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How to Transfer Files from iPhone to PC

author Emily Watson
date Friday, March 20, 2020

Summary: This guide will show you a simple way to copy files from iPhone X/8/7/6s/6 to PC. If you want to move the iPhone contents to Windows PC or Mac computer, for example, this tutorial can help!

Low disk spaces make your iPhone sluggish. It might fail to save data, crash and not be able to download and install iOS updates. For those who're frequently bumping into the iPhone's storage limit, they now have no choice but to do some housecleaning. And it is a good idea to free up space on iPhone by transferring these files to computer and then delete them from iPhone.

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It is also a good idea to backup iPhone by transferring files such as photos, music, contacts, and messages to PC, let alone by doing this, we can easily access and use iPhone files on the computer. But how can we copy data from iPhone to PC without many efforts? As you know, we are not allowed to drag and drop files from your iPhone to computer with ease, though you can open the iPhone folder on computer when it connected. So how can we do for the iPhone to computer transfer? An iPhone file transfer tool (opens new window) called FonePaw DoTrans will do you a favor.

How to Transfer Files from iPhone to PC

FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window) is the excellent software for quickly and easily transferring files from iPhone to PC without iTunes. This tool supports iPhone all of the iPhone models such as iPhone X/8/7. All types of iPod/iPad, Android devices (opens new window) are supported too. Whether you want to free up iPhone space or you just want to backup iPhone data on computer, or even you're going to access these iPhone contents on computer for any reason, this tool can meet your demand fully.

Free download the trial version of FonePaw DoTrans and check the below steps to transfer files from iPhone to Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Install the software and connect your iPhone

First of all, you need to download the program and install it on your PC. Now, connect iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. This program will detect your device automatically and what files within it should also appear.

Run FonePaw DoTrans on PC

Why My iPhone Cannot Be Detected? Or Why I can't connect successfully?

To resolve the issue of a connection failure, please try:

1.Change another USB cable.

2. If you have no iTunes installed on PC, it needs to download relevant service when you first use FonePaw iOS Transfer.

3.Keep the network stable and keep your iPhone awake. When connecting to PC, tap "trust".

4.Download the latest version of the software again and reinstall it.

Step 2. Transfer files from iPhone to PC

As you can see, all iPhone content such as Music, Video, Photos, SMS, Contacts are shown on the left column. You can transfer all iPhone files to a computer or selectively transfer them.

Transfer all files from iPhone to PC: On the main window, you can see the option "Device to folder". Simply clicking it, please select a folder on your computer to save these being transferred files (Music, Videos, Photos, Contacts, SMS). This is the quickest way to transfer files from iPhone to computer.

Transfer iPhone Files to  PC Folder

Selectively transfer files from iPhone to computer: Here we take transferring music from iPhone to PC (opens new window) as an example. Click "Music" in the left sidebar. Then check those songs you want to transfer from iPhone to PC and click "Export to PC". In the pop-up window, choose a folder on your computer to save these songs.

Export iPhone Music Files

Step 3. Get iPhone files on computer

After choosing the target folder on PC, the program will transfer the files you selected at once and show you the progress bar. When the transfer is finished, you will view iPhone files to PC.

Copy iPhone Files to PC local

With just a few clicks, FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window) make it easy for you to get your iPhone data to your computer. You can apply the same way to transfer contacts, messages, movies, videos and more from iPhone/iPad/iPod to PC. By the way, this program also allows you to transfer files from PC to iPhone, transfer files from iPhone to Android (opens new window). If you have a need, just go ahead and have a try.

Transfer Files from iPhone to Computer without USB

To transfer files from iPhone to PC, iCloud Drive is also a good choice for you.

Step 1 Download and install iCloud on both of your iPhone and computer. Log in with the same account on both of your devices.

Sign in iCloud

Step 2 When you enable iCloud on iPhone, it will start uploading files to your iCloud.

Step 3 Upload files to iCloud and the files will be saved in the iCloud Drive folder on your PC. Download them to your device.

Tip: If you want to keep the resolution of photos or videos, go to Settings in your iPhone > Photos > Download and Keep Originals.

Download Keep Original

Transfer Files from iPhone to PC with iTunes

Before you transfer files from iPhone to the PC, remember to download the latest version of iTunes and make sure you are using the latest version of the macOS system or Windows 7 or later.

Step 1 Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable.

Step 2 Open iTunes on your computer and click the device button in the top-left corner.

Device Icon

Step 3 In the left-side list, choose File Sharing > Select the apps to see which files can be transferred in that app on your iPhone.

File Sharing iTunes

Step 4 Drag and drop the files in the list to the folder on your computer.

If you have any problem when following the above steps to export iPhone files to computer, leave us a message on the comment box below!

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