iOS or iPadOS device to your PC, some of them may appear the wrong way up in the Windows Photos app. You can add these videos to iTunes to play them in the correct orientation.

If you're having trouble importing photos from your iOS or iPadOS device to Windows 10, try these steps:

  1. On your iOS or iPadOS device, open the Settings app. Tap Camera, then tap Formats.
  2. Tap Most Compatible. From now on, your camera will create photos and videos in JPEG and H.264 formats.

Find out what to do if you can't import photos from your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your computer.


Learn more

There are more ways to transfer photos and videos to your computer:

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