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How to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to your Mac.

Little more than ten years after it was introduced to the Australian market, the iPhone has around half the Australian smartphone market, with about 8.6 million at last estimate. And no wonder. This revolutionary device, which hit Australia in 2007 was years ahead of its time, a truly revolutionary phone.

Apple iPhone users are also loyal, with 80 per cent of owners re-purchasing Apple when upgrading, higher than any other brand. Apple continued to improve the iPhone, successively launching more and more exciting features and apps helping us take advantage of more and more entertainment, communication and social media options.

So it makes sense to ensure you are getting absolutely the most out of your iPhone. Do you know all of its vast capabilities? Our blog posts will help you learn a little more about just how well all the features of your iPhone can work for you.

Back up to Mac models including Type C, Macbook , Air 13.3 , A1706  A1707 


When you want to save space on your iPhone, simply back up your photos and video to your Mac. Then you can delete them from your iPhone and free up some space.

Or you might want to edit your images and videos using Mac software. Whatever your intention, there’s a number of ways in which you can move all your images from an iPhone (or iPad) to your Mac.

There are actually lots of ways to sync your iPhone photos with a Mac, and you can do so using a variety of apps and services. Read on to find out which method is best for you.

First, let’s examine a few ways to do a simple task such as transferring photos and videos from your iPhone to your Mac. These instructions cover Mac models Type C, Macbook, Air 13.3, A1706 and A1707. (All new Macs are Type C.)

iPhone to Mac transfer

First and foremost, choose the location where you want your precious photos and videos to be stored. You can choose the iCloud Photo Library if you wish, or simply store them on your Mac. (More about the iCloud in another post.) The following are general guidelines – for more complex instructions contact your retailer or go online. Some earlier devices may vary in requirements for transferring images.

iPhone to Mac via USB port

One of the quickest and easiest ways of transferring photos on to a Mac is to plug your iPhone into the USB port on your Mac. So grab your cable and get to work.

The Photos app on your Mac will open automatically as soon as you plug your iPhone into your Mac.

You may need to unlock your iPhone when you plug it into your Mac and confirm that you trust the device. If it doesn’t automatically show the photos on your iPhone you should see the phone in the list on the left of the window; select your iPhone and the images should appear in the window.

USB reader

Or you can use a USB card reader for faster syncing with your device.

The Photos app will display all the photos that are stored on your iPhone camera. Now all you need to do is simply click ‘Import All New Photos’ to import everything into Photos.

To choose individual photos, you can click on individual photos to select the shots you want to grab. This is a good option if you’ve got limited storage available on your Mac. You can also opt for Photos to automatically delete the images on your iPhone when you’ve copied them to your Mac.

Sometimes you might just connect your iPhone to your Mac in order to charge the battery. If you don’t want Photos to always open automatically then you can turn that option off by un-clicking the button in the top-left of Photos marked ‘Open Photos For This Device’.

Importing your images to your Mac.

Here’s how to use the Photos app to import photos from your iPhone (or your iPad or iPod touch) to your Mac without using iCloud Photo Library.

  1. Use the latest version of iTunes (12.5.1 or later) to import photos to your Mac.

Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your Mac. (You can use your USB-C power adapter and charge cable with any Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) or USB-C port on your MacBook Pro or MacBook.

  1. If applicable, unlock your device using your passcode, or tap ‘Trust’ if your device asks you to Trust This Computer.
  2. The Photos app should automatically open on your Mac. If not, open it.
  3. The app’s ‘Import’ screen will automatically show the photos and videos on your connected device. If the Import screen doesn’t appear, click the Import tab, or click your device name in the Photos sidebar.
  4. Now simply select all the photos you want and click ‘Import Selected’ or for everything, ‘Import All’.
  5. You’re done. You can disconnect your iPhone from your Mac. Enjoy and treasure your photos and videos.