As it stands, Apple’s iPhones are one of the most popular phones on the market today. In 2015 the company set a record by selling over 230 million iPhones in that one year alone.
When you consider that over a trillion photos are estimated to be taken every year on a smartphone, a ton of those photos are taken on Apple iPhones.
However, Apple iPhones Don’t Always Play Well with Others
Apple products are notorious for exclusive compatibility with other Apple products. As a general rule, Apple products don’t have native compatibility with other devices – whereas Apple’s iPhone, MacBook, and iPad products all have native functionality that allows them to interact with each other.
Photos, videos, contacts and other files are shared seamlessly between these devices. Similarly, functions like phone calls, browser settings & history and more are also shared between devices seamlessly.
That’s actually one of the most attractive features for many iPhone users. Take for example someone who uses exclusively Apple products. If they take a photo on their iPhone camera, it is easily accessible on both their MacBook laptop and Apple desktop computer, if the configurations are present for that capability.
The trouble for many is that, while they are iPhone users, they do not use other Apple products. iPhones are popular across the smartphone market, but, in general, there is not a shortage of competitors for laptop computers, desktop computers and tablets.
One of Apple’s largest competitors is Microsoft. While Apple certainly is winning in the smartphone race, Microsoft laptop and desktop computers are quite common. There are pros and cons for each operating system but some of the driving factors behind the commonality of Microsoft is
- More opportunity for hardware maintenance and customization
- Lower prices
- Wider software availability
- More familiar graphical user interface
If you’re one of many who values their iPhone but does not have the luxury of purchasing an entire arsenal of Apple products or simply prefers Microsoft products, you may experience some compatibility issues. One of the most apparent instances of this is in the difficulty that many people experience when trying to transfer photos between an Apple device and a Microsoft product.
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows 10
Windows 10 is the newest operating system by Microsoft but is already more commonly used than its predecessor. If you are one of the over 1.5 billion users of Microsoft Windows operating systems, you might be familiar with Windows 10.
Windows 10 has many benefits. The operating system has advanced security features that IT professionals love, ease of use across devices that is reminiscent of Apple’s operating system, and general improvement to ease of use.
One area where you may have issue, however, is getting your information from your Apple iPhone onto your Microsoft computer. In particular, many users are unsure about how to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10.
Why Would You Want to Import Photos from iPhone to Windows 10?
There are multiple reasons you’d want to be able to access your photos from your iPhone on your Windows 10-enabled device.
As we mentioned, the commonality of Apple’s iPhones means that a huge group of people have an iPhone on their person throughout the day. This means that many everyday memories are captured on the iPhone. These memories can be frivolous but they can also be quite important. For that reason, you may want to have a copy of them backed up somewhere – like your Windows 10-enabled computer.
There are also professional reasons you might need to access your files on your desktop computer as opposed to your iPhone. For example, if you take photos of documents you may want those photos within reach while you’re working on your day-to-day computer.
If you’ve found yourself wondering how to import your photos from your iPhone to Windows 10, follow the remainder of this guide as you have several methods to choose from to accomplish this.
1. Using Windows 10’s Native Photos Application
For quite some time now, Apple’s OS and iOS have had designated applications for storing and viewing photos. In both instances, these applications are simply called “Photos.”
One method for importing photos from iPhone to Windows 10 involves the use of Windows 10’s native Photos app. Photos is a new feature of Windows 10 so we want to highlight some of the features.
The platform is an all-in-one center for viewing, storing and sharing photos. It has capabilities to share photos to multiple social platforms including: Facebook, Twitter, and Microsoft’s cloud storage platform OneDrive. In addition to the social features, the platform acts as an image viewer, video clip editor, image organizer, and raster graphics editor.
For photo storage, photos offer the ability to organize photos in its gallery by selecting photos and arranging photos by “albums.” Album view shows both automatic system-generated albums and user-curated albums.
This application can also be used to take photos taken on your iPhone and store them in a secondary location.
To do this, you must first connect your phone to the Microsoft Windows-based computer using a USB cable. It’s likely that your phone charger has a removable USB cable that fits your phone – if the cable is removable from the power adapter base, you can use that one.
Once your iPhone is connected to the computer, you need to open the Photos app on the computer. You can do this by navigating to the Photos application icon or you can perform a search within the Windows start menu. The search bar is in the lower left corner of the screen in Windows 10.
With your iPhone connected and the Photo application open, click the three dots in the top right corner of the application. This icon is labeled “import.” A window will appear that will allow you to select your device, in this case, your iPhone. The window will even give you the option to delete the original copy of the photo from the iPhone upon importing.
There are some pros and cons of this method. The obvious pro is that it is a simple way to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10 in bulk using software that is native to both iOS and Microsoft Windows.
The cons are that it must be physically connected using a USB cable and the operation must be done manually. Another con is that photos cannot be transferred the other way. This method will allow you to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10, but not vice-versa.
2. Using Third-Party Software
There are various third-party platforms out there that will allow you to transfer photos and files between devices. These are not software platforms endorsed by either Microsoft or Apple so be cautious if you choose this method. Some examples of popular apps with this capability are: Bump, AirMore, and Wireless Photo Transfer.
The basis of these applications is around Wi-Fi. Most of them have an accompanying desktop app for Microsoft that partners with an iOS application to transmit files over the wireless internet network. For this reason, you must be in a location where both of your devices can successfully connect to the same network.
One benefit of this method is that files can be sent both ways. In addition to being able to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10, you can send photos back to your iPhone from your desktop or laptop computer. The downfall in this method is that it is reliant upon a stable internet connection – something that may not be a problem at all in your case.
3. Using Windows Explorer
If you’ve ever used a Windows computer, then you know about Windows Explorer. This is a built-in feature of Microsoft Windows-based computers and has been for quite some time. It is an engine that allows you to search and view all of the files on your computer as well as any devices that are connected to your computer.
Using this method, you can view the photo files on your iPhone and manually copy them to your Windows 10 device.
First, you must connect your iPhone using a USB cable. Windows will ask you whether or not to “trust” the attached device and, since it is your phone, you can go ahead and click “trust.”
Next, you need to open Windows File Explorer. To do this, either find the icon in the left panel of the Windows start menu or search for the application.
One the application is open, you’ll see your iPhone in the left pane showing as a connected device. Double click on the folder showing your iPhone name and it will open up a navigation window. From here you should navigate to “Internal Storage” and then to a folder named “DCIM.”
Within the folder titled “DCIM” you will find all photo files that are saved on your iPhone. You can simply highlight these files and copy them to your desired location. To select multiple files in the shortest amount of time: select your first file, scroll to the last file you’d like to select and click on it while holding the shift key on your keyboard. This should select all files between the first and last file you selected.
We recognize there is no natively-installed method to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10. Hopefully, this guide has given you additional insight on how to go about doing this. Your memories are important, so backing them up on a Windows 10 computer can be your best step to making sure you don’t lose any valuable photos.