How do I get photos off my Apple iPhone?
I just upgraded my G5 mac to the latest Leopard software and am leery about syncing my iPhone with my computer because I'm afraid I'll lose data. However, I really need to get the photos off the phone and don't want to email them to myself, one by one. Your suggestion?
I'm really glad you're running Leopard, aka Mac OS X 10.5, actually, because there's one simple change that Apple's made to the way the phone interacts with the Mac that's a huge boon for those of us that actually take pics with the iPhone!
Plug in your phone, and even if you don't want to sync it with your iTunes software you'll find that if there are photos on the phone that Image Capture can now see 'em and grab them for you:
What I've done is set up a new 'iPhone Pictures" folder in my Pictures directory (instead of the default "Pictures, Movies and Music folders", choose "Other..." then navigate to your Pictures directory and click "New Folder" on the lower left).
Click on "Download All" and you've just accomplished the world's easiest cellphone photo sync on your new Macintosh!
If you are running an earlier version of Mac OS X, then I suggest that you let iPhoto do the work: start that up before you plug in your phone and it should see the phone and offer you the opportunity to download your pictures into an iPhoto "roll".
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Dear "computerssuck", you already have an app called Image Capture on your computer. It's in the "Applications" folder. Find it, launch it, then plug in your iPhone...
Our Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) Powerpc hard drive crashed ... so needless to say we lost everything! Fortunately, I do have pictures of our baby on my Iphone 3G that I need to export off the phone onto the computer/external hard drive but I am having the most trouble because our system is not supported by the programs I've purchased so far. Do you have any answers?
OK -- I had the same problem as many of you:
I would plug my 3GS into my Windows Vista machine & while the iPhone icon would show up as drive, it was EMPTY -- where it used to show all my photos in my Camera Roll.
The solution was remarkably simple. Right before I plugged in my iPhone, I had plugged in my seldom-used USB webcam. Once I unplugged the Web cam & re-plugged in my iphone & restarted and closed iTunes -- Voila!
I hope this helps.
Try plugging your phone in when it's unlocked....worked for me. :)
try plug your iphone to another computer, it should work.
MY husband and I have the new Iphone. When I connect mine on my desk top it will automatically ask me if I wish to download the new photes from the phone. When my husband connect his to his hp laptop it will not do that. My desktop will use the autoplay program and do this. His however will not. Is there a way to get his laptop to do the same?
I'm running the OSX version 10.6.4
It seems that I don't have that mighty ImageCapture application.. where can I download it from?
Fabricio, I'm sure that you do, actually. Look in Applications and in Applications -> Utilities
Thanks for getting back to me Dave,
It really seems that I don't have the app. Double checked in Utilities folder in Applications, but I don't really have it.
Can I download it somewhere?
My daughter has a MAC and I have a PC. Both computers are new this year. How do I download and transfer all of her pictures to my PC? Will it work to simply download to a thumb drive and load that to my PC?
Thanks for the free advice. I hadn't used image capture before - didn't even know it was there!
Much simpler than using iphoto.
I just lost my iPhone 4G in Paris with tons of photos on it. Not sure I am buying a new one ($499, ouch), but I had backed up my phone the day I lost it. I use Windows. Can I extract the photos from the back up of the phone?
i lost my i phone 4 is there a way of getin it back. please help i only just got it ! can i download a tracking device an find it that way even though i dont have the phone or do i need the phone to turn it on ??? please help !!! thanks
When I plug my iPhone 4 into my G5 Mac 10.5.8, I don't see an option allowing me to transfer photos from the iPhone to the Mac (iPhoto). The only option I see is to transfer photos from iPhoto on the Mac to the iPhone...
It is a pain to e-mail a photo from my iPhone to me at home, because I have Wildbllue internet and I am penalized if I download too much in a certain timeframe.
I have a contact in my 3GS Iphone and a picture attached to that contact. I can't seem to find how to save the picture again in my computer since it is just a picture attached to a contact and is no longer on my phone. I need this picture desperately.
Just one possible gotcha.. on my phone (3GS) I found that I had to enter my passcode on the phone to unlock it when it was plugged in before the mac would find it. May be obvious to most, but may catch others out. Once I got that, a beautifully simple solution with Image Capture. Thanks!
hi Dave. My imac was stolen by some scum bag(s) last week with all the photos i ever took on it. The only back up is the iphoto folder on iphone. how can I get theses photos back onto the new mac. Would image capture do it without compramising image quality?s in advance
hi i want to know it has any way to return delete photos?
i earse some my pic suddenly and now i want to return it , it hast any way???
My iphone 8gb camra software is not working it is in hang position. what it problem software or hardware kindly suggest me.
second what can download songs from internet in iphone directly without itune
and pls send the precuder for download from pc
Thanks so much. I just got a new iPhone4 and was worried about losing the hundreds of photos on my 3g. Perfect advice.
I have lost all contacts and photos off my wifes phone when it was mistakley synced under my log in with itunes. How can I get them back, I dont think they were backed please help, Regards Greg
Thanks so much for the help - useful post for sure!
Hi I am having the same issues as most people here, trying to get photos off of my iPhone 4 that are not in camera roll and on to my mac (snow leopard installed).. With my old windows computer you plugged the phone in with iTunes booting up and it shows the phone as an external device and you could remove photos.. Does anyone know how to do this on a mac???
Thanks to you, I have used Image Capture for the past year to get photos off my iPhone 3.
However, since the latest update, Image Capture just says "no device connected" whenever I try to get photos. Do you have any idea what I can do now to get photos off the iPhone onto my MacBook (OS X 10.5.8)?
Thanks for any info.
Matt, if they're not in your camera roll, you need to use iTunes, but they're already sync'd with your computer (or how did you get them there in the first place?)
Pari, is it possible you have a security lock on your iPhone? If so, you do need to unlock the phone by entering your code after you've plugged it into the computer. Try that, see how it goes.
I recently got a iPhone 4, and I backed up my old phone to my iTunes, then plugged in my new phone into iTunes and started to submit everything to get everything connected, I looked down at my phone and before I could dissconnect Restore was already complete. It deleted all my pictures and videos, is there anyway I could get those back?
I synced my photos into itunes last night. Have a PC. Can't find picutres. Want to know where they are on my hard drive? Can you help?
Just got the answer, and its really simple.
THIS IS JUST FOR THE WINDOWS USERS:
To transfer pics from the Iphone or Ipod to the pc, just conect the Iphone and let the pc 'think'... in a lil' wile it will pop up a little window asking what do you want to do (you know what Im talking about, the one that pops out everytime you plug a new hardware, or a camera or a sd card), one of the options is ''OPEN FOLDER''... open it, and the only thing you'll see is gonna be your pic roll... Just copy the damn photos to where you want and that's it!
EASY, FAST AND EFFICIENT!
i broke my screenon my iphone4 and i got it hooked up to my computer and i need to know now an if i even can to get my numbers from my phone to my computer
Amy, all the phone numbers in your phone's address book should be in the Mac Address Book app once you've sync'd. Not sure where it shows up on a PC, however...
In Posted by: Steve at March 14, 2010 9:13 PM, Steve mentions that an XP 'bug' prevents your computer from recognizing photos on your iPhone if there are pics in the camera roll not taken by YOUR phone. He was absolutely right! I've tried for two months to get my iPhone pics to copy onto my PC after the "What do you want to do" dialog box just stopped showing up suddenly. It turns out that my son had taken photos with his 3G and sent them to me and I saved them in my camera roll of my 3GS, but as soon as I deleted the pics and did a sync the dialog box reappeared and my photos are now on my computer. Thanks to Steve for his comment and to Dave for providing the forum it was posted on!
Hey there, I unfortunately don't have a mac, my HP had to be factory restored due to it having a nervous breakdown and I now have the problem of not wanting to lose all my data on my iPhone. Do you have any ideas? I've got a major headache trying to figure this out!
I have Windows 7 and was having problems syncing photos to print them. After 3 hours, I did it.
Then I found this app - http://postalpix.com or just search "postalpix" that prints them for you and mails it to your house.
Sweet, why did nobody tell me about this!
What if windows xp gives an error message of "device in use" and won't retrieve your photos when you try to open it through my computer?
hi dave, i have an iphone 3gs and i cannot download my pictures into my laptop. i using a HP tablet running windows vista. i also have itunes but it does not allow me see my pictures when i hook up the phone to it. what do i do? Thank you
Download "Photo Transfer App" to your phone or any app of this kind...problem solve
hey guys. i have a broken iphone. the lcd is broke and i want to be able to view the text and pics in the text on my computer.. is there any way i can do this?
Anyone solve this problem yet? Need to get photo album from my iphone to mypc?
Thank you Dave! REALLY good advice
my iphone 3g takes pictures but nothing shows in camera roll! neither do the pictures appear in the "dcim" folder in "my computer" when plugged into pc. help PLEASE!
How do I download photos from my PC onto my Apple 3 GS iPhone?
Thanks! Worked like a charm! This was exactly what I needed.
Holy SMOKES, thank you! This is exactly what I needed!!!
For all those that are asking how to transfer photos from iPhone sync folder to PC (not from camera roll!! folder in iPhone): IT CANNOT BE DONE. Here is an answer from apple support:
Pictures that have been synced from your computer to your device cannot be reimported back to your computer. Only pictures in the Camera Roll or Saved Photos can be imported from your device to your computer. If you need to retrieve synced photos from your device, email them directly from the device to yourself and then copy them from the emails to your computer.
Before I was able to upload pictures from my 3GS to my Mac using Image Capture. It would automatically open when I synced my iPhone.
Lately, it hasn't worked. (In the past 6 months.) I have been trying to find a free way to retrieve all my pictures (at least the new ones) to my computer.
So far I have only been given the names of numerous apps that I would have to pay for. I don't have iPhoto already installed on my computer. The only other free way I can think of is to e-mail each photo one by one.
I guess the $2.99 app is my only way to go?
Any suggestions? Thank you.
Huge help! Thank you so much!
Hi, I've done a silly thing! I've synced my iphone 4 when all I meant to do was download my photos and now they're not there! Is there any way I can recover them?
You nailed it. ImageCapture worked. Cleaned my phone up quickly. Don't know why the pics and videos seemed stuck on there.
I was given an apple iPhone(specification not known)
My PC cannot just see it ever since.Just thinking its because the software is not on the PC or..Please help me out as I need to pass some stuff from the PC to phone.
Thank you so much! I had no idea image capture was something already on my computer. I was worried how I was going to get all these pictures off effectively. Just got my iPhone and had already gone picture crazy :P
Hey there. I recently had a virus on my PC and had to have it restored, losing all picc, music and vids....they are on my iphone however. How do I get them from iphone back to PC? There are several photo albums and playlists I don't want to lose. I appreciate your help.
To take photos off iPhone 4 to Windows XP, follow:
1: Plug in iPhone
2: Locate iPhone through MyComputer
3: Right click on iPhone
4: Select 'Get pictures'
5: Follow Wizard and save photos to preferred location.
Lots of playing aroudn but this finally worked for me.
Hi, just a quick question. My girlfriend had her iPhone synced to her PC which has now died a death, but she has pics to get off the phone. Are there any issues with getting the pics from the phone onto my computer, which is a Mac?
I know that there are issues with getting songs off an iPod onto Mac, if the iPod is PC based. Is this the same for getting pics off?
here's my problem
have an iphone 3gs, it was snyc to my imac os x 10.4.11
then i bought an iphone4..so then had to upgrade imac o/s to mac os x leopard 10.5 (now it's 10.5.8) but in the process i lost all old iphone data on the imac.. it's all still on iphone but i want to put back on imac so i can then put onto new iphone 4
been trying to download photos from phone to mac but it keeps freezing near the end (and i have tried deleting pics so there less)i've tried through iphoto and just now with image capture and it froze so i canceled it but the photos seem to have end up in the folder i created as per his advice i got from this page(so cheers for that part) i've been struggling for 6 days so far (technology is no friend of mine)
it turns out that about 1500 pics were copied out of about 2000 and ended up in the folder but about 500 were still no were but on iphone3gs
My Iphone 4 says it is in recovery mode and needs to be restored, but I have some recent photos I haven't transferred to my computer yet - do you know if there is any way of getting them off the phone before I restore the factory settings? I will be heartbroken to lose the photos completely. Will they be on my sim card if I take that out before I restore?
Hello! I have an iPhone 3G (that I am ready to recycle) but I can't get ALL of the pictures downloaded to my macbook air. I am using image capture and I have almost 2000 pictures, but when it gets to 368 it stalls and won't go any further. I have gone thru to make sure all the photos in my camera roll were taken from my iphone and deleted those that were texted to me. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!
Gretchen, hmm, here's what I suggest: set the check box on the lower left of Image Capture to "delete after download", then choose the images 25-50 at a time. It might just get cranky about thousands of images, but if you copy and delete 100 at a time, say, you should be able to get them all, though it's a bit tedious. Good luck!
Thanks Steve at March 14, 2010 9:13 PM!! I only had to delete ONE offending photo. Then my phone showed up as a camera in Computer on Windows 7. The transfer was easy from there following others suggestions. Thank you so much!!!
app store on my iPhone3GS by mistake got deleted. Can you tell me how to restore this from itunes. Also i have a doubt that when syncing with iTunes whether iphone contents will be backed up to PC or what ever is backedup in PC will come back to iPhone. - with regards - Balaraju
Balaraju, the only way I can imagine that you successfully deleted a core app like the App Store on your iPhone is if you've jailbroken the phone and aren't running the stock iOS. In that case, I'm afraid I can't help you out and you're on your own. Good luck.
I have an issue that I'm not able to find information on for fixing. I had a year's worth of pictures in my Camera Roll and finally imported everything with Windows Explorer. The pictures that import are removed but there are still about 2/3 a year of pictures on the phone that will not delete after the import is completed (I have checked the box to have them deleted after import.) I have an iPhone 4 and unfortunately use Windows Vista. How do I get these pictures off? Do I have to delete the multiple thousands of pictures one by one off of the phone?
Thank you so much, your advice helped me a lot, I am kind of lazy in exploring my Mac in the matter of programs unless I need smth. Now I know ImageCapture - so cool and good luck!
HELP! I'm trying to download the photos on my iPhone 3GS to My Dell running XP. I've looked through the questions and responses here and can't find a solution to my situation, which is that although I have the iPhone plugged in to the USB port, its not showing up in Windows Explorer. When I plug it in, the computer beeps, and so does the phone. But the only new drive that shows is is Local Disk (V:) which says "Access is Denied"...
i have a video on my phone of horses jumping how can i get pictures of them jumping of the video
Rachel, sounds like you might have the wrong driver installed on your PC, so something else is seeing the phone when plugged in. Does it pop up a window "new device: default action?" still?
Jordan, sounds like you're asking me how to find and copy a video from your iPhone onto your computer? If so, Image Copy can do that too. Simply click on the "size" column to have everything sorted large-to-small, then click the video images (they're '.MOV' files, if I remember correctly), specify where you want them copied in the pop-up on the bottom, and click "Copy Selected..."
Thanks so much for the advice. I was having trouble downloading photos from my iPhone to my PC. The answers given out to other questions also provided a solution for me!
Thank u for sharing! This is so awesome and quick and works like a charm :)
Nice tip, thank you so much.
I really hate iTunes sync- it usually deletes everything on the phone.
Maybe I have missed something but I wonder why the left out the choice of which way the sync will go in iTunes? Really frustrating, I think.
Thank you! You just ended years of backup frustration!
Thanks, Dave, for the super simple solution!
my iPhone 4S made a new camera roll album by itself after I downloaded some photos through Image Capture, and placed all previous ones in an album with a date on it. Now I can't get photos from that album from either Preview or Image Capture. Any idea how can I either transfer them to the camera roll album or at least download them? May I add how mind boggled I am to discover that 4 (almost 5) generations into it, all Apple could think of including on the photo manage option in iTunes, is how to bring photos ONTO the phone instead of off it. How can that be? Is that because of some deal they have with makers of a program that does that?
Thank you that was very helpful. I never thought just to open iPhoto on my MacBook Pro.
Thanks so much for your technical advice. I don't really use sync, cause I don't like it. I've had some trouble downloading images from my iPhone to my PC. You just gave me a great alternative solution, thanks again!
Very Useful Tip, search for Image Capture through Spotlight and follow Daves instruction.
this was so helpful thanks!!!W
I've been having trouble syncing my iphone pics to iphoto so I used image capture and deleted the pics off of my phone manually. The only problem is my iphone and itunes are still showiing the memory as being used. How do I recover this memory? Thanks.
I have an Iphone4 and want to delete pictures in the camera roll but savethem in the albums. Itseems like I have to delete them everywhere
Can I take my phone to a store and have prints made off my phone?
hi whenever i have my iPhone connected (its a regular 4 and my service is att) it doesn't show up as a device. please help because i have no more room on my iPhone and i need to get these pictures off for more space! thanks so much
I need help please lol if you can ....... Basically I had my iPhone fixed so that I could keep the pictures and save all my data by a man who downloaded the software to do so fixed my screen and managed to save everything on there "......... It was working all well and good and then after about four weeks one night it just decided to turn its self off but not totally "........ All that happens is something about software malfunction and and now telling me to plug into iTunes ... But when I do plug it in it does absolutely nothing ....... It's so strange .....
Does anyone know what to do.....????? Or has anyone had this problem themselves ??? Get back to me please !!!
hi my i phone 4 has been through the washing machine, i have some really improtant txts on it for a court case next week, it was backed up in i tunes but will that have my texts and how can i get them, i have an i pad can i transfer to that...Please HELLLPP
Sally, standard approach is to bury the phone in a bag of uncooked rice and give it 24hrs for the rice to pull the moisture out. Good luck!
i have tried image capture but the photos i want to delete are not on the camera roll and are on an album that will not let me delete from the phone. I have tried using a PC and opening the drive and this album doesn't show as well as iphoto and image capture on my mac and restoring the phone. This keeps coming back. These are not in my photo stream or the cloud. The trash can is not available and i even tried cropping the photos to make them unrecognizable but it just puts the edited pics in camera roll and leaves the original in this album. THe only options i have on the phone for this album under edit are share and add to. Once again, either of these keeps the original no matter what.
my girlfriend iphone can't send me a picture once she saves it to her camera roll. if she doesn't save it and sends i get the picture. We both have iphones. She and I can send to everybody else.
Hi please help me I have lost all photos of my daughter when she was a baby and need help. I had an iPhone 4 and copied all photos from my windows vista laptop to th iPhone 4, no problem. I regularly backed up the iPhone to iCloud and my laptop. I then upgraded to an iPhone 5, since "restoring from iCloud" all music etc has transferred and I plugged the new phone into my laptop and sync'd and backed it up. Then I realised only some of my camera roll is showing and only 85 out of approximately 2400 photos are in photo stream all other albums have gone. I looked on my laptop to copy the photos over and they've gone from there too. I have no idea where they have gone. I back up my laptop also as it has this function but I don't know what to do to try to restore. I am distraught at losing all the photos. Please help????
Sian, boy, I hate to hear that sort of story. Here's what I would do: *stop using your PC* and make an appointment at the Apple Store for iCloud. Then take in your phone and your laptop and explain exactly what happened. They have ways of accessing prior iTunes backups and might well be able to recover your photos. Good luck!!
not able to view my contacts from the phone in my lab top. which software should i download
Can you tell me how to import photos (from my iphone to my macbook pro) that someone else has texted me? I'm fine with importing the photos I take with my camera, but I can't figure out how to import images that friends have texted. Thanks in advance for your help!
Just got iphone 5 and can't sync w/ macbook pro 'driving' 10.4.11. Don't want to upgrade past 10.5.2 or lose photoshop elements 6, toast light, and microsoft office suite as was told versions I have.
Found Phoneview by ecamm.com but that needs 10.5.8.
Do you have any ideas on how to synch contacts/calendar/photos/etc that would work with older software so as not to have to go and spend big $$$ on software?
Download the dropbox app on your phone and then get on your computer and go to dropbox.com. You can the upload all your photos from your iPhone to your virtual space on the dropbox server.
Thanks, Dave! Image Capture didn't recognize my iPhone at first. Then I disconnected it and tried again, with the program open, and it worked like a charm!
Dave, thank you for the help. Just by reading through the posts, I was able to solve my problem with my photos on my phone. You are the best and if I was planning on having anymore children, I'd name them after you! ;) Thanks again so much and HAPPY NEW YEAR.
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
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