How to Import Photos From iPhone to Windows 10

The iPhone has one of the best mobile cameras that you can take some great photos with. However, if you prefer to edit the images with Windows software you’ll need to import your favorite snapshots from your phone to desktop or laptop. There are a few ways that you can import iPhone photographs to Windows 10 with and without a Lightning or microUSB cable.

Importing Photos with USB Cable

If you have an Apple Lightning or suitable microUSB cable, you can import photographs from an iPhone to Windows 10 with the Photos app. Firstly, plug the iPhone into the laptop or desktop with the Lightning cable. Open the Photos app in the shot below, which will be on the Start menu unless you removed its shortcut. 


At the top right of the Photos app there’s an Import button you can press. Then you should select the device to import from, which in this case will be your iPhone. Next, choose some pictures to import from the iPhone and press the Continue button. Then click Import to confirm the selection. The selected photographs will save to your Pictures folder by default.

Importing Photos with Cloud Storage

If you don’t have a Lightning or microUSB cable, you can’t import the photographs from iPhone to Windows 10 with the Photos app. However, you can still import the photos in Windows 10 with cloud storage. You can add the images to your cloud storage and then save them to Windows 10 from there.

There are numerous cloud storage providers you could do that with such as OneDrive, Dropbox and iCloud. As iCloud is integrated into the iOS, that’s probably the best cloud storage to save your iPhone snapshots to. Enable the iCloud Photo Library in your iPhone by selecting Settings > iCloud > Photos and switching the iCloud Photo Library option on.


You’ll also need to add iCloud to Windows 10 from this page. Open the iCloud software in Windows and sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID and password. Select to sync Photos and press Apply. Then you can save your iPhone photos from the iCloud to your Windows 10 folders.

So that’s how to import your iPhone photographs with Lightning cable and iCloud. Then you can open the pictures in Windows 10 software such as Adobe Photoshop or Paint.NET for more extensive image-editing options. Alternatively, you can also edit them with the Photos app as covered in this post

Posted by Matthew on November 22, 2016

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