How to send photos from iPhone to Mac

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2021-07-05 15:39:27

In actual use, sometimes you need to send some pictures from your iPhone to your MacBook, how to do it? This article shows you how to send and transfer photos from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop, USB, and several other methods.

What is the fastest way to send photos from iPhone to Mac?

The fastest way for you to send photos on your iPhone to any Mac device is to use AirDrop — a feature designed to make it easy for users of Apple hardware devices to share data with each other over a wireless connection. AirDrop works via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi (locally) to create a secure local link between the two systems.

Send photos from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop

The process of sending data, or specifically photos here, from iPhone to Mac via AirDrop is generally not complicated, you just need to do a few simple steps:

1. On iPhone, tap the photo library (Photo).

2. Click to select the image you want to send.

3. Tap the arrow button at the bottom left.

4. Tap AirDrop.

5. A list of available devices will appear, tap the name of the Mac you want to send the photo to, then wait a moment for the photo to be automatically transferred. (Note that the iPhone on which your Mac device must be connected to a Wi-Fi network for this feature to work.)

6. Click “Done” to complete the process.

Transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using iCloud

Assuming you have iCloud set up on your iPhone, transferring photos from your iPhone to your Mac is also super simple.

1. On your Mac, launch any web browser, then go to and sign in with your Apple ID.

2. On the iCloud home page that appears, click Photos.

Click on Photos

3. Scroll through your photo library in a web browser, and click select the image you need.

Choose the image you need

4. Next, click the cloud icon in the top right corner to download the image.

Download photos

5. This image has now been downloaded to your Mac, and will be in the “Downloads” folder by default.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to Mac using USB

You can of course also connect your Mac to your iPhone via a USB to Lightning cable. But note that this is not the most efficient method, only use it if your devices are offline, with no internet connection.

1. Plug your iPhone into your Mac via the device’s charging cable.

(Note: Recently released MacBook models usually only support the USB-C connector, so you may need an adapter if your iPhone is older.

2. On Mac, click Finder.

Click Finder

3. Scroll down to the Locations section and click on the iPhone name listed there.

Click on the iPhone name

4. Click Trust.

5. Tap Trust on your iPhone, then enter the PIN.

6. On Mac, click the Photos tab.

Click the Photos tab.

7. The list of photos on your iPhone will be fully listed here. Select and move the images as usual.


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