How to Import Photos/Videos from iPhone to Windows 11🔥

There are 4 methods to import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10 with a USB or wirelessly, which involve the use of FonTool, iTunes,iCloud, and Windows Photos app.


By Kathy / Updated on March 6, 2024

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Why can't I transfer photos from iPhone to PC?

I want to back up my photos to Windows 11, but I haven't found a straightforward way to do it. Does anyone know how to do this? Thank you very much!

- Question from iPhone user

In our daily life, we often use photos to record our lives, but the storage space of the mobile phone is limited, we can free up space by copying the photos to the computer. In the following text, here are illustrated 4 methods about how to import photos from iPhone to PC Windows 11/10, involving using FoneTool, iTunes, iCloud, and Windows Photos app.


How to transfer photos/videos from iPhone to Windows 11 for free

First, let me introduce you to the professional software, FoneTool. It can transfer various files from iPhone to desktop or laptop, like photos, videos, music, contacts, etc. and vice versa.

▪ Easy-to-use interface allows users to finish all tasks within a few clicks.
▪ High transfer speed helps you move 1000 photos in minutes.
▪ Total USB connection keeps all data safe and doesn't need any Wi-Fi connection or cellular data.
You can preview and choose photos as you like.
FoneTool works well with various iPhone models and iOS versions including iPhone 15 and iOS 17.

You can get this freeware by clicking the button below. We will show you how to get photos off your iPhone and move them to the Windows 11 laptop/desktop.

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Step 1. Install the FoneTool, launch it, and connect your iPhone to a Windows 11/10 computer via a USB cable.

Step 2. Click the Phone Transfer on the home screen and go to iPhone to PC. Then, click Get Started.

Transfer to Computer

Step 3. Click Photos and choose targeted photos. Using this way, you can transfer all or part of photos from iPhone to PC. Then, click OK.


Step 4. Click the Start Transfer to complete the process.


Import photos from iPhone to desktop/laptop with Windows Photos app

You can import photos from iPhone to Windows 10 or 11 PC using the Windows Photos app. It can read iPhone “DCIM” folder, and then easily import photos or videos to PC.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer via a USB cable. Your iPhone will pop up a hint to require your permission and click Allow. Then your photos and videos in iPhone DCIM will be visible on computer.

Step 2. On your PC, go to the File Explorer > This PC. If your PC has correctly recognized the iPhone (and granted permission for the connection), it will appear as a removable drive in the "Devices and Drives" section. Then right-click the iPhone icon and choose Import Pictures and Videos.

import iphone photos

Step 3. A window will appear and your computer will scan the DCIM folder in your iPhone. Once the process is finished, it will tell you how many photos and videos can be copied. Then you can choose Import all new items now and tap on Import to make it.

enlightenedNote: In the importing process, Windows will duplicate the photos and videos into a new folder within your Pictures directory, usually with a timestamp. If you wish to remove all the photos and videos from your iPhone after completing the import, select the option "Erase After Importing".

This way can help you easily move iPhone pictures to a computer without any third-party software, but the transfer speed is so slow and the steps are complex for some users.

How to copy photos from iPhone to PC using iCloud wirelessly

Importing photos with iCloud is also a good choice. After you turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone, iCloud Photos will automatically upload all photos and videos from your iPhone to the cloud (The premise is that you have enough iCloud space), and then you can use or FoneTool on the computer to download photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 11/10.

Part 1. Upload photos from iPhone to iCloud

First, you should turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone. Just go to Settings > Tap on your name > Click iCloud > Find Photos and tap it > Enable the iCloud Photos option.

iCloud Photos

Part 2. Download photos from iCloud to Windows PC

After the uploading process, then you can download photos from iCloud to save them to your Windows 11/10 PC. There are 2 options for you to make it. You can use the official iCloud client or the professional iCloud manager - FoneTool.

If you need to move a large number of pictures, FoneTool mentioned in Option 2 will accomplish the task at a super-fast speed.

Option 1. Get iCloud photos on Windows 11 PC via the iCloud client

First of all, you should download iCloud.client and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 1. Check Photos and enable download photos in Options.

Step 2. Right-click the icon of iCloud in the lower-right corner on the desktop to download photos.

Step 3. Enter Windows Explorer, tap iCloud Photos, and find your photos in the Downloads folder.

iCloud photos

Option 2. Download iCloud photos to Windows 11 PC via professional FoneTool

To get lots of photos from iCloud to PC, FoneTool might be the best choice to make it.

yes Super fast upload/download speed helps you easily save photos to/from iCloud.
yes FoneTool uses two-factor authentication to protect your iCloud data which is the same as the encryption used by Apple.
yes The handy iCloud sync feature allows you to efficiently transfer notes, photos, videos, contacts and iCloud Drive data from one account to another.    

Step 1. Download FoneTool on your Windows PC.

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Step 2. Launch FoneTool > Go to My iCloud > Log in with your Apple ID > Choose Manage iCloud.

manage iCloud

Step 3. Select the photos you need under the Photos option > Click the Download button from the top of the page.

download photos

Step 4. Change the download settings from the pop-up window > Click Download to start.

start to download photos

That's all about how to transfer photos from iPhone to laptop/desktop in Windows 11/10 wirelessly.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 11 using iTunes

If you have iTunes on your computer, you can use it to transfer photos as well. However, you ought to make sure that iTunes is the latest version, otherwise, there may be unforeseen problems with transferring photos using iTunes.

Step 1. Install iTunes, launch it, and connect your iPhone to the computer.

Step 2. Click the “Device” icon in the upper-left corner, and select Photos.

Step 3. Check Sync Photos and select the folder on PC, then click Apply to start syncing photos.

Using iTunes

Further reading: Can't import photos from iPhone to Windows 11 PC

When you import photos from iPhone to Windows 11 something went wrong, the possible causes are a USB issue, your phone is not unlocked, the transfer file is too large, or the iOS version is too low.

1. Large data transfer: Too many photos can cause the transfer to get stuck. You can transfer your photos in small batches.
2. USB connection: Maybe it's a problem with your USB connection, and you can check your USB port, or change a wire to connect.
3. Lock your iPhone: locking your iPhone will prevent your data transfer, so you should make sure your phone is unlocked.
4. Low iOS version: Sometimes the iOS version is too low, which will cause the transfer of photos to fail, you should update your phone in time.

Bottom Line

If you don't know how to save photos from iPhone to PC, 4 effective ways in this post will tell you how to import photos from iPhone to Windows 11/10, including utilizing iCloud, Windows Photos app, iTunes, and FoneTool.

In fact, apart from file transfer, FoneTool can backup iPhone data as well. It provides the users with two backup modes, full backup, and selective backup.