OS X: Import and Transfer Pictures from iPhone

Apple makes downloading and moving images from your iPhone very simple. There are two easy ways to accomplish this.

The most efficent way to copy pictures and images from your iPhone to your computer is using the Image Capture application in OS X. This application comes with most modern versions of the OS X operating system.

The application itself is easy to understand…

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If you have an older version of OS X, Apple’s iPhoto will import iPhone images without any difficulty. It’s a little less straight forward and clunky, but it will still do the job.

Just have your iPhone connected to your OS X enabled Apple box and start iPhoto…


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  • Olaf

    What if I only want to import the last 5 photos? How do I do that?

  • A175rgr

    If you can’t import photos from your iPhone to your computer (whether Mac of PC), you might want to check to see if you have any photos in the camera roll on your iPhone that did not originate from the iPhone camera (i.e. someone emailed you, taken on another camera, received from your computer, copied from the internet, etc.). If you do then Apple disables your ability to import or sync ANY photos contained on your iPhone until the non-originating photos are removed from the iPhone camera roll. The only work around is to email those non-originating pictures to yourself and then delete them to re-enable your ability to import/sync the remaining photos. I know it’s a pain. Of course you could let Apple know how unsatisfactory this is at: http://www.apple.com/feedback

    • XSive_ari

      I could not find a working answer to that question anywhere. thank you! problem solved!

    • Fb00x

      Perfect. This works. I like to add to my iPhone library pictures that my wife sends. This is what prevented me from importing my pictures – Thank you!

  • Anonymous

    Thank you for this great option, Appreciate it.. Am a novice in MACBOOK OSX, with your help can aquire some great learning

  • Achatgirl

    What about photos that are on your phone but not taken with the phone.?

  • Hi, my problem is a little different: when trying to import photos from iPhone to iPhoto, it always worked good but the last 3 times I’ve tried to import it wont; it recognizes the iPhone and shows the “import” window with n-pictures, looks like it’s importing but it never does. Someone knows what can I do? or does it have to do with the fact that my iphoto is ’06 and my MAC OS X (leopard) and the phone’s just too much for it?