How do I copy pictures and videos from my iPhone to a PC (no iPhoto)?

Copying photos from your iPhone to a PC is a different process than using a Mac. Most Mac users simply use built-in iPhoto software to move videos and pictures to the computer.

First plug your iPhone into the PC using the USB cable.

For Windows XP:

1. Navigate to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> Scanner and Camera Wizard.
2. When the Select Device window appears choose Apple iPhone and hit OK.
3. Click Next to use the wizard. If you'd rather copy photos manually using Windows Explorer then choose "advanced users only."

Windows Vista:

1. Windows will automatically recognize the iPhone and an AutoPlay window will appear.
2. Select "Import pictures." If you'd rather copy photos manually using Windows Explorer then choose "Open device to view files."

Sometimes Windows will not recognize the iPhone. When using XP you may receive the following error:

The computer cannot detect the scanner or camera.

1. To fix this problem disconnect all USB devices.
2. Right click "My Computer" and select the device manager.
3. If you see an Apple mobile device listed right click and uninstall the driver.
4. Reboot your computer.
5. Reattach the iPhone and now it should recognize the device as a camera.

First you plug your iphone into your PC via the usb cable provided.
Automatically it should come up with a box asking you wether you would like to view photos or import to PC. If it does not com up automatically, there shoudl be a small usb sign in the bottom right corner of the screen, with a tick on. Click on that and the same options should come up on that.
Failing all that if you have a camera recomded site, that should shoudl come up automatically to import you pictures.
Also you can click the tick-box requesting for all the photos on the device to be deleted. This will leave you with more space on your phone!
Hope this helped :)

Excellent tip.
The transfer only works one way: iPhone to PC and not in reverse. If you can't find the USB symbol to click on, you can also get to the 'device' via the Start button, then selecting the 'Printers and Devices' link. You should find your Apple iDevice at the bottom of the list probably in listing entitled 'Unspecified'. Right click your way through to the folder with your files in it.

My pc is windows 7. I found the camera icon, but it wanted a driver. Drivers are crap these days. I refused to go online to get one because I'm sick of searching for useless drivers on a pc. None of the fixes above work. My Iphone 4-s cannot be accessed by my pc.

If you're on a Mac, lets you see all your photos and the albums without a problem. You can even use the iPhone as a "portable hd" if you like. The only caveat is that you need to use PhoneView to put stuff on and take it off.

Not helpful. No popup. no option in my computer.

mine does none of that, my computer pull up the windows explorer(the folder with the blue thingy on it) how do i fix this?

simply download the wireless transfer app from app store to help you. no need for itunes sycn or cable connection. only make sure you have wifi network around.


can be done much easier

Simply transfer photos from iPhone to Mac either with cable or without cable (over wifi)

I am really stuck as this has not worked for me. Because there has been no way yet that has worked to get my content off my iPhone 3gs I have been operating with 3.0.1! I am desperate for an alternative means to transfer to my pc. My iPhone stopped showing up in my pc device manager shortly after I got it years ago. However my pc pings when I connect my cell to it & iTunes recognizes my phone, opening up each time. Because my ios is so outdated I cannot download an app as an alternative method to get iPhone content to my pc or some storage cloud as all apps require ios of 4.0 or higher!

I have the latest drivers, I have tried all the various ports on my pc, I uninstalled & installed iTunes again in case there was some issue. *My iPhone does not show on other computers under device manager & interestingly other iPhones when plugged into my pc do show under device manager!*

I have searched apple forums for same problem & what was suggested did not change anything for me. I have posted there as well for help but no one responded. Updating my ios isn't an option for me until I get all the material I have transferred off my iPhone.

Does anyone have any ideas for me to try? I'd be very grateful for help. Thank you!!

Try taking your phone in to your local service provider or apple store & they can probably help you figure out how to et your pics off of your device. If they can't assist you they may be able to point you in the right direction. If going to the store isn't an option you can always call tech support at apple :) Good luck!!

Even without iPhoto, you can still transfer pictures from iPhone to PC with iOS Transfer.

You may read the guide here to get more information:

You can copy pictures from iPhone to a PC with iOS Transfer.
Read the guide here may provide you some help:

To get photos and videos moved from iPhone to PC, The tool named TunesGo is an excellent option. Apart from photos and videos, a lot more files on the iPhone can be transferred with this program. It is also an ideal tool for managing and backing up files on iPhone.

You can learn more about it from

Using the Windows Explorer is a quick way to transfer photos from Apple devices to PC. But there is something that you forgot to mention maybe´╝î that is, people should make sure that their iPhone is unlocked.

if the iPhone pictures are not showing up in Windows, make sure the iPhone is unlocked first. Otherwise the iPhone will be found in 'My Computer' but all of the content on it will be invisible and inaccessible.

If you run into that, all you need to do is touch the iPhone, unlock the screen and enter the passcode, and all of your stuff will be visible as expected.

Also, I find that there are still four more ways to transfer iPhone photos and videos to computer:

There are various ways to get photos moved from iPhone to PC. You can go to this site to find the ideal solution.

I will NEVER EVER EVER purchase another Iphone or I-Product EVER AGAIN!!! My I-phone 5 phone's memory is full, and I cannot take more pix. I cannot transfer, download, copy or move any of them off the phone no matter what I try using all of the suggestions on this site, and all over the internet! I tried to contact Apple, and I have to purchase a $19.99 service plan just to have them help me! I have a windows operating system that I need to move them onto. I am SO PISSED OFF! And the fact that you cannot load the pictures onto a memory card - means they are holding hostage the last year of my life! I will take the time to email every picture - then I am DONE! Transfering to a Samsung!!! I HATE IPHONES!

I came here looking for a simple way to do this using the USB. There isn't one. So let me help you by using an old reliable method from way back in microsoft days: emailing it an attachment. You have to establish an email program on the iphone. I refuse to have itunes or buy anything from the stupid store, since this compels one to use that tactic for everything if you sign up for itunes. You can sign up for icloud on your pc. Then u will find an icloud, com on your iphone. You will find that it opens in your picture menu, when you arrange to send a pic to a friend. Open Icloud instead. It will ask you your password and email, which you have from putting the program on your pc. Put those in, attach the photo to an email and send it to your normal address in the pc. If you use the old microsoft trick of sending it on your normal emailer on the pc, it may simply put it in the email program, say, on the phone, but you won't be able to access that file on another computer. Fire up Icloud instead and experiment with how many photos u can send at a time. I've made this work repeatedly, but have trouble teaching it to clueless PC users who have never learned the importance of knowing how to locate any file in their computer. This should handle you folks who can't make an easy file transfer from device to device. Its troublesome but none of the tactics above worked for me, nor do they work for most folks.

I enjoy reading all these comments from people that blame their device and not themselves!! A previous poster told us all how to do this properly, make sure your IPhone is unlocked by using your password, then plug it in via USB and it will ask you what you want to do...
Then look at your iPhone screen and make sure to give it permission to communicate with your computer, now you have access to all your photos..
Simple if you take a deep breath and actually read when others are trying to help.. people!!

Wow, you're quite rude. I have the exact same problem with my iPhone 5 to windows 7 pic transfer.
Yes, my phone is unlocked. No a pop-up does not appear to prompt viewing or uploading pics like it would normally do if I connect my canon camera.
My iPhone will list as a device but no I can't right click on it.
Yes the pop up works with all the other cameras I have so that option is not disabled on my computer.
Already verified.
Assuming people with computer issues are simply not listening to others is ridiculous.
Congrats that your transfers are easy. It's unkind to assume that it's easy for everyone we and they must just be stupid. Seriously.