TGWK’s Tutorials – How to Transfer Photos From Your iPhone to Your Mac

Today I wanted to back up my photos from my iPhone onto my Macbook. On a PC, usually you would just plus in the iPhone and it will show up under “Scanners and Cameras.” From here you can usually just click on you iPhone and browse the entire camera roll and transfer them to your computer. On a Mac however, it’s not so straight forward.

Method 1: The easiest way to transfer photos is with iPhoto where it will allow you to browse the device and transfer the photos automatically into the iPhoto album. Now, this is where it gets confusing for some. If you point Finder to the pictures folder on your drive, you’ll only see a file labeled iPhoto Library. Clicking on it will only just open iPhoto up again. If you are new to a Mac, this might be frustrating to you as you will not know how to get to your photos outside of iPhoto.What you would do to see your images in Finder is the following:

  • Step 1: Right click on the iPhoto Library file, and click “Show Package Contents.”
  • Step 2: Click on the folder labeled “Originals” and all your photos should be in there to view outside of iPhoto.

The one thing you want to watch out for is to not organize your photos with this method. I hear that it will do terrible things to your iPhoto database and really screw it up. If you do need to organize your photos, do it from within iPhoto. This method here is really if you want to copy those folders and back them up to an external drive or something.

Method 2: Method 1 is not really too hard but it can be confusing if you didn’t know about the “Show Package Contents” option. There is a simpler way if all you want to do is transfer your photos into a folder so you can back them up on an external drive or optical media directly.

  • Step 1: Open up your Applications folder and find “Image Capture” app. If you have your iPhone plugged in, it will automatically detect it.
  • Step 2: In the “Download To” menu, select a new folder where you would like the images to be downloaded to.
  • Step 3: Click “Download All.”

In method 2, you completely bypass iPhoto. I don’t use iPhoto at all so I prefer this method as I like organizing my own folders and I usually back them up to an external hard drive instead of leaving them on my Macbook. If you do use iPhoto, method 1 would be your best option.

I hope this helped some of you as this was something I had to figure out on my own after moving from a PC to a Mac.

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