How to Transfer Data from Iphone to Pc

On the memory of yours iPhone you have so many files and you are afraid of running out of space sooner or later. You would therefore like to transfer photos, videos and any other files that you don't need to have on your smartphone to your computer's hard drive. But there is a problem: your computer does not recognize the iPhone and therefore you do not know how to proceed. Is it this way? Then don't worry, because you've come to the right place to solve your problem.

In fact, in this guide of mine, I will illustrate you how to transfer data from iPhone to PC, recommending some methods to synchronize the two devices with the use of official and third-party applications. I will also suggest some tips for using the default tools of the operating system you are using.

It is not required that you have specific skills, as everything I will show you is within anyone's reach. You're calmer now, aren't you? What you have to do is simply dedicate a few minutes of your time to read this tutorial and then be able to reach your goal, thanks to my advice. Are you ready to start? Have a good reading!

Preliminary Operation

Before addressing the subject of the data transfer from iPhone to PC, you need to make sure that iTunes is present on your computer. This software is essential, so that data can be synchronized between Apple devices and Windows computers or Macs. This synchronization allows you to transfer, through the predefined tools of your operating system, multimedia elements and documents, as well as the ability to backup and restore your iPhone.

Therefore, the exclusive use of this software is not required to perform the transfer of any data, but without iTunes it is not possible to install the drivers of your iPhone and, therefore, access its internal memory.

iTunes is already present on Poppy and therefore does not require any installation procedure: you can find its icon in the Launchpad, in Dock or among the programs inside the folder Applications, accessible from the sidebar in the Finder. On Windowsinstead, you need to download the iTunes by reaching the official Apple website and clicking on the button Download 32bit o Download 64bit (depending on the type of operating system installed on it). If you don't know what is the architecture of your computer and the operating system installed on it, I suggest you read this tutorial.

When downloading the iTunesXXSetup.exe will be completed, double click it and then click the button forward. Check the boxes for the parameters you don't want to keep active and then click the button Install. This will start the installation process which will last a few minutes; during this phase, the windows of User Account Control Windows, which you will need to confirm by clicking on the button Yes. Then finish the installation by selecting the button end, and then choose the item Accept, after starting the program.

From this moment on, the procedure for connecting an iPhone to a computer is the same, whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac. lightning supplied and wait a few seconds: in iTunes a window is shown, in which you have to press the button Continue, while on the display of your iPhone you find a notification, on which you have to tap by choosing the option Authorize. You may also need to type the unlock code of the phone.

Now that the iPhone is properly connected to the computer, you may also decide not to use the cable anymore lightning and to therefore establish a wireless connection to use iTunes. In this case, maintaining the connection between the smartphone and the computer via cable lightningavvia iTunes and click onicona dell’iPhone, located at the top left.

Once this is done, select the tab Riepilogo from the sidebar located on the left in the interface of iTunes, scroll the screen and locate the section options. Put a check mark in the box Sync with iPhone via Wi-Fi and click your bottone Apply at the bottom right to confirm your choice.

If the iPhone and computer are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, they can communicate with each other. If you don't know how to connect your iPhone or computer to a Wi-Fi network, I recommend that you check out my tutorial on how to connect to Wi-Fi.

In the following paragraphs, I'll walk you through the methods you can use to transfer media, documents, and any other data from your iPhone to your computer.

Transfer Photos and Videos to PC

For transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to computer you can use the default tools of the operating system you are using. In the next few lines, in fact, I will give you some tips that you can put into practice on your Windows computer or on your Mac, to transfer the multimedia files present in the iPhone memory.


When you connect an iPhone to a Windows computer, after installing iTunes, you can choose to perform different operations for the transfer of multimedia elements from smartphone to PC. Among them, you can use the most immediate, that is, the use of File Explorer.

Then connect your iPhone to the computer and wait for it to be recognized. Open now File Explorer, through its icon with the symbol of a yellow folder found in the taskbar at the bottom. From the left sidebar, click on the entry What PC and, in section Devices and units, double-click the icon for yours iPhone. Access the folders now Internal Storage > DCIM to view the archive of photos and videos, present in the memory of your smartphone.

You can also do this via the tool Import photos and videos Windows. After connecting the iPhone to the computer, open File Explorer, as I indicated in the previous lines, and access the section What PC from the left sidebar of the window. Find your icon now iPhone in the section Devices and units, right click on it and choose the item Import images and videos give the menu check if you press.

Now, wait for the end of the analysis, make sure the box is checked Review, organize and group the items to import and click sul pulsating forward. In the window that opens, put a check mark on the items to import (or activate the box Select all, to select all the items that have been found). Then press the button Import to perform the file import operation inside the folder Images of your computer. When the transfer is complete, a window will open File Explorer which will show all newly imported files.

One last method I recommend is to use the application Photos, already installed in Windows 10. Using the search bar that you can find at the bottom left of the taskbar, type the term photo and click on the corresponding result that refers to the application.

Then started Photos, click on the button Import located in the upper right corner and choose the item From a USB device from the context menu. Through the newly opened window, you can view all the multimedia elements present in the memory of your iPhone.

Then put a check mark next to the files to import, alternatively use the buttons Select all to select all items or Select new to highlight only new items in the iPhone memory that have not previously been imported via the application Photos. You can customize the import by clicking on the entry Import setup, which allows you to set the destination folder and the method of grouping images according to the date, month or l 'year.

After selecting the items you want to transfer to your computer, click the button Import selezionato and wait for the confirmation sound that the operation is completed.


You can transfer photos from your iPhone to Mac using the application Photos, already pre-installed and ready to use. Then connect your iPhone to the Mac via the cable lightning or wireless mode and wait for the application to open automatically. You can also find its icon in the Dock of macOS or within the Launchpad.

Then locate the section devices, which you find in the left sidebar, and click on the item iPhone. Wait a few seconds for the thumbnails of the multimedia elements in the memory of your smartphone to be loaded, select all the elements to import by clicking on them and then press the button Import X items, to transfer only the selected files, or the button Import all new items, to download only the files not yet imported.

You can also use the tool Image capture, which allows you to perform the same operation that I indicated in the previous lines with the app Photos. Then start the Launchpad, select the folder Other and start the utility Image capture.

From the left sidebar, locate the section devices and click on the wording for your iPhone. Then select one or more images (cmd+left click) to be imported to your computer and then press the button Import per confermare l'operazione.

Transfer Documents to PC

Through the software iTunes, you can use the feature File sharing to copy documents from iPhone to computer (and vice versa). Then connect your iPhone to the computer via cable lightning o wireless mode and start iTunes, if it did not open automatically.

Now, click on the iPhone icon at the top left, select the tab File sharing and wait a few seconds for the list of apps that can take advantage of this feature to load.

From the column App, click on the application from which you want to export the documents to your computer and then select the files from the next column. Then drag them out of the application iTunes, transferring them to any folder on your computer hard disk.

Transfer Data with ICloud

You can also use the cloud storage of iCloud, For transfer data from your iPhone to computer. To do this, you must first enable your iPhone's data sync with iCloud. In this regard, you can consult my guide on how iCloud works, in which I have shown you the steps to take to enable this feature on your iPhone.

Now, launch your browser and log into, logging in with your Apple account credentials. You may be asked for the authorization code, which you can view on your smartphone display.

The main panel of iCloud it is made up of several icons that contain different data relating to what they represent: for example, in the section Photos, if you have activated the iCloud Photo Library, you can view all the multimedia elements (photos and videos) present in the memory of your device and that have been synchronized in the cloud storage; in the section iCloud Drive, you can access the documents uploaded online instead. All these data are available for direct download to your computer. Other data, on the other hand, although accessible from the web interface, can only be viewed, without the possibility of saving a copy directly on the computer.

Just to give you a few examples, emails, contacts, calendar or reminders can be displayed on iCloud via web browser, but not directly downloadable to your computer memory. However, using the application of iCloud, you can achieve this by synchronizing the data and exporting it for use on different software and applications.

Su Poppy, the sync tool with iCloud is already available by default and you can then synchronize most of the data with it and make it available in other applications, such as Bookmarks on iPhone su Safari per Mac.

Su Windowsinstead, you need to download the free application iCloud, via the official Apple website. Then access the link I gave you and click on the button Download, to download the file iCloudSetup.exe. After you download it, double click on it, check the box I accept the terms of the license agreement and click sul pulsating Install. In the window of User Account Control Windows, choose Yes (twice in a row) and wait for the installation to finish. Then press the button end, Followed by Yes to restart your computer.

After the computer has restarted, start the application iCloud, which you find in the list of Windows programs, and log in with your Apple account credentials. On your iPhone screen, tap Authorize, to confirm access to your iCloud account. On your computer, then choose the option Do not send.

In the application interface iCloud, you can put the check mark on the items that you want to synchronize with your Windows computer. For example, by activating the box Bookmarks, you will be able to synchronize the websites saved in your iPhone favorites with Internet Explore, Firefox or Google Chrome; by checking the box instead Photos, you can sync the photos and videos with your computer.

Other Tools to Transfer Data from IPhone to PC

If you want to use other tools to transfer your data from iPhone to PC, I recommend solutions that take advantage of the Internet connection or wireless connection. In the first case, I recommend using cloud storage or file sharing applications; in the second case, you can instead refer to the native functionality AirDrop or third party applications. But let's go in order.

Transfer data through services of Cloud Storage it's really simple, as you will simply need the application of the service you want to use to upload the files; from your computer you will need to log in to the cloud storage service's web interface or download its desktop application, if available. What I advise you to do, first of all, is to check which cloud service can do for you and, in this regard, you can consult my guide on the best cloud storage. I advise you to use, for example, services such as Google DriveOneDrive o dropbox, which I told you about in my guides on how to download Google Drive, how OneDrive works, and how Dropbox works.

If you want to use an alternative method, you can use file sharing services to transfer these to your computer. Among the many services of this kind, one example is Send Anywhere, which allows free sharing of files up to 10 GB of weight. Using the dedicated app, you can then upload files to be downloaded later via the web interface or the desktop application for Windows, macOS or Linux. However, the shared file will remain available for only 48 hours, but in case you need to extend the limits of the free plan, you can sign up for a subscription at the cost of $ 5,99 per month. If you want to know more, you can consult my guide on how to transfer photos from iPhone, in which I told you in detail about the file sharing service Send Anywhere.

Among Apple devices, you can use the native function AirDrop, which aims to share data between them in a simple and immediate way. Conceptually, the connection is made between nearby Apple devices, through a direct and encrypted wireless connection, with which data can be transferred. Do you want to know how to use this feature? You can read my guide on how AirDrop works, in which I explain the requirements to use, activate and use AirDrop.

Finally, you can also fall back on the famous application AirDroid, so you can send files from iPhone to PC in a really simple way. This free app allows you to transfer files for free if both devices are in the same home network; if you want to access remotely, the service has limitations, which consist in the transfer of files not exceeding 30 MB, for a total of 200 MB of monthly traffic. To extend these limits, a subscription is required at the cost of $ 1,99 per month or $ 19,99 per year.

To use AirDrop, download the application to your device via the App Store and, after launching it, create an account following the instructions on the screen if you want to use the remote transfer service. With the newly created login credentials, log in to its official website via your computer's browser.

If the devices are in the same home network, you can also skip the account creation and access the section from the app AirDroid Web, present in the card My devices. Then activate the voice Scan QR code and scan the QR code that is shown to you on the main screen of the official website.

From the web interface, to transfer a file, click on the icons Fillet, Photos o Video to browse the respective content folders that the icons represent. Then click on each item to download and then choose the button Download from the top bar. Easy, right?