How To: Import Photos From Your iPhone to Your Computer (MAC)

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We all love taking pictures with the iPhone

Those who are new to the iPhone usually find it to be very easy to manage. That's because it's designed to work directly with iTunes and your computer to import music, contacts, podcasts and software updates as soon as you plug it in. However, some of the tasks we need aren't automated, and aren't as user-friendly. For instance, trying to import a photo or group of photos from your device to your computer. Those of you who own a Mac will notice that the iPhone doesn't show up on your desktop as most discs do when plugged into your computer. Fortunately, importing those photos is much easier than you may think.

For the sake of simplicity we will use only programs that every Mac comes with: iTunes and Preview.

1) First, you must plug in your phone, but cancel the sync process by sliding on your phone during the following prompt:

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2) You can close iTunes if you'd like, but it's not necessary.

3) Launch the Preview application on your computer, this is usually in your Dock. 

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If it's not in the Dock, go to Applications > Preview.

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4) Once preview has launched, go to the menu bar at the top. Click on "File" > "Import From (iPhone Name)…"

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5) You will see all the photos on your iPhone.

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6) Now you can select one or more of the photos and import them to your computer. For the sake of this tutorial, we will import all the photos to our Pictures folder.

7) At the bottom of the window you will see "Import To:" with an option for "Pictures, Desktop, Documents and Other." Then choose "Import All." The photos will import  and show up on preview so you can edit, crop or color correct if you'd like.

8) Your photos are now imported, and can be found in your Pictures folder.

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Also, know that if you are simply importing five photos or less, you can quickly email them to yourself from your iPhone, then open and save the pictures on your computer. We talked a bit about that a few months ago: Here

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