If you are looking for different ways to backup iPhone Photos to Mac (MacBook, iMac or Mac mini/Pro), then this post is a must-read. The processes given below are easy to follow and do not require any technical skills. Anyone with some basic iPhone and Mac knowledge can follow these steps to safely backup iPhone photos to Mac machine. So, here are some of the popular ways to backup iPhone Photos to Mac machine.
Backup iPhone Photos to Mac Using the Photos App
- Connect your iPhone to your Mac with the USB cable that came with the device.
- Open the ‘Photos’ app on your Mac. The app may open automatically when you connect your iPhone. Your iPhone’s icon should appear in the upper-left corner of the app’s window.
- Click on ‘Import’. It’s a tab at the top of the window. Your iPhone’s photos and videos will be displayed in the window beneath the tabs.
- Select the photos you’d like to transfer. Do so by clicking on images.
- Click on ‘Import (#) Selected’. It’s in the upper-right corner of the window. If you’d like to transfer all the photos on your iPhone that aren’t already on your Mac, click on ‘Import All’ New Items.
- Click on ‘Albums’. It’s at the top of the window. The photos you just transferred will be in the “Last Import” album under this tab.
Backup iPhone Photos to Mac Using iCloud Photo Library
- Open your iPhone’s Settings
- Tap your Apple ID. It’s the top section in the Settings menu that contains your name and image if you’ve added one. If you are not signed in, tap Sign into iPhone, enter your Apple ID and password, then tap Sign In.
- Tap ‘iCloud’. It’s in the second section of the menu.
- Tap ‘Photos’. It’s near the top of the “APPS USING ICLOUD” section.
- Slide ‘iCloud Photo Library’ to the ‘On’ position. It will turn green. Photos you take on your iPhone, as well as existing photos in your Camera Roll, will now be saved to iCloud.
If you’d like to save storage space on your iPhone, tap Optimize iPhone Storage to store smaller versions of photos on your device.
- Slide ‘Upload to My Photo Stream’ to the ‘On’ position. Any new photos you take with your iPhone will now sync to all that devices on which you’ve signed in with your Apple ID when they’re connected to Wi-Fi.
- Click on the ‘Apple’ menu on your Mac.
- Click on ‘System Preferences’. It’s near the top of the drop-down menu.
- Click on ‘iCloud’. If you haven’t signed with your Apple ID, click on ‘Sign into iCloud’ and follow the on-screen prompts to sign in.
- Check the ‘Photos’ box.
- Click on ‘Options…’.
- Check the ‘iCloud Photo Library’ box. It’s at the top of the menu.
- Check the ‘My Photo Stream’ box. It’s the next menu option.
- Click on ‘Done’. It’s in the lower-right corner of the dialog box.
- Open the ‘Photos’ app on your Mac.
- Click on ‘Albums’. It’s at the top of the window.
- Click ‘All Photos’. It’s one of the albums on the screen, likely in the upper-left corner. After your iPhone and Mac have synced with iCloud, the photos from your iPhone will appear in this folder.
Backup iPhone Photos to Mac Using AirDrop
- Click on ‘Finder’ on your Mac. Your Mac and iPhone must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network or Bluetooth must be enabled on both devices.
- Click on ‘AirDro’p. It’s located under ‘Favorites’ in the toolbar on the left side of the ‘Finder Window’.
- Click on ‘Allow me to be discovered by’. A drop-down menu will open.
- Click on ‘Everyone’.
- Open the ‘Photos’ app on your iPhone.
- Tap ‘Albums’.
- Tap ‘All Photos’. It’s one of the albums on the screen, likely in the upper-left corner.
- Select a photo. Do so by tapping the photo you want to share.
- Tap the ‘Share’ button.
- Select additional photos (optional). Scroll left or right through the photos at the top of the screen and tap the open circle in the lower-right corner of an image to select it.
- Tap the name of your Mac. It will appear between the images at the top of the screen and the other sharing options at the bottom of the screen. If prompted to turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, do so.
- Click on Save. This saves the picture to Photos on your Mac. Click on Open and Save to see the picture(s) you saved to your Mac.