iPhone XS Max Best way to transfer lots of photos and videos regularly?

stanw

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I take lots of photos and videos from my XS Max and do not like keeping them on the phone or in iCloud, but rather a drive connected to my iMac. I usually plug my phone in, use Image Capture and import all the photos/videos and then I need to manually delete them from the phone. I want to make sure I am getting the full resolution versions. Is there an easier way to do this?

Thanks.
 

stanw

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Was just hoping for an easier way, maybe an automated way of deleting the files after successfully being transferred?
 

Minorite

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You can try iMazing. There's no option to automatically delete/sync, but you can manually select media from Camera Roll > copy to external drive > batch delete selected photos.
 
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winmaciek

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You don't need to remove photos manually - if you have iCloud Photo library turned off you can select all photos (AFTER importing, of course) and you can select all photos with CMD + A and hit delete. No need for 3rd party software.
 
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stanw

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It gets complicated in that sometimes I do not import all of the photos so doing a CMD + A will not work. Sometimes I want to just import a large batch of photos/videos, maybe from a recent trip and I only want those in a folder n my MAc so I only import those. Also, I keep some photos in iCloud albums and I think doing this will delete those?

I’ve been reluctant to use Photos because I don’t trust it. If I just select the photos I want in Photos without plugging in my phone, and I export those photos at the highest quality setting available, am I truly getting the highest quality photos/videos? If so, those photos/videos are already selected in Photos during the export and I could just delete them while still selected after successfully being exported.

I’d prefer not using 3rd party software, though I will look into iMazing also...
 

akash.nu

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It gets complicated in that sometimes I do not import all of the photos so doing a CMD + A will not work. Sometimes I want to just import a large batch of photos/videos, maybe from a recent trip and I only want those in a folder n my MAc so I only import those. Also, I keep some photos in iCloud albums and I think doing this will delete those?

I’ve been reluctant to use Photos because I don’t trust it. If I just select the photos I want in Photos without plugging in my phone, and I export those photos at the highest quality setting available, am I truly getting the highest quality photos/videos? If so, those photos/videos are already selected in Photos during the export and I could just delete them while still selected after successfully being exported.

I’d prefer not using 3rd party software, though I will look into iMazing also...
Why don’t you “trust” photos?! Have you had any bad experience with it?! Generally Apple doesn’t compress any image / videos in their apps.
 
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