Get photos off your iPhone/iPod touch without iTunes

Both PCs and Macs will recognize your iPhone or iPod touch as a camera when you connect it. This means that you can offload your pictures to your computer without having to use iTunes. Here’s how you do it:


PCs (Windows XP)

  1. Connect your iPhone/iPod touch via the USB cable, open Control Panel, and go to Scanners and Camera >Apple iPhone (or iPod).
  2. Right-click on it and choose Properties from the menu.
  3. Go to the Events tab and choose “Camera connected” from the “Select an event” drop-down menu.

Pick one of three Actions:

  • Start this program – The default program is Microsoft Scanner and Camera Wizard, which will take you through the process of downloading your pictures. You can also choose a different program from the drop-down menu.
  • Take no action – Choose this option if you want to manage your photos with iTunes. Windows won’t do anything automatically when you connect your device.
  • Save all pictures to this folder – Choosing this option will automatically download your photos to a folder that you choose whenever your device is connected.


  1. Connect your iPhone/iPod touch and launch Applications >Image Capture.
  2. Go to Preferences >General.
  3. Under Camera, select Image Capture in the “When a camera is connected, open:” option, and then click OK. Now when you connect your 
iPhone/iPod touch, Image Capture will be launched and you can choose where you want to download your images.