How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC Without iTunes

If iTunes gets you down when transferring photos from iPhone to PC, you may need this guide to know how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes but with other four useful tools.

Demi by Demi Updated March 6, 2024
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How can I transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes?

It seems that I have tons of photos on my iPhone and I’d like to transfer them to my Windows computer. I have an issue with using iTunes. Thus, I’m thinking of if it is possible to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes? Thanks for any suggestions.

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Your iPhone has saved a large number of photos you took or downloaded, then, it is a wise choice to transfer iPhone photos to PC to have a backup or just for browsing and editing them on a bigger screen.

As a long iPhone user, you know that iTunes can complete the transfer process with its syncing function. However, the process can be extremely slow and time-consuming.

That’s maybe the reason why you come to this guide. This guide is here to guide you through some of the best four ways about how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes within seconds quickly! Let’s get started.

Part 1. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes with USB

Most people may prefer transfer solutions that use a USB connection because they guarantee a stable transfer process. You can use Files Explorer or powerful third-party software to make it. The first method is more recommended because Windows Explorer only transfers photos to the iPhone Camera Roll.

Way 1. The best way to transfer photos from iPhone to PC

With the professional and powerful transfer and backup tool - FoneTool, you can freely transfer photos, videos, music, and contacts from iPhone to iPhone, iPhone to PC, and vice versa. Firstly, let’s take an overview of the features and advantages of FoneTool.


✔ Transfer all wanted iPhone photos. FoneTool scans all photos on your iPhone, including photos in Camera Roll, and any other albums. You can preview and choose the desired iPhone photos to transfer to PC.

✔ Fast Transfer speed. The stable USB connection between iPhone and PC enables quick transfer speed, like 100 photos in 3 seconds.

✔ Keep original photo quality. You won’t lose anything on iPhone. And the transferred photos will be saved on PC without degrading their quality.

✔ Wide compatibility. FoneTool supports iPhones from iPhone 4 to the latest iPhone 15 series, iPad, and iPod. It is widely compatible with iOS, like iOS 16.

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Now, I’ll show you how to transfer selected photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes but with FoneTool within three simple steps.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and choose Phone Transfer option > Mouse over to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

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Step 2. Click the plus icon > Check the Photos icon and uncheck the others > Preview and select the photos you want to transfer > Click OK to confirm.

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Step 3. Choose a destination from Transfer Settings as you like to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive, external hard drives, or local folders > Click Start Transfer to start the process.

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Warm tip: The feature-rich FoneTool not only transfers photos, but also automatically removes duplicate photos on iPhone, allowing you to better manage your Photos app and optimize limited iPhone storage space.

Way 2. Transfer photos from iPhone to PC via Files Explorer

Without using any tool, the built-in Files Explorer can help you import photos in Camera Roll from iPhone to PC. Follow the steps below to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes in Windows 10 or older via Files Explorer.

Step 1. Plug your iPhone into your computer with a suitable USB cable >Tap Trust This Computer on your iPhone.

Step 2. Open File Explorer > Locate and open your iPhone under Device and drives > Find the folder named DCIM.

Step 3. In DCIM, you can choose copy-and-paste or just drag-and-drop the photos to a destination on your laptop to save your picture.

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In addition, File Explorer is a good way to help you discover how to transfer photos from iPhone to USB stick with ease.

Part 2. How to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes or USB

If you prefer a wireless solution, you can rely on a cloud service like iCloud as long as you have backup photos before or short-range wireless technology like Bluetooth.

Way 3. Sync photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes but by iCloud

You can use iCloud to wirelessly import photos with the help of iCloud Photo Library as long as you have enough iCloud storage space to backup your photos on iCloud. Here's how to sync photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes by iCloud.

Please be noted that if your iCloud storage is full, you may need to either pay for extra space or skip to other methods in this guide. Here's how to sync photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes by iCloud.

Step 1. Before importing photos, Download iCloud for Windows, and install it. Then sign in your Apple account, which is the same as the one on your iPhone.

Step 2. Go to iCloud > Check the Photo icon > click Options behind the photos icon.


Step 3. Once the Photos Options are opened, you can specify the storage location to put your photos. Then click Done.


Then the photos on your iPhone will be transferred to the computer. You can view your photos on the iCloud Photos folder.

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Way 4. Send photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes but with Bluetooth

If your computer supports the Bluetooth feature, you can directly enable Bluetooth and transfer send photos from iPhone to PC with it. You can follow the steps to set up Bluetooth on both your iPhone and PC and send photos from iPhone to PC.

Step 1. Go to Settings on your iPhone and tap Bluetooth to open it on your iPhone.

Step 2. On the computer, click Start Settings Devices Add Bluetooth & other devices.

Step 3. In the “Add a device” window, click Bluetooth. Then it will start to scan for the nearby Bluetooth, and your iPhone’s Bluetooth will be listed in the result if it is discoverable.

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Step 4. Then, double-click the iPhone icon. After a while, you will get an authorization code that allows you to transfer photos between your computer and iPhone.

Step 5. Now, send photos on iPhone to computer. Just open the Photos app of your iPhone and select photos you want to transfer, then click Send option and select using Bluetooth.

Wait for a while and the photos will be transferred to your computer and saved in the Picture folder.


So here are four ways about how to transfer photos from iPhone to PC without iTunes with detailed steps and instructions. Hope this guide is helpful, and that you have got what you are looking for. If you "can’t download photos from my iPhone to computer" successfully, FoneTool will help you do that well. For more queries or feedback, please feel free to contact us.

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