How to Copy Pictures From a PC to an iPhone

by Marshal M. RosenthalUpdated September 28, 2017

Items you will need

  • iTunes

  • USB iPhone cable

The iPhone is designed to accept photos when synced to the Apple iTunes program. You can copy a picture from your PC’s hard drive onto an iPhone using iTunes. The procedure is straightforward but must be followed exactly. This will work on any iPhone, providing it has not been modified by the user. Copying a photo to the iPhone will not cause any problems with any version of the Windows-based operating system that the PC is using.

Right-click on the desktop with the mouse. Select “New folder” from the pop-up menu. Name the new folder “Pics.” Drag the photos that you want to copy to the iPhone into the “Pics” folder.

Launch the iTunes program by selecting it from the “Start,” “All Applications” pop-up menu.

Plug the iPhone connector on the USB iPhone cable into the bottom of the iPhone. Plug the other end of the connector into a USB port on the PC.

Click on the icon of the iPhone that has appeared beneath “Devices” in the left column of the iTunes program. Click the “Photos” tab at the top of the iTunes program.

Check the “Sync Photos from” checkbox at the top of the center column of the iTunes program. Select “Choose Folder” from the drop-down menu next to “ Sync Photos from.” Navigate in the window that appears to the “Pics” folder on the desktop. Click on the “Pics” folder with the mouse. Click the “OK” button to close the window.

Click the “Sync” button at the bottom right corner of the iTunes program. Wait until the you see “iPhone sync is complete. OK to disconnect” appear at the top of the iTunes program.

Right-click on the iPhone icon. Select “Eject” from the pop-up menu. Disconnect the USB iPhone cable from the iPhone and from the USB port of the PC.


Photos that are in unusual formats must be converted to a format that iTunes and the iPhone can use, such as JPEG, or the copying will not work.


About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."

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