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Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

This article guides you in how to save iPhone photos to your computer.

Visit our Droid Transfer page if you need to transfer photos from Android to PC.

How to transfer photos from your iPhone, iPod, or iPad

Quick Guide

Step 1: Download, install and activate TouchCopy16.

Step 2: Run TouchCopy 16 and connect your Apple device.

Step 3: On the "Photos" tab, select the photos and videos you'd like to save.

Step 4: Press "Copy to PC" or "Copy to Mac" depending if you're on PC or Mac, and select a location on your PC or Mac for your media to be stored in.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac

Detailed Descriptions of the steps can be found below.

Browsing and Viewing Your Photos

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Photos To view the photos on your iPod or iOS device click the "Photos" button in the category list.

The Photos viewer includes a control bar :

Photos control bar

TouchCopy lists all of your photo Albums (folders), Events and Faces on a list on the left. Clicking on one of these items will display all the items contained within that group.

To view a large version of any image....

  • Double click the photo entry in the photo list.
  • Click the "View Photos" button on the Photo tool bar.

To return to the thumbnail views, click the "Close" button at the bottom of the window.

Saving Photos to your Computer

Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC or Mac - Select an Album, Event or selection of photos and then transfer them to your computer hard drive by clicking "Copy to PC / Copy to Mac" button in the TouchCopy photos tool bar.

TouchCopy will copy the selected photos to your save location specified in TouchCopy options. The photos will be transferred into a sub-folder called "Photos".

Copying Pictures directly into iPhoto on Mac

Select an Album, Event or selection of photos and copy them directly into your Photos app by clicking "Copy to Photos" button in the TouchCopy photos tool bar. If you leave the selection blank, all of the pictures will be copied into it.


The Camera Roll, too, is located in the list on the left, and you can interact with the photos and videos therein just as you would with photos in other albums.

To copy all items in the current view, do not select any photos or videos and then click "Copy to PC / Copy to Mac" in the tool bar.

To copy a selection of items, make the selection of photos or videos and then click "Copy to PC / Copy to Mac".

To view photos and videos taken by your device's camera, double click the items in the list or select the item and click "View Photos" in the camera browser tool bar. TouchCopy will display the selected item, full size, in the view window.

iCloud Photos

TouchCopy will display photos stored in iCloud with a cloud icon. Unfortunately, as these photos are not stored locally on your device, TouchCopy is unable to copy them to your computer.

You can filter out these photos so they are not displayed in TouchCopy. To do this, click the link "Click here to view content downloaded to your {device model}".

TouchCopy iCloud Photos

Setting Pictures as your Desktop Wallpaper

Select one photo to copy to your Desktop - click the "Set Wallpaper" button on the Photo tool bar. TouchCopy will ask you how you would like to size the picture to your desktop. Make a selection and then click "OK".

Publisher: Wide Angle Software