Apple - Move data from iPhone to windows

I have had success with simply mounting and using File Explorer to locate the DCIM directory and copying it out. However, I found it easiest to delete the photos from within the Photos app on the phone itself, despite how tedious that is.

You have to go into the Photos app, select the camera roll album, press 'Select' at the top right, and drag to select the photos you want to delete. I recommend deleting in batches instead of trying to select them all in one go. Unfortunately, this doesn't actually delete the photos, it just moves them to the 'Recently Deleted' folder. Go to that folder, click 'Select' then 'Delete All'.

Yes it's tedious, but it works every time and I've gotten pretty fast at doing it.

iCloud for Windows

  • Download the software from Windows Store and sign in with the Apple ID photos are used with.

  • Open the options for photos and tick all the options which make original photos stored on the PC.

  • Go to Favourites in File Explorer and click download photos. Select all. Wait for the process to complete.

To remove photos from iPhone, turn off iCloud photo Library first.

Assuming you have Download originals set in iPhone photos preferences, Go to iCloud settings and turn off Photos. This ensures that all the changes made in iPhone will not be reflected in iCloud photo library and thus not on the PC.

Deleting on iPhone moves the photos in Recently Deleted and takes upto 30 days to delete if not done manually.

Now go to iCloud for Windows where hopefully all the items are stored locally by now. Turning off photos as it was turned on as said above, will delete all the photos in iCloud, free up storage and only place where your photos are will be PC.

Apple Data Download

  • Go to and sign in.

  • Request download for photos and videos or any other thing you want.

  • After being notified via mail, Get the compressed file and make sure that all the media is there.

Now whether iCloud for photos is turned off or not, deleting photos from iPhone removes them from iCloud too.


To resolve the issue, installing latest version from Windows Store should help. Also Authorise the PC by going to Account Menu and entering the password on the prompt. If there's a prompt at iPhone while plugging in, tap "Trust". If still persists, there is a long list of actions at Apple Support Article to troubleshoot iTunes not recognising iPhone etc.

- I don't use windows so cannot answer about how to use usb cable to do the same.

- There one more answer at Originals from iCloud photo library to pc which uses python script.

- This question about transfer videos from iPhone to PC using cable had a bounty too. Answers suggest that Windows7 works perfectly, 10 doesn't. So this no longer remains a problem for Apple.SE.

How to transfer photos from your iPhone or iPad using the Windows 10 Photos app

If you're feeling adventurous, you can also use the Windows Photos app to import your photos. It can easily transfer your photos in bulk, and the app is very nice for looking at your pictures.

  1. Install iTunes — this ensures your computer can communicate with your iPhone or iPad even if you don't specifically use iTunes to transfer files.
  2. Plug in your iPhone or iPad with your Lightning to USB or 30-pin Dock to USB cable.
  3. Launch the Photos app from your desktop, Start menu, or taskbar.
  4. Click Import — it is located at the top right of the window.
  5. Click any photos you'd like to not import. They will all be imported by default.
  6. Click Continue. Your photos will now be imported into the Photos app.

The photos will be located in the Windows Pictures folder by default but you can move them into the external hard drive.

How to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to Windows 10 using iCloud

Windows 10 has the ability to use iCloud to wirelessly sync your photos as long as you've backed up the photos on your iPhone or iPad to iCloud. Here's how to do it.

  1. Launch your favorite web browser from the Start menu, taskbar, or desktop.
  2. Navigate to the iCloud for Windows download site.
  3. Click Download. You might have to scroll down a bit to find it.
  4. Click Save.
  5. Click Run when the download his finished.
  6. Click I accept the terms….
  7. Click Install.
  8. Click Finish. Your computer will restart and, upon restart, the iCloud window will automatically appear.
  9. Type your Apple ID.
  10. Type your password.
  11. Click Sign In.
  12. Click the Options button next to Photos.
  13. Click the box next to My Photo Stream so that a checkmark appears.
  14. Click the box next to Upload new photos from my PC so that the checkmark disappears. You can set these options how you'd like, but this ensures you're just getting the photos off your iPhone or iPad onto your PC.
  15. Click Done.
  16. Click Apply. Any photos in your iCloud will now download to your PC.

The photos will be located in the Windows Pictures\iCloud\Downloads folder by default but you can move them into the external hard drive.

You can find both iTunes and iCloud for Windows in the Windows 10 Store

Both steps provided by iMore.