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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone or iPad to Mac

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Introduction

Transferring videos to your Mac can be useful for many reasons.

  • Create a backup of your videos on your Mac.
  • Edit you videos in an advanced editor.
  • Share your videos on social media.

Android plugged into a mac

This guide will walk you though importing videos from your iOS device to your Mac.

1 Import Pictures and Videos Wizard

From The iOS Device

  1. Plug in your iOS device to your computer via the supplied Lightning cable.
    iOS device being plugged in using the lightning cable
  2. Authorize your PC to access your iOS device's Photos by tapping Allow.
    iOS asking to allow for pc authorization

From The Computer

  1. Click on the Spotlight icon.
    Spotlight
  2. Type Image Capture in the Search bar.
    Search bar highlighted
  3. Click On Image Capture.
    Spotlight with Image Capture app highlighted
  4. On the left column in the Image Capture navigation pane, click on your Android device.
    Example Android Device
  5. Right click on the device and click Import Pictures and videos.
    Image Capture with Import Folder highlighted
  6. Select the items you wish to import to your Mac.
    Image Capture with list of pictures and videos on Android device
  7. Ensure Review, organize, and group items to import is selected and hit Next.
    Image Capture with import button highlighted
    As an alternate option, you can click Import All if you want to import all images and videos to your Mac.

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Transferring videos to your Mac can be useful for many reasons.

  • Create a backup of your videos on your Mac.
  • Edit you videos in an advanced editor.
  • Share your videos on social media.

Android plugged into a mac

This guide will walk you though importing videos from your iOS device to your Mac.

From The iOS Device

  1. Plug in your iOS device to your computer via the supplied Lightning cable.
    iOS device being plugged in using the lightning cable
  2. Authorize your PC to access your iOS device's Photos by tapping Allow.
    iOS asking to allow for pc authorization

From The Computer

  1. Click on the Spotlight icon.
    Spotlight
  2. Type Image Capture in the Search bar.
    Search bar highlighted
  3. Click On Image Capture.
    Spotlight with Image Capture app highlighted
  4. On the left column in the Image Capture navigation pane, click on your Android device.
    Example Android Device
  5. Right click on the device and click Import Pictures and videos.
    Image Capture with Import Folder highlighted
  6. Select the items you wish to import to your Mac.
    Image Capture with list of pictures and videos on Android device
  7. Ensure Review, organize, and group items to import is selected and hit Next.
    Image Capture with import button highlighted
    As an alternate option, you can click Import All if you want to import all images and videos to your Mac.