How Do I Transfer My Photos From My iPhone to My PC?

Updated February 21, 2017

The iPhone can use its digital camera to take pictures to look at or e-mail to others. Transferring photos from an iPhone to a PC will let you view the pictures on the computer, print them out or archive them for posterity. There are different methods to use to transfer the iPhone photos to the PC, and this depends upon what Windows operating system is being used. The procedure does not require purchasing software and will not damage the iPhone, the photos or the computer that the photos are being transferred to.

Connect the iPhone connection cable to the iPhone. Connect the other end to a USB port on the PC.

Turn on the PC running the Windows XP operating system. Click "Start" and select "All Programs." Select "Accessories" and choose the "Scanner and Camera Wizard" menu. Click on the icon of the camera in the window that appears. Click on "Properties" and select "Advanced Users" in the next window. Drag the photos from the column in the middle of the window to the PC's desktop to copy them to the computer's hard drive.

Turn on the PC running the Windows Vista or Windows 7 operating system. Wait for Windows to detect the iPhone and bring up a dialogue box on the screen. Click the "Import pictures" option. Click the "Import" button. The photos from the iPhone will be copied to the computer's hard drive.


View the transferred photos to see that they are in good condition before deleting them from the iPhone.


Do not connect the iPhone connection cable to a USB hub because the signal could be too weak to properly transfer the photos to the computer.

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."