Got some great pictures on your iPhone and want to transfer them to your Mac, so you can view them on the big screen or seriously edit them in iPhoto or Photoshop? If so, you're in the right place. Below we provide 4 ways to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac (iMac, Macbook, iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4s, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and iOS 7, iOS 8 included), so you can quickly and easily back up photos, recover photos lost or deleted from your Mac, edit your iPhone photos on Mac and more.

Solution 1: Transfer Photos from iPhone Album to Mac Yosemite/Mavericks

If you're looking for a way to get all your photos off your iPhone (including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus) — not just the ones taken with your iPhone but also the ones transferred or downloaded to your iPhone, iSkysoft TunesOver for Mac will be the best helper for you to transfer all photo albums from iPhone to Mac. It is a smart Mac app specially designed for iOS users to manage all their media files. It can keep albums from your phone to iMac or other Mac machines. Now, see how to use TunesOver to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac (Mavericks and Yosemite included).

Tips: If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows PC, go to transfer iPhone photos to Windows PC.

Why Choose TunesOver to Transfer iPhone Photo to Mac

Transfer all photos to Mac


One click to transfer camera roll, photo stream and photo library photos from iPhone to Mac.

Manage iPhone contents


Manage your iPhone photos and easy to build photo albums on iPhone 6/iPhone 6 Plus/etc.

Copy files from iPhone to Mac


Also transfer iPhone/iPad/iPod touch music, videos and more to Mac and iTunes.

Convert files to iPhone


Detect the media file formats and then convert and transfer them to iPhone, iPod and iPad supported formats.

Go to see more benefits on transferring iPhone photos

Sync Photo Library, Camera Roll or non Camera Roll Photos from iPhone to Mac

Step 1 Launch TunesOver

Install iPhone photos to Mac transfer. Connect iPhone with your Mac, and your iPhone information will be shown on the main interface.

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Step 2 Start transferring iPhone photos to Mac

Go to "Photos" tab and open Camera Roll. Then select photos and transfer iPhone Camera Roll photos to Mac. Or go to "Photo Library" or "Photo Stream" to select the photos you want and start transferring photos from iPhone to Mac.

transfer iphone photos to Mac

See details in the video on how to transfer photo albums from iPhone to Mac (iOS 8 and Yosemite included).

Solution 2: Transfer "Camera Roll" Photos to Mac with iPhoto (Photos Taken with iPhone)

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac

After connecting your iPhone to your Mac. iPhoto will automatically launch and open to the Import window, listing your iPhone's images and videos under "Camera Roll".


Note: With iPhoto, Preview or Image capture, you can only sync photos from your iPhone camera roll—in other words, only photos taken by your iPhone. If you want to sync all your Photo Library images, go to Solution 1.

Step 2: Start Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

Select the images you want to import into iPhoto, then select the "Import Selected" option—or just drag the photos directly from the Camera Roll folder into iPhoto.

Solution 3: Transfer "Camera Roll" Photos to Mac with Preview

Step 1: Connect iPhone to Mac

When you have connected your iPhone to your Mac, launch your Preview. Now go to the "File" menu and choose "Import from (your iPhone's name)..."

transfer photos from iPhone to Mac with Preview
Step 2: Select Photos and Start Transfer

Select your photos and click "Import" or click "Import All", choose the destination.

Solution 4: Transfer "Camera Roll" Photos to Mac with Image Capture

Transfer Camera Roll Photos to Mac with Image Capture
Step 1: Select iPhone Photos

After connecting iPhone to Mac, open Image Capture application. When all photos load and are available, select the photos you want to import/delete. If you want to delete them all, simply hold command and "a" and you'll see they will all be highlighted.

Transfer Camera Roll Photos to Mac with Image Capture
Step 2: Begin to Transfer iPhone Photos to Mac

When you select all the photos you want, click "Import" to start the transfer. If you choose to import all of them then have them removed, click "Import" and check the box that says "delete after importing.

5. What Makes TunesOver Outstanding on Transferring Photos from iPhone to Mac

iPhone Photos iPhoto Preview Image Capture


Camera Roll Photos

Photos taken with your iPhone

Photo Stream Photos

Photos shared from other devices
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Photo Library Photos

Photos synced from your computer to your phone
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Photo Album

Build photo albums on iPhone and transfer photo albums from iPhone to Mac
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6. Common Issues and Troubleshooting on iPhone Photos Transfer

Q: When importing iPhone photos, iPhoto locked up?

Quit iPhoto and launch it again. To do so, go to Apple menu > force quit.

Q: How to delete photos from iPhoto?

For deleting photos from an Event, select the photos and press Delete key. Then go to iPhoto > Empty iPhoto Trash. To delete photos from an album, select the photos and press "Command+Options+Delete". Then empty iPhoto trash like above.

Q: Cannot see photos in my Photo Stream?

First tap Settings on your phone to check whether the Wi-Fi is connected. Then go to Settings > iCloud > Photos to see whether Photo Stream is turned on. Make sure the Camera app on your phone is closed. And ensure your phone battery power is higher than 20%.

Q: How to transfer photos sent from others iPhone by message to Mac?

If the photos are sent via iMessage, the photos will be on your Mac iMessage. Or you can try to transfer photos to Photo Stream.

Q: iPhoto keep crashing on Mavericks/Yosemite?

If you have updated to Mavericks, you can try to reinstall iPhoto. Just press Command + R to boot into the Recovery Volume to repair permissions and the disk. Then reinstall iPhoto on your Mac.

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Hi, So sorry for the late reply. But would you please confirm with us that whenever you connect your iPhone on Mac with any of above solution, your iPhone pictures are not shown. Right?
My iphone can\'t seem to be syncing. I\'ve tried everything on here, but it always ends up blank when it shows my iphone icon. So it\'s reading that my iphone is hooked up but my pics are appearing. Could it be something I have to disable on my phone?
Hi James, You can just install and run TunesOver. And connect your iPhone 5 to Mac. Then go to the Photos tab to select the photos you want and click Export to transfer photos from iPhone 5 to Mac. Just take a trial.
How do I get photos that are listed on my iPhone 5s as from my Mac off the phone and back onto my Mac?
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Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thanks for writing this post! I\'ve been using a Macbook with 10.6.8 for months and didn\'t know about ImageCapture. I kept wondering why my iPhone did not automatically appear in Finder like it does when connected to a Windows machine. And now I see in the comments that there are several ways to do this. Thanks! I have to say thought that in this case it\'s Windows that just works.
Thanks! This was so simple and helpful x
Hi Ivan! I\'m trying to download photos to my MacBook from my iPhone 4, but when I plug the phone to the MacBook I get the message \"No camera was found\"! Help!!!!
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