iPhone Photo Guide: Moving your Media
The iPhone’s camera has gone from strength to strength in recent models. The iPhone 8 Plus and iPhone X both boast impressive 12-megapixel cameras, with improved colour saturation offering sharper, clearer images than ever before – now even rivalling the Google Pixel 2 for picture quality.
Once you’ve mastered using the iPhone’s camera, you’ll have plenty of photos you want to keep, edit and share with others. Read on to find out how to move your photographs to other devices, so you can share easily and keep your memories.
Transferring to other Devices
Transferring your photos and videos to your PC lets you adjust images and save a back-up so you know your images are safe, even if your phone’s lost or stolen. The following methods work for both photos and videos.
How to Transfer photos from iPhone to PC
There are two easy ways to transfer your photos to a PC.
Transferring photos with Windows Explorer
This is simple and doesn’t need any extra apps or software. Follow these steps to get your images onto your PC:
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC using a USB cable
Step 2: Unlock your iPhone and allow your PC to access your iPhone’s photo library when prompted
Step 3: Open My Computer and find your iPhone in the devices section. Double click on the icon, then double click again on Internal Storage
Step 4: Open the DCIM folder which holds all your iPhone photographs and select those you want to copy to your PC. Once you’ve highlighted them all, right click and select Copy
Top Tip: If you press down shift whilst clicking on photos you can copy multiple images at once
Step 5: Paste the photos you’ve copied into the folder you want them in on your PC
This way of transferring photos can be used on any computer, not just ones where your iPhone is linked to the Apple account. This means you can share your images with all your friends and family.
Unfortunately, Windows Explorer won’t be able to see the photo albums you’ve made on your iPhone, so although it’s great for moving over a couple of photos, it’s not the best way to transfer an album you’ve already made.
Transferring Photos with anyTrans for iOS
Unlike transferring with Windows Explorer, this method will let you copy entire albums from your iPhone to your PC. To do this you’ll need to download the free app AnyTrans for iOS onto your PC. AnyTrans is a content managing software that’s really easy to use and 100% secure. Follow these steps to find out how:
Step 1: Download AnyTrans for iOS onto your PC
Step 2: Launch AnyTrans and connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable
Step 3: Click the Device tab in AnyTrans, then Content to PC
Step 4: Click the albums you want to transfer from your iPhone, then press Select
Step 5: Click the right arrow button on the right-hand of the screen to begin the transfer
Once the transfer is complete your albums will appear in your PC’s photo library.
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac
You can transfer photos from your iPhone to your Mac using these easy steps:
Step 1: Plug your iPhone into your Mac
Step 2: The Photos app should open automatically. If it doesn’t, open it from your desktop and select the iPhone icon. Unlock your iPhone and agree to give your Mac access when prompted, so it can see all of your photos and videos.
Step 3: To transfer all images to your Mac, click Import All New Photos
Step 4: Select individual photos and click Import to transfer smaller groups of photographs to your Mac
Your albums will appear in the Photos app, so it’s easy to find images you’ve already grouped together on your iPhone and transfer them to your Mac.
How to Transfer Photos FROM iPhone to iPhone
You may want to move photos from iPhone to iPhone, to share images and video with a group, or to move your data onto a new phone. There are two way to do this.
Transferring Photos to Friends’ iPhones
If you want to transfer your photos to a friend’s iPhone, follow these steps:
Step 1: Go to Settings > iCloud and turn on iCloud Photo Sharing
Step 2: Go to the Photos app and select the Shared icon, select New Shared Album
Step 3: Name the new album
Step 4: Type in the names of friends you want to share the album with
Step 5: Add the images and videos you want to share to the album
Transferring Photos to a New iPhone
When you set up a new phone, you’ll want to take your old photos with you. Before getting started with this, make sure both iPhones you’re using are on iOS 8.3 or later and are logged in to the same Apple account. Use the following method to transfer your photos and videos:
Step 1: Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos on both iPhones
Step 2: Turn on iCloud Photo Library on both phones
If both iPhones are logged into the same Apple account, the photos from your old phone should start appearing on your new phone.
How to Edit Videos on an iPhone
One of the top questions people ask about iPhone videos, according to Google search volume, is how to edit and crop a video. This is pretty simple, just follow the steps below:
Step 1: Open the Photos app on your iPhone and select the video you’d like to edit
Step 2: Tap the ‘Edit’ button in the top right-hand corner (it looks like three horizontal bars)
Step 3: Tap and hold either end of the video scroll bar at the bottom of your screen to start the cropping tool
Step 4: Drag the anchors at either end of the video scroll bar to crop the video to how you want it
Step 5: Tap Done when finished
Step 6: Decide whether you’d like to Save as New Clip or Trim Original. If you choose Trim Original you won’t be able to see the original clip anymore
How to Delete Photos from an iPhone
It’s easy to get carried away when capturing your memorable moments, which can mean you end up with loads of photos you don’t want anymore. It’s easy to delete individual – and large groups – of photos and videos:
Delete individual Photos
Step 1: Open the Photos app and select the photo or video you want to delete
Step 2: Press the Delete icon in the bottom right-hand corner (it looks like a dustbin)
Step 3: Press Delete Photo
Delete Multiple Photos
Step 1: Open the Photos app and press Select in the top right-hand corner
Step 2: Select all the images that you want to delete
Step 3: Press the Delete icon in the bottom right-hand corner
Step 4: Press Delete Items
There’s no ‘Delete All’ button on the iPhone, but there is a quick way to clear your photo library:
Step 1: Open the Photos app and select the Photos tab from the bottom of the screen
Step 2: Press Select in the top right-hand corner
Step 3: Tap Select next to all the groups of photographs in your library
Step 4: Once you’ve selected all images, press the Delete icon, and confirm you want to Delete Items
Permanently Deleting Photos and Videos
When you delete a photo or video from your iPhone, it’s not permanently removed. If you look in your albums you’ll find one called ‘Recently Deleted’. You can restore items you have deleted by selecting the item you want to restore and pressing ‘Recover’ in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Photos and videos remain in ‘Recently Deleted’ for 28 days, after this time they’re permanently deleted automatically.
If you want to clear your deleted images before then, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Open the Photos app and go to Recently Deleted, press Select
Step 2: Press Delete All
Step 3: Press Delete Photos
Your images and videos will now be permanently deleted from your iPhone.