5 Ways To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Without iTunes

Sometimes we find the situation of transferring our files from iPhone to Mac, for example, your device shouts “Storage almost full” because it has archived so many multimedia files that you have to move some of them to your Mac. Fortunately for iOS users, it’s very easier to transfer files from iPhone to Mac than on Windows PC and you can do it without iTunes, which is still able to do this. There are several alternative techniques and methods for transferring files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes and some of the best ways are presented in this article for convenience.

5 Ways To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Without iTunes

Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Without iTunes

Transferring files from Mac to iPhone with iTunes can sometimes be a bit annoying. As we know, the iTunes app is a highly encrypted app that is simulated for rigorous use. Most Mac users may have stored many files on their Mac, but it’s inconvenient to take the Mac with them anywhere. So, if you need the complications of transferring your files from Mac to iPhone, this article provides you with the best ways to transfer without using iTunes.

If you are an iPhone user, iTunes is not new to you, since most of the time you have to use it to transfer files or photos from your iPhone to your Mac. However, as other iPhone users describe it, iTunes is not so friendly. You just want to export only some photos and files to your Mac, while iTunes will synchronize almost all the data and settings on your iPhone. Even worse, if you find out that some files or photos are not in your library, you will delete them from your iPhone.

So, is it possible to transfer files or photos from iPhone to Mac without iTunes? The answer is yes. And in this post, I’ll show you four ways to transfer files and photos on Mac without iTunes.

Method 1: AirDrop Files from iPhone to Mac

The best and easiest way to transfer files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes is to use AirDrop. Similarly, for Bluetooth between Android devices and Windows PCs, AirDrop can easily send your files between iPhone and Mac without a network connection, provided that your two devices are close enough. You can transfer files wirelessly between two devices. Follow the steps below to copy the iPhone file to Mac via AirDrop.

  1. Activate AirDrop on the Mac in Finder => Go => Airdrop and enable Wi-Fi and Bluetooth (but it is not necessary to connect to any network; just activate the two buttons).
  2. Activate AirDrop on your iPhone by tapping Control Center => AirDrop together with the WiFi and Bluetooth buttons. You can choose to be discovered only from the Contacts or All.use-airdrop-to-transfer-file-from-iphone-to-mac
  3. Open the file to send to your iPhone, then tap the Share button and soon your Mac icon will appear as an option to share. Click on the Mac icon to start the transfer process.
  4. Click “Accept” in the Mac pop-up window and wait until the process is complete.

You can proceed to transfer images, videos and other content from iPhone to Mac using this method quickly and easily. And this can also be applied to file transfer between all Apple products, such as Mac on Mac or iPhone on iPhone / iPad.

Method 2: Transfer files from iPhone to Mac via iCloud

With Apple iCloud, in particular, iCloud Drive from iOS 11, you can easily copy files from your iPhone to your Mac.

  1. First of all, it’s better to upgrade your Mac to the latest version of Mac OS.
  2. Access iCloud with the same Apple ID on iPhone and Mac.
  3. Make sure you have activated iCloud Drive in Settings => Apple ID => iCloud.
  4. Also, enable iCloud Drive on your Mac. You’ll find the option in the Apple menu.
  5. After competing in the previous process, you only need to save your files in the Files app on iPhone and then you can access all your iPhone files via iCloud. You can find the files in the Finder => Documents folder in iCloud.


For photos and videos stored in the iCloud Photo Library, simply activate “Upload to My Photo Stream” on the iPhone and “Download and keep originals on Mac, then the media files will be automatically saved on your Mac.

Method 3: Transfer media files from iPhone to Mac using the iPhoto app

You can transfer files from your iPhone to the Mac via the iPhoto application. This is another useful way to transfer photos or videos from iPhone to your Mac without iTunes. The highlight of the Photo application is that it is easy to use and the process can be completed in just a few steps.

  1. Connect your iPhone to the Mac via USB and open the iPhoto app.
  2. You can view the media files inside your iPhone after opening the iPhoto application. Select the file you need to transfer and select the Import selection option. You can also move media files by copying and pasting.

Method 4: Use the preview app to copy iPhone files to Mac

You can also use the Preview app to transfer files from your iPhone to the Mac without iTunes.

  1. Establish connectivity between your iPhone and your PC via a USB cable
  2. Go to Apps and open the Preview app.
  3. Go to File in the menu bar and select the “Import from [iPhone name]” option after starting the Preview application.
  4. The system will display a list of all the files. You can drag and drop files or use the Open tab to choose a location.

Method 5: Email iPhone Files to Mac

The most traditional but useful way to transfer files is via e-mail. If you want to transfer less than 20-25 images from your iPhone, you can use e-mail to send files to your Mac. However, the delivery of videos will be a problem due to the size of the file. The email path will be ideal if the file size is less than 50 MB, especially if you want to send files from iPhone to another Mac remotely. All you have to do is start the Mail application on the iPhone, enter the recipient’s e-mail address, attach all the relevant files and click Send. Then, you can access the files on any device, including the Mac, as long as you can access the recipient’s mailbox. The only point to keep in mind is that you need to maintain reliable Wi-Fi connectivity on the iPhone to transfer files without problems.

Final words

Above all, they are good ways to transfer your files from iPhone to Mac without iTunes if you are an iPhone user. Furthermore, you can send images and videos from some social networks or messaging tools such as WhatsApp from your iPhone to the Mac without iTunes, even if it is inconvenient for mass transfer.


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