How to Transfer Photos From an iPod to the Computer

By Jared Huizenga

While the iPod is best known for what you can put on it--music, video, photos, games--it can also be used to store and transfer files between computers. If you have photos that you want to transfer from one computer to another, but don't have a way to do it, the iPod can come in handy for something besides entertainment. You can't, however, just plug your iPod into a computer and use it for this purpose. First you need to adjust the iPod to give it an added capability--that of a storage device.

Things You'll Need

  • iPod with photo viewing ability
  • USB cable (supplied with iPod)
  • Computer

Setting the iPod to be an External Disk

Step 1

Open iTunes on your computer by double-clicking on the desktop icon.

Step 2

Connect your iPod to your computer using the supplied USB cable.

Step 3

Click on the iPod icon in the device list. The device list is located on the left hand side of the iTunes visual interface, below your music and video library.

Step 4

Click on the "Summary" tab. The summary tab is located in the middle of the iTunes interface, along with the "Music" other tabs.

Step 5

Under "Options," select "Enable Disk Use."

Step 6

Click the "Apply" button, located at the bottom of iTunes.

Transferring Photos to a Computer

Step 1

Connect your iPod to the computer with the supplied USB cable.

Step 2

Locate and open the iPod folder. If you're using a PC the folder will appear as a removable driver in Windows Explorer. If you're using a Mac, the folder will automatically appear on the desktop when the computer recognizes the iPod.

Step 3

Open the "Photos" folder in the iPod folder by double-clicking on it.

Step 4

Highlight the photo you want to put on the computer by clicking on it with your computer mouse.

Step 5

Drag the photo to your computer's desktop or photos folder and wait for it to copy.