The iPhone is reputedly the world’s most popular camera (according to Apple!) yet when it comes to saving those precious snaps to your computer, so many people get confused… including me!
Call me a dinosaur, but I like to housekeep computer files manually. That includes photos.
Although a relatively recent iMac convert, I’ve been using iOS devices for several years now and merrily snap away on both the iPhone and iPad. But it wasn’t until recently that I got my head around the best way to transfer photos between my mobile devices and my desktop.
iMac has a nifty little program called Image Capture, a piece of in-built mac software* that makes transferring images easy peasy lemon squeazy!
Here’s what you do…
How to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to iMac using Image Capture
- Connect iOS device to iMac
- Make sure iOS device is switched on and you’ve entered your passcode. (What do you mean your device isn’t passcoded??!!)
- Navigate to “Image capture” from your applications folder (Finder > Applications > Image Capture.app)
- You should see your device in the sidebar and thumbnails of all your images.
- Tell Image Capture where you want to save your photos using “Import To:” via the drop down menu at the bottom of the dialog box
- Click “import all”
- If you want to delete all the photos from your iOS device, check the “Delete after Import” box in the bottom right hand side. Personally, I like to leave it unchecked, as I like to keep some photos on my devices and sort them manually. (Did I mention I was a control freak?)
If, like me, you receive an error message first time out, don’t panic! I found a work around!
- Open a new finder window
- Navigate to the folder into which you wish to save your photos
- In Image Capture, select all the images you wish to import
- Drag and drop your images from Image Capture into the folder on your mac
You should also receive a message asking if you’d like to open the Image Capture app every time your device is plugged in. Do this and you won’t even have to navigate to it next time round… it’ll just open automatically!
I hope you found this tip useful.
A hui hou,
* This post was written while using OS X Version 10.8.5 but has continued to work with both Yosemite and El Capitan.