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How to Copy Photos and Videos from iPhone to Windows Computer

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Over the years, users of computers with the Windows operating system and Apple smartphones have had their complications to carry out actions that should be as simple as connecting both devices via a USB cable and being able to easily transfer files between them.

Fortunately, in recent times , the most recent versions of the Microsoft operating system have incorporated advanced functions in Windows Explorer  that make the task easier. Mainly due to the folder system established by iOS, which means that when several photos and/or videos are taken in a short space of time, they are organized in their own folder, with a structure that is also subject to different changes that are not always understandable for the user. This means that a process that seems very natural for a regular user of the Windows ecosystem entails a certain complexity and, in addition, there is a risk of leaving some images out of the transfer… or even generating insecurity as to whether some images will be left out of that synchronization. contents.

The answer for this synchronization from Apple has always been iTunes , a tool that initially made perfect sense for managing music organized into songs, albums, and styles, but that hasn’t always given the best results for organizing photos and videos either. especially for users with “the Windows scheme” present. With the addition that, for Windows users, it is a one-sided tool that only allows you to send content from the iPhone (or the iPad, of course) to the Windows computer, but not the other way around.

To be able to send photos and videos from an iPhone to a computer with Windows 10 or 11 it will be necessary:

-Connection cable 

-Install iTunes from Microsoft Store

-Sign in to iTunes

-Connect the iPhone using the connection cable

-Allow access to the computer when the iPhone requests it

-Alternatively the device can be granted permanent permission as a trusted device for subsequent connections

-Open Windows Explorer

-Select the iPhone (or iPad) that has been connected

-Access Internal Storage

From there you will have access to the DCIM folder where all the iPhone media is stored, but here the problem comes with the aforementioned iOS multiple folder system, where once again Windows Explorer can help.

To do this, type in the search box that appears on the right


This is an asterisk. By pressing Enter and then selecting «View-Details» at the top of the window, you can filter the results based on the type of file . This allows you to choose images (gif, jpeg, jpg, png…) or videos (mp4, mov…). It should be remembered that Windows does not recognize .aae type files, which are the ones that contain image editing information made with the iOS and macOS Photos app.

Once the desired files have been selected, simply copy and paste them into the folder on the computer where they are going to be stored.

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