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Download photos taken on iPhone onto a Mac

by ChereenaSeattle / January 12, 2010 6:31 AM PST

I would like to download all the photos taken on my iPhone onto to Macbook. I DO NOT have iPhoto on my laptop as it conflicts with my camera software.

I plugged in the phone last night via USB and iTunes came up. I clicked on the Photos tab and selected photos on the phone and which folder I wanted them to load into. What happened was the 2994 photos on my Mac loaded into the phone.

Now I have two problems - I can't figure out how to delete them off the phone or get the 300 photos on the phone onto my Mac.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 8:18 AM PST

Try this to get the pictures off the iPhone.

Open Image Capture, it's in your Applications folder, and with the iPhone connected, it will appear in the Devices pane.

From there it is reasonably easy to import the pictures to wherever you want on your Mac.

Not sure how you got the 2994 pictures onto the iPhone through iTunes, but remember that the sync process for music and photos, is one way. Mac to iPhone.

You may have to import the lot and then delete what you don't want.

As a matter of interest, what is special about your camera software?
How does it compare with iPhoto?


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Thanks for the quick reply
by ChereenaSeattle / January 12, 2010 8:33 AM PST
In reply to: WOW!

I will try this tonight when the iPhone comes home. Happy

It's not so much that my phone software is 'special' as that I like the fact that it allows me to organize my own photos instead of the forced way that iPhoto organizes them. I don't like software to tell me how I want to do something so I deleted iPhoto from my computer for that reason.

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That worked! Thanks.
by ChereenaSeattle / January 12, 2010 1:48 PM PST
In reply to: WOW!

BTW, do you know how to delete them off the phone? Thanks.

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As part of the import process,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 12, 2010 9:40 PM PST
In reply to: That worked! Thanks.

there is a check box in Image Capture that tells it to delete the originals from the phone.

On the subject of iPhoto. You can organize your pictures any which way you want. Everything goes into the Library and is organized, by you, in whatever fashion you need.
Sure, it has the Events thing, but you don't have to use that and you can create albums, dumb or smart, to organize your pics.


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by ChereenaSeattle / January 13, 2010 3:23 AM PST

Maybe it's been updated since I last used it. I tried to download just that from the disks and coulnd't. so not sure how I would even check it out at this point.

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(NT) What version of OS X are you using?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 13, 2010 8:43 AM PST
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Downloading pics from iphone to mac
by bmarygirl / May 24, 2012 3:08 AM PDT

Thanks to you two, I now have my photos on my mac. B

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(NT) Did you lose iPhoto too?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / May 24, 2012 5:00 AM PDT

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