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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, so you can quickly and easily back up photos, recover lost photos deleted from your Mac, or edit your iPhone photos on Mac, etc.

Solution 1: Transfer Photos from ANY iPhone to ANY Mac (Best Option)

Transferring photos from iPhone to Mac is easy. So many tools are available. Why iTransfer for Mac is the best option? The answer is very simple: it lets you get photos off your iPhone to any Mac without the risk of erasing the existing files on your iPhone. And it's able to copy any photo, including photos taken with your iPhone, synced from iTunes, downloaded from the Internet, and more from iPhone to Mac. Besides, it's the best iTunes companion, which helps to get songs and playlists directly from your iPhone to your iTunes Library without any duplicate - which iTunes can't do. Now, see how to use iTransfer to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac.

Why not install the free trial version on your Mac to have a try?

Note: iSkysoft iTransfer for Mac is kept updated all the time. Now the newest version fully supports MacOS Sierra and iOS 11, and the latest iPhone 8.

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

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Step 1: Launch iTransfer

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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Option 1: Backup All Photos from iPhone to Mac

You can see the option "Backup Photos to Mac" option in the main windows. Click it, then all photos on your iPhone, including photos in Camera Roll, Photo Library, Photo Stream, and more will be saved to your Mac. In the newly popped up window, find a folder on your Mac to save these backed up photos.

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Option 2: Transfer Selected Photos from iPhone to Mac

Click the "Photos" tab in the main window, then you can see that photo album or folder on your iPhone. Click to open the album or folder in the left sidebar, then you can select photos and click "Export" to save them on your Mac.

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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.

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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)..."

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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

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.

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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.

Part 5. What Makes iTransfer 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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Part 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.

Just a tip, If iTunes is running on your computer you can also use it to import Photos from the Photos tab.
To Transfer iPhone photos to computerusing Dropbox, you need to install Dropbox app onto both your iPhone and your PC. Then open the Dropbox app on your iPhone and switch to the Uploads tab. Press the + icon at the top left corner and select the photos you need to transfer.
Hi everybody! I have been in trouble with transfer photos /camera roll) to iphoto since i switch from iphone 4s to my iphone 6. I have the option "hide photos already imported" but system never recognize those photos and imports all photos again and again. Help? Thank you.
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?
How do I get photos that are listed on my iPhone 5s as from my Mac off the phone and back onto my Mac?
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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