Everyone with an iPhone knows how to take pictures, but not everyone knows how to get them onto their computer to use them outside of their phone. This is a necessary task if you want to edit your photos, or back them up in case your iPhone malfunctions.
There are two main ways to transfer your photos from your iPhone to your computer; they both have some pros and cons. You can decide which method would be best for you; both of them accomplish the same thing.
The easiest way to retrieve photos from your device in my opinion is to email them to yourself. This may be handy if you are not at your computer, or just need to zap a few photos to yourself. This method however takes quite a long time if your sending more than a couple photos, and is a bit of a hassle. For this reason I recommend using it only when you need just a few photos from your device.
To email yourself photos, all you need to do is open the “Photos” app, on your iPhone. Navigate to the picture you would like to send yourself, and then tap the small icon in the bottom left hand corner showing an arrow popping out of picture frame. When you tap this, three options will appear. Select “Email Photo”. You will then see your photo pop out of place, and set back down in the body of an email. Now all you have to do is type your email address in the “To:” section, add a subject and body if you wish, then send away. Now you can go onto your computer and save the images to your desktop through your email. Note that you can also do this method in reverse, by sending pictures from your computer to your iPhone and then saving them to your device.
This is the best method in my opinion. It is quite fast, and very efficient. You simply use Windows Explorer to transfer you photos to a destination of your choice on your desktop. This method is great when transferring multiple photos; however you must be at your computer, and depending on how many pictures you have it can take some time.
To transfer pictures using the explorer method, the first thing you need to do is connect your iPhone to your computer using your iPhone docking cable. (Also known as the charging cable, USB connector…etc.) Once your device has been recognized, open “My Computer” and select “iPhone” under the portable devices tab. Next select, “Internal Storage”, followed by “DCIM”. Next, you need to decide which photos you would like to transfer. Screen shots will be stored in the “999Apple” folder, while normal photos will be stored in the “100Apple” folder. Once you find the photos you want to transfer, select them, then copy and paste them to the destination of your choosing. You can also manage your pictures in this fashion by deleting the ones you don’t need any more. This makes more room for apps and music. Keep in mind that you cannot do this method in reverse, in other words you cannot add photos to the “100Apple” folder.
Now that your photos are on your computer, you can do whatever you want with them!