Mobile Apps

Wirelessly copy photos from your iOS device to your computer

A free app makes simple to beam a single snapshot or a batch of them to nearly any PC or Mac.

Do you need to copy some photos from your iPhone or iPad to your computer? One option is to get out your sync cable, but that's a hassle -- and not always practical if you're looking to copy photos to a computer other than your own.

Maybe, for example, your sister wants all the photos you just snapped of your nephew's birthday party. Or you need to share some iPhone screenshots in a blog post. Email is one option, of course, but a limited and clunky one.

Until Google discontinued it, Bump offered a very easy way to transfer photos to a PC, no cable required. Before that, I used old favorite WiFi Photo -- but it hasn't been updated in years and no longer works properly.

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Janos Barkai

Thankfully, there's a similar solution, and it's free and easy (once you know how). Here's the process:

Step one: Download and install WiFi Photo Transfer.

Step two: Run the app, and agree to let it access your photos. (That's a one-time approval you won't need to repeat.) Make sure your iDevice is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer you're going to use.

Step three: Note the Web address shown in the app. (It'll be something like http://192:168.0.1:15555 though you can leave out the portion before the numbers.) Open a browser on your PC or Mac, then type in that address.

Step four: In the browser, click Camera Roll. (You may also see other available libraries stored on your iDevice, which you can access for file-copying as well.)

Step five: To copy just one photo, click the one you want, then choose one of the available download options on the next screen: full size, large, medium, or small.

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Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

Step six: To copy multiple photos, click the blue Download in Zip button. Don't worry, nothing will download yet; you can now specify a range of photos or click the checkbox next to each one you want. Once you've made your picks, click Download Selected Pictures. That'll copy everything to your default download folder -- all neatly zipped, of course.

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Screenshot by Rick Broida/CNET

And that's it. Once you've done this a couple times, it boils down to a few simple steps: run the app, open your browser, and choose your pics. Like everything good in life, it's fast, easy, wireless, and free!