On  iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, you can capture photos and videos using the built-in camera, or save images from applications such as Safari and Mail to your device. Learn how to import this content from your device to a computer.

If you have a Mac

You can import pictures from your iOS device using iPhoto (if installed):

  1. Connect the device to your computer. iPhoto should automatically launch into its import window with your device’s images and videos listed. Note:  If iPhoto does not automatically open, you may wish to enable the behavior.
  2. Click Import All.If you  want only some of your images imported, select the images and videos you would like to import into iPhoto,  then   click   the Import Selected   button.
  3. When the photos finish importing, you will be presented with a dialog asking whether you’d like to delete the original photos from your Camera Roll. Click Delete Photos. Note: Deleting photos after importing helps to reduce Camera Roll size, and it improves backup and restore times. You may choose Keep Photos if you wish  to import the photos to additional computers.

If you do not have iPhoto installed on your computer, you can import pictures from the device using Image Capture:

  1. Connect the iOS device to the computer.
  2. If Image Capture does not open automatically, you can navigate to your Applications folder and open Image Capture from there.
  3. Choose the location to which you’d like to import pictures.
  4. Click Options.
  5. Click the Options tab if it isn’t already selected.
  6. Enable the option “Delete items from camera after downloading”.  Note: Deleting photos after importing helps to reduce Camera Roll size, and it improves backup and restore times. You may choose Keep Photos if you wish  to import the photos to additional computers.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Download All.

If you have a Windows 8 PC

You can import photos and video from your   device to your Windows PC:

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer.
  2. Move the cursor to the upper-right corner.
  3. Click the magnifying glass icon.
  4. Type Computer and press Return.
  5. Right-click the logo for your device and click “Import pictures and videos”.
  6. Click the More Options link.
  7. In the resulting window, you can change the folder to which your Camera Roll’s photos will be imported by clicking the Browse button next to the “Import images to” field. By default, these will be imported to the My Pictures folder.
  8. Enable the option, “Delete files from device after importing”. Note: Deleting photos after importing helps to reduce Camera Roll size, improving backup and restore times. You may choose Keep Photos if you wish  to import the photos to other computers.If you don’t want Windows to delete photos from your camera on subsequent imports, remember to come back here and disable this option when you’re finished.
  9. After setting your import options, click OK to dismiss the window.
  10. Click Import.

After the import is complete, Windows will display your photos.

If you find that not all your photos were imported from your device’s Camera Roll after performing the above steps, you can either copy the photos to your computer using Windows Explorer, or you can use additional software such as Windows Live Photo Gallery or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later to import all photos.

To copy the photos to your computer using Windows Explorer:

  1. Connect the iOS device to the computer.
  2. Move the cursor to the upper-right corner.
  3. Click the magnifying glass icon.
  4. Type Computer and press Return.
  5. Double-click the logo for the device to browse its camera folders.
  6. Navigate to [iOS device]\Internal Storage\DCIM\100APPLE.
  7. Manually copy the content in this folder to your computer, wherever you would like to store it.
  8. Disconnect your device. Open the Camera Roll and manually delete all the pictures from the Camera Roll that you just imported.

To copy the photos to your computer using Windows Live Photo Gallery or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later, refer to the documentation of the application you wish to use.

If you have a Windows Vista or Windows 7 PC

To import photos or video from your   device to Windows:

  1. Connect your iOS device to the computer.If the AutoPlay window appears, click “Import Pictures and Videos using Windows”, then skip to step 4.If the “Import Pictures and Video” dialog appears, skip to step 4. Note: If the AutoPlay dialog box does not automatically open, you may need to enable the behavior.
  2. Choose Start > Computer.
  3. Right-click the logo for your device and click Import pictures and videos.
  4. Click the Import Settings link.
  5. In the resulting window, you can change the folder to which your Camera Roll’s photos will be imported by clicking the Browse button next to the “Import to” field. By default, these will be imported to the My Pictures folder.
  6. Enable the option, “Always erase from device after copying”. Note: Deleting photos after importing helps to reduce Camera Roll size, and it improves backup and restore times. You may choose Keep Photos if you wish  to import the photos to additional computers.If you do not want Windows to delete pictures from your camera on subsequent imports, remember to come back here and disable this option when you’re finished.
  7. After setting your import options, click OK to dismiss the window.
  8. Choose a tag if desired and click Import.  This screen appears only while the import process is active:
  9. Once the import is complete, Windows Photo Gallery will launch with your photos and videos highlighted under the “Recently Imported” section:

If you find that not all your photos were imported from your device’s Camera Roll after performing the above steps, you can either copy the photos to your computer using Windows Explorer, or you can use additional software such as Windows Live Photo Gallery or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later to import all photos.

To copy the photos to your computer using Windows Explorer:

  1. Connect the iOS device to the computer.
  2. Choose Start > Computer.
  3. Double-click the logo for the device to browse its camera folders.
  4. Navigate to [iOS device]\Internal Storage\DCIM\100APPLE.
  5. Manually copy the content in this folder to your computer, wherever you would like to store it.
  6. Disconnect your device. Open the Camera Roll and manually delete all the pictures from the iPhone Camera Roll that you just imported.

If you have a Windows XP PC

To import photos or video from your   device using the Windows XP Scanner and Camera Wizard:

  1. Connect the iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your computer. Windows should automatically open the Scanner and Camera Wizard. Click Next:Note: If the Scanner and Camera Wizard window does not automatically open, you may need to enable the behavior.
  2. Choose the photos and video you want to copy. Click Next.
  3. Use the default picture name and destination, or change these as you wish.
  4. Enable the option, “Delete pictures from my device after copying them”. Note: Deleting photos after importing helps to reduce Camera Roll size, improving backup and restore times. You may choose Keep Photos if you wish  to import the photos to other computers.If you do not want Windows to delete pictures from your camera on subsequent imports, remember to come back here and disable this option.
  5. Click Next.The Wizard imports your images.
  6. Select what you want do with the images, or close the Wizard. Click Next.
  7. The Wizard tells you the number of images that it imported, with a link to access those images. Click Finish to close the Wizard:

Note: Windows XP cannot import video files larger than 500 MB using Camera and Scanner Wizard. You can transfer these files directly from your device by selecting them in My Computer and dragging or copying the movie files to your computer’s hard drive.

If you find that not all your photos were imported from your device’s Camera Roll after performing the above steps, you can either copy the photos to your computer using Windows Explorer, or you can use additional software such as Windows Live Photo Gallery or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later to import all photos.

To copy the photos to your computer using Windows Explorer:

  1. Connect the iOS device to the computer.
  2. Choose Start > My Computer.
  3. Double-click the logo for the device to browse its camera folders.
  4. Navigate to [iOS device]\Internal Storage\DCIM\100APPLE.
  5. Manually copy the content in this folder to your computer, wherever you would like to store it.
  6. Disconnect your device. Open the Camera Roll and manually delete all the pictures from the iPhone Camera Roll that you just imported.

To copy the photos to your computer using Windows Live Photo Gallery or Adobe Photoshop Elements 3.0 or later, refer to the documentation of the application you wish to use.

Additional Information

  • You can import only photo and video content taken with the built-in camera or captured on the device. You cannot import photo or video content synced from iTunes.
  • When importing photos and videos from your device to a Windows computer, some photos and videos may appear to be rotated incorrectly. Some third-party photo-management software for Windows displays iOS photos with the correct orientation without having to rotate the images.     To play videos on your computer at the correct orientation, use iTunes or QuickTime for Windows.
  • Windows XP cannot import video files larger than 500 MB using Camera and Scanner Wizard. You can transfer these files directly from your device by selecting them in My Computer and dragging or copying the movie files to your computer’s hard drive.

 

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