Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone

How to Copy Photos from Mac to iPhone with MediaServer/Bluetooth/AirDrop/iTunes/Dropbox/Photos


When you import photos from Mac to iPhone, you should pay attention to the supported photo formats of iPhone. If you take photos with the native iPhone camera or other iPhone applications, you can get a compressed JPEG or an uncompressed HEIC. Another supported format of iPhone is TIFF, which is a popular standard photo format by professional printers. If you save the photo in TIFF, you can transfer photos from Mac to iPhone directly.

Is there a way to import other photo formats from Mac to your iPhone without converting? As for the case, you need to install some photo viewers support the photo formats, such as Snapseed (develop module) or Lightroom Mobile for iPhone or iPad. Here are the 6 best methods to copy photos from Mac to iPhone with ease.

Transfer Photos from Mac to iPhone



Part 1: How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone with MediaServer

WidsMob MediaServer is able to turn your Mac into a media server, which you can transfer photos from Mac to iPhone directly. It enables you transfer photos from a desired folder, Photos Library and iTunes Library of your Mac to any other UPnP devices simultaneously.

1. Transfer photos, videos and music files between Mac and iPhone directly.

2. Import photos from local folder, Photo Library and iTunes Library.

3. Preview, select and manage the photos you want to transfer with ease.

4. Choose the desired iPhone; manage the transferred files and more.

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Step 1: Download and install WidsMob MediaServer on your Mac, which you can turn Mac into a media server. After that you can install an UPnP app on iPhone. Your Mac is able to detect the iPhone automatically.

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Step 2: Create a folder and import all the photos you want to transfer from Mac to iPhone. You can also include photos from Photos Library and iTunes Library within one click.

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Step 3: After that you can choose the iPhone from the recognized device within the same network. You can also share the IP address to iPhone if you want to transfer photos privately.

Step 4: Open the UPnP app on iPhone, which is able to detect Mac with the UPnP standard. You can preview, copy and transfer photos from different folder from Mac to iPhone.

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Part 2: How to sync photos from Mac to iPhone via Bluetooth

Bluetooth is a default solution to transfer photos and videos between different devices. Just pair the Mac and iPhone with the same network first, you are able to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone. The method is suitable for a few images without a large size. You can get high quality transferred photos from Mac to iPhone via Bluetooth.

Step 1: Go to your Mac computer and click the “Apple Menu”, after that you can tap “System Preferences”.

Step 2: Turn on “Bluetooth” and click it to show “Bluetooth Status”. Repeat the similar operation on your iPhone.

Step 3: You will see the Bluetooth Setup Assistant prompt. Choose your iOS device on the list.

Step 4: Go back to your iPhone, select images or files you want to sync.

Step 5: Long press your selection, choose “Bluetooth” to sync.

Step 6: Select your Mac’s name under “Devices” list to start to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone.

You can see the process of copying photos from Mac to iPhone on your Mac computer. If you change your mind, you can click “Stop” to finish syncing immediately. In addition, you can transfer not only images but also other kinds of files between two devices using Bluetooth.

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Part 3: How to copy photos from Mac to iPhone using AirDrop

AirDrop is a photo transfer app designed to sync files between different Apple devices, including transfer photos from Mac to iPhone. It enables you to sync contacts, videos, music, password and any other files between different Apple devices. Just turn on the feature of your devices to transfer files between them with ease.

Step 1: Launch “Finder” on your Mac. Choose AirDrop on the left pane.

Step 2: Select “Contacts Only” or “Everyone” to be discovered according to your needs.

Step 3: Go to your iPhone. Launch “Control Center” after swiping up your iPhone.

Step 4: Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. And then choose AirDrop to select “Contacts only” or “Everyone” on your iPhone.

Step 5: Go back to your Mac. Drag and drop images to the Finder. Select the name of your iPhone’s.

Step 6: You will see the prompt of receiving on your iPhone. Click “Save” to get transferred photos from Mac to iPhone.

You can also choose to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone with AirDrop by using context menu or share sheet. Though the most direct way is to drag and drop photos to the devices you want to sync. Moreover, make sure your iPhone and Mac connect the same wireless network.

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Part 4: How to navigate photos from Mac to iPhone with iTunes

In order to import photos from computer to Camera Roll of iPhone, you can import photos with iTunes via USB cable instead. In order to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone, you have to arrange and pick up the photos you want to transfer. Here are the detailed processes to transfer photos to iPhone you can follow.

Step 1: Connect iPhone and Mac with USB cable. Usually the iTunes will be launched automatically.

Step 2: Open iTunes and click on the iPhone icon in the top bar, you can click the “Photos” tab on the left menu.

Step 3: After that you can check the “Sync Photos” box to import photos from Mac to iPhone or camera to iPhone directly.

Step 4: Select the options you prefer.

Step 5: Click “Sync” in the bottom right corner to copy photos from Mac to iPhone accordingly.

When you are using Mac Air, you might not able to connect iPhone and Mac with USB cable. For the latest version of iTunes, you have to import photos from Mac to iPhone without iTunes. You can check the cloud service for help instead.

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Part 5: How to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone via Dropbox

What should you do to download photos from Mac to iPhone in a large size? Dropbox is a cloud service to transfer files with ease. It should be a good alternative solution if you do not have enough storage space for iCloud. Just make sure you have installed Dropbox on both iPhone and Mac. Now you can transfer photos from Mac to iPhone as below.

Step 1: Launch Dropbox on your computer and choose the “Public” folder and drag-n-drop the desired photos into the folder.

Step 2: Open Dropbox on your iPhone to download the import the desired photos from Mac.

Step 3: Once you download the files from Dropbox, you can remove the photos from the cloud service.

Dropbox provides 2GB free online storage space, which is widely used for photos and other file sharing. It also enables you to create a link of the photos, which you can download the photos from Mac to iPhone with the link to camera roll directly.

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Part 6: How to sync photos from Mac to iPhone using iCloud

When you want to sync photos from Mac to iPhone automatically, iCloud is the default solution to show up all your photos uploaded to iCloud on all devices within the same account. If there is enough space, you can choose the “Keep Originals” when copying photos from Mac to iPhone.

Step 1: Launch the “Settings” option on your iPhone and choose the “Photos” option. Make sure both of iCloud Photo Library and iCloud Photo Sharing settings are turned on.

Step 2: After that you can launch the Photos app on Mac. Click the “Photos” on the top left of your screen and select the “Preferences” option. Make sure the “iCloud Photo Library” is checked.

Step 3: If it is the first time you turn on the iCloud Photo Library, you have to wait for up to 24 hours in order to sync all photos from Mac to iPhone. After that you can view the photos within your iPhone.

Similar to Dropbox, iCloud only provides 5GB free storage for one account. Besides the traditional method to access to the photos within the iCloud app, you can also download the photos from the icloud.com to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone.

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Part 7: How to copy photos from Mac to iPhone via Wireless Transfer App

Wireless Transfer App is another professional iPhone transfer that provides multiple methods to transfer photos from Mac to iPhone. You can also try when you want to transfer photos from iPhone to computer. Just make sure that your Mac and iOS device has connected the same network before transferring photos.

Step 1: Download and install Wireless Transfer app on your iPhone. Make sure connect your Mac and iPhone with the same Wi-Fi network.

Step 2: Open Wireless Transfer app on your iPhone. Choose “Receive” icon on the home page. You will see a URL address after that.

Step 3: Turn to your Mac. Type and open a web browser with that address. Tap the “Upload images and videos” button.

Step 4: Click “Upload” button to select photos so you can transfer photos from Mac to iPhone.

If you want to save images into a certain folder, you can choose “Upload to album” icon or “Create a new album” to keep them. You are not required to download Wireless Transfer app on your iPhone. But if you download and install it on iOS, you can manage pictures more conveniently.

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Conclusion

Except for the above solutions, you can also transfer photos from Mac to iPhone with Email, Wi-Fi and more others. When you use other cloud service to import photos from Mac to iPhone, you should pay special attention to the compression. There are some professional USB adapters to make the whole process with ease. What’s more, you can also import photos from camera to iPhone directly as for the case. If you have other queries about how to import photos from Mac to iPhone, you can share your comments in the article with us.

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Peter Wood, a senior editor, focus on photography design and editing software and devices.

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