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.

I also have an iPhone 4s and am running Windows 7 on my laptop. I can tell you that you can, indeed, sync your iPhone to your computer without the need to download any "drivers" of any kind. However, you DO need to download iTunes to your computer. You can do so by simply doing a search for "iTunes Download for Windows 7" on whatever browser you use. It is obviously free of charge to download. Do this WITHOUT having your phone attached to your laptop. It will ask for your iTunes password which is the same as you Apple ID. You had to have used an ID when you set up your phone (also, if you have ever bought any kind of app for your iPhone, it will be the same password and email that you use for those purchases). When you get iTunes downloaded to your computer, open the program and then use a USB cable and connect your phone to your computer. Your iPhone will ask you if you "Trust this computer?" and you choose "Trust". There will be the words "Sync Phone" and you click on that. A status bar will be running at the top of your computer, letting you know that Sync is in progress (you will only have to sync your phone this one time and it will remember your phone every time you plug it). When it gets finished, perhaps 2-4 minutes after syncing begins, your phone will appear at the upper left side of the iTunes page. Click on it and a new set of choices will come up for your phone. These will include "Summary" (it tells you about your phone as in how much memory has been used for pics, music, etc.), "Music", "Photos" and so on. From here you will be able to backup your entire phone onto your computer and download any music or apps you have bought for your phone to your computer and use them there. The music will be downloaded to the iTunes program that you are now navigating in and can then be copied to any other music program that you have on your computer such as Windows Media Center, etc. Any photos or videos you have can be added in the same manner (I use Windows Live Photo Gallery". I don't know why it's so hard for Microsoft to simply put this in easy terms, but it always seems like anything that has to do with "Apple", they make it as vague as they can. The main thing to remember is that iTunes is the "guts" to just about everything you do between your computer and your iPhone. Before I learned this the hard way, trying for days to get my phone stuff onto my computer, I did not realize that. Then I found out that iTunes is such an important part of the "iPhone transfer highway" and without it being downloaded on the computer you are wanting to use, getting anything onto your computer from your iPhone is all but impossible. I hope this helps.

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?

I have posted an answer to your problem that others were having. Scroll up and you should be able to ready my comment. It works very with iPhones. All you need do is download iTunes on your computer. My earlier post above goes through the steps. You can have all of your photos and music available on your computer (and off your phone if you choose to do so) in about 8 minutes. Hope it helps.

Use iTunes. All you need do is download it to your computer and you will have full access to your phone's information and you need not worry about lengthy "WiFi" downloads (take my word for it, downloading gigabytes of information over a wireless network can take forever) because it is a direct "peer to peer" connection. I have commented above on how to do it. You can be done with it all in 8-10 minutes without the need to download any other drivers or anything else.

Photos and Videos are included in a backup made using iTunes but they are stored in a format intended only for use as part of a complete restore. There are 3rd party programs that can extract them from a backup or one option if you want to transfer and see them more directly is

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, 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.

Please listen. If you all would simply take 5 minutes and download iTunes to your computer and then make the transfers through that program to your computer, it is so, SO much easier. Nobody should call anyone else "stupid" or incompetent or any other name. If the name callers need an outlet for that type of behavior, go to a Yahoo blog and do it there. For whatever reason, "Microsoft" makes it very vague and difficult for anyone trying to do anything "Apple" on a Windows based computer system. The easiest way around it all is to just download iTunes to your computer. It's a free download and it is an important part of the step to a hassle free way to get anything you want off of your phone and into your computer. I have a laptop using Windows 7 and I was doing the same thing most of you all are doing. I was banging my head trying to figure out why something so simple was so difficult to do. It is important to do this in the following steps: BEFORE attaching your phone to your computer, download iTunes. It will ask you for your iTunes password. What was difficult for me was understanding that my "iTunes" password is the same as my "Apple" password and it's the same one you use if you have ever bought a song or any other download for your phone. This is what is going to give your computer the "Ah Ha" moment when you plug in your phone after iTunes is on your computer. Once it is downloaded, open the iTunes program just like you do any other, by clicking on it. Once open, attach your phone to your computer with the USB cable. You phone will ask if you trust the computer, tap "Trust". Now you will see a phone in the upper left of your open iTunes screen. Click on it. You will also see "Sync Phone", so click on that. It will take about 3-4 minutes max to sync your phone to your computer and you only have to do it this one time. (You can sync your phone to up to 5 different computers or devices at a time.) A status bar will be at the top of the iTunes page starting at the left and progressing to the right of the top of the page as it downloads your information. Once done, you may see the menu choices on the left side of the page change and the top selection will be "Summary" (you may have to click on the little phone icon at the upper left portion of your screen after the sync is done to access your phone's information). If you see the word "Summary" at the top of the list of choices, you will know you have synced it successfully. Click on "Summary" and you will see how much memory has been used in your phone by individual things such as photos, music, etc. You can also take this time to choose the option to backup your entire phone's contents onto your computer or backup just portions of it. If I remember correctly, my music was automatically downloaded onto the iTunes page during syncing. Anything you bought from the app store as far as music should be there. Clicking on the "Music" option will show you what music is now on your computer. You can copy it from there to any other music venue you use on your computer. Photos and videos can also now be downloaded on your computer and you can elect to erase them from your phone to make room if you like. I just cannot stress enough that iTunes is the "guts" to an easy "info highway" between your phone and your computer. After navigating through it a few times, you will get the hang of how things work. I hope this helps you out.

I have iTunes and still cannot transfer my videos. With the iPhone 6 Plus unlocked and synced, when I click on anything in "On My Device", nothing shows up. No Books, no Movies, nothing. I can go up to Books above this and see my books, but no movies.

When using Windows Explorer, I can navigate to DCIM on the iPhone and see my pictures in folders, but no movies.

Come on. This can't be this difficult!

Iphone use ability from an IT standpoint has always sucked. I can;t simply hook up my iphone6 to a computer and copy pictures back and forth. Just a simple good old fashion drag and drop. You have to download this or that or email them to yourself, on and on and on. I understand these peoples frustration and they are not even IT people. I am 57 years old and have been fixing server, pc's, networks for 19 years and Apples narcissism control is ridiculous.

Next time please give dates to the articles here. We don't know how long ago was this article from and whether it is still relevant or obsolete. If it doesn't work, people will know that this was only usable for technology that was 4 years ago, or we're talking about current tech.