How to transfer photos from mobile to computer with iPhone and Android

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Our smartphones have managed to replace the usual digital photo cameras . Their lenses, the quality of their sensors, the digital image processor, the stabilizers and all their components make these the perfect equipment to photograph everything that comes before us almost without stopping to think. Photographs that fill the memory of our smartphones little by little, until limiting their operation with other applications. A very common situation that can be solved by passing the photos of the smartphone to the computer to save them on an external hard drive, a USB memory, or where we need.

Sometimes, the most basic operations with technology are not so obvious, this in particular, depending on the system you use (Apple iOS or Android) can be more or less easy. Passing photos to the smartphone to the computer is something quick that will be very useful. We have already seen the scenario of being able to upload them to the cloud directly by synchronizing our mobile , but in this case we can have other preferences or needs, such as retouching photos in an advanced way, making a photo pass on our computer, or transferring them to a USB to take them to print. For all the cases in which we want to use the computer, we propose three different systems to do it depending on whether we have a computer is Apple, Android or Windows PC.

How to transfer photos from your smartphone to your computer

How to transfer photos from the iPhone or iPad to a Mac or PC

Although many say otherwise the functions of Apple computers are compatible with most systems, so we will find 3 different ways to transfer our photos to save or use them how and where we want:

1. Synchronizing with an application in the cloud

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  • The simplest method to be able to enjoy and store all our photos where we want is to make use of any system in the cloud. Apple , Google or even Dropbox have systems that automatically synchronize our photos. In the case of Apple’s iCloud, just go to Settings> Click on our Apple ID> iCloud> Photos and activate the iCloud Photo Library.
  • In the event that we want to synchronize Dropbox, Box, Mega, OneDrive, etc … just download the application to our iPhone or iPad and open our session with our user, we will ask if we want to enable the upload of photos to your cloud. Just accept and all our photos (or those that we select), will be synchronized immediately.
  • In the case that we use Google Photos (a great alternative to the Apple cloud), we will have to wait for them to synchronize automatically after entering our user data in the application that we downloaded from the App Store.

2. Using the “Photos” application of Apple on Mac

In the event that the cloud does not convince you, or you need to physically have the files on your computer you can pass your photos to your Mac in a traditional way thanks to the Apple photos application. For this, we will need to connect our iPhone, iPad, iPod or even a camera to the Mac using, and confirm that the connected equipment is trusted.

At that time the Apple photos application will open automatically (if you did not have it open) and we can start importing the photos we want, or all of them at the same time, and even choose the destination folder to have them already localized .

3. How to transfer photos from the iPhone to a PC

In the case that you are PC users, there are two ways to pass our photos:

  • One in which we can manually synchronize our photos by connecting our iPhone or iPad with the Lightning cable. In doing so, Windows will treat our computers as if it were a physical hard drive or a USB stick. Open the My Computer folder, find the name of the computer that we just connected and look for the DCIM folder where our photos are located. Simply copy them with Control + C and paste them into the folder you want with Control + V.
  • The other system is to download and use the Microsoft Photos application, which, like Apple’s, centralizes all our image library so that we can edit and find them easily. To pass the photos of our iPhone or iPad , we connect to the PC by cable, open the Microsoft Photos application> Click on import> select our iPhone or iPad and let it finish copying all the photos we have selected.

How to transfer photos from Android to a Mac or PC

Passing our photos of an Android computer to a computer is just as easy, especially once we have decided which is the system that best suits us and we tell you below.

1. Using a cloud service

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As it happens in iOS, it is the system most used by most users, since we only need to download an application, put our user (or create it so it is the first time we use it) and let it synchronize. The most popular are Google Photos and Dropbox , which also have a desktop and web version that we can access to manage, touch up, and edit our photographs.

2. Passing our Android photos to a Mac computer

In the case that you want to pass photos from an Android Smartphone to a Mac in a manual way, you will have to download a small application called Android File Transfer . An application that after installing it on our Mac, we just have to connect via USB and browse the different folders to copy the files and / or photos that we want in the following way:

  • Open Android File Transfer if you do not do it automatically when you connect it.
  • We unlocked our Android device to allow them to connect and synchronize.
  • We connect the Android device to the Mac using its USB cable.
  • On your device, we press the ” USB to … ” notification
  • We select Transfer files .
  • On the Mac, an Android File Transfer window will open to which you can drag the files.
  • When you are finished, disconnect the USB cable.

3. Pass our Android photos to a PC

The system to pass photos of an Android device to a PC is exactly the same as in Mac, but the need to install any application in our computer, since the management of files between Android and Windows is exactly the same and compatible. So we repeat the following steps:

  • Unlock the Android device
  • We connect it to the PC through its USB cable.
  • On your device, press the ” USB to … ” notification
  • Select Transfer files.
  • On your computer, an Android File Transfer window will open to which you can drag the files.
  • When you are finished, disconnect the USB cable.

With these three different ways per device (iOS and Android), we can manage, copy and save all our photos, to do with them what we want, thus releasing the space they occupy if we store it on external hard drives or USB memories.