Transferring Photos from Your iPhone to Your Mac.

Do It YourselfFor those of you who have been running around taking pictures with an iPhone, accumulating them within your phone since the day you bought it… have mumbled to yourself on a few occasions that you had to figure out how to get them out of the phone and onto your desktop so you could do something with them… This is a quick post for you.

This method is intended for those with an iPhone, currently docked to a Macintosh, where the iPhone has pictures on it that you want to move from the phone to your computer.

Simply locate “Image Capture” within your Applications folder and double-click it. You’ll see this beautiful dialog box…

Image Capture Dialog Box

From there things should be self-explanatory… Download Some… Download All… Clicking Options… will take you to numerous other things you can do like having the application delete all the pictures from the iPhone once they’ve been downloaded.

The one thing I’ll advise is to make sure and set the Download To: setting to a location you’re aware of… if left to the default the photos will be sent to the “Photos” folder which I wonder how many people actually use.

For those interested in a more in-depth discussion including more screenshots… please check out the article by Dave Taylor that this post was based on.


2 Responses to “Transferring Photos from Your iPhone to Your Mac.”

  1. Annie Says:

    Dear Nic,

    I have an iMac running Snow Leopard, and a Motorola RAZR V3 phone. I want to get the pictures from the phone to my iMac with a USB cable and am having no luck. I got the USB from AT&T, do I need a driver? AT&T does not have a driver for OS X, and I am reluctant to just click on any site offering drivers. When I connect the USB cable and click on Image Capture it says connecting, but never succeeds as far as I can tell. I get a message on the computer screen that says check connections and contact administrator. I also get a message on the phone that says the service is not supported. I had AT&T set up the data account for me. I email a picture to my computer email address and never receive anything, but my cell phone bill has gone up drastically. I am lost and getting nowhere – please get me out of holiday picture Hell. Just sticking with a camera is looking better all the time. All I really want is to get my pictures from the phone to my iMac. Thanks for your help,


  2. Nic Says:

    Hi Annie,

    First of all I apologize for my tardy response… this one just got caught up in the torrent of my inbox.

    I’m not really in a position to help as I don’t have a RAZR V3 to experiment with… although have you tried Motorola’s tech support? That would have been the first place I’d have gone.

    With an iPhone I’m able to use “Image Capture” as a tool for getting my pictures from my phone into the computer without any problem… also a USB connection, although it’s through the iPhone’s dock…

    But again, sorry… I can offer no other help than to query Motorola… after all, it’s their product…

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