iPhone users are able to find couple of ways to backup iPhone photos to a Windows PC, but they can only find few methods to backup iPhone photos to Mac. As a fan of Apple products, many people own iPhone, iPad and MacBook at the same time, so it is absolutely necessary for the users to figure out some easy methods to import iPhone photos to Mac. iTunes and iCloud are both helpful. But with iTunes, you are probably not able to view the photos you have backed up on your MacBook; as for iCloud, the limitations of this cloud service make it a lame duck for backing up iPhone photos:
1. Only latest 1,000 photos can be saved;
2. Photos will be automatically deleted after 30 days;
3. iCloud only gives you 5GB for free. If you choose iCloud or iTunes, you may not get very happy backup experience.
Besides iTunes and iCloud, you still have other methods to backup iPhone photos to Mac with no efforts. Airdrop, iPhoto, the third-party software, and so on all can provide the solutions for you to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac computers. The guidance below will detailedly show you how to do that.
Part 1. Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac with Leawo iTransfer for Mac
When it comes to transferring photos from iPhone to Mac, iPhone transfer software for Mac are always be regarded as one of the best choices. Among all the iPhone transfer programs, Leawo iTransfer is regarded as one of the best. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and Mac computers, and it enables users to transfer various kinds of files without using iTunes. The following guidance will show you how to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, and you can free download the software to have a try.
Step 1. Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPhone to computer with the USB cable. The software will recognize your iPhone.
Step 2. Click the name of iPhone and choose Camera in the left sidebar. The iPhone photos will display in the right part of the software window.
Step 3. Hold Command/Shift key to select the photos you want to transfer, and click the transfer button at the right bottom. Or right-click one selected photo and choose Transfer to > My Computer.
Step 4. After selecting photos, you'll see a pop-up dialog. Check Save to Folder and click Change to choose a folder on your computer to save the photos. Then click Transfer Now to to backup photos from iPhone to Mac computers.
When the transfer finishes, you will get the photos in target folder. With Leawo iTransfer, you can easily copy photos from iPhone to Mac, and you are also allowed to transfer other kinds of files with this software, for example, you can transfer music from iPhone to computer with Leawo iTransfer.
Part 2. Backup Photos from iPhone to Mac with Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac
Apart from iPhone transfer software, iPhone recovery software also supports to backup iPhone photos to Mac. Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac is powerful iPhone backup software and iPhone data recovery software, it helps MacBook users to backup iPhone, iPad and iPod touch files to MacBook, and recover lost data from iTunes backups and iOS devices. If you want to backup iPhone photos to Mac, this software is a good choice. You can check out the following guidance about how to backup iPhone photos to Mac, or free download the software to have a try. Note that the trial version stops at the preview window.
1. Run Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac on your MacBook, and connect iPhone to the MacBook with the USB cable. The software will pick out your iPhone in the list at the bottom of the window, and show a "Start" button in the middle. Click the button and the software start analyzing your iPhone.
2. After the analysis of your iPhone, the software will scan the contents in your iPhone. 12 categories will be listed in the left sidebar, and their names will turn white when the scan is done. Click "Camera Roll" and then the photos will be shown in the right part of the window. Check the photos you want to backup and then click the "Recover" button at the right bottom of the window. If you want to transfer all the photos from iPhone to Mac, you can check the square button beside "Camera Roll".
3. After clicking the "Recover" button, you will see a pop-up dialog. Click "Open" in the dialog and then you are able to choose a folder on your computer to save the exported photos. Then click "Go" to start importing photos from iPhone to Mac.
When the backup process is done, you will find the photos in the target folder. Leawo iOS Data Recovery is helpful on this issue. If you are about to backup iPhone photos to PC, you can take advantage of the Windows version of Leawo iOS Data Recovery.
With these simple methods, you are able to backup iPhone photos to Mac with no efforts. Now you don't have to worry about the thousands of photos you take with your iPhone.
Part 3. Comparison between Leawo iTransfer for Mac and Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac
Both Leawo iTransfer and Leawo iOS Data Recovery can help users backup iPhone photos to Mac computers. And they have other different features to meet users' needs. The table below will compare the two pieces of software for you.
|Leawo iTransfer for Mac||Leawo iOS Data Recovery for Mac|
|Transfer data between iOS devices, iTunes and Mac|
|Back data from iOS devices to Mac|
|Recover data from iOS devices/iTunes backup/iCloud backup|
|Delete data from iOS devices|
|Restore deleted/lost data from iOS devices|
|Can be used as alternatives to iTunes|
|Compatible with all iPhone models, including iPhone SE/6s/6|
|Support iTunes 12.4 and the latest Mac OS X|
|Run smoothly with iOS 9.3.2|
Part 4. Other Solutions to Back iPhone Photos to Mac Computers
Dropbox is a similar cloud service as iCloud, but it is more user-friendly. Dropbox allows users to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac over Wi-Fi or USB connection. You only need to install Dropbox on your MacBook and iPhone, and log in the app with the same ID, then you are allowed to upload photos from your iPhone to Dropbox; if you think uploading photos one by one is a waste of time, you can plug your iPhone into MacBook via the USB cable, and then you can import iPhone photos to MacBook with ease. The Dropbox will provide limited free storage space, but it doesn't limit the number of the photos you upload and never automatically delete old photos.
AirDrop is somewhat like Bluetooth on Android devices, and it allows iOS users to share files with Mac computers. With AirDrop, people can easily transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. People need to start Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on their iPhone, and also turn on Bluetooth on their Mac computers, then turn on AirDrop on iPhone and Mac computer, now iPhone users should be able to connect iPhone with their Mac computer. After that, people can share photos from iPhone to Mac computer. Please note that you should keep Block All Incoming Connections unchecked on your Mac, and you can find that in System Preferences > General > Security & Privacy > Firewall > Firewall Options.
The photos on your iPhone can be emailed with your iPhone Mails app, so you can transfer photos from iPhone to Mac computer with this method. You need to go to the Photos app in your iPhone, and select the photo you want to transfer, and click the Share button at the left bottom. Then select Mails app to transfer the photos. After that, you can send the photo to yourself. Please note the Mails app only supports to transfer 5 photos at one time, so you should send no more than 5 photos in one email.