Have you ever dropped your iPhone? Remember the feeling of cold terror that washed over you? All those photos, all your banking info, every contact you have: will you be able to save it all?
We can’t answer every question for you, but we can help you with getting your precious photos off your iPhone. In fact, if you follow these tips and transfer your photos now, then the next time you drop your phone, all you have to worry about is getting an iPhone screen repair.
Transferring to other Mac products
If you have a Mac computer or an iPad, chances are that you have an iCloud account and most of your photos are automatically uploading there. But if they aren’t, here’s how to import all your photos to your Mac:
- Download the latest version of iTunes.
- Connect your phone to your Mac with a USB to Lightning cable.
- Unlock your iPhone and tap “Trust” when it asks you if you trust the computer you’re using. It goes without saying that you should only do this with a computer you actually do trust!
- The Photos app should open automatically on your computer. If it doesn’t, go ahead and open it yourself.
- On the left side bar of your Photos app you’ll see the name of your iPhone. Click on this to open a view of all the photos.
- From here, you can choose to import any or all of your photos from your iPhone to your Mac.
If you want to send just a few photos to your own or anyone else’s Apple product, use AirDrop. Here’s how to do that:
- Make sure all the devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and are no more than 30 feet apart.
- Make sure that the Personal Hotspot option is turned off of any mobile devices.
- On a mobile device, go to Control Center and choose the Airdrop setting to open it.
- On a computer, click on the upper left menu bar where it says “Go” and then choose “Airdrop.” A window will open and you will choose the appropriate option under “Allow me to be discovered” at the bottom of this screen.
- When Airdrop is activated on all the devices, you will see the different device names popping up in one another’s windows. From your iPhone, tap the device you want to send to and a dialog will open allowing you to send whatever files you want.
Transferring to a PC
If you have a Windows computer, you can still send photos from your iPhone.
- Make sure you have the latest iTunes version on your PC.
- Connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB to Lightning cable.
- Unlock your iPhone and tap “Trust” when it asks if you trust the computer you’re using.
- Open the Photos app in Windows.
- From the menu, select “Import” and choose the “From a USB Device” option.
- From here you can choose which pictures you want to import (or do them all).
As long as you have access to a computer, you should be able to transfer your photos even if your iPhone’s screen is toast.
Tips for preserving your pictures
To be sure you’ll never lose the most important pictures you have, follow these tips:
Consider making a print: With cheap canvas prints, you can easily get a permanent copy of any important picture and hang it on a wall or give it as a gift. You can also print off the best images and put them in an album.
Spread the love: Make sure your most important photos live on three separate devices. Three is the right number of devices to ensure you’ll always have access to all your photos.
Copy them to storage: Whether you burn a CD or copy your photos onto a USB thumb drive, it’s a good idea to have an offline copy of your favorite pictures. This can be time-consuming, but it’s worth it to be sure you always have your memories.