How to Manage iPhone Photos Without iTunes

Written by robert schrader
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Regularly moving photos from the iPhone's "Camera Roll" to your computer hard drive decreases the time it takes iTunes to back up your device whenever you sync it. You need not use iTunes to manage the iPhone's Camera Roll. Instead, use Windows Explorer to browse the iPhone's Camera Roll and to move photos off it and onto a computer's hard drive.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • USB cable

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  1. 1

    Insert the wide end of the iPhone's USB cable into its base. Insert the narrower end into any of your computer's USB ports.

  2. 2

    Close iTunes if it launches, unless you plan to manage your music and videos immediately after browsing the iPhone's "Camera Roll." It isn't necessary to have iTunes open to manage photos on the device.

  3. 3

    Open the Windows "Start" menu and click "Computer." Double-click the name of the iPhone and click "DCIM" to view your photos.

  4. 4

    Drag photos you want to copy to your computer onto your desktop. Highlight those you wish to delete and hit the "Delete" key to remove them from your device permanently. Drag photos from your hard drive into this folder to add them to your iPhone.

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