By Kim KardaUpdated on August 01, 2023
Camera Roll is the location that stores all your iPhone photos and videos you take with your iPhone, including the photos and videos you take with your iPhone camera and the screenshots you capture. Thus, the camera roll is generally so precious for you. That’s probably the main reason why you want to import the camera roll to the PC.
By making a backup of your iPhone camera roll, you can basically eliminate the worry of data loss and then delete files on iPhone to free up your iPhone space.
Unlike you can access any file on an Android device from a computer with a USB cable, you can access only one type of content on your iPhone from a computer merely via USB collection, which is the DCIM folder.
Luckily, that is exactly what you want to transfer now. In addition to the built-in features or apps on Windows, there is also professional iPhone data transfer software that performs well to import camera roll to a PC. Let’s delve into the details.
Transferring iPhone photos to a PC is no longer a tough task to complete with the help of the proven tips below. Depending on your preference, the best way for you varies.
Option 1. Transfer Camera Roll to PC with File Explorer
To import photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10, Windows 11, or even earlier Windows versions, you can use File Explorer to manually transfer the camera roll to PC. It only requires a USB cable to work.
A drawback you should consider is that File Explorer only shows your camera roll by folder, which is categorized by date. If you prefer to transfer iPhone album to PC. Switch to method 3 instead.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the PC with a USB cable.
Step 2. Unlock your iPhone and trust the computer to make sure your iPhone is recognized by the PC.
Step 3. Open “File Explorer” and head to “This PC” > “Apple iPhone” > “Internal Storage” > “DCIM.” Afterward, you can see all folders that contain your iPhone pictures.
Step 4. Copy them to your computer.
If you encounter the issue “iPhone photos not showing up on PC,” follow the proven tips in the guide to fix the issue.
Option 2. Import Camera Roll to PC with Photos
Compared with File Explorer, Photos has more flexible transfer options: import all photos, import new photos, or import selected photos. What’s more, it also helps you to delete original items after import if you need to. However, it also categorizes your iPhone pictures by date. That makes it impossible for you to transfer iPhone albums.
Step 1. Connect the iPhone and the PC and make sure the iPhone is recognized.
Step 2. Open the Photos app and click “Import” > “From a connected device.”
Step 3. Wait for Photos to load photos on your iPhone.
Step 4. Select the items you want to transfer and click the “Import Photos” button.
If “Microsoft Photos not working” occurs when you use the app the transfer pictures, go to the troubleshooting guide to solve the problem and then continue.
Option 3. Transfer Photos from iPhone to PC with EaseUS MobiMover
The iPhone content manager – EaseUS MobiMover enables you to do more with your iPhone files. When it comes to photos, you can transfer them between an iPhone/iPad/iPod touch and a computer or between two iDevices. In addition to photos, EaseUS MobiMover also supports videos, music, ringtones, books, and more.
Thus, if you also want to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes, EaseUS MobiMover is the most suitable choice for you since both File Explorer and Photos won’t help.
Step 1. Connect your iPhone to PC running Windows 7 or later. Run EaseUS MobiMover, choose “Phone to PC” and click the “Next” button to go on.
Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to transfer from your iPhone to the computer. As you can see, you can copy other supported files together with photos from your iPhone to PC all at once. Besides, you can customize the storage path for the exported photos. Otherwise, MobiMover will save them on your desktop.
Step 3. Now, click the “Transfer” button to start transferring photos from your iPhone to PC without iTunes. Exporting files from iPhone to PC with MobiMover is the right way for backup to avoid unexpected data loss.
Option 4. Sync Camera Roll to PC with iCloud
There are times when you need to share files across your devices wirelessly. And that’s what iCloud can do for you. As long as you have enough iCloud space, you can transfer your iPhone photos to your PC via Wi-Fi. Download and install iCloud for Windows on your PC, and then follow the steps below to transfer the camera roll to your PC.
Step 1. On your iPhone, go to the Settings app to enable iCloud Photos.
Step 2. On your PC, run iCloud for Windows and click “Options” next to “Photos” and enable “iCloud Photo Library.”
Step 3. Turn on “Download new photos and videos to my PC” and change the location if you need to.
Step 4. Wait for the data syncing to complete.
There are questions you may have in mind when you transfer the iPhone camera roll to your PC.
How do I transfer my camera roll to my computer?
You can transfer your camera roll to your computer with File Explorer, Photos, iCloud, or iPhone data transfer software. If you choose File Explorer, connect your iPhone to the computer and visit the DCIM folder from your iPhone’s internal storage. Afterward, use ‘Ctrl-A’ to select all folders, press ‘Ctrl-C,’ and then ‘Ctrl-V’ to copy your iPhone camera roll to your PC.
Why can’t I transfer photos from iPhone to PC?
If you can’t transfer photos from your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable, you need to check the USB cable and the USB port by switching to a new one. Besides, you need to unlock your iOS device to transfer photos. Make sure you have unlocked your iPhone and trusted the computer in the prompt on the device.
How do I transfer photos from iPhone to computer using bulk?
All of the methods introduced here allow you to transfer photos from your iPhone to the computer in bulk. You can either transfer specific items or all photos according to your need.
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