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:
- Connect the iPhone to the USB port of the Mac
- 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..
- At the bottom of Image Capture, it will indicate the number of images you have on the device and the destination of the import.
- 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
- 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