How do I transfer photos from an iPhone to my iMac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Miqs, Nov 4, 2013.

  1. Miqs macrumors member


    Mar 22, 2013
    Bedfordshire, UK
    My son has an iPhone which has many photos on it which he wants to transfer to my iMac via USB. Unfortunately I cannot get the iPhone to mount onto my iMac. The only thing that happens is that EOS Utility starts up which is no help. Do I have to open iTunes or iPhoto first before connecting the iPhone? I am confused as I have an iPod and don't have any connection problems with that.
  2. Bruno09, Nov 4, 2013
    Last edited: Nov 4, 2013

    Bruno09 macrumors 68020

    Aug 24, 2013
    Far from here
    Try this : open iPhoto, Preferences / General : "Connecting camera opens : iPhoto".

    Quit iPhoto.

    Then connect the iPhone, and see if this opens iPhoto automatically.

    It is supposed to.

    Even if you set "Connecting camera opens : No application", iPhoto being already open, plug the iPhone via USB and it will show up in iPhoto ("Devices") and you will be able to import the photos.
  3. r0k macrumors 68040


    Mar 3, 2008
    I prefer Image Capture to iPhoto because I can put the photos in a folder and delete larger files like videos one by one if I choose.

    I keep my settings to "do nothing" when I plug in my iPhone and once it's plugged in, I launch Image Capture and grab the photos that way. I can import the "keepers" into iPhoto later if I choose.

    I should also mention that the bulk of my photos come across from my iPhone via Photostream so they are already in iPhoto and I needn't bother importing them. For me, Image Capture is more of a way to prune the large number of photos that are taking up gigs of space on my iPhone.
  4. Apple fanboy macrumors Nehalem

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    You could also set up photo stream in iPhoto. That way the pictures would be automatically downloaded as they are taken.
  5. bocomo macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    New York
  6. photoj2754, May 4, 2014
    Last edited: May 4, 2014

    photoj2754 macrumors 6502


    Oct 10, 2013
    Just added a new app called Desk Connect ( it's previewed in latest issue of MacWorld). Free and you just install on any Apple device (ipad, phone, iMac etc) and you can transfer anything like photos, documents, web links to anyone device anywhere. No wifi need. Works like a charm. It's in the App Store now.
  7. Ann P macrumors 68020

    Jun 29, 2009
    How do I transfer photos from an iPhone to my iMac?

    Just use Image Capture, I believe it is preinstalled with the OS.
  8. rhett7660 macrumors G5


    Jan 9, 2008
    Sunny, Southern California
    This..... it is pre-loaded on your mac. Look under Applications>Image Capture
  9. Cleora Matson macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2015
    How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac

    firstly, you don't use iTunes to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac, you use iPhoto, Image Capture, FonePaw iOS Transfer, Aperture, etc. to get photos off iPhone.

    Use iPhoto:
    [1]Using the cable that came with the iPhone, connect it to your Mac.
    [2]Open iPhoto, if it’s not already open.
    [3]To import all the photos from your camera, click the Import All button. To import only some photos, press the Command key while you click each photo you want to import, and then click the Import Selected button.
    [4]After the import process is finished, click the Eject button or drag the iPhone’s icon to the iPhoto Trash in the Source list.
  10. Cpqtippee macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2015
    Email is my favourite method of transferring iphone photos from my Mac or PC. Really help me more . In my opinion this method is the simplest and probably the quickest way of doing transfer iphone photos.
  11. Rulu macrumors newbie


    Jul 10, 2015
    I use AirMore to transfer photos and videos from my iPhone to iMac. There is a video which gives me a very detailed guide. As long as I have access to Internet connection, I am able to transfer and manage my iPhone data on Mac without USB. Very easy.

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