Two Methods: How to Transfer Photos from PC to iPhone with USB

This post mainly introduces how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with USB cable via the free iOS transfer tool FoneTool and iTunes. You can choose according to your situation.


By Ellie / Updated on June 12, 2023

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How do I transfer photos from PC to iPhone using USB?


I want to move pics from PC to iPhone. When I connected my iPhone to my Dell computer using a USB, I find I am able to copy photos from my iPhone and then paste them to my computer but was unable to copy these photos from my computer and then paste them to my iPhone. So can anyone tell me how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with USB cable?”

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How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with USB [two options] 

Sometimes, you may need to send photos from PC to iPhone, like transfer photos from dell to your iPhone. To help you quickly get started, here we provide you with two options on how to transfer images from PC to iPhone with USB.

Option 1. Best free PC-to-iOS data transfer tool FoneTool

The traditional way to transfer images from Win 11 / 10 / 8 / 7  PC to iPhone is to use iTunes. But iTunes has some disadvantages, like slow speed, and overwrite data. If you would like a free and fast way to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with USB cable without iTunes, you can use the professional iOS data transfer tool FoneTool. It has the following advantages:

Fast speed. You are able to transfer 100 photos in 2 seconds, faster than using most other transfer software.
Free of data loss. When you transfer photos from a PC to your iPhone, it will not erase any existing photos on your iPhone.
Multiple functions. In addition to transferring data freely between iOS devices and between iOS devices and computers, it allows you to backup your iOS devices on your computer.
Wide compatibility. Besides iPhone, it also supports different types of iPads and iPods. It is perfectly compatible with kinds of versions of iOS.

Now you can download, install and launch FoneTool on your PC. Then connect your iPhone to it using a USB cable.

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Step 1. Go to Phone Transfer, locate PC to iPhone option, and then click Start Transfer.

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Step 2. Click the box area to add or drag and drop photos that you want to transfer to your iPhone from your PC/laptop.

Select Files

Step 3. After you’ve added all the photos you want, click Start Transfer to add them to your iPhone.


This is how to transfer photos from Windows 11,10,8,7 computer/laptop to iPhone easily. Just wait for the proccess to get finished. And you can go to the Photos app to check your photos.

Tip: You are also able to transfer photos from iPhone to PC via FoneTool.

Option 2. How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with iTunes

Another option on how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with USB is to use iTunes. Before starting, you need to pay attention to the following two things:

✍Syncing photos to an iOS device using iTunes will cause the loss of the existing data on the target device.
✍You need to make sure that iCloud is turned off when you’re using iTunes to transfer photos from PC to iPhone. Because when you turn on iCloud Photos, all the photos synced from iTunes will be removed on your iPhone.

 Step 1. Connect the iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

Step 2. Download the latest version of iTunes on your computer from the Microsoft Store and then open it.

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Step 3. Click the device icon on the left corner of the iTunes screen.

iTunes Device

Step 4. Go to Photos, tick Sync Photos. Choose Selected folders and don’t forget to tick Include videos. Then select the folder having the photos and videos stored and click Apply to start syncing photos from your PC to your iPhone.

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Bonus tips: Transfer photos from PC to iPhone wirelessly

Just in case you'll need to transfer pictures from computer to iPhone without USB cord, here we'll introduce 3 options to help you transfer photos wirelessly.

Option 1. Send photos from computer to iPhone using iCloud

Step 1. Download, install and run iCloud for Windows on your PC.

Step 2. Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID. Click Options next to Photos.

Photos Options

Step 3. Select iCloud Photo Library, click Done, and then click Apply.

Step 4. Open iCloud Photos in File Explorer. Click Upload photos and videos to select the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone.

iCloud Upload Photos

Step 5. On your iPhone, go to Settings > your name > iCloud > Photos, and switch on iCloud Photos. You can then view the photos you uploaded in the Photos app on your iPhone.

Option 2. Transfer photos from PC to iPhone via Google Photos

Step 1. On your computer, open your browser and go to Google Photos. Sign in with your Google account.

Step 2. Create a new album and upload the photos from your computer to Google Photos.

Google Photos

Step 3. On your iPhone, go to App Store and install Google Photos. Sign in with the same account on your computer.

Step 4. Photos will sync to your iPhone Google Photos. Then, download photos to your iPhone.

Option 3. Send photos from computer to iPhone using Email

Step 1. Open your Email program, and add the photos you want to copy to your iPhone as attachments. 

Step 2. Send the email to yourself from your computer.

Step 3. Check the email on your iPhone and download the attachment to your iPhone. Then, you can view the photos on your iPhone. 


Closing words

This post mainly introduces two options on how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with USB. Normally, you can use the free iOS data transfer tool FoneTool and the Apple program iTunes. But be careful when using iTunes, as it will erase the original photos on your iPhone when syncing photos from iTunes. If you would like to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes, you are advised to use the freeware FoneTool. With it, you can transfer photos easily and quickly without photo loss.