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How to transfer photos from iphone to computer

Transferring photos from your iPhone to a computer is a straightforward process. Here's a step-by-step guide for both Windows and Mac users:

For Windows:

Detailed Steps:
1. Use a USB Cable: Connect your iPhone to the computer using the cable.
2. Trust the Computer: A message will pop up on your iPhone asking if you trust this computer. Select "Trust" to allow the computer to access your phone's data.
3. Open Photos App on Windows: Click on the Photos app from the Start menu or search for it.
4. Import Photos: In the Photos app, click "Import" in the top right corner, then "From a USB device". The app will guide you through selecting and importing your photos.

- Device Not Recognized: Make sure your iPhone is unlocked. If it's still not recognized, try different USB ports or cables.
- Missing Photos: Ensure you’re checking the correct folder in the Photos app. Sometimes photos are sorted in different albums.
- Photos App Not Working: Try updating the Photos app through the Microsoft Store or restart your computer.

For Mac:

Detailed Steps:
1. Connect with USB: Connect your iPhone to the Mac using a USB cable.
2. Trust Device: Tap "Trust" on your iPhone to permit the Mac to access your photos.
3. Launch Photos App: Open the Photos app on your Mac.
4. Choose Photos to Import: The app should show your iPhone photos. You can manually select photos to import or choose "Import All New Photos".

- iPhone Not Recognized: Check your USB cable and ports. Restart both devices if necessary.
- Photos App Not Responding: Make sure your macOS and Photos app are updated. Try reopening the app or restarting your Mac.

Alternative Methods:

- Enable AirDrop: On your Mac, open Finder and go to 'AirDrop'. Make sure your iPhone is within Bluetooth and Wi-Fi range.
- Select Photos on iPhone: Choose photos, tap the share icon, and select AirDrop. Choose your Mac from the list.
- Accept on Mac: Accept the transfer on your Mac. The photos will be saved in the Downloads folder.

Troubleshooting AirDrop:
- AirDrop Not Working: Ensure both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and are within range. Disable 'Do Not Disturb' on both devices.

iCloud Photos:
- Setup iCloud: On your iPhone, go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Photos, and turn on iCloud Photos.
- Access on Mac: On your Mac, open the Photos app. You should see your iCloud photos there.

Troubleshooting iCloud:
- Sync Issues: Ensure both devices are logged into the same Apple ID. Check your internet connection and iCloud storage space.

For any transfer method, if you encounter persistent issues, updating your iPhone's iOS and your computer's operating system can often resolve compatibility problems. Also, keeping a backup of your photos before attempting transfers is always a good practice to avoid accidental loss.

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