Sometimes photos and videos take up too much storage space on your device, but you don’t want to delete them so you can keep memories. The good news; there is a solution! You can transfer them to your computer and free up storage space on your mobile phone. If you own an iPhone, iPad, or iPod and use MacOS it’s quite easy to complete transfers using the AirDrop or Photos app. However, if you own a PC, it can seem a little bit more complicated because of the different operating systems. In this article, we will explain how to transfer your photos and videos from your iOS device to a Windows PC.
iCloud is the best way to transfer your photos and videos from iOS devices to PC wirelessly
. There are two ways of doing it.
iCloud Photo Library for Windows
You can easily access your photos from a PC by using the iCloud Photo Library app for Windows
. You can download the app for free in the Microsoft store
. When the app is installed, sign in with your Apple ID
. Then, enable automatic upload of your photos and videos to iCloud in iOS device settings
: go to Settings > Photos
and enable iCloud Photos
Now you can adjust settings in the Windows iCloud app. Go to Options
and checkmark iCloud Photo Library
to store your photos and videos in the iCloud app.
Checkmark Download new photos and videos to my PC
if you want to download them automatically and press Done
. Now you can download your photos and videos from a mobile device by clicking on Download Photos
in the Windows iCloud app.
The other option to import your iPhone photos and videos, which takes less time, is to go to iCloud.com from your PC
and sign in with your Apple ID
. To access the website you will have to follow the two-step authentication process
, so keep your iOS device on hand to receive the confirmation code
. Type the code into the related tab and you will be signed in to your iCloud library
. Click on the Photos
app icon and select the photos that you’d like to download.
Click on the cloud icon with a down arrow
and download photos and videos.
Using Photos App
You can import your videos and photos from iOS devices to Windows PC by using Windows Photos application
. Download Microsoft Photos App
, if it’s not preinstalled on your PC and connect your iPhone, iPod, or iPad to PC with a USB cable. Unlock your iOS device
. If you are connecting it to this PC for the first time, a prompt asking you to Trust this computer
might appear. Click Trust
Next, open the Photos app
on your PC and click on Import
in the upper right corner, then choose From the USB device
Select photos and videos you wish to transfer and click Import selected
software on PC also allows you to import pictures and videos from your iPhone to PC. First, connect your iOS device to the PC
by using the USB cable
. Then, choose Import pictures and videos
In the Import Settings
choose the folder where you’d like to keep the downloaded files. Click on Import
to start the transfer.
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