How to Convert Mac Photos to PC

By Mario Calhoun

In order to convert your Macintosh photos to your Windows PC, you'll need to use an external storage drive such as a USB drive, an online service such as MobileMe to upload the pictures to the server, or transfer the photos between computers through your iPod while the iPod is in disk mode. All three options allow you to store your photos on a separate device and transfer them to more than one PC.

Things You'll Need

  • USB drive
  • MobileMe service
  • iPod
  • iPod cable

Transfer Photos using USB Drive

Step 1

Click the "Finder" icon on your Macintosh computer's screen dock, and double-click the "Pictures" folder to open it.

Step 2

Plug the USB drive into the USB port on your Macintosh computer, and double-click the USB drive icon on your Macintosh computer's desktop.

Step 3

Drag and drop the photos from the "Pictures" folder to the USB drive's window, and drag the USB drive's icon from the desktop to the "Trash" icon on your screen's dock to disconnect it from the computer.

Step 4

Remove the USB drive from your Macintosh computer's USB port, and insert it into the USB port on your PC.

Step 5

Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your PC's desktop, and double-click the "Removable Disk Drive" icon.

Step 6

Drag and drop the pictures from the "Removable Disk Drive" window to your desktop to copy them from the USB drive.

Step 7

Click the "Back" arrow button at the top of the "Removable Disk Drive" window to return to the "My Computer" window, and right-click the "Removable Disk Drive" icon. Click "Eject" from the shortcut menu to safely disconnect the USB drive from your PC.

Transfer Photos through MobileMe

Step 1

Click the "Safari" icon on your Macintosh screen's dock, and go to the MobileMe site.

Step 2

Enter your MobileMe user name and password, and click the "Log In" button in the browser window to access your account.

Step 3

Click the "iDisk" icon at the top of the browser window, and click the "up arrow" icon at the top of the browser window to open the "Uploads" window.

Step 4

Click the "Choose" button, and locate the photos in the window. Click the photo you wish to import to highlight it, and click the "Select" button in the window.

Step 5

Click the "Done" button in the "Uploads" window once the photo transfer is complete, and open the Internet browser on your PC.

Step 6

Go to the MobileMe site on your PC, and enter your MobileMe user name and password.

Step 7

Click the "Log In" button, and click the "iDisk" icon at the top of the browser window. Click the photo's file name from the list of files in the iDisk section, and click the "Download" button to save it to your computer.

Transfer Photos using iPod

Step 1

Click the iTunes icon on your Macintosh screen's dock, and insert the wide end of the iPod cable into the bottom of the iPod.

Step 2

Plug the other end of the iPod cable into the USB port on your Macintosh computer, and click the "iPod" tab in the iTunes source list.

Step 3

Select "Enable disk use" in the Summary section of the iTunes window, and click the "Apply" button.

Step 4

Click the "Finder" icon on your Macintosh screen's dock, and double-click the "iPod" icon on your desktop.

Step 5

Drag and drop the photos to the iPod window to transfer them to the iPod. Drag the iPod icon on your desktop to the "Trash" icon on the dock to disconnect the iPod.

Step 6

Remove the iPod cable from the USB port on the Macintosh computer, and plug it into the PC's USB port.

Step 7

Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your PC's desktop, and double-click the iPod icon. Drag and drop the pictures from the iPod window to your desktop to transfer them to the computer.

Step 8

Click the "Back" button on the iPod window to return to the "My Computer" window, and right-click the iPod icon. Click "Eject" to unplug the iPod from your computer, and manually remove the iPod cable from your PC's USB port.