How to Import Photos from iPhone to External Hard Drive Using Mac

import photos from iPhone to external hard drive tutorial

Are you one of those who never save a backup of your photos? Don't use services like Google Photos or iCloud syncing? Do you want to have all the photos on an external hard drive? Well, with a few simple steps —and in a few minutes— you will have a copy of all your photographs on an external disk using one of the applications that come standard with your Mac computer.

Normally, unless you disable automatic launch, When you connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac computer, iPhoto opens directly. If you want to export all your photos to your computer's internal hard drive, go ahead and click on import. However, if you want your photo library to be hosted on an external disk, you must use the "Image Capture" application (you can access it from the applications folder or from the Launchpad).

Before continuing we will tell you that this function will serve you both for transfer photos to a hard disk such as a USB memory, the internal hard disk of the Mac, etc. But let's get started:

  1. Connect the iPhone to the USB port of the Mac
  2. You will see that the iPhone appears in the Image Capture sidebar and automatically all the images that you have stored in the computer's memory appear on the screen. Remember that Both photographs and screenshots will appear as well as images that you have received by WhatsApp, etc.. Transfer iPhone photos to external hard drive with Mac
  3. At the bottom of Image Capture, it will indicate the number of images you have on the device and the destination of the import.
  4. Click on the destination box and search for "Others ...". It's here where you can choose the external hard drive you want to use and if you want to import all the images to a specific folder iPhone iPad photos on external hard drive import
  5. Once you have chosen the destination, you only have to click on the «Import» button and in a few minutes you will have a backup copy of your images and you can erase them from the internal memory of your iPhone or iPad

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  1.   Felix said

    You open the Photos App, the iPhone appears on the left side and you can see the photos from the iPhone, copy or export

  2.   Cris said

    And with this method the date of creation of the photo is preserved?
    Because exporting it from photos is not always preserved

  3.   maite said

    Thank you very much!

  4.   usuario1 said

    Excellent, I was looking and this was the best, I did not know that this way existed. Everything ok and backed up my 5000 photos.

    1.    logout said

      How long does it take to send those 5 photos? I'm in it and it's been more than half a day

  5.   Vivi said

    Thanks a lot!! Finally a simple method
    With the photos app, I had to transfer them to the computer and then to the hard disk ... having 12000 photos was an impossible task.
    In this way with a single click it is already solved.
    Awesome

    1.    logout said

      How long does it take to send those 12 photos? I'm in it and it's been more than half a day

    2.    Hope said

      I try like this and in the image capture app I see Unblock on the iPhone, and I can't continue .. Has it happened to any of you?

  6.   Sat said

    Excellent tip! Fast and easy. Perfect for backing up to external hard drives. With the Mac Photos app, I couldn't because it downloaded them directly to the computer and said it needed more space.
    Thank you very much!

  7.   Ximena said

    I've been wondering how to do it for a long time.Thank you very much for the info! It totally served me

  8.   isma said

    It does not work for me, I put others and my external hard drive but it sends it to the computer

  9.   eryl97 said

    Thanks a lot! It had never worked for me from Photos and either I did it from a Windows (I don't have regular access to one) or it hit my mobile… I already had 18.000 photos! Very useful.

  10.   Yoa said

    First of all, thank you very much for the tip, in my case it is very helpful since although I have been with Mac and Iphone for more than 10 years, the subject of photos still resists me :) They should make it more intuitive, in my opinion!
    When I connect the phone it tells me that I have 1900 Items when in fact I have 6000, does anyone know why ????

  11.   Eduardo said

    Hello, thank you very much for the procedure. For a long time I was looking for the simplest way to do this transfer and it seemed impossible. Now I can save space on my phone without having to go through the Photos APP on my mac.

  12.   Eva said

    I love you, thank you