How To Import Photos From iPhone To Windows 8

Apple iPhone is still one of the best smartphones out there and selling pretty well in spite of stiff competition from the beautiful Nokia Lumia 920 and powerful Galaxy S3/S4. We all use our iPhones to catch memorable moments and would like to keep a backup of photos on our PCs.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows 8 PC

If you own an iPhone/iPad and would like to transfer your photos from iPhone to your Windows 8 PC or tablet, you can do so with a few clicks or taps.

The native Photos app in Windows 8 not only lets you view pictures but also allows you import pictures from your smartphones and digital cameras. In this guide, we’re going to show you how to safely transfer photos from your iPhone to your Windows 8 PC without the need of iTunes or any other third-party tools.

Method 1:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC using the connection cable provided by Apple.

Step 2: The moment Windows recognizes your iPhone, you will see a toast notification on the upper right of the screen asking Tap to choose what happens with this device.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step1

And if this notification isn’t appearing on your screen, it’s because you have either disabled the toast notification feature or turned on hide notification for 1, 4, or 8 hours option. In this case, you can follow the instructions provided in Method 2 to import your iPhone photos.

Step 3: Click or tap the notification to see three options: Import photos and videos, Open device to view files, and Take no action.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step2

Click or tap Import photos and videos option. This action will open all photos on your iPhone in Windows 8’s Photos app.


Step 4: Select photos and videos that you wish to import and then click or tap Import button to start copying all photos from your iPhone to PC.

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Step 5: Once Photos app completes its business, you’ll see an option to open up the folder to view imported photos. You can also close Photos app if you would like to view photos later.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step9

All imported photos are located in Pictures library. To open Pictures library, open up Computer (File Explorer) or any other folder, and then click Pictures option located in the left pane. Good luck!


Method 2: Use this method if you have already connected your iPhone to Windows 8 PC.

Step 1: Switch to the Start screen, click or tap Photos app tile to run the app.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step

Step 2: Right-click anywhere on the Photos app to see Import option in the lower right corner of the screen.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step6

Step 3: Click or tap Import button to view list of all connected devices to your PC.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step7

Step 4: Click or tap your iPhone entry, select photos and videos that you would like to import, and then click or tap Import button to start transferring selected photos and videos to your PC.

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step3

Import iPhone Photos to Windows Step9

Photos app saves all imported photos in Pictures library. You can view all imported photos either using Photos app, Windows Photo Viewer, or any other program.


  1. Sharon says

    Method 2 works excellent–when you select the photos to import and it says there is no files, just be patient –it
    will show in the upper right corner of the screen that importing has started.

  2. Grace says

    If anyone is getting the message ‘There are no items to view’ or anything along those lines. Try turning your Bluetooth on. I was trying to do this for half an hour before I realised that may be the problem.

  3. korin says

    this is the most confusing ridiculously set up program I have ever dealt wit. everything is SO different than anything before it, it’s not a learning curve, its a learning deficit. if I had known what trouble this would be, I would have never made this purchase. Even the language is unnecessarily foreign. I have apple phone, tv and ipad, and everything is seamlessly connected. This laptop is bulky and grouped in all the wrong ways.

    I cannot upload my photos because the requested resource is in use. What does that even mean?

  4. Someone says

    got a question, I don’t c any import button in “pictures” .. I connected my iPhone and pressed the button trust already, what is wrong with it?

  5. Cheryl says

    Ditto on the Windows 8 horrible piece of programming!!!! Completely non user friendly and I have worked professionally with computers and software for 40 years.

  6. Jonathan says

    Finally, someone with the same question as me. I can transfer my photos to PC with ease. My problem is, are there no import options on Win 8? In Win 7, even while the photos were being copied, I could click on import options and choose to delete the photos off of my device, and to rotate pictures to their correct orientation. It seems Win 8 took a step backwards, or hid said options somewhere deep within the software that makes it easier to get a root canal than to have to deal with importing pictures to my PC. Any ideas anyone?

  7. Kat says

    I need to get my photos off of my phone ASAP, but no, when I open it up and follow all the directions.. the stupid “There are no files to view” error pops up. Windows 8 is total shit!! DO NOT get it! I’m so tired of this, and it needs to be fixed. Wtf microsoft??

  8. Steve says

    I used method 2 and it worked great the screen on the right said file empty but the top right said it was copying and presto everything was there after it finished copying. Thanks for the help

  9. Beth Day says

    Windows 8 sucks! Photos imported but disappeared somewhere in the fog of windows 8. Picture Library says no files or folders in this view. I followed all steps and got all the way to Done!…. ok where are they? Sooooooooo frustrating!!!

  10. Anthony says

    Woindows 8.1 is about the worst program I have ever tried to use and help doesn’t appear possible! Advice – stay away from 8.1 at all costs.

  11. Linda Swenson says

    Hate Windows 8. Have used Vista, 7 and every other Windows program there has been and did fine with all of them. Why on earth was 8 invented? Nothing works. Directions are horrible and almost nonexistant and confusing. Get rid of it!!!! Whoever decided 8 was a good idea was a nut case!

  12. admin says

    You don’t need any third-party applications to import and view pictures. Just use the native Photos app in Windows 8/8.1 for the job.

  13. jimholy says

    It is possible to view your media without any third party applications? Wow, I thought FonePaw iOS Transfer was doing that for me. And it also can import photos from iPhone to Windows or Mac computer with ease.

  14. Elise Pear says

    i am so detesting the nuisance that 8.1 is. trying to follow directions to download all the fotos on my iphone to make that useable but NO luck..

  15. Quentin says

    left scratching my head wondering at the “no files” message…..then it auto picked up the pics… do have to make sure you click the “trust this device” on your phone…..then give it time while it is evidently searching….once it starts finding the pics the import button becomes live…
    Windows 8 is hideous piece of shit, its non intuitive and clumsy – hate it…..everyday I have battles with it and been using MS software since 1993, this is by far the worst theye ever released

  16. ron says

    windows 8 what a load of crap ,been using vista why change something that was working ok

  17. Angela says

    I just got my windows 8 today, there is no import button on the photo section at all! What is wrong with this thing?!

  18. Chelsea says

    When I clicked import nothing happened. But then I realized I had to click “Trust” on my iPhone first, and then I was able to import pictures.

  19. David says

    Me too. Windows 8 is the WORST product ever from Microsoft. Balmer should not retire, he should be tar and feathered for allowing such a bad product to be brought to market. Microsoft is a big loser with Windows 8. EVERYBODY I know that uses Windows 8 cusses and has a miserable experience.

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