Transferring photos or videos from macOS or Windows to iOS device or vice-versa is no longer a herculean task. With several options available to transport files back and forth, you would never run out of choices.
Whether it’s ultra-modern AirDrop, iCloud, iTunes or Dropbox, you have more options now than ever before. Personally, I prefer AirDrop and Dropbox for being exceptionally user-friendly. Let’s go through this complete guide to transfer your photos effortlessly from computer to iPhone and iPad!
How to Transfer Photos from Mac or Windows PC to iPhone and iPad
How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone and iPad via AirDrop
One of my favorite mediums to transfer photos from macOS to iOS is AirDrop. It lets you move batches of photos from your Mac to your iOS device with utmost ease.
Step #1. First off, you need to click on photos you wish to transfer in the Finder window.
Step #2. Next, click on AirDrop from the side menu.
Step #3. Now, simply drag your selected items to the iPhone option in AirDrop.
Step #4. Next, tap on Accept on your iOS device.
How to Use Photos for Mac to Transfer Photos to iPhone
Step #1. Open Photos app on your Mac.
Step #2. Next, click on Photos menu at the top left of the screen.
Step #3. Now, you need to choose Preferences.
Step #4. Select iCloud and then check the box next to iCloud Photo Library.
Now, you would have to wait until all of your photos are synced with your iOS device.
How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone and iPad via iCloud Photo Sharing
So what you are still using the discontinued iPhoto or Aperture on your old Mac? You can still transfer your favorite photos from your computer to your iOS device.
Step #1. Open Settings app on your iOS device → Tap on Photos and Camera.
Step #2. Turn on iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing.
Step #3. On your Mac, you need to open Photos App.
Step #4. Now, you need to click on the photos you wish to upload and then click on Share icon from the top right the corner.
Step #5. Next, click on iCloud Photo Sharing.
How to Transfer Photos from Mac or Windows to iPhone via iCloud
Note: The iCloud uploader supports only certain file types like JPG files through the web.
Step #1. In order to transfer photos from your computer to iPhone via iCloud, you need to enable iCloud Photo Library on your devices. Next, go to icloud.com.
Step #2. Now, click on Photos icon.
Step #3. Click on Upload at the top right corner.
Step #4. Next, you need to choose the images you want to upload.
You should see the processing bar at the bottom to upload your selected images.
How to Transfer Photos from Mac or Windows PC to iPhone via iTunes
iTunes remains one of the most viable mediums to transfer your pics from your computer to your iOS device.
Step #1. Starting off, connect your iOS device to Mac. Then, launch iTunes.
Step #2. Now, select your iOS device in the top bar.
Step #3. Next, you need to click on the Photos tab.
Step #4. Click the checkbox next to Sync Photos.
(Note: In case you are using external folders on your computer to store pictures, you have the option to sync your iOS device from that specific folder. You need to select “Choose folder” from the drop-down menu and click on the folder. Click to sync All folders or Selected folders.)
You have to click the iPhoto, Photos, or Aperture from the “Copy photos from” drop-down menu. Click the options as per your need.
Step #5. Click Sync at the bottom right corner.
Your iPhone will now copy all the photos you selected.
Other Viable Options
You can also use Dropbox, Google Drive or other cloud-based services to easily transfer your services from one platform to the other seamlessly.