How to Transfer Files from iPhone to PC in 6 Best Ways?

2023-05-11 00:00:00/Posted by Alleny Gavinto iOS Transfer Topic/Follow @ MobiKin

Smartphones have become an indispensable part of our daily life. For iPhone users, the iPhone is a great device with beautiful functions and features. However, even as the capacity continues to increase with the iPhone's new iterations, we'll still face the day when the iPhone runs out of memory. Therefore, we always recommend users to transfer files from iphone to pc for backup to free up iPhone space.

So, how to transfer files from iPhone 14/13/12/11/X/8/7 to PC easily? Actually you can do it in several ways. There are even methods that don't require you to use a USB cable. Read on for the following 6 ways to copy data from iPhone to computer.

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Way 1: Transfer Files from iPhone to PC with Assistant for iOS

MobiKin Assistant for iOS is one of the best iOS file transfer and manager that allows you to preview and select the desired files on your iPhone, then copy them to your computer effortlessly. The program is compatible with Mac and Windows 7/8/10 and supports transferring almost all types of files, including photos, videos, contacts, messages, and more. In addition, Assistant for iOS also has other useful features as follows:

Main Features of Assistant for iOS:

  • Transfer files from iPhone to PC or Mac with one click.
  • Copy contacts, SMS, videos, photos, music, and many more between iPhone and computer.
  • Back up and restore data between iPhone/iPad/iPod and iTunes.
  • Edit and manage iOS data on computer directly.
  • Run smoothly on overall iOS devices, including iPhone 14/13/12/11/11 Pro (Max), iPhone X/XR/XS/XS Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6S/6 Plus, iPad, iPod touch, etc.

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Now let's put MobiKin Assistant for iOS into practice about the methods of transferring files from iPhone to PC without iTunes:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to PC

Install and launch Assistant for iOS on your computer. Make sure your iPhone is connected to the computer via USB. The program will detect the connected iPhone automatically and show you an interface like below:

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Step 2: Select the files for transfer

In the left panel, you can find the file types are displayed under the name of your device, including Contacts, Messages, Notes, Calendars, Bookmarks, Music, Videos, Photos, Books and Apps. Click them to preview the detailed files and mark your target data for transfer.

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Step 3: Start iPhone file transfer to PC

After selecting the files you need, click the "Export" button on the top to transfer them from your iPhone to PC. Choose a folder on your computer to save the exported files and click OK button to start the transfer process.

Wait for seconds, and now the transferring finished. You can find your iPhone files on your computer.

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Way 2: File Transfer from iPhone to PC with iTunes

As Apple's official management tool, iTunes can of course be used to transfer data. You can use the iTunes file sharing feature to transfer files from iPhone to laptop. Here's how to use the iTunes file sharing feature:

  • Download and install the latest iTunes on your PC.
  • Launch iTunes. Then connect your iPhone to this PC with a USB cable.
  • If you are asked whether to trust this computer, select Trust.
  • Click the iPhone icon on the iTunes interface, and then select File Sharing in the list on the left.
  • Now select the application from which you want to transfer the file, and select the file. Then click "Save To" to transfer your files to your computer.
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Some files are not compatible with iTunes and therefore cannot be transferred.

Way 3: Download Files from iPhone to PC with iCloud

As we all know, iCloud provides each user with 5GB of free storage space, allowing users to store photos, videos, documents, applications, etc. in it. We can download these backup files from iCloud to PC to achieve iPhone to PC file transfer.

  • First of all you'd better make sure that the latest version of iOS is installed on your iPhone.
  • Go to "Settings" > "iCloud" on your iPhone, then log in with your Apple ID.
  • Turn on "iCloud Backup" to back up the data on your iPhone to iCloud.
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  • Download and install iCloud for Windows on your PC.
  • Open iCloud for Windows and sign in with your Apple ID.
  • Turn on the corresponding option. Then you can access the files on your iPhone from PC.

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iCloud only offers 5GB of free storage, and each backup overwrites the data from the last backup.

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Way 4: Move Files from iPhone to PC with Google Drive

Google Drive is a well-known cloud storage service for sharing files, including photos, stories, designs, drawings, audio recordings, videos, and more, across multiple devices. It offers 15GB of free storage per user.

  • Download and open Google Drive on your iPhone, then log in to your account. If you don't have an account yet, you need to register first.
  • Tap the "Add" button on the Google Drive interface, then tap "Upload".
  • Find and select the file you want to move, then tap "Upload" to back up iPhone to Google Drive.
  • Go to your computer, open Google Drive, and log into the same account.
  • You will now be able to see the files on your computer.

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The use of cloud services to transmit data needs to rely on the Internet. Therefore, whenever the Internet speed is poor, it will seriously affect the efficiency of data transmission.

Way 5: Send Files from iPhone to PC with AutoPlay

If you are using a Windows 7 PC, the following guide tells you how to transfer files from iphone to computer with AutoPlay.

  • Plug your iPhone into your computer using a USB cable.
  • When the connection is established, an auto-play window will appear on the computer desktop, click the "Import pictures and videos" option here.
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  • Go to Import Settings and change the location to save the file.
  • After confirming the location, click the "OK" button, select a label, and click the "Import" button.


This method only supports transferring photos and videos. If you need to transfer other types of data, then you have to turn to other methods.

Way 6: Copy Files from iPhone to PC with Windows Explorer

With Windows' built-in Windows Explorer, you can simply use USB to transfer files without being tied to any tools. However, you'd better have iTunes installed on your computer. (Note: Windows Explorer is called File Explorer in Windows 10.)

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer via a USB cable.
  • Windows Explorer will start after recognizing the device. If not, you can manually open "My Computer" on your PC.
  • You'll find your iPhone displayed in the "Portable Devices" area, double-tap to open its "Internal Storage".
  • Find the "DCIM" folder in the internal storage, where all your photos and videos are stored.
  • Choose what you want to transfer and copy or move them to the desired destination folder on your PC.
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How to export files from iPhone to computer? I believe you have a clear answer by now. All in all, there are various ways to put iPhone files on computer Windows 7/8/10. Among these methods we mentioned above, MobiKin Assistant for iOS should be your first choice. It allows you to share files from iPhone to PC without iTunes, and supports more than a dozen file formats. What works best for you depends on the specific file types you want to copy. Choose the solution that best suits your needs.

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Alleny Gavin
Alleny GavinChief Editor
A chief editor at MobiKin, brings over a decade of experience in technical writing and holds a B.A. in English Literature. With a background as a Project Manager in the IT industry, he has authored 1000+ articles on, offering expert solutions for iOS issues. Gavin, a tech enthusiast, effortlessly recommends software with passion and extensive expertise in smartphones and software.
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