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. To make matters worse, you might have photos on your iPhone or iPad that you want transferred to your Windows 10 PC. Here are a few simple methods that will get your photos where you want them.

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How to download and install iTunes

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

  1. Launch the Microsoft Store from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Search for iTunes on the Microsoft Store.

    Download iTunes from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.

  3. Click Get. iTunes will now download to your PC.
  4. Click Launch once the download is complete.

    Agree to the iTunes Software License Agreement.

  5. Click Agree to accept the iTunes Software License Agreement. iTunes is now installed.

Alternatively, you can download iTunes from Apple if you're using a Windows version prior to Windows 10. Folks using older versions of Windows will need to install the traditional application, although it offers identical features.

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 >.

    Click NAME's iPhone or NAME's iPad in the This PC sub-menu.

  4. Click NAME's iPhone or NAME's iPad in the This PC sub-menu.
  5. Double-click Internal Storage.
  6. Double-click DCIM.

    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.

    Click Copy to — it is located near the top of the window.

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

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.

  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!

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 the Microsoft Store from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Search for iCloud on the Microsoft Store.

    Download iCloud from the Windows 10 Microsoft Store.

  3. Click Get. iCloud will now download to your PC.
  4. Click Launch once the download is complete.
  5. Type your Apple ID.
  6. Type your password.

    Type your Apple ID. Type your password.

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

    Click the Options button next to Photos.

  9. Click the box next to iCloud Photos so that a checkmark appears.
  10. 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.
  11. Click Done.
  12. Click Apply. Any photos in your iCloud will now download to your PC.

Alternatively, you can download iCloud from Apple if you're using a Windows version prior to Windows 10. Folks using older versions of Windows will need to install the traditional application, although it offers identical features.

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Additional Software

Don't forget Apple's free Windows 10 apps, ideal for easy syncing between your phone and PC.

iTunes (Free at Microsoft)

iTunes welcomes Windows PCs into Apple's entertainment empire, serving up music, movies, TV shows, and more. The free Microsoft Store app also bridges your PC to iPhone and iPad devices with ease, packing capabilities to sync and update.

iCloud (Free at Microsoft)

iCloud's dedicated Windows 10 app brings your full cloud storage to a personal PC. It's fast and easy to set up, ideal for shifting snaps between devices.

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