How to Transfer iPhone Photos to Thumb Drives

by Tyson Cliffton
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Over time, the photos you take with your iPhone can start to take up a significant amount of space on your device, leaving little room left for apps, music, video and other content. One option is to move your photos from your iPhone to an external storage device, such as a thumb drive. You can copy files from your iPhone to a thumb drive through Windows Explorer; however, to free up the space on your iPhone you still need to delete the photos from your device after you copy them.

Step 1

Turn on your computer, and then connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB cable that came with the smart phone.

Step 2

Click the "Start" button and then click "My Computer." Your iPhone appears as a camera beneath Scanners and Cameras. The name of your iPhone is the name you assigned to your smart phone in iTunes.

Step 3

Connect the thumb drive to the USB port on the computer. The thumb drive appears in the "Devices with Removable Storage" section in the "My Computer" window.

Step 4

Double-click the icon representing your iPhone in the "My Computer" window. The photos and videos you've captured with your iPhone's camera appear.

Step 5

Hold down the "Alt" button and then click to select any pictures you want to copy from your iPhone to the thumb drive.

Step 6

Right-click one of the highlighted pictures after selecting all of the pictures you want to transfer and then click "Copy."

Step 7

Click the minimize button in the window with your iPhone photos and then re-open another "My Computer" window.

Step 8

Double-click the thumb drive where you want to transfer the photos you copied and then navigate to the location on the thumb drive where you want to transfer the photos.

Step 9

Right-click within the location where you want to transfer the photos and then click "Paste." The photos on your iPhone will be copied to the location you selected on your thumb drive.

Step 10

Maximize the window displaying the photos on your iPhone and then right-click one of the photos you selected, which remain selected.

Click "Delete" and then click "Yes" when a dialog box appears asking if you're certain you want to delete the file or files. The photos you selected will be removed from your iPhone.


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About the Author

Tyson Cliffton has been writing professionally since 2001. His work has been published at and Cliffton earned a Bachelor of Science in mass communications from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville and a Master of Arts in communication from the University of Illinois at Springfield. He is pursuing a Master of Business Administration in management and leadership from Webster University.

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