How to Import iPhone Photos to Windows 10

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If you've switched from a Mac to a PC, but still use an iPhone, you're probably wondering how you're going to start managing your smartphone's camera roll. Fortunately, you don't need Apple's Photos image management app to easily access the images on your phone, you just need to know how to set things up.

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Below we'll show you how to sync the photos from your iPhone to a Microsoft OneDrive account and then download them your PC. Once everything is set up, your images will be constantly syncing in the background, with or without taxing your mobile data plan.

Before you get started, make sure you've created a Windows Account with Microsoft, as it will be necessary for this process. Each account comes with 5GB for free, just like Apple provides.

How to Import iPhone Photos to Windows 10

1. Click the Start button.

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2. Type "Phone companion" into the search prompt.

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3. Select Phone Companion from the top of the Start menu.

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4. Click iPhone or iPad.

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5. Enter your Microsoft account information and click Sign in.

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 6. Click "Sign in to just this app instead" to proceed if you don't want to sign into your PC with your Microsoft account, or fill in your PC's sign in password and click Next. You will not see this window if you already log into your PC with your Microsoft account.

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7. Select the "Get started" button underneath "Get photos you take with your iPhone or iPad onto your PC, automatically."

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8. Tap Yes, This Is Me!  to confirm your identity.

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9. Enter your email address and click Send. Microsoft will email you a direct link to OneDrive in the iOS app store. If you tap this link on  your iPhone, you'll be prompted to download the app.  You can also search for OneDrive in the app store on your phone.

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10. Select Get next to OneDrive on your iPhone.

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11. Tap Install.

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12. Select Open.

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13. Enter your Microsoft account name and click Go.

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14. Enter your Microsoft account password.

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15. Tap OK or No, Thanks to agree or disagree to have OneDrive send notifications. It doesn't matter which you choose for our purposes. We selected No, Thanks"

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16. Tap the User icon in the upper left corner.

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17. Select the Gear icon.

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18. Tap Camera Upload.

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19. Move the switch next to Camera Upload to the On position.

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20. Select OK.

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21. Select either Don't Allow or OK, it doesn't actually matter, so defer if you're trying to limit notifications.

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22. Turn the switch next to Upload In Background to the On position.

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23. Tap Turn On in the bottom right corner to agree to Location Tracking for OneDrive. You might not want to, but it's necessary for background uploads.

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24. Tap Allow to give Location permissions to OneDrive. Yes, it's a little redundant, but this is the tap that actually grants permissions to the app.

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25. Back on your PC, check the check-box next to "I'm signed in to the OneDrive app on my iPhone or iPad" and select Next.

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26. Check the box next to "I turned on Camera Upload in the OneDrive app on my iPhone or iPad."

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24. Select Done.

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25. Tap the Start button to open the Start menu.

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26. Type "Photos."

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27. Select Photos.

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28. Tap the Gear icon.

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29. Toggle on the switch next to Show my cloud-only content.

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OneDrive will now import all of the photos on your iPhone to its servers and the Photos app!

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Author Bio
Henry T. Casey
Henry T. Casey,
After graduating from Bard College a B.A. in Literature, Henry T. Casey worked in publishing and product development at Rizzoli and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, respectively. Henry joined Tom's Guide and LAPTOP having written for The Content Strategist, Tech Radar and Patek Philippe International Magazine. He divides his free time between going to live concerts, listening to too many podcasts, and mastering his cold brew coffee process. Content rules everything around him.
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  • Diane Says:

    Thank you! This was so easy! I already had One Drive on my phone so maybe it was easier for me because I had no problems. Pretty much once I went through the first set of prompts, my photos and all were in the Pictures folder just beneath my One Drive folder. I had my iPhone connected to my laptop the entire time. I had wasted SO MUCH time in the past trying to install and uninstall iTunes, just to get the photos off the phone. And this was so simple. I see where I can do it for music too,if I want. Not sure what the other people commenting are talking about because I didn't need to do anything or purchase any software for this to work. I do agree that tho, that Apple just doesn't care. They have a few other glitches like this, where they just don't have an answer and that's it! No answer. Period. Not even a "we're working on this" statement! Well shame on them.

  • SteveUnderwood Says:

    Roadblock everywhere you go to move pictures to hard drive on Windows 10 PC. I don't need Microsoft cloud. I will put them on my Mac or go buy storage at Best Buy. Wasted 6 hours. It's all about money- to hell with the consumer.

  • Marvis Says:

    Great ways to transfer photos,thanks. I used "Photos", but it is not convenient as I have to unselect lots of unwanted items. Now I import iPhone photos to Windows via AirMore, which is awesome in transferring and managing files.@Henry, you can try it!

  • christhoove Says:

    This is specific! Nice sharing. And here I want to say the FonePaw iOS Transfer is much easier to use. It can transfer photos, songs, contacts, messages etc between iPhone and computer.

  • Moussy Says:

    Nice tip, I'm using the trail version of a software called WinX MediaTrans,do you know this? @Henry,it looks like it's much easier to use that app to transfer iPhone photos.

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