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How to Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC [Fast and Stable]

I can’t download my photos from iPhone 12 to PC windows 10. also, Windows 10 doesn’t recognize Apple iPhone as hard drive. What should I do to transfer my iPhone 12 photos to PC, help?

Are you attempting to find a reliable way to transfer photos and videos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max)? iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) has started a new generation of iPhone with 5G connectivity, Super Retina XDR display, A14 chip, improved cameras, a new striking design. Having shot the best moments of your life on your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max), but you can’t copy your pretty photos and videos from iPhone 12 to your Windows PC for further editing, backup, or sharing? Don’t worry, we have proven useful tools to troubleshoot the problem around how to transfer photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC.

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC
How to Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC
Here is an overview about how to get photos off iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) onto PC.

Part 1. Transfer photos and videos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via SD iPhone Transfer software.
Part 2. Import photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via Photos App on Windows 10.
Part 3. Transfer photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via File Explorer.

Before we start transferring photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC, let’s cover some of the most commonly asked questions that we get.

Which is the best method to transfer a batch of photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC with the least errors and quite fast speed?

We recommend you to use third-party software that we’ll mention in the below parts.

Is there any free software to transfer photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC?

Yes, there is some Photo Transfer software claimed for free in the market, however, the user experience is so terrible that our staff couldn’t wait to abandon them during the testing process. Some got errors frequently in downloading or installing or using, and others can’t be used at all, others are limited to action times). Don’t waste your precious time finding free software to do this. It will take you more time to troubleshoot the problems of these pieces of software than transferring photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC. If you are using iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) and PC, finding a trusted way or tool will save you a lot of time.

Why can’t I transfer photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via iTunes or iCloud?

It’s a pity that if you’ve tried via iTunes, iCloud, and failed with those methods. The reasons are complicated for failures of sending photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC to PC via iCloud or iTunes.

Some people failed for not qualified USB data cables, unstable connections, improper settings, limited storage, or unknown iTunes problems, or unknown iCloud system errors. Even some people asked us that iTunes won’t recognize iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC, then how to transfer photos iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC? Don’t worry, you are not alone, we are here to provide the tested successful way to you on copying photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC.

Part 1. Transfer photos and videos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via SD iPhone Transfer.

To start to transfer your photos and videos from your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to your computer,Free download this SD iPhone Unlocker on your PC or if you use Mac, download the Mac version. Then install it on your computer.

Step 1:Start the App and connect your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to your computer via your USB cable.
Do tap Trust on your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) if it prompted. It’s very important that it means you authorize this computer to view and transfer data between your iPhone and it.

Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) to PC-StartStep 2: Select the photo folders to export on your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) and choose folders to import on your PC.

This software will scan all the photos on your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max), and list all of your photos by categories.

You can choose photos and videos by the date from the top right date or options, or choose them by navigating to folders on the left. Or click Check All above the pictures. Also, you can press “CTRL” and “A” on your keyboard to select all items.

Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) to PC-choose photos

Step 3: Click Export to PC button.

Click the Export button on the top and select the destination folder on the pop-up screen.

Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) to PC-Export

Step 4: On the next screen, choose settings about whether to automatically convert your HEIC to Windows compatible JPG/JPEG formats or Keep original HEIC formats.
Note: JPG is more compatible on Windows PC if you use your iPhone photos on Windows PC. Apple used HEIC widely currently on the iPhone to store photos.

Choose converting photos formats before transferring processStep 5: Open the folder to view the transferred photos and videos.

Wait for a moment until the transferring process finished, the app will show you a successful export screen.
The time it takes depends on the size of the photos or videos you have selected to export. If you have only a few photos to send to your PC, it will only take several minutes.

Open folder-Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) to PC successfullyIf you have thousands of photos to transfer and convert from HEIC to JPG simultaneously, it will take more time. We will show you a group of data tested by us.

We have tested transferring and converting about 3,000 photos using about 36 minutes.
The testing result for keeping the original format is cutting off to about 17 minutes of all these photos and videos.
It’s worth mentioning that the whole process is stable.

Video tutorial of How to transfer photos and videos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via SD iPhone Transfer software.

(including speed test for a large number of photo transferring processes.)

For your reference, This video covers tests about speed test to import 3000 photos (17 GB) (including videos) from one of our iPhones to PC.

Part 2. Import photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via Photos App on Windows 10. (Free Way)

The Microsoft Windows 10 has a built-in app for iPhone users to import their videos free – Photos App.
Step 1:Start the Photos app and connect your iPhone to your PC via the lighting to USB cable.

search and navigate to photos app via settingsStep 2: Hit the Import button on the top right corner and From a Connected Device.

import from a connected device-photo appStep 3: Select photos to import to PC and set a folder.

transfer iPhone 12 photos to PC via photos app -select photos and foldersStep 4. Wait for the importing finished and manage the photos with the Photos app.

transferring process- photos app

If there are some errors during the process, just try again.

Part 3. Transfer photos from iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC via File Explorer.

This process is similar to the process to import photos from external drives on your PC.
Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC with the USB cable.
Step 2. Navigate to the Apple iPhone drive/folder on the File Explorer.

Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) to PC via File Explorer-Locate iPhone
Step 3: Click Internal Storage> DCIM. Drag and drop or copy and paste these folders to your PC.

Transfer Photos from iPhone 12(mini) 12 Pro (Max) to PC via File Explorer-Copy folders
Done. Then in this way, you just move your pictures from your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC like sending photos from an external hard drive.

Wrap it up.

We advise you to choose the Photos App way and the File Explorer option if you only have only a small number of photos to transfer. It’s recommended to use the SD iPhone transfer when you have a large number of photos and videos to import to your PC, which is more reliable, time-saving, and easy to send pictures and videos from your iPhone 12(mini) /12 Pro (Max) to PC. Amanda is an iPhone photographer and enthusiast and always uses a piece of third-party software like the SD iPhone transfer to transfer my photos from my iPhone to PC.

Amanda Lee

I am the chief editor of softwaredive.com. I have been engaged in software and computer gadgets fields for over 10 years, offering proven guides, tips, and software solutions in data recovery, and multimedia field.

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