How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with/without iTunes

Apple has established its reputation significantly after providing excellent devices including mobile and computers with exceptional features. As Apple users say, “there is nothing like iOS”, and the company believes to deliver a user-friendly experience to each iOS customer. Having observed that, Apple developed its official software called iTunes which enables iOS users to transfer and manage data internally between the device such as the iPhone, iPad, and iPod.

Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone

Many users use iTunes in order to transfer photos from your PC to iPhone, but if you might know that the particular approach of transferring photos syncs data and iTunes synchronization is a must for the process to accomplish. That means, when you copy photos from computers to iPhone, it results in data syncing on your mobile device. So, now what are the other ways to transfer data, photos from PC/Mac to iPhone without iTunes?

Don’t you worry about the issue as we will be providing you a detailed guide on how to transfer photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with/without iTunes? Please note that we have also included the guide on how you can transfer photos using iTunes. So, head over and read the following article which will help you to manage and transfer the content including photos from your personal computer to iPhone & iPad.

Transfer photos PC to iphone

Ways to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac Computer to iPhone

Solution 1: How to transfer/manage photos from PC/Mac without iTunes

System requirement 

Windows PC running on Window 7 or later versions

Mac running OS X 10.7 and later

Before we move towards the solution, let understand the AnyTrans for iOS which helps transfer photos from PC/Mac without iTunes. We have mentioned some of the best features of AnyTrans. Read the following points to get the basic idea about the functionality and features of AnyTrans.

  • It enables you to manage and transfer call kinds of formats photos from PC to your iOS mobile
  • It keeps the picture quality as it is. More importantly, it doesn’t compress the original image. In a result to that, you will have the same quality image/photo on your iPhone.
  • More than 100 pictures can be transferred from your computer to the iPhone within 4 seconds which tells how faster the transfer process is with AnyTrans for iOS.
  • It is fully secured in terms of data loss. It totally differs from iTunes since you will have a constant fear of data loss while using iTunes Syncing.
  • AnyTrans for iOS also allows users to transfer photos from computer to iCloud. With this app, you are also eligible for viewing photos that are saved on your PC/Mac, on your iPhone without much effort.
  • Here, supported devices for AnyTrans are iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone x/8/7/6s/6/SE/5s/5c/5. It is compatible with Windows 7/8/9 and Mac OS X 10.9/10/11.

Follow the steps mentioned below to transfer photos from PC/Mac without iTunes.

Step 1: Open AnyTrans for iOS on your computer. Next, you need to connect your iPhone with the computer by using a USB cable. Next, when AnyTrans for iOS finds your phone, you need to click on Add content shortcuts which will be required to add photos.

Step 2: Next, search your photos which you want to transfer from Mac/Pc to your iPhone. Once you browse your photos, then you need to click the “Open” button which will start transferring the photos to the iPhone.

Step 3: Now, you need to check the album and then tap on the right arrow in order to start transferring.

Step 4: Once the transfer process is done, you can unlock your iOS mobile where you will find all transferred photos stored in Photos app> Album on your device.

Solution 2: How to Transfer Photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with iTunes

Disclaimer: Please note that whenever you want to transfer photos from your computer or Mac with iTunes, then you should be ready with the consequences of it. You should know that all your media files including photos, tv shows, music, ringtones, iBook will no longer be part of your device as you will lose all the media associated with your mobile device. Therefore, we recommend you to try solution 1 to transfer photos from Mac/PC to the iPhone.

Follow the mentioned steps below to transfer photos with iTunes.

Step 1: Launch iTunes on your Mac and connect your iPhone to a computer using the USB cable. Actually, when you connect your iPhone, iTunes will launch automatically.

connect with itunes

Step 2: Now navigate to Device tab 🡪 Select Photos 🡪 Check Sync Photos 🡪 and now you can select the space where you want to sync your photographs 🡪 then, tap Apply. Make sure to select the whole folder whenever you want to import photos from your PC’s folder to a mobile device. Since the folder you choose may have other subfolders.

Note: iTunes doesn’t have the sync option, therefore, when you want to transfer your photos from computer to your iOS device; iTunes will not allow you to sync photos from the computer to iPhone. When you have already turned on iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device and try to manage your photos from computer, iTunes will show a pop-up window which says ‘iCloud Photos is ON. You can download photos to your mobile if you have a decent Wi-Fi or mobile data connection.

But, do not worry about the pop-up window that says “iTunes can’t sync photos because iCloud photos O” I have mentioned three methods that you can apply in such a case. The following are the three choices which you can approach in order to fix the error.

Option 1: You need to toggle off the iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device. All you need to do is follow the navigate route mentioned below.

On your iOS device, launch Settings app🡪Apple ID🡪iCloud🡪Photos🡪iCloud Photo Library 🡪click on it to make it off🡪select Remove from iPhone/Download photos & videos.
iCloud Photo Library On


When you choose option 1, then there are a few facts that you have to put into consideration. Firstly, when you apply this method, all your photos that are stored in iCloud but not on your iOS device will be deleted. Therefore, it would be better for you to remove all photos from the iCloud library. Secondly, if you do not want to remove photos, you can download them on your iOS device. But, when you choose to download on your iPhone, make sure that you have enough storage on your device; otherwise, it will become a headache for you to store those photos with limited space. So, it this option doesn’t suit you, then we recommend you go with option 2 which is mentioned below.

Option 2: This option is more suitable for users who do not want to lose their data. All you need to do is save all your photos on iCloud from your PC/Mac. Once you store photos on iCloud, it will by default appear on your iOS device as soon as you are connected with the Wi-Fi network.

Option 3: You can sync content from PC/Mac using an alternative option that won’t need the presence of iTunes. The same technique has been mentioned in this article as solution 1. This method is more convenient as you will not lose any of your important data from your iOS device.

Solution 3: How to Sync/transfer/manage photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with iCloud.

Before you start transferring photos from computer to iPhone, make sure you have iCloud Photo Library enabled on your iOS mobile device; as it is required when you decide to sync photos between iPhone and iCloud. Now, you can browse from your Mac/computer and upload photos from there itself. Once you sync photos from your computer, they will automatically get reflected on your iPhone once you are in a Wi-Fi network.

Follow the steps mentioned below to sync photos from your PC/Mac to iPhone with iCloud

Step 1: You need to enable iCloud Photo Library on your iOS device/iPhone. To do this, go to the Settings app on your mobile device🡪Click on the Apple ID provided on the top of the screen🡪iCloud🡪Photos🡪switch on iCloud Photo Library.

Step 2: Open browser on your computer and search for where you need to log in with your Apple ID.

icloud login

Step 3: Next, choose photos that you want to upload which will get transferred from your computer to iCloud to the iPhone. To do this, tap on Photos🡪tap on the upload button, here you can select photos which you want to transfer from computer to iCloud.

Step 4: Up next, launch Photos on your iPhone. The transferred photos will be synced on your iPhone with the availability of Wi-Fi.

iCloud Photo Library Limit:

iCloud offers 5GB free space for storing the content. When you wish to transfer video and photos on iCloud which suggest you purchase extra storage in iCloud. It costs only $0.99/month and believe it or not, it is beneficial in the first place. The reason we recommend you to buy extra storage space is that, with 5Gb storage, you want to be able to use iCloud as potentially as you would want in terms of saving photos and videos.

Note:  As you enabled the iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone, it will automatically sync photos across all other iOS devices including iPad, Mac, Apple TV, and Apple watch whichever share the same Apple ID as your iPhone.

Solution 4: How to Sync/transfer/manage photos from PC/Mac to iPhone with Google Photos

For this method, firstly, we recommend you to install Google Photos on your iPhone. Now, all you need to do is to upload photos from your computer/Mac to Google Photos which will be automatically get synced to your iPhone once you launch the Google Photos on iPhone.

open google photos

Step 1: Navigate to this link where you need to create a new album in which your photos will be stored. Now, select pictures that you want to transfer from your PC and upload those photos to Google Photos.

Step 2: Next up, if you don’t have Google Photos on your iPhone. Then go to the App Store and install Google Photos. Here, you need to log in with the same ID which you have already used while adding photos from the computer to Google Photos.

Step 3: Now, you can easily download all the photos that you have synced with Google Photos on your iPhone.

We hope this article will help you manage/transfer/sync photos and videos from PC/Mac to iPhone. for any queries regarding iOS and Android, do reach out to us.

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