How to transfer photos/videos wirelessly between iOS & PC

If you are someone who wants to transfer photos wirelessly to and fro between your iOS device and your computer without the hassle of the USB cable, these are the 5 different ways.

#1. iCloud

On your iOS device,

  • Tap on Settings » scroll down to Photos & Camera » enable My Photo Stream

My Photo Stream

On your Computer,

  1. Open System Preferences » iCloud » enable Photo » select options » enable My Photo StreamiCloud My Photo Stream
  2. Open Photos app on your Mac to access your photos and videos

For Windows users, Click Here to download iCloud for Windows

NOTE: Photos and videos in your camera roll before enabling My Photos Stream will not be visible in the Photos app on Mac. Only those photos and videos will be visible which are captured after enabling My Photos Stream Option. So be sure to check this before you decide to delete any of your valuable media files

#2. Google Photos

This is a very easy and a secure way to transfer photos wirelessly from an iOS device to a computer.

On your iOS device,

  1. Go to App Store » search Google Photos » Install » Open
  2. Sign in with your Google account and make sure Backup & sync is enabled
  3. Next, select your Upload size
  4. Now Tap on the top left icon » Tap on Settings » Tap on Backup & sync » Enable Backup & sync (Now every photo and video in your camera roll will backup to Google Photos when you are connected to WiFi or cellular network (based on your preferences))

On your Computer,

  1. Go to Google Photos
  2. Sign in with your same Google Account
  3. Select the photos/videos you want to transfer to your computer (you can select multiple by holding SHIFT)
  4. Click download or Press “Shift + D” to download your selected photos/videos to your computer.

Google Photos

#3. Dropbox

On your iOS device,

  1. Go to App Store » search Dropbox » Install » Open
  2. Sign in with your Dropbox Account or use your Google account to sign in
  3. Tap on + icon » Tap on Upload Photos » select photos/videos » Tap Upload

On your Computer,

  1. Go to Dropbox login
  2. Sign in with Dropbox account or Google account
  3. Locate the folder you want to download photos/videos from to your Computer
  4. On the far right of your folder, click the ••• icon » click on Download to download all the items in it (or click on folder name and select the items you want to download)

Dropbox Web

To Enable Camera Upload to Dropbox

  1. On your iOS device, Open Dropbox » On top left of Recents tab, Tap on Settings » Tap Camera Uploads
  2. Tap on Connect a Computer » Again Tap on Connect a Computer » Tap on Yes, Continue (make sure you have your computer near you)
  3. On your Computer, Go To www.dropbox.com/connect
  4. Tap Next on your iOS device » Scan the image displayed on your web browser with your iOS device (An installer file will be downloaded automatically)                                                                                                                                                                                          Dropbox Scan Animation
  5. Open the installer and follow the simple installation process (when prompted enter your password and allow any access)
  6. Now on your iOS device, Tap on Turn on Camera Uploads (you can also enable Upload Videos but it will take up more space as well as time to upload)

#4. Photo Transfer WiFi

Photo Transfer WiFi is a simple and quick way to transfer photos and videos between your devices over WiFi. It has a clean UI and offers media files transfer between different iOS devices, iOS devices to Mac, Mac to iOS devices and also to and fro from iOS devices to PC over a web browser. This App is only available on the App Store

On your iOS device,

  • Open App Store » search Photo WiFi » Install » Open

Photo WiFi iOS

On your Mac,

  • Open App Store » search Photo WiFi » Install » Open

wireless transfer

How to transfer photos wirelessly?

  1. Open the App on both, your Mac and your iOS device
  2. Make sure both your devices are connected to the same WiFi network

To transfer from Mac to iOS device

  1. Select your iOS device (it will appear automatically when connected to the same Wifi network)
  2. Drag and drop the photos/videos you want to transfer or Click on Upload and select the media files you want to transfer > click Open Transfer from mac to iOS device

To transfer from iOS device to Mac

  1. Tap on the center icon » Tap on thumbnail to select the entire album or Tap on album name and select the media files you wish to transfer to your Mac
  2. Select your Mac (it will appear automatically when connected to the same wifi network)
  3. To locate the transferred files on your Mac, click on the Settings icon at the bottom right corner » click on Go to Photo downloads

Photo WiFi Transfer

To transfer from PC to iOS device using Web Browser

  1. On your iOS device, Tap on Web Server » Set web access password (recommended) » Enter the IP Address in your Web Browser
  2. Click on Choose files > select the files to transfer » click Open > click the orange icon below CHOOSE FILES

Photo WiFi Web Server

To transfer from iOS device to PC using Web Browser, follow the same steps as the iOS device to Mac transfer, just select Web Server instead of Mac in step 2.

#5. AirMore

AirMore is an easy and convenient way to transfer photos wirelessly. It also allows to transfer videos, documents and music between your Mac/PC and your iOS device. We discussed AirMore in detail in our previous article and demonstrated the process of connecting your devices and how to transfer music without iTunes, transferring photos and videos is a similar process. You can read our previous article here.

To transfer from your computer to iOS device,

  1. Click on Pictures tab to transfer photos and click on Videos tab to transfer videos
  2. Click on Import » Import files (or folders)                                                                                                                                                                transfer photos wirelessly
  3. Select your files and click on Open                                                                                                                                                                             AirMore import screenshot 2

To transfer from your iOS device to computer,

  1. Click on Pictures tab to transfer photos and click on Videos tab to transfer videos
  2. Select the files you want to transfer to your computer and click Export                                                                                                                                                                                                                              AirMore Export

If you are facing issues to transfer photos wirelessly in any of the steps mentioned above, feel free to leave a comment below.