How to Copy Photos From an iPhone to a Mac

By KR Knowlin

With iPhoto, Mac users can store, transfer and update photos and albums directly from their desktops. The iPhoto application even allows users to perform basic photo editing techniques and apply decorative filters to pictures. iPhoto comes standard with every Mac so you can use the program to copy photos from your iPhone. After you copy iPhone photos to the application, the pictures become part of your iPhoto library.

Step 1

Connect your iPhone to the Mac with USB dock connector cable. If iTunes loads and attempts to sync, cancel the sync and then quit iTunes.

Step 2

Open the "iPhoto" application. If the program icon isn't on your dock, you can find it in your "Applications" folder.

Step 3

Click on your iPhone name under the "Devices" section of the source panel.

Step 4

Click the "Import All" button to import all the photos on the iPhone. Click "Import Selected" to select which photos you want to upload.

Step 5

Select "Delete Originals" or "Keep Originals" in the prompt that appears after the photos have been copied.

Step 6

Click the "Eject" button next to the iPhone name in the "Devices" section to safely disconnect the iPhone from the Mac.