Best Free Ways to Store Photos from iPhone in 2024

To avoid data loss, which way will be most reliable? Here you can get 2 options to save your iPhone photos, no matter you want to make it via a USB cable or wirelessly!

Kathy by Kathy Updated May 29, 2024
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Where is the best place to store photos from an iPhone?

What is the best way to store thousands of photos on my iPhone? There are too many precious pictures on my device. I want to protect them from loss.

- Question from iPhone users

Why need the best way to store photos from iPhone?

The iPhone has gained a large fan base due to its excellent camera capabilities. Users are accustomed to using the iPhone to take photos and record videos to capture the beautiful moments in their lives. As the number of photos on the iPhone continues to increase, finding a good method to store one's photos to prevent sudden data loss becomes an important task.

Which place will be the best way to store your pictures? Keep on reading to find answers!

Option 1. Best free way to store pictures/videos from iPhone via USB cable

When you have accumulated a large number of high-quality photos on your iPhone and need a practical and fast way to store these photos to prevent data loss, the professional iPhone data transfer software - FoneTool will be your best free option.

yes Fast transfer speed helps you easily transfer 1000 + high-quality photos within 10 minutes.
yes Safe and stable connections avoid sudden data loss and the entire transfer process almost never encounters any usage faults.
yes Various image formats can be recognized including jpg, jpeg, png, bmp, gif, tif, tiff, heic, rawjpg, jpeg, png, bmp, gif, tif, tiff, heic, raw, etc.
yes You can preview and select pictures before the process to confirm which one needs to be moved.
yes Various iPhone models and iOS versions can be supported, including iPhone 15 and iOS 17.
yes You can flexibly change storage location to store your photos to any place including an external hard drive.

Now you can download FoneTool on your Windows PC and learn from the detailed steps to get why FoneTool is the best place to store photos from iPhone.

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Step 1. Connect your source iPhone to the computer via a USB cable > Launch FoneTool > Go to Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to PC and click Get Started to continue. (You can also choose PC to iPhone to easily transfer photos on computer to your mobile device.)

transfer from iPhone to PC

Step 2. Choose photos/videos from your iPhone > Click OK to continue.

choose iPhone photos to transfer

Step 3. Confirm your target data and click the Start Transfer button to begin the task.

start to transfer photos

enlightened Note: For people who are unable to complete data transfer on iPhone 15, you can also use FoneTool to easily transfer data from iPhone to iPhone in one click (Phone Transfer > iPhone to iPhone).

Option 2. Best way to store pictures from iPhone wirelessly

If you don't want a wired connection and need a wireless way to store your iPhone photos, then you can choose to upload photos to iCloud. You can sync all photos to iCloud by the iCloud Sync feature or upload part of iPhone photos to iCloud via the

Part 1. Sync all iPhone photos to iCloud

Go to the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap [your name] on the top of the screen > Choose iCloud > Photos > Enable the iCloud Photos or iCloud Photo Library option.

You can choose to Optimize iPhone Storage or Download and Keep Originals as you like. And it’s better to select WLAN & Cellular Data under the Wireless Data option to confirm the sync speed.

sync photos to icloud

Tip: If you don't have enough iCloud storage to save your iPhone photos, you can also use the professional iCloud manager - FoneTool to help you delete iCloud photos, videos, etc. efficiently on Windows PC.

Part 2. Upload specific pictures to iCloud

When you just need to upload some iPhone photos to iCloud, you can go to the iCloud website via the browser to finish the process.

Step 1. Go to Safari on your device and navigate to > Sign in your iCloud account.

Step 2. Click Photos from the interface > Choose Upload > Photo Library > Choose targeted photos and Click Add to make it.

upload some photos to iCloud

enlightened How long does it take to upload 1000 photos to iCloud
According to feedback from most Apple users, uploading 1,000 photos to iCloud can take 6 to 8 hours. A slow internet connection can greatly increase the time needed for uploads. However, you can pause the process and resume it later according to your schedule.


This passage introduces 2 best ways to store photos from iPhone. If you need to transfer a large number of iPhone photos, you can choose FoneTool to move them to your computer. If you need a wireless way to easily make it, you can choose iCloud to finish the process.

If you don't have enough iCloud space, you can also use FoneTool to easily manage iCloud data as you like. And you can also use it to make iCloud photos upload faster. Then you will find that its powerful feature will not let you down!

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