How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to USB Flash Drive

author Emily Watson
date Thursday, March 5, 2020
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 space limits users from taking and storing photos as many as they like. It's a good idea to transfer photos from iPhone to a flash drive, which is also known as a USB memory stick, thumb drive, jump drive or pen drive.

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.

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Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

# How to Directly Move Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

If you want to find a direct way to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Mac, FonePaw iOS Transfer (opens new window), one of the top iOS transferring software, 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 Mac (opens new window) first and then to your flash drive or you can transfer photos from iPhone to the USB drive directly. It is easier, quicker, and more efficient compared with Email or other transferring methods.

  • Unlike iTunes, syncing files from iPhone to a computer with the program won't cover the original files on the phone.

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

  • Supports all models of iPhone and iPad, including iPhone 11/XS/XR/X/8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, 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 from iPhone 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 the Mac. When they are detected, iPhone will be shown on the primary window of the program and your flash drive will be detected by the 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. You're able to preview the selected photo with double clicks.

Preview iPhone Photos

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

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

Import Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

STEP 4. Check Photos on Your Flash drive

After transferring, you check the pictures you have transferred to the flash drive from Finder.

This is how to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Mac with the help of FonePaw iOS Transfer (opens new window). 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 (opens new window)

# How to Manually Move Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Mac

Without the help of a data transfer application, you'll have to import photos from iPhone to Mac via the Photos app first, then move the photos from your Mac to your memory stick. Here are the steps.

STEP 1. Connect your iPhone to Mac and then launch the Photos app. Your iPhone should appear in the app under the Device tab.

STEP 2. Select the iPhone photos you want to move, and click Import > Import Selected to import the photos from iPhone to Mac.

Import Photos from iPhone to Mac

STEP 3. Now plug in your USB flash drive. Then find the imported iPhone photos in Finder > Pictures > Photos Library.

STEP 4. Drag the photos from Finder to the connected flash drive.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on Windows

There are also 2 ways to transfer photos from iPhone to flash drive on Windows 10/8/7.

# One Click to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on PC

With FonePaw DoTrans (opens new window), a file transfer program for Windows PC, you can easily move photos from iPhone to your flash drive in one click.

STEP 1. Plug both your iPhone and the USB stick to your PC.

STEP 2. Launch DoTrans and your iPhone should show up on the program.

STEP 3. Click Photos and select the pictures. Click Export > Export to PC and select your flash drive.

Import Photos from iPhone to PC

# Primitive Way to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Flash Drive on PC

The primitive way to transfer photos from iPhone to a USB drive, for example, will be using Windows Explorer. Now, please check the details below and see how to transfer photos from iPhone to the 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 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 the advanced tools.

# Comparison Between Method 1 and Method 2

I guess you may be confused about 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 the USB stick, flash drive, thumb drive, jump drive and pen drive, please drop us a comment below to let us know!

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