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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive

By Emily Watson, Sunday, November 5, 2017

This post has been updated on March 14, 2018.

Summary: How to transfer photos from iPhone or iPad to a USB flash drive? Read this guide to get the easiest way to help you put pictures on a flash drive from a phone on Windows or Mac.

iPhone has aroused users' interest in photography with smartphones. However, the limited storage limits users to taking and storing photos as many as they like. It's a good idea to transfer photos from iPhone to an external hard drive such as Flash Drive, USB Memory Stick, Thumb Drive, Jump Drive or Pendrive.

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Actually, how to transfer pictures from iPhone to a flash drive on Windows PC/laptops or Mac? Other than Android phones, that would be a bit intricate. If you have no idea, let me show you the ropes.

P.S. The second method will save you lots of time and efforts.

Easiest Way to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive

The primitive way to transfer photos from iPhone to USB drive, for example, will be using Window Explorer. Now, please check the details below and see how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Windows/Mac.

STEP 1. Connect your iPhone to PC.

STEP 2. Navigate to your iPhone on the computer.

STEP 3. Open "Internal Storage" > "DCIM" folder.

STEP 4. Find the photos you need from all the folders.

STEP 5. Plug your USB memory stick into the computer. 

STEP 6. Copy and paste the photos as to move to your computer.

iPhone 6s DCIM Folder

The method is very straightforward, however, it requires a lot of work to locate the photos we need in dozens of unorganized folders. I used to find it okay to use this method until I tried the following method and realized how easy it could be to transfer iPhone photos with advanced tool.

Fastest Way to Transfer iPhone Photos to USB Memory Stick

If you want to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Windows 10, for instance, FonePaw iOS Transfer will be a good choice for you. It aims at simplifying data transferring for iOS devices. With the program, you can:

  • Transfer iPhone photos to PC first and then to your flash drive or you can transfer photos from iPhone to an external hard drive directly. It is easier, quicker, and more efficient compared with Email or other transferring methods.

  • Unlike iTunes, sync files from iOS devices to a computer with the program won't cover the original files on the devices.

  • Aside from photos, you can also export movies, music, TV shows, contacts and more from iPhone to your pen drive.

  • Supports all models of iPhone and iPad, including iPhone X/8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, etc. as well as iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4/3.

Free download the trial version of the program and follow the steps below to transfer photos to a USB drive.


STEP 1. Connect iPhone and Flash Drive to Computer

Launch FonePaw iOS Transfer, and connect iPhone and your USB flash drive to a computer. When they are detected, iPhone will be shown on the primary window of the program and your USB drive will appear under "My Computer" (on Windows) or desktop (on Mac).

Run FonePaw iOS Transfer Program

STEP 2. Choose Photos

On the left side of FonePaw iOS Transfer main window, click on the"Photos" tab. Then click on the subfolders and choose photos you need from Camera Roll, Photo library, etc.

Select All Photos from iPhone

STEP 3. Start to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive

Click the "Export to" option which is visible on the top bar. A pop-up window will appear after clicking "Export to PC". Choose your memory stick as the output location. And it will begin to transfer these selected photos to the flash drive.

Start to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive

STEP 4. Check Photos on Your Flash drive

After transferring, click "Open Folder" to check the pictures you have transferred to flash drive.

Check Transferred Photos on Flash Drive

This is how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive or an external drive with the help of FonePaw iOS Transfer. Once on a flash drive, the files should become easier to manage. It also supports users to transfer photos from PC to iPhone with the "Add" feature. Now just download and use FonePaw iOS Transfer to move more iPhone or iPad files to your flash drive.

See also: How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac or Windows

Comparison Between Method 1 and Method 2

I guess you may be confused which one to take a shot. Indeed, both methods have their benefits and drawbacks. If you still hesitate, perhaps this comparison chart is able to solve your puzzle.

Comparison Flash Drive Photo Transfer

I'm sure now you have a clear thought in your mind. If you still have run into troubles when transferring photos from USB stick, flash drive, thumb drive, jump drive and pendrive, please drop us a comment below to let us know!



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