How to Transfer Photos from Your iPhone to Your Computer Using AirDrop

How to Transfer Photos from Your iPhone to Your Computer Using AirDrop

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There are a variety of reasons why you might want to transfer your photos from your iPhone to your computer. Maybe you’re running low on storage space and need to clear out some room in your Photos app; or maybe you just like the extra bit of security that comes with having your photos on multiple devices. Here’s how to use AirDrop to transfer photos between devices.


To get started, you’ll need to first launch Control Center and make sure that both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled.

Next, open the Photos app, select the images you would like to transfer, and then tap on the Share icon.

A list of options will appear. Under AirDrop, look for your computer, or select the contact that you would like your share your photos with.

That’s all there is to it! You can now find your shared images in the Downloads folder on your Mac.


Top Image Credit: Eugenio Marongiu /

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Rheanne Taylor

Rheanne Taylor is the Senior Video Producer of iPhone Life. Before discovering her love for video production, Rheanne was the Managing Editor. In her 6+ years at the company, Rheanne has helped produce 19 issues of iPhone Life magazine, edited countless podcasts, and produced over 1,000 educational videos showing people how to get the most out of their Apple devices. She continues to be a regular contributor to iPhone Life magazine, using her 10+ years of photography experience to create content primarily covering photography tips and photography gear. Rheanne is a passionate photographer both in and outside of work and loves to remind people that they don't need a fancy camera in order to capture beautiful shots—her most recent photography show featured work mainly shot on an iPhone!

Rheanne holds a bachelor's degree in Literature & Writing from Maharishi International University. When she isn't overseeing video content, she loves drinking tea, holding up traffic by taking entirely too many photos of bugs, and hanging out with her Instagram famous cat Wesley (IG: wesley_the_pirate_cat).