How to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10

Last updated on November 24, 2016 by

So far, Apple iPhone is still one of the best smartphones out there which sells pretty well in spite of stiff competition from the wonderful LG G4 and splendid Galaxy S4/S5/S6. We all use our iPhones to grasp beautiful pictures and would like to keep a backup of these photos on our PCs to save them permanently. As to the methods, most iPhone users will turn to iTunes which can sync iPhone data to PC including Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8. While, as we all know, recently Microsoft has launched a whole new OS – Windows 10. Therefore, many iPhone users are wondering if there is a simple way which allows them to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 without the need of iTunes. Now this guide will show you three methods.

Three methods to transfer iPhone photos to Windows 10

  1. Using Windows 10’s new function – Photos app
  2. Using wireless transfer tool – AirMore
  3. Using Windows 10 File Explorer

Method 1: Windows 10 Photos app

Microsoft adds the Photos app function to its newest OS which can help you copy photos from iPhone to Windows 10 in bulk. It’s very interesting. You may have a try.

Step 1: Plug your iPhone into your PC over the USB cable.

Step 2: Open Photos app. This can be found by typing “Photos” into the search bar at the lower left corner of the screen in Windows 10.

Step 3: Click the button at the top-right of the Photos app to import. You can click the three dots to get the text reminder.

Import Button

Step 4: Select your iPhone from the options that appear and tap “Import” to import photos from iPhone to Windows 10.



  • Transfer photos in bulk.


  • It can’t do this without USB cable.
  • It’s not precise.
  • It’s not able to load all photos of iPhone and export photos from PC to iPhone.

Now let’s see another method through which you transfer photos between iPhone and Windows 10 with ease.

Method 2: AirMore – transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 wirelessly

AirMore is a powerful mobile devices management tool based on web. It has been favored by most of iPhone users for its useful function in transferring photos between iPhone and Windows PC or Apple Mac. It only takes you seconds to copy photos from iPhone to Windows 10 without using iTunes and any USB cable. Now get started with steps below.

Step 1: Download this app from Apple Store and install it on your iPhone or you can directly download it by hitting the download button below.

Step 2: Connect iPhone with AirMore.

  • Open AirMore on iPhone. Scan the QR code or hit your device name in Radar on the AirMore web. You can go to the AirMore web page by visiting “” through Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari.

    QR code or Radar

  • If you connect two devices in Radar, then click “Accept” button when a notification box pops up on your handset in order to confirm your agreement on iPhone’s connection with this app.

accept on iPhone

Tips: To get a successful connection, please set up your iPhone and PC in the same Wi-Fi.

Step 3: How to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10

  • Choose “Pictures” icon on the app interface of PC, from which you can move photos from iPhone to Windows 10.
  • Tick photos you want and then hit on “Export” button. Within seconds, these photos will be copied to your PC if your network’s pretty smooth.

transfer photos from iPhone to windows 10


  • Without using iTunes and USB cable.
  • Import/Export function.
  • 100% free.


  • It relies on smooth network.

Sometimes your PC and iPhone’s network might be not stable. In this case, you may try the third method.

Method 3: Windows 10 File Explorer

File Explorer is a built-in function of Windows PC with which you can view and manage files in your devices and drives. As to this function, Windows 10 has a more outstanding performance than Windows 8 and Windows 7. Let’s see how it works.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your Windows 10 PC using the USB cable provided by Apple. Check your iPhone screen now and a notification with “Trust” option will appear. Choose “Trust” option to continue.

Step 2: Open Windows File Explorer. You can press the Start key on your keyboard and you’ll see the “File Explorer” icon on the left pane.

Step 3: Under “This PC”, you should see your iPhone as a drive. Double-click the icon for your iPhone here. You will also need to open “Internal Storage” > “DCIM”, then another folder inside to get access to your photos.

File transfer

Step 4: Photos and videos taken on your iPhone should now be visible. Then you can select the photos to transfer them to Windows 10.


  • No additional apps needed.
  • Easy to achieve.


  • It relies on USB cable.
  • It fails to read all photos of iPhone.


As we can see, these three methods all allow you to transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 10 PC. However, taking all aspects into considered, AirMore will be your best choice. As USB cable is necessary when you use Method 1 and Method 3. While, using USB would be really inconvenient. You may not have a USB cable at hand. On the contrary, AirMore enables users to wirelessly transfer photos and other files between iPhone and PC such as music, videos, documents and contacts and so on. In addition, if you want to delete some useless files, this handy tool also makes it very easy. Just click “Delete” button on the interface and you can discard unwanted files to free up your iPhone space. All in all, with this smart tool, you can manage nearly all your iPhone data with very ease.

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  • Works like a charm thank you very much been trying for ages to get my iPhone to connect many thanks!
    • Hi Henry, I tried Method 3 and accidentally hit 'Do Not trust' instead of 'Trust'. I tried rebooting my PC and iPhone, I do not get 'Trust' option any more. How do I get that 'Trust' option again?
    • Method 3: Windows 10 File Explorer Step 3: Under “This PC”, you should see your iPhone as a drive. Right-click the icon for your iPhone here. Select "Import pictures and videos".
      • I just used the airmore method and honestly it has saved my academic life. Long-story-short, I had a video recorded assignment(700 mb) & it's the only method that worked in tranfering from my iPhone.
        • I use method 3 but there are loads more pics than on my camera roll. Are they from the photostream or ones i deleted?
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