How to Backup iPhone Photos to Mac and PC?

Last Updated : Sept 14, 2018 | Written by Amanda

I need to free up my iPhone space, how do I backup iPhone photos. Well, you may find that photos on iPhone are the biggest reason why your iPhone is always short of storage. As the pictures quality which taken by the latest iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/8 is better and better, and there are so many photo apps like Selfie City, Snow, Snap Chat or even Instagram offering the most astonish features which makes everyone become a photographer, you just can't resist to take a selfie, or take photos of the tasty food you are eating. So, free iPhone space is in demand, iPhone photo backup is in need!

Some Other Reasons to Backup iPhone Photos:
1. If you'd like to buy a new iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, you need to back up your previous iPhone photos and sync to your new iPhone.
2. In case of losing pictures after you update your iPhone to new iOS 12, you need to back up your iPhone pictures, music and everything before you update.
3. To make sure your iPhone file stay organized, you can easily locate and edit iPhone photos on computer.

Backup iPhone Photos with DearMob iPhone Manager
Backup iPhone Photos

DearMob iPhone Manager is a free tool which highly focused on iPhone photos backup. Not only supports backing up iPhone photos by day, by month and by year, but also transfer all iPhone photos no matter in Camera Roll, Selfie, Screenshots album or whatsoever to PC/Mac.

★ 1-click backup iPhone photos in all album from iPhone to computer.
★ Seconds to backup 100 4K/Live/HDR iPhone photos, screenhots to PC/Mac with intact quality.
★ Manage, add and delete unwanted iPhone photo albums.

10 Easiest Ways to Backup iPhone Photos for Free

If you don't trust your computer, you can backup your iPhone photos online. If you are afraid of your photos might get leaked online, you can transfer iPhone photos to computer. If you trust neither of them, you could choose to backup iPhone photos to an external hard drive. Backing up iPhone photos is a good habit, here are 10 tips to teach you how to backup iPhone photos, whatever way you are choosing, just don't forget to do it.

Part 1: Backup iPhone photos to PC
Part 2: Backup iPhone photos to Mac
Part 3: Backup iPhone photos Online

Part 1: Backup iPhone Photos to PC

1. Backup iPhone Photos with DearMob iPhone Manager

The free iPhone photo backup app we are recommending today is called DearMob iPhone Manager. It is 100% clean and extremely light weighted which probably is because it only has a single professional purpose – backing up and managing your iPhone photos on PC. By managing iPhone photos, which means you could also add and delete photo albums on PC.

Free download this iPhone photo manager and we'll show you how to backup iPhone photos to PC (iOS 12/11 and earlier, Windows 10 supported).

Step 1: Install and launch free DearMob iPhone Manager on your PC.

Step 2: Plug in your iPhone to PC with the USB cable.

Step 3: Choose the iPhone photos, albums that you want to back up from iPhone to PC. You can select photos by day, by month and by year, or you could just simple click "Select All" if you want to backup all pictures on your iPhone to PC.

Step 4: Click Sync and your iPhone photos (HEIC HEIF JPG PNG GIF included) will be backed up to the default folder on PC with original quality and no extra things attached.

Tips and Notes: If you have such problems as Windows photo viewer not recognizing iPhone photos and that you're going with an iPhone X/8/7 Plus/7 powered with iOS 11, which adopted Apple's latest HEIC image compressing standard, chances are that you'll need one of the best HEIC converters.

Backup iPhone Photos to PC

2. Import iPhone Pictures via AutoPlay

Windows AutoPlay is able to backup photos from iPhone to PC, but only photos in Camera Roll can be transferred. If you want to backup all your iPhone photos, please refer to Method 1. Anyway, if your purpose is to backup Camera Roll photos, you are free to use this default way.

Export iPhone Photos to Windows 10

Step 1. Connect iPhone to PC with USB. If the AutoPlay window automatically pop up, click "Import Pictures and Videos using Windows".

Step 2. Click the Import Settings link. In the resulting window, you can change the folder to which your Camera Roll's photos will be backed up by clicking the Browse button next to the "Import to field.

Step 3. After setting up your backup options, click OK and then choose a tag if necessary and click Import button.

Tips and Notes: If you find one or more photos taken with iPhone won't show up on Windows computer, chances are that they're in HEIC format. Here's the solution to HEIC won't open on Windows 10/8/7 computer.

Part 2: Backup iPhone Photos to Mac

3. Backup iPhone Photos with Preview

Mac Preview is a default feature of macOS to backup iPhone photos to Mac. Similar to Windows AutoPlay, it also only support backup Camera Roll photos to Mac.

Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB > Launch Preview App on your Mac > Click File at the top left corner and select Import from iPhone > Choose the photos you want to transfer from iPhone to Mac > Click Import on the bottom > Choose the destination folder and click Save.

Tip and Notes: Kindly remember that HEIC photos, aka Apple's latest image format won't open on anything older than macOS High Sierra. If you want to open such photos on Mac, you can refer to the HEIC photo viewer for Mac.

Backup Pictures from iPhone to Mac

4. Backup iPhone Photos with iPhoto

iPhoto is also an application that only does the work of backing up iPhone photos in Camera Roll to Mac.

Connect your iPhone to Mac with USB cable > Launch iPhoto if it does not open automatically > select the photos you want to backup from iPhone to Mac and then click Import > Click Import Selected on the top.

Part 3: Backup iPhone Photos Online

5. Backup iPhone Photos with iCloud

One of the simplest ways to backup iPhone photos online is through iCloud – Apple's own backup service. If you are using the same Apple ID of your iPhone on all devices such as your iPad, PC and Mac, the photos you took with your iPhone will automatically appear on the iPad and Mac.

But this iPhone photo backup service is only free when the total photo size is less than 5 GB, also you might run into iCloud backup could not complete errors, furthurmore, if you want to backup more pictures you need to pay to upscale your iCloud storage.

You need to do the following settings to turn on iCloud Backup: On your iPhone, go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > iCloud Backup: On.

backup Photos with icloud

6. Backup iPhone Photos to iTunes

You have two ways to backup iPhone photos to iTunes which is with Wi-Fi and the other is with the USB cable. By turning on wireless syncing with iTunes over Wi-Fi, you will need to follow the tutorial below.

Turn off your iCloud. Go to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > turn off iCloud. Enable iTunes. Go to Settings > General > iTunes Wi-Fi Sync and then select your computer from the list. You can choose "Sync Now" but by default, iTunes will sync your photos automatically in the background once it is enabled and connected to Wi-Fi.

If you're tired of the tedious iTunes syncing process, however, please consider iTunes alternative for Mac.

7. Backup iPhone Photos to Dropbox

Dropbox's official iPhone app enables users to backup iPhone photos in Camera Roll automatically to Dropbox's servers. Once turned on the Auto-upload feature of Dropbox app for iPhone, it will running in the background to backup iPhone photos every time you take a picture as long as the internet is connected.

If you have an iPhone X/8/7 Plus/7 powered with iOS 11 with the Dropbox APP to upload photos, and would like to download them to an Windows computer later, pay attention that there are HEIC photos within your album, and you'll need to convert HEIC to JPG before you can view any of them.

Import Photos with Dropbox

8. Backup iPhone Photos to Google Photos

Google Photos app is free application on iOS which helps you to backup your iPhone photos and videos to Google Photos Library. This includes both Camera Roll photos and other photos you downloaded or saved on your iPhone.

Open the Google Photos App > Tap Menu at the top left > Go to Settings > Backup & Sync > Switch On.

If you see a message asking to allow the app to access your photos. Go to Settings > tap Privacy > Photos and then Switch Google Photos on.

9. Backup iPhone Photos with email

If the photos you want to back up is not so many and the size is rather small, you could try to backup iPhone photos with Email.

Launch the Photos App on your iPhone > Select the specific iPhone photos in the target album > Tap the Share button in the bottom > Choose Mail > Type the email address and complete the email > tap Send. On your computer, you can log in your email account and then downloaded the iPhone photos which just sent from your iPhone via email.

Backup Photos with Email

10. Backup iPhone Photos with Instant Messaging App

There are different Messaging App on your iPhone such as What's App, Line, Facebook Messenger, etc. and they all have a desktop version which you could install on your computer, and they all have the function which is sending and sharing pictures. With them, you can send and backup iPhone photos to any computer or devices you want. Just a drawback is that the picture's quality could be downsized.

In conclusion, if you intend to backup your iPhone photos in original quality and completely free with no restriction, backing up photos with a free iPhone manager is the best choice from the top 10 ways. With DearMob iPhone Photo Manager, not only can you backup iPhone photos to computer, you can also transfer photos from computer to iPhone. What's more, as a photo manager, it could better sort out your iPhone photos by creating different albums and if you don't want the album any more, you could just simple delete it with one click.

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