How do I get pictures from my iPhone or iPad onto my PC?

The reality of our device-rich world is this: you'll sometimes have a phone or tablet that isn't the same make as your computer. The horror! To make matters worse, you have photos on your iPhone or iPad that you want transferred over to your Windows 10 PC. If you're already using OneDrive on your iOS device, here's how to sync your photos folder with your PC. Otherwise, here are a few other simple methods that will get your photos where you want them.

How to download and install iTunes

In order for your PC to recognize the iPhone or iPad in File Explorer, you'll need to install iTunes. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch your favorite web browser from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Navigate to www.apple.com/itunes/download.

    Launch your favorite web browser. Navigate to the website.

  3. Click Download Now. You might have to scroll down a bit.
  4. Click Save. iTunes will now download.

    Click Download Now. Click Save.

  5. Click Run when the download is complete. The iTunes installer will open.
  6. Click Next.

    Click Run. Click Next.

  7. Click Install when you're satisfied with the installation parameters.
  8. Click Finish.

    Click Install. Click Finish.

How to transfer iPhone and iPad photos using File Explorer

Using File Explorer to transfer photos from iPhone and iPad won't take long. Install iTunes first, then follow these steps:

  1. Plug your iPhone or iPad into your PC using a suitable USB cable.
  2. Launch Windows Explorer from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar. You can also use the Windows key + E shortcut on your keyboard.
  3. Click the arrow next to This PC in the menu on the left side of the window. The arrow looks like >.
  4. Click NAME's iPhone or NAME's iPad in the This PC sub-menu.

    Click the arrow next to This PC. Click the iPhone or iPad in the sub-menu.

  5. Double-click Internal Storage.
  6. Double-click DCIM.

    Double-click Internal Storage. Double-click DCIM.

  7. Double-click a folder. They should all contain images.
  8. Click an image. You can hold the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click to select multiple images. You can also use the Ctrl + A shortcut on your keyboard to select all photos at once.

    Double-click a folder. Click an image or multiple images.

  9. Click Copy to — it is located near the top of the window.
  10. Click Choose location… to select a location. You can also click one of the options listed in the dropdown menu.

    Click Copy to. Click Choose location.

  11. Click a destination to save the pictures.
  12. Click Copy. Make sure you don't unplug your iPhone or iPad during the process!

    Click a destination. Click Copy.

How to transfer iPhone and iPad photos using the Windows 10 Photos app

If you'd like import all photos from your iPhone or iPad at once, you can use the handy Photos app that comes standard with Windows 10. Here's how to do it.

  1. Plug your iPhone or iPad into your PC using a suitable USB cable.
  2. Launch the Photos app from the Start menu, desktop, or taskbar.
  3. Click Import. It is located in the top-right corner of the window.

    Launch the Photos app. Click Import.

  4. Click any photos you'd like to not import; all new photos will be selected for importing by default.
  5. Click Continue. The Photos app will begin the import process. Make sure you don't unplug your iPhone or iPad during the process!

    Select or deselect any photos. Click Continue.

How to transfer iPhone or iPad photos using iCloud

Windows 10 has the ability to use iCloud to wirelessly sync your photos as long as you've backed up the photos on your iPhone or iPad to iCloud. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch your favorite web browser from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Navigate to www.support.apple.com/en-ca/HT204283.
  3. Click Download. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  4. Click Save.

    Click Download. Click Save.

  5. Click Run when the download his finished.
  6. Click I accept the terms….

    Click Run. Click I accept the terms.

  7. Click Install.
  8. Click Finish. Your computer will restart and, upon restart, the iCloud window will automatically appear.

    Click Install. Click Finish.

  9. Type your Apple ID.
  10. Type your password.

    Type your Apple ID. Type your password.

  11. Click Sign In.
  12. Click the Options button next to Photos.

    Click Sign In. Click the Options button next to Photos.

  13. Click the box next to My Photo Stream so that a checkmark appears.
  14. Click the box next to Upload new photos from my PC so that the checkmark disappears. You can set these options how you'd like, but this ensures you're just getting the photos off your iPhone or iPad onto your PC.

    Click the box next to My Photo Stream so that a checkmark appears. Click the box next to Upload new photos from my PC so that the checkmark disappears.

  15. Click Done.
  16. Click Apply. Any photos in your iCloud will now download to your PC.

    Click Done. Click Apply.

Your iPhotos

Did you successfully transfer the photos from your iPhone or iPad to your Windows 10 PC? Did you use one of the methods above? Let us know in the comments section below!