IPhone owners with little storage space sometimes marvel at how quickly their smartphone runs out of space. This problem is most often encountered by lovers of photos and videos, as well as fans of Live Photos.
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True, it can be easily solved – you just need to activate the function of saving backups to the cloud storage, for example, to the iCloud Photo Media Library (although the service is paid). Users who are interested exclusively in free unlimited services can use Google Photos or Yandex.Disk.
In addition, photos can be backed up to a desktop computer. However, a 128 GB Mac is clearly not enough for this purpose, so you often have to use external drives.
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How to transfer photos (videos) from iPhone or iPad to Windows computer or external storage using a cable
1. Connect an external storage drive (USB-stick). If you are going to transfer photos or videos simply to your computer, skip this step.
Make sure the connected external drive appears in Windows Explorer.
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2. Connect the iPhone or iPad from which you want to transfer photos to your Windows computer using a cable.
When connecting an iPhone or iPad to a computer, the device should be recognized as an external device.
3. Click the icon of the connected Apple device.
4. Follow the path Internal Storage → DCIM…
If instead of the DCIM folder, the inscription is displayed “This folder is empty”, unlock the connected iPhone or iPad and press Allow on the notification that appears.
After that, the DCIM folder will appear in Windows Explorer…
All photos and videos will be placed in system folders like “100APPLE”… Copy the entire contents of the DCIM folder or selected photos and videos to your computer.
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How to transfer photos and videos from iPhone (iPad) to Mac using AirDrop
The main condition for transferring files via AirDrop is that devices (iPhone or iPad and Mac) are on the same Wi-Fi network. Also, both devices must have Bluetooth enabled.
Starting with iOS 10 and macOS Sierra, AirDrop works almost flawlessly.
1… On your Mac, open Finder and go to AirDrop.
2… On iPhone or iPad, open the Photos app. Go to the required Album and press the button Choose in the upper right corner.
3… Select a photo or video to copy to your Mac (you can swipe to select photos and videos without lifting your finger).
4… Click on the icon Share this in the lower left corner.
In a few seconds, the available devices for AirDrop will appear in the middle left of the screen.
five… Tap the icon of the Mac that appears and the file transfer starts. The downloaded files will be available in the folder Downloads on Mac.
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How to transfer photos and videos from iPhone or iPad to Mac using the Image Capture application
Run the Mac program “Capturing images“. To open the program, enter its name in the Spotlight search (you can use the “hot” keys ⌘Cmd + Space).
Once launched, in the control panel on the left, find the iOS device and click on it. All photos and videos stored on the iPhone or iPad appear on the screen. Now you can manually select the pictures you want to save on the external hard drive, or select all at once by clicking on ⌘Cmd + A…
By default, images are saved to the “Images“. Call the drop-down menu and click on “Other“. Now select a folder on your external hard drive where you want to save the photo.
Optionally, you can delete photos and videos from your iOS device when you move them to your Mac. To do this, check the box next to Delete after import in the lower left corner.
Click on the “Import»And wait until the photos or videos are saved. If your hard drive supports USB 2.0, and there are a lot of photos, the whole process can take much more than a few minutes.