Can anyone, for the love of God, please tell me how to get pics from my iphone over to my PC these days?
I used to be able to just connect my phone to PC and drag pics over through file explorer but now the transfer stops a few seconds in every time.
So I Google it and responses include opening up the photos App on PC and importing form USB, which I’ve tried but it just seems to freeze on locating items and won’t move forwards and is giving me no option to transfer as a result.
Apple’s website says I should download icloud app for windows and import them from the icloud, yet having done so I can’t see any options to import any photos already taken, only those taken in the future(!)
I mean FFS, why does Apple have to make it so bloody difficult?
The iCloud app should download all photos you have in the cloud to the PC eventually… Used to work for me quite well, but I’ve now moved to a Mac which for my uses is light years smoother and more intuitive than anything Microsoft have ever released…
You can also use Microsoft Onedrive if you don’t want to clag your phone up with photos and exceed the 5GB free storage. Even if you leave compressed photo on your device 3k photos takes 800MB which pushes my 16GB iPad close to being full.
MOV files which are associated with JPGs - photos I’ve taken which have a bit of movement - weird!
These file are all round 5-6 MB. I appear to be able to transfer these one at a time - however they’re of no use to me!
MP4 files which are real videos that I’ve taken (sad to say, I know, but mostly of the kitties!). Small files appear to transfer OK, but larger files always hang!
Looking into this a bit further, it appears that Apple have helpfully slapped a file size limit on transfer by wired USB. However this limit does not apply to wireless transfers. So if you look in the App Store for something like “Simple Transfer Wireless” there are a number of Apps (at various price points, naturally) that will transfer from iPhone to PC over your local wireless LAN.
I’ve tried one of them, and it does work but the free version is limited to the first 50 items in each “album” on your phone
Transferring photos/video seems far more error prone these days.
I have found that 3rd party lightning leads are not always as reliable as the Apple provided one so if you’re using a different one, try and find the original lead.
In Settings>Photos at the bottom there is a ‘Transfer to MAC or PC’ setting which is probably best left on Automatic - as Apple have migrated to newer file formats in recent years ‘Keep Originals’ could lead to formats unknown to PCs or older Macs being transferred.
In response to another reply if they have really put a file size limit on wired transfers for video, that stinks!