It was a pretty typical weekend project: my daughter's graduation party was just around the corner, so I wanted to put together a photo slideshow. Of course, like most parents, my wife and I had photos on our iPhones for years. How could we quickly and easily get her on a laptop and in a slideshow builder?
It turned out to be a surprisingly difficult undertaking. Sure, our photos have been synced to our online iCloud accounts, but Apple does not stubbornly allow you to select multiple photos to download.
In addition, Apple does not offer an AirDrop option for Windows. There are third-party apps that offer the same basic skills, but the pair I tried was limited in some crucial cases.
Obviously I could just plug the iPhone ($ 1,000 at Cricket Wireless) into the PC and open the DCIM folder in Explorer, but Apple's file system is a mess: Thousands of photos are randomly sorted through half a dozen cryptically named subfolders. All I needed was the "Sarah" album.
In other words, there were ways to accomplish this, but all were cumbersome and time consuming. Luckily I found a free and fast solution in the form of EaseUS MobiMover. With this free utility, you can copy individual albums to a Windows or Mac system, even if you just need a little help with the subtleties. Here is the process:
Step 1: Downloading and Installing MobiMover
Step 2: Connect your iPhone to your PC via a USB cable. If you are doing this for the first time, you may need to wait for Windows to install the necessary drivers, and you will probably need to give "trusts" on your phone.
Step 3: Run MobiMover. Once connected, click iPhone in the toolbar at the top (to the left of "1-Click Transfer"). Move your mouse over image and then click Album .
Step 4: Select the albums you want to transfer and click the blue button Transfer to Computer in the toolbar.
Step 5: Now select the folder you want to move the photos to (or create a new one), and then click Select Folder . The transmission starts immediately.
Keep in mind that Windows currently has no viewer for Apple's new HEIC file format, so you may have trouble seeing some or all of the transferred photos. Luckily, there is a free HEIC codec from the Windows App Store.
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