Posted on Nov 16, 2013 in Tech & internet
I can easily post a photo of my dog to Instagram, Facebook and Twitter while walking in the park, but how do I get his furry little face on to my desktop computer? I don’t see a way to do this in iTunes.
Photographer Chase Jarvis once remarked that the best camera is the one that’s with you, specifically referring to the iPhone and the collection of iPhone photographs he published. First of all he’s right; and secondly for a large number of people, the iPhone is actually their primary camera.
If you’re one of these iPhone shutterbugs, you’ve probably noticed there are a million and one apps to share your photos online, but it’s hard to find a good way to get those precious photos on your own computer. Well, fret not. We’ve gone and tracked down a couple different ways to get those food pictures from last night’s dinner on to your Windows machine — from wired to wireless.
For Windows 8 users, begin by connecting the iPhone to your computer with the USB cord. When you see the prompt in the upper right saying “Tap to choose what happens with this device,” click on it. From there, click “Import photos and videos.” Then select the photos you want to transfer and click the “Import” button.
For Windows Vista and Windows 7 users, connect the phone as above. When the AutoPlay dialog box pops up, select “Import pictures and videos” option, which will begin importing the photos to the My Pictures folder by default. You may change the destination folder by clicking the “Import Settings” link in the dialog box. Alternately, you can choose “Open device to view files” from the dialog box, then look through the folders on the iPhone to locate your photos and transfer them manually.
For Windows XP users, connect the phone as above which will launch the Scanner and Camera Wizard. Choose the photos you wish to import and choose a name and destination folder for the imported images. You may also use the manual method as described above.
It’s possible to transfer photos to your computer wirelessly via iCloud. Begin by enabling Photo Stream on your phone by going into Settings, tap “iCloud,” then tap “Photo Stream” and turn on My Photo Stream. This will automatically upload new photos and send them to your iCloud storage when your phone is connected to Wi-Fi.
On the computer side, you must have iCloud Control Panel installed. From inside the Control Panel, turn on Photo Stream and select the destination folders for downloaded photos under Options. Photos are then automatically downloaded to the computer.
If you prefer to wirelessly transfer images to your desktop directly and bypass backing them up to iCloud, there are apps for that purpose. PhotoSync allows you to send photos directly to your Windows PC from your phone when connected to Wi-Fi, as well as letting you upload them to popular web services. Wireless Transfer App is much the same, and WiFi Photo Transfer lets you access your phone’s images through your web browser to view and download.
When you sync your phone with iTunes and create a backup any photos in the Camera Roll are part of the backup as well. However, they are not saved as individual files that can be viewed on your computer but are lumped in with the other backed up data from your phone. It’s possible, using third party utilities such as iPhone Backup Extractor or iTunes Photo Extractor to recover individual photos from these backup files, but this is more a method of last resort to recover lost data than a regular method to copy to the desktop.
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