What is the best way to transfer photographs from an iPhone to a Windows PC?

What is the best way to transfer photographs from an iPhone to a Windows PC?

I’m a Mac guy at home, so I only need to move photos from my iPhone to my MacBook Pro, which isn’t difficult.

I recently received an email from a reader who asked why it was so hard to move photos from an iPhone to a Windows PC.

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The reader said his problem was with an iPhone 12 and a Windows 7 PC, which is a different story.

He says, “I know Apple wants everything to go through iTunes, but I don’t consider their way of doing things to be very user-friendly.”

Everything I can find online about moving iPhone photos to a Windows 7 PC begins by saying that you need to install the latest version of Apple’s iTunes so that the Windows PC can read the iPhone’s content.

I agree that iTunes is not the most trouble-free software on Windows — especially on Windows 7, which is a 10-year-old operating system.

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Without iTunes, your PC won’t see the iPhone. Next, you need to determine whether you have iCloud Photos turned on in the phone’s iCloud settings.

iCloud Photos transfers your photos from the iPhone to Apple’s iCloud server as you shoot. If you have iCloud Photos turned on, you won’t be able to sync the photos from the iPhone to a Mac or a Windows PC.

When I plug my iPhone into my Windows 10 PC, I can’t see any pictures on the phone in Windows Explorer. According to Microsoft, “If iCloud is enabled on your iOS device, you won’t be able to download your photos or videos. Your images exist on iCloud but not on your device. If you want to open or import these photos or videos to your PC, do so using the iCloud desktop app.”

If you have your photos syncing to iCloud, you need to download and install iCloud for Windows to be able to see and download those photos to the PC. Apple does mention iCloud for Windows 7 on its support page. Once iCloud for Windows is installed, you’ll find iCloud in the application list from your Start menu.

Open iCloud, log in with your Apple ID and then choose iCloud Photos from the list, and you’ll get a Windows Explorer window showing links to download or upload photos. When I connect to my iCloud from Windows, I can download all the photos, or I can see a list of folders for each year. The only choice is to download all the photos from a particular year.

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