How do I get photos off my iPhone without iCloud?

How do I get photos off my iPhone without iCloud?
How do I get photos off my iPhone without iCloud?
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Our iPhones have made it very easy to capture the best moments of our lives through photos and share them with the world. With impressive cameras, editing apps, and a variety of readily available tools, we can create digital photo albums to keep with us forever.

But what happens if your phone gets lost or broken, making it impossible to access its content? Well, if you are committed to backing up your photos periodically, you will have nothing to worry about. Apple provides a very reliable and inexpensive method to store your photos on iCloud and access them whenever, but can you also download your photos otherwise?

Yes, you can! Below, we will explore four methods to get photos off of your iPhone without using iCloud.


One of the options that Apple offers is extract photos and other information hat your iPhone contains through their native app Finder (iTunes if you are using 10.14 or before). This is a free app that you will find pre-installed on your Mac, and is free to use. You can restore your device, with the information you have backed up if needed.

The only inconvenience is that is not a readable backup, unless you use a third-party software, such as Enigma Recovery.

Google Photos

Google Photos offers free unlimited storage to back up your photos, but it does slightly compress the files and alter their quality. Still, this is a great free way to back up your photos and download them from your phone, as you can then connect to your Google Photos account on your computer and download all photos there.

All you need to do is download the app on your iPhone, use your existing Google account to sign in or create a new one, choose the quality of upload, then confirm. The app will do the rest for you.

Windows Photos

If your computer runs Windows 10, you can safely download the photos on your iPhone using Windows Photos, your computer’s default photo app. You simply need to connect your phone with your computer using a USB cable, unlock your phone and choose Trust This Device once the message prompts up on your iPhone.

All you need to do now is open Windows Photos, then click import in the top-right corner. You will be greeted with a pop-up where you can select all pictures you want to import. Hit Continue, then follow the instructions you will receive.

File Explorer

If you are looking for another option to import photos using your computer, you can do so with File Explorer.

Similar to the previous method, connect your iPhone with your computer using a USB cable, then tap Trust This Device. From here, you need to open a File Explorer window, and you should see your iPhone on the left sidebar, under This PC if you are using Windows 10, or Computer if you are using another version. Right-click on your iPhone here, then select Import pictures and videos. You will need to follow some basic instructions, but it should be easy enough.

Use a backup app

The best way to make sure your photos are always accessible, even if something happens to your phone, is to use backup software such as the one provided by Enigma Recovery. This will ensure that, even if you delete some of your photos by mistake, they will still be there when you need them.

With a tool such as this one, you can backup photos, videos, SMS, and more to your desktop computer, and share, print out, or export them, so that your most precious memories are never lost. Find more about it here.

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Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions

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