Thursday, August 15, 2013

How to Backup iPhone Photos

When it comes to backing up iPhone photos, Apple users can figure out all kinds of methods to solve that problem. As every iOS device has a Camera Roll, and the computer (Windows PC and Mac) can read the content in the Camera Roll, so users are able to backup iPhone photos in Camera Roll with ease.

When using a Windows PC, you can backup iPhone photos with following steps:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to computer and make sure that iTunes doesn't open. The computer will show your device as an external hard disk.

Step 2. Double click the iPhone icon and open it on your computer. You will find a folder called “DCIM”, which contains the files in your Camera Roll.

Step 3. Choose the photos you want to backup and press "Ctrl + C" to copy them and "Ctrl + V" to paste them to your target folder.

When using a Mac, the following tips are for you:

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to your MacBook and launch iPhoto on your Mac. The iPhoto will automatically detect your device. Choose “Import Selected” to backup iPhone photos only.

Step 2. The software will get access to your iPhone Library and you are allowed to select photos to backup.

Step 3. The software will import the photos you have taken with your iPhone onto your MacBook. After the importing, iPhoto will ask you whether you want to delete the original photos or not. It all depends on you.

These tips are easy enough, but here are still other methods to backup iPhone photos. If you are in need of backing up iPhone photos to anywhere you want, you can choose an easy-to-use iTunes alternative to help you. For Windows OS, the Leawo iTransfer is highly recommended. For Mac, maybe you would like to refer to SyncPod for Mac.

Leawo iTransfer is used for transfers among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs. Leawo iTransfer can transfer many files (apps, videos, audios, images, ebooks, ringtones and files in Camera Roll included) with ease, and it won’t erase anything from your iDevice. You can also make the device as a flash disk and save any files you want into it. The detailed guidance will show you how to backup iPhone photos with Leawo iTransfer.

1. Run Leawo iTransfer after installing. The software will automatically detect your iPhone and show the files of your iPhone in the software window.

Detect files on iPhone

2. Choose the Photo Library or the Camera, select the photos you want to back up and click the transfer button (Right Arrow in Dark Blue) to go to the transfer settings. Or press “Ctrl” and choose photos, right click the chosen photos and choose Transfer to > My Computer.

Select the photos you want to back up

3. In the transfer settings, you are able to choose locations to put the iPhone photo backups. Click “Transfer Now” to start the transfer.

Backup iPhone photos

4. When the transfer is ongoing, the last thing you want to disconnect your iPhone. When the transfer is finished, you are able to find your iPhone backups in the target folder.

iPhone photos have been backed up

Of course, you are allowed to make the transfer easy. Run Leawo iTransfer and choose the photos you want to backup, “Ctrl + a” and drag/drop all the photos to the target folder. All the photos will be duplicated to the folder within minutes.

SyncPod for Mac is also an iTunes alternative, it can transfer media files between iOS devices and a MacBook with ease. The following guidance will show you in detail.

1. Launch SyncPod on your MacBook after installing.

2. Drag/Drop the photos in your iPhone to the right side of the software window, and you can save your backups to any folders on the MacBook.

iPhone photos backup on Mac

These two pieces of software are helpful for backing up iPhone photos no matter where you get the photos. Backing up other files is also just a piece of cake.


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  4. Simply awesome tutorial and a great way to backup iPhone data. I was looking for an online company as my main mobile phone fixer. I recently lost all data from my iPhone 5 and recently purchased iPhone 6, and i will surely adhere to your guidelines to backup my data. Thanks for your tutorial. keep sharing the nice content!!!

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