How to Extract Images From an iPhone

By Mario Calhoun

The Photos application on the Apple iPhone allows you to take high quality pictures using the built-in 3 megapixel camera. Pictures can be sent to your MobileMe photo Gallery as well as transferred back to your computer. Other methods of importing images to your computer include the use of third-party software or the iPhoto software for Macintosh computers. Third party software can be found on reputable software download sites such as Apple.com and CNET.com.

Things You'll Need

  • iPhone OS 3.0 or later
  • USB cable
  • MobileMe service

Image Extraction to Macintosh Computer

Step 1

Insert the USB cable into your iPhone dock connector, and plug the other end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer.

Step 2

Open the "Applications" folder in Finder and double-click the "Image Capture" icon to run the application.

Step 3

Click the name of your iPhone under the "Devices" section in the sidebar.

Step 4

Click the image you want to import, and click the "Import" button. Click "Import All" to transfer all of your images from your iPhone to your computer.

Image Extraction to PC

Step 1

Insert the USB cable into your iPhone dock connector, and plug the other end of the cable into an available USB port on your computer.

Step 2

Double-click the "My Computer" icon on your desktop and double-click the "iPhone" icon.

Step 3

Click and drag the photos in the iPhone folder to your desktop to transfer them.

Image Extraction using MobileMe

Step 1

Press the "Home" button on your iPhone and tap the "Settings" icon on your screen. Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" tab and tap "Add Account." Tap the "MobileMe" tab and enter your name, email address and password. Tap the "Save" button.

Step 2

Slide your finger across the switches so that Mail, Contacts, Calendars and Bookmarks read "ON." Tap "Done" to complete the MobileMe setup.

Step 3

Press the "Home" button on your iPhone and tap the "Photos" icon.

Step 4

Tap the "Camera Roll" tab and tap the picture you want to export.

Step 5

Tap the icon in the lower-left corner of the screen and tap the "Send to MobileMe" button.

Step 6

Type a title for the picture and tap the "Publish" button in the upper-right corner.