Learn how to transfer photos and videos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac or PC. You can also make your photos available on all your devices with iCloud Photos.
Use iCloud Photos
Import to your Mac
Import to your Windows PC
iCloud Photos keeps your photos and videos safe, up to date, and available automatically on all of your Apple devices, on iCloud.com, and even your PC. When you use iCloud Photos, you don’t need to import photos from one iCloud device to another. iCloud Photos always uploads and stores your original, full-resolution photos. You can keep full-resolution originals on each of your devices, or save space with device-optimized versions instead. Either way, you can download your originals whenever you need them. Any organizational changes or edits you make are always kept up to date across all your devices. Learn how to set up and use iCloud Photos.
The photos and videos that you keep in iCloud Photos use your iCloud storage. Before you turn on iCloud Photos, make sure that you have enough space in iCloud to store your entire collection. You can see how much space you need and then upgrade your storage plan if necessary.
Import to your Mac
You can use the Photos app to import photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac.
- Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac with a USB cable.
- Open the Photos app.
- The Photos app shows an Import screen with all the photos and videos that are on your connected device. If the Import screen doesn’t automatically appear, click the device’s name in the Photos sidebar.
- If asked, unlock your iOS device using your passcode. If you see a prompt on your iOS device asking you to Trust This Computer, tap Trust to continue.
- Either select the photos you want to import and click Import Selected, or click Import All New Photos.
- Wait for the process to finish, then disconnect your device from your Mac.
Import to your PC
You can import photos to your PC by connecting your device to your computer and using the Windows Photos app:
- Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes on your PC. Importing photos to your PC requires iTunes 12.5.1 or later.
- Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your PC with a USB cable.
- If asked, unlock your iOS device using your passcode.
- If you see a prompt on your iOS device asking you to Trust This Computer, tap Trust or Allow to continue.
If you have iCloud Photos turned on, you need to download the original, full resolution versions of your photos to your iPhone before you import to your PC. Find out how.
When you import videos from your iOS device to your PC, some might be rotated incorrectly in the Windows Photos app. You can add these videos to iTunes to play them in the correct orientation.
- Use Time Machine to back up all of your files, including your photos and videos, to an external hard drive.
- Import photos and video from storage media, like a hard disk or SD card, to Photos for macOS.
- Use a scanner and Image Capture to import photos that were taken with a film camera.
- Import your images directly to a folder on your Mac with Image Capture.
- Sync music, movies, and more from your iOS devices using your computer.
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Sébastien Page on September 29, 2015
Live Photos was one of the main features introduced with iOS 9 and iPhone 6s. Some might see it as a gimmicky feature, others like me might see it as a great way to inject a little more life into photos.
The process of taking a Live Photo is pretty simple. It’s on by default, and you have nothing to do. Simply shoot a photo like you would normally do, and you’re done. Your device will capture an extra 1.5 second of video before and after the photo was taken, stitching it together and turning a frozen moment into a lively one.
But what if you want to turn a Live Photo into a still one? As with most things iOS, it’s actually pretty simple.
How to change a Live Photo into a normal photo
Step 1: Go to the Live Photo you want to turn into a still photo.
Step 2: Tap the Edit at the bottom of the screen.
Step 3: Tap the blue Live Photo icon in the upper left corner of the screen. Blue means it’s a Live Photo. Once it turns white, it means it is a normal photo.
Step 4: Tap Done, in the lower right corner to save the image.
Your Live Photo is now just another still image in your Camera roll. If you decide you want it back as a Live Photo, you can always edit the photo and select the Revert option.
Last updated: March 8, 2019
Your iPhone 7’s camera has a feature that adds a small amount of movement to a picture when you first open it. This is an interesting way to add some additional life to a picture. But you may not like this, which can lead you to look for a way to turn it off.
Fortunately you can disable the Live Photo feature on your iPhone 7 by turning it off in the Camera app. You can then choose to keep it turned off by enabling an additional setting in the Camera app’s settings menu.
Running low on space and want to know if it’s because of your pictures? Find out how to check storage being used by iPhone pictures.
How to Turn Off Live Photo on iPhone – Quick Summary
- Open the Settings app.
- Scroll down and select the Camera option.
- Choose the Preserve Settings option.
- Turn off the Live Photo option.
- Press the Home button to exit this menu.
- Open the Camera app.
- Tap the Live Photo button at the top of the screen to turn it off.
For additional information, including pictures for each step, continue to the section below.
How to Turn the Live Photos Off for an iPhone 7 and Keep Them Off
The steps in this article were performed on an iPhone 7 Plus in iOS 10.3.3. The result of completing this tutorial will be a Camera app where you are no longer taking Live Photos, and that setting will remain off until you choose to manually re-enable it later. This is accomplished by changing a setting in the Photos & Camera menu, as well as turning something off in the Camera app itself. Note that the menu that we are navigating to in the steps below will let you preserve or forget more settings, such as the camera mode.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Photos & Camera option.
Step 3: Scroll down and choose the Preserve Settings button.
Step 4: Touch the button to the right of Live Photo to turn it on. This allows you to preserve the Live Photo setting in the Camera app. You can then press the Home button under the screen to close the Settings menu.
Step 5: Open the Camera app.
Step 6: Turn off the Live Photo option by pressing the circular button at the top of the screen. The Live Photo feature is turned off when that icon is white, as it is in the picture below.
Are you almost out of storage space on your iPhone, and you are looking for ways to fix that? Check out our guide on managing iPhone storage for some helpful options.
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