Learn The Easiest Solutions To Transfer Files Between Mac/PC and iPhone!
Overview: Are you wondering how to transfer files from iPhone to Mac or PC wirelessly. Do you want to copy/move files from iPhone to computer without iTunes? Just Relax! In this tutorial you will learn some effective solutions that will help you to transfer files from iPhone to Mac or PC wirelessly.
Let’s begin with user real practical scenario!
Practical Scenario: User Looking To Transfer Photos Between Mac and iPhone Wirelessly
I read a 2013 question about wireless sharing between computers, but it doesn’t address iPhones. I just want an easier way to transfer files without using iCloud – mainly a quick transfer of a photo occasionally. One solution offered was to use a Wi-Fi router to create a local network. I have a w-fi router (Airport Extreme) so I thought this would work. I tried ad hoc network and airdrop, but can’t get either to work.
I cannot use iTunes either trying from the directions “Help” gives. When I connect my phone to the computer I don’t get the screen the “help” instructions give (see 2 attached, 1st is iTunes Help, 2nd is my screen). I have no “Summary”.
My MacBookPro is running El Capitan 10.11.6
My iPhone 6s 11.4.1.
Source: Apple Community
That was just one example, but there are many users out there who are looking for an easy and quick way to transfer data from/to Mac/PC and iOS devices (iPhone, iPad or iPod touch).
Well, you don’t have to wait any more, the solutions comes here!
Note: All below-mentioned solution is applicable to all models of iPhone such as iPhone XS (Max)/XR/X, iPhone 8 (Plus), 7 (Plus), 6S (Plus), 6 (Plus), iPhone SE, 5/4, etc.
Solution 1: Use AirDrop To Transfer Files Between iPhone & Mac Wirelessly
AirDrop is one of the best and quickest ways to transfer content between Apple devices. It can easily transfer files even if they are not connected to same wireless network. AirDrop creates an AD-hoc connection between the two devices and lets you easily share content.
With the help of AirDrop, you can send or receive photos, documents, videos, map locations and more to nearby iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac.
In order to use AirDrop for transferring files, you have to make sure that AirDrop is enabled on both the devices. On Mac you can find it via Finder and on iPhone you can find and enable it in Control Center so that device is visible to everyone. Once AirDrop is enabled on both the device, you can start transferring files wirelessly.
Below follow the steps to transfer files from iPhone to Mac using AirDrop. As an example we have taken photos to transfer.
Steps To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Wirelessly Using AirDrop
- On your iPhone go to Photos App.
- Select the photos that you want to transfer/copy from your iPhone to Mac.
- Click on Share button and click on the name of your Mac shown in the AirDrop section to copy/transfer files from iPhone to Mac.
Additionally, if you are looking to transfer files from Mac to iPhone, then simply drag the file(s) to the iPhone icon while AirDrop is opened.
Solution 2: Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Wirelessly Using iCloud Drive
iCloud Drive is a cloud service that is offered by Apple. It stores files with multiple apps in different folders. This service easily helps you to transfer files from your iDevices to Mac. It is just like a physical drive that you can access from anywhere.
Below follow the steps to transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly via iCloud drive.
Steps To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac Wirelessly Via iCloud Drive
- On your iPhone go to Settings> [Your Name]> iCloud. Enable iCloud Drive and Photos.
- Next, on your Mac, go to Apple Menu > System Preferences, select iCloud and tick the checkbox next to iCloud Drive.
- Finally, you can now access your files of your iPhone (photos and documents) on your Mac in com or on your desktop. For documents folder, you can access it in Finder in iCloud.
Solution 3: Transfer Files Wirelessly From iPhone To Mac Using Dropbox, Google Drive or Other Cloud Services
Cloud services are particularly made to upload files and keep them as a backup. They are made to work on every devices that is connected to internet. All these cloud services work almost same. You have to just create an account for free and you will get a free space of few GBs on your virtual (cloud) disk in which you can upload files.
In order to transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly via Dropbox, Google drive or any other cloud services you have to simply sync/upload files to cloud services on your iPhone first. Once iPhone files get successfully uploaded to cloud services, you can then access those files on any device such as on your Mac, PC or any other devices where you are logged in.
In order to access files on your Mac or PC simply log-in to the browser version of these cloud services or download an app for it.
Solution 4: Use Email To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac/PC Wirelessly
You can also use email to transfer files between your iPhone, Mac and PC easily, quickly and without using additional apps/software.
Simply open email app on your iPhone, compose a new mail and choose the files that you want to transfer (in the attachment) and send email to yourself.
After, you have sent mail, open mail or mail app on your Mac or PC and refresh your mail inbox. You can now download the files in attachments within few minutes. However, if you have sent large files, then it may take longer time.
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Solution 5: Apps To Transfer Files From iPhone To Mac/PC Wirelessly
There are several of third-party apps available that works on both Mac/PC and iPhone that can allow you to transfer data from iPhone to Mac.
Below I have listed some of the apps that you can use to transfer files from iPhone to Mac/PC wirelessly.
After reading this tutorial I am sure that you were able to easily transfer files from iPhone to Mac or PC wirelessly. You can try any of the above-mentioned methods such as you can use AirDrop, iCloud Drive, other cloud services like Dropbox, Google drive, send email or use third-party apps to transfer/copy files wirelessly from iPhone to Mac/PC.
Max Field is a founder of ios-datarecovery.com. He is an iOS lover and loves to write tips, tricks, fixes for errors, data recovery solutions and more related to iOS, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, iTunes and iCloud.