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How to quickly transfer photos from iPhone to Windows 11

If you want to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone to your Windows 11 PC, the quickest and easiest way is to connect your phone and perform an automatic import. Here’s how to do it.

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How to import photos and videos from iPhone to Windows

If you connect your iPhone to your Windows PC with a USB cable, Windows 11 can connect to it like a standard digital camera, and read the “folder”DCIMof the device. It can copy photos and videos from your iPhone without the need for additional software. Here’s how to set it up.

First, locate the cable Lightning to USB appropriate for your iPhone. This is usually the same cable that you can use to charge your iPhone. One end will have a small connector that plugs into your iPhone (the Lightning end), and the other will be either a USB-A or USB-C connector.

Plug your iPhone into the cable, then plug the other end into a USB port on your Windows 11 computer.

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When you connect your iPhone, the phone will ask if you want to allow the computer to access the photos and videos on the device. Click “Allow”. This will make the Pictures and Videos folder available.DCIMfor iPhone for Windows 11.

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Back on your Windows PC, open File Explorer and go to “This PC. If your iPhone is properly recognized by your computer (and allowed to connect), it will appear as a removable drive in a partition “Devices and Engines”.

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Right-click on your iPhone icon in File Explorer and select “Import photos and videosin the menu that appears.

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A window will appearImport photos and videos. Windows will check your iPhone’s Pictures folder for photos and videos that it can copy to your computer.

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After Windows finds all new photos and videos that weren’t previously imported, it will show you how many photos and videos can be imported.

If you want to give Windows 11 a try (somewhat confusing) to organize your photos, you can choose the option “Review, organize and group items to be imported. However, we recommend doing a simple import: select “Import all new items now, then click the buttonimport.

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During the import process, Windows will copy your photos and videos to a new, time-stamped folder in the Pictures folder by default. If you want to erase all photos and videos from your iPhone after the import is done, put a checkmark next to “Scan after import”.

Warning: If you select “Erase after import” while importing, Windows will delete all the photos and videos it imported from your iPhone when it’s done. If you want to leave a copy of your imported photos and videos on your phone, leave the Erase after import box unchecked.

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When the import is complete, open a File Explorer window and go to the Pictures folder. In this folder, you will find a dated folder containing all the photos and videos you just imported. Double click on the folder and you will see the pictures inside.

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If you notice a bunch of AAE files in the folder containing the images, don’t worry. These are special metadata files that Apple uses to store photo editing information. It’s useless on Windows, so it’s safe to delete any AAE files you find.

Next, unplug your iPhone, and you’re done. You can connect it again to import photos or videos any time you want. If you don’t select “Scan after import” during the last import, Windows will remember the photos you imported before, and you won’t get any duplicates on the next import. very nice!

Alternately, email the photos to yourself

If you only have a few photos or videos on your iPhone that you want to transfer to your Windows 11 PC — or if you can’t find a Lightning cable — you can email the pictures from your device to yourself in turns. To do this, open the Photos app on your iPhone, select the photos you want to email, and tap the share button (which looks like a square with an arrow pointing up from it).

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In the menu that appears, tap the Mail app icon, then you can compose an email in the Mail app. You can only send a limited number of photos at a time this way, so it’s usually only good for a few photos or a couple of videos. But it works in question. Good luck and God bless you!

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