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4 Ways to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Android

By Carrie Murray, Friday, November 08, 2019

You may have thousands of photos on your iPhone and want to share these photos with your partner, families, or friends who have an Android device. That's when you find it is not that easy to transfer photos from one device to another across iOS and Android.

This guide will walk you through 4 methods to transfer photos from iPhone to Android phone and tablet after setup without losing quality. I am sure you can find a method that works best for you, whether you need to quickly send several pictures from iPhone to Android, or look for a convenient way to move iPhone photos to Android in large bulk.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Android Directly

Apple makes lots of efforts to simplify the file transfer process among iOS devices. You can easily transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone with iCloud, iTunes, AirDrop, however, these solutions are exclusive to Apple devices and they don't work for pictures transfer between iPhone and Android.

To easily get iPhone photos on Android, you can seek help from a dedicated file transfer tool - FonePaw DoTrans, which supports transferring photos, videos, music, etc. from iPhone to Android or vice verse. You can directly move pics between iOS and Android devices and preview the photos before transferring. It makes iOS to Android file transfer as easy as ABC.

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Step 1: Open DoTrans.

Step 2: Connect both your iPhone and Android phone to the computer.

Step 3: Select the iPhone and click Photos. All your iPhone photos are organized by albums and dates so that you can easily locate and find the photos to be transferred.

Step 4: Tick all the needed photos and click your Android phone.

Step 5: The selected photos will be moved from iPhone to Android in one click without losing original quality.

Export iPhone Photos to Android

Transfer Pictures from iPhone to Android by Drag-and-drop

You can also transfer iPhone pictures to Android using the old-fashioned method - by drag and drop the images from iPhone storage to Android. The tricky part is that there might be dozens of sub-folders in the DICM folder of your iPhone so it can be time-consuming to search your needed photos from folder to folder.

Step 1: On a Windows PC, plug an iPhone and an Android phone or tablet into the PC.

Step 2: Open My Computer or This PC and find your iPhone and Android device under Portable Devices.

Step 3: Click the name of your iPhone to open the phone storage and then the DCIM folder.

iPhone DCIM Folder

Step 4: Open your Android storage and navigate to DCIM > Camera folder.

Android Photos Folder

Step 5: Select and drag the photos from iPhone storage to Android DCIM folder. You can also copy and paste the iPhone photos on the Android pictures folder.

After that, the transferred iPhone photos can be found in the Gallery app on Android.

Import iPhone Photos to Android

Windows PC's "Import Pictures and Video" feature can import photos and videos from iPhone to its Photos application so that you can transfer the iPhone photos to Android devices later.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to a Windows PC via a USB cable.

Step 2: Tap Trust on your iPhone. The computer will detect your iPhone.

Step 3: Click Import Photos and Videos if the AutoPlay window pops up. If you don't see it, right-click your iPhone storage and select Import Photos and Videos manually.

Import Photos and Videos from iPhone

Step 4: This will open the import wizard, on which you can select the items you want to import from the iPhone camera. Click Continue > Import.

Select Photos to Import

Step 5: The iPhone photos will be imported into the Photos folder of the PC.

Step 6: Plug your Android phone into the PC. Open Android storage.

Step 7: Go to Photos folder on PC and copy the imported iPhone photos and paste them into the DICM folder of Android storage.

Tip: You should avoid copying a large number of photos from iPhone to Android storage at one time, which tends to make your computer crash or freeze.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Android without Computer

You can transfer photos from iPhone to Android without using a computer if there are Google Photos on the target iPhone and Android phone.

Send photos from iPhone to Android via Google Photos

Step 1: Open Google Photos on the iPhone, select the images to share and tap the Share button.

Step 2: Select the Google Photos account of the target Android phone and tap Send.

Step 3: The recipient can open Google Photos, go to Sharing to view the photos sent from the iPhone. Also, they can add shared photos to their Google Photos gallery.

Share Photos in Google Photos

Share Photos Album from iPhone to Android

You can also add photos to a shared album on Google Photos for iOS to transfer the images to Android users.

Step 1: On your iPhone, run Google Photos and tap the three-dot icon.

Step 2: Select Shared Album, add the photos you want to move to Android and create a new shared album.

Step 3: Tap Share > Send to send the iPhone photos to the Android device.

Shared Album

Tip: Google Photos allow you to add a partner account and automatically share your selected photos to the device of the partner account owner.


Can I transfer photos from iPhone to Android via Bluetooth?

Bluetooth is a great solution to share a small number of photos among nearby devices. Unfortunately, Apple doesn't allow you to transfer files from iPhone to non-Apple devices via Bluetooth. Therefore, you can't transfer photos from iOS to Android using Bluetooth.

Can I use AirDrop from iPhone to Android?

AirDrop only works for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, and Mac computer. You can't send photos from iPhone to Android using AirDrop.


Transferring photos from iPhone to Android can be a little bit tricky as they are running on two different operating systems, but not if you get the right tool to help you with that. FonePaw DoTrans makes it extremely simple to move photos, contacts, music and more between iPhone and Android, iPhone and PC.

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