Best Way to Transfer Photos from iOS Devices to Windows System

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Best Way to Transfer Photos from iOS Devices to Windows System

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I have a habit of capturing images on my iOS devices. I would like to move them to my Windows system. I found article describing using iTunes to do this, but In the past I've had iTunes cause problems in Windows. I will only install it here as a last resort.

Has anyone found a quick, painless, and effective way to move their iOS photos to their Windows system? Will you share it?

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Can you connect your iOS device to your PC using a USB data cable? If so, the Photos app that comes with Windows has an Import feature; you can select Import from USB.

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Hans has the fastest way.

I don't have iOS, but usually there is a corresponding to do things between iOS and Android.

If you're using Google Photos, there is an option to automatically backup photos to Google cloud based storage, which you can then access from your PC. There should be a similar option in Photos. Everything is automatic then for new photos, though you typically have to manage storage space. If you subscribe to Office, you will have access to a much larger included storage. You can then copy or move photos elsewhere - hard drive or cloud storage. I use an external drive with a lot of storage as well as cloud storage.

Or you can choose to share photos to external cloud storage (eg, DropBox, MS OneDrive, Google Drive, Amazon Drive). Select the photos you want copied, and select the Share option. If you don't have cloud storage, you can also share to email.

Android also has a Share to Windows option when sharing. I'd be surprised if iOS doesn't have this too. Like cloud storage, it may take a few steps to set up, but it's seamless when implemented.

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HansV wrote:
15 Jun 2024, 19:18
Can you connect your iOS device to your PC using a USB data cable? If so, the Photos app that comes with Windows has an Import feature; you can select Import from USB.


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My iOS devices do not have a USB port; they only have the lightning port used to charge them. Does this port also function as a data transfer port? I don't know. I'll look into that.

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Thaks, Geoff. I'll look into that.
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BobH wrote:
16 Jun 2024, 18:59

My iOS devices do not have a USB port; they only have the lightning port used to charge them. Does this port also function as a data transfer port? I don't know. I'll look into that.

Thanks, Hans.
It certainly does
https://support.apple.com/en-au/109044

Probably just plug one end of your charging cable into the
USB port.on your computer (unless it's a USB C cable).

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Transferring iOS photos to a PC is only half of the problem solved! There's a fair bet that they will be in Apple's proprietary format .HEIC, for which you need to install a Windows driver. Microsoft wants you to pay for this viewer, but a year or two ago I found a way to get it free - which, of course, I have now forgotten...! Happy Googling!

There are other methods of viewing .HEIC photos, or you could convert them to .JPG, .PNG, etc.
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Thanks, John. I have the HEIC app.
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There is at least one online converter. This is the one I use- very handy and quick.
https://heictojpg.com/
My apologies- the part of my brain which reminds me how to create active web links in the forum is asleep.

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The forum software automatically converts URLs to clickable links for you.
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Thank you Hans.
I seem to recall that once upon a time we had to do something to make links active. The improvement is appreciated!

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You can add a descroptive text by using URL tags:

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Thank you Hans. I enjoy staying on this infinite learning curve!

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Amelia, I think you have just bested Doug Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, in defining the meaning of life and everything: Life: the infinite learning curve.

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Thank you Bob. Perhaps buried memories of Douglas Adams' tour de force led me to make that statement!