Without Airdrop, you can still put your iPhone photos on a Windows computer

Thanks to Airdrop, transferring photos between devices in the Apple ecosystem is incredibly easy. Well, Windows is not one of those. What if you want to transfer your iPhone photos to a Windows PC? There is also an easy solution for that!

It might be a little trickier than transferring photos between different Apple devices, but it’s certainly not impossible. AirDrop simply doesn’t work on non-Apple devices. You can of course send photos via WhatsApp, but then the original file size will be lost. And that is an eternal sin!

iPhone: this is how you transfer photos to Windows

Apple devices use a unique file type by default, making it more difficult to transfer photos to non-Apple devices. When you take photos with your iPhone, these images are stored in HEIF. This file type is much smaller than JPEG, for example, making it easier to send and taking up less space. However, there are also some drawbacks, namely that HEIF files cannot be opened properly on Windows PCs.

Fortunately, Apple has a solution for that itself, so you don’t have to download strange apps or shady programs. Transferring this way isn’t as easy as using Airdrop, but it’s still a great method.

macOS Catalina music app successor iTunes
iTunes is still useful. Screenshot: OMT/Raymon Mens

iTunes is your friend

To transfer photos and videos from an iPhone to a Windows PC, it is therefore necessary to use, yes, iTunes. This app was once more popular than Spotify, but in addition to music library, it was also widely used to set up Apple devices. You will no longer see iTunes on iPhones, as it is divided into three different apps: Apple Music, Apple TV, and Apple Podcasts.

However, you can use iTunes on Windows PCs to transfer data from your Apple device to your desktop or laptop. The latest version of iTunes can be downloaded from Apple’s website and from the Windows Store.

This is how transfer works

Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable. Next, you must indicate that your Windows PC is a trusted device, otherwise you will not be able to proceed. Once you’ve done this, on the Windows PC, open the Start menu and select (or search for) Photos. Then select Import and choose From a USB device. The name you gave your iPhone will appear here.

Then you can select which photos and videos you want to transfer. Of course, you can also download them all at once. It is useful to know that all photos that are in iCloud – and therefore not offline on your iPhone itself – are not displayed. You must therefore transfer these photos to your iPhone’s local storage before you can move them to your Windows PC.

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