The Best Way to Transfer Photos to an iPhone

by Will Conley
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You can transfer all of your digital photos from your computer hard drive to your iPhone for mobile viewing and sharing. Once transferred, access the photos through the "Photos" app on the iPhone. The iPhone organizes photos by folder, just as they are on your computer hard drive. You can swipe through them one by one or view them as an automatic slideshow. Use iTunes, which comes included with your iPhone, to transfer photos.

Step 1

Open iTunes. Click "File," then select either "Add File to Library" or "Add Folder to Library," depending on your needs. Navigate to the individual photo or folder of photos you want to transfer to your iPhone and click "Open" to import the photos. Repeat this process until you have added all desired photos to your iTunes library.

Step 2

Connect your iPhone to your computer using the USB connector cable that came with the iPhone. Wait for iTunes to register the presence of your iPhone.

Step 3

Click the name of your iPhone in the left-hand menu column in iTunes to open the iPhone view. Click the "Photos" tab. Check the "Sync Photos" checkbox.

Step 4

Click "All Folders" to transfer all the photos in iTunes to your iPhone. To transfer only certain photos, click the "Selected Folders" option then check the boxes next to the folders you want to transfer to your iPhone in the "Folders" section.

Click "Apply" and wait for iTunes to transfer the selected photos to your iPhone before disconnecting the USB cable.


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About the Author

Will Conley's writing has appeared in print and online since 1999. Publication venues include,, National Journal, Art New England, Pulse of the Twin Cities, Minnesota Daily and Will studied journalism at the University of Minnesota. He is working on four fiction and nonfiction books.

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