How to Transfer Photos From iPhone to Mac Without iPhoto

By Daniel Hatter

Updated September 19, 2017

Transfer your iPhone photos to free up storage space.
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When you take pictures with your iPhone, they are automatically saved to its internal storage. The iPhone has an 8 megapixel camera, so the photos it takes are quite large in file size. If you use the camera on a regular basis, you should regularly transfer the photos off your iPhone. The iPhoto application is usually used for transferring photos to a Mac computer, but you can also do it without it.

Connect your iPhone to your Mac with its USB cord. Wait a moment for your Mac to recognize that it has been connected.

Click the "Finder" button in the Dock and click the "Applications" folder in the left pane. Scroll through the list of applications to "Image Capture" and double-click it to open it.

Select a location on your Mac for the Image Capture application to save your iPhone pictures. To delete the pictures from your iPhone upon completion, click "Options," open the "Options" tab and select "Delete Items from Camera after Downloading."

Click the "OK" button and then click the "Download All" button to transfer the photos. Once complete, you can disconnect your iPhone from your computer.


Information in this article applies to the iPhone 5S, 5C, 5 and 4S. It may vary slightly or significantly in other generation iPhones.