This is actually more difficult than it should be. It really is. Seriously, where is the “use as USB” option?? Why must the iPhone be so closed off and annoying to get into???
But yes, there are various methods to do this. There are also ways not to do this. Like iPhoto. I never ever use iPhoto as it is the most terrible, horrible, totally illogical, mind-bogglingly useless and just generally one of the worst programs I have ever used. Or possibly the worst, I can’t think of one I hate using more right now but possibly there are one or two.
Anyway, this is the way I go about moving/removing photos or pictures to and from my iPhone.
Just FYI, I have not jailbroken my phone and I only use free programs.
Also, I have stopped my iPhone syncing automatically.
This stops it doing things I haven’t asked it to, which is nice…
…although why it syncs on default is beyond me. It’s like Apple have said “quick, let’s make the iPhone do lots of things as soon as the unsuspecting owner connects it to a computer with iTunes installed. And let’s make it do super annoying things before they can stop it like syncing (deleting) photos and contacts in default locations. Yay!” Curse them and their default-syncing ways!! If would like to stop your Apple devices doing this have a look at my post HERE.
How to Move Photos from your iPhone to your Mac (no iTunes involved – hooray!)
I always use iFunBox to backup photos from my iPhone on my Mac. It’s really easy to use and you can just select the photos you want to move and drag them to a folder of your choice. No fuss – it’s a quick clean job. Just like any other USB device you locate the files and move them.
You can download iFunBox for free here:
There’s nearly always a downside when you are trying anything involving iPhones and connectability. In this case the downside is that you can’t use iFunBox to do anything else with your photos. Although iFunBox is advertised as being able to import things to your iPhone I have not had any success with it. Sigh.
Using Image Capture
Again you can’t use it to add photos to your iPhone. Oh no, that would be far too easy! Apple would never make things that simple.
How to Bulk Delete Photos from your iPhone (no iTunes involved – hooray!)
Using Image Capture
You can also use Image Capture to delete photos from your iPhone in bulk. This is super handy if you are like me and take thousands of photos and then dread deleting them one by one later to free up space… To do this simply select the photos you want to delete from your iPhone and press the no entry sign at the bottom.
How to Move Photos from your Mac to your iPhone (iTunes sync involved – boo!)
Before doing this I suggest you backup all photos and pictures you may have on your iPhone using one of the methods above. I really do think iTunes is one of the worst ways I have ever experienced trying to manage a mobile phone. Seriously. What is wrong Apple? Why do you want me to spend hours trying to do things that should be easy and simple and not leave me screaming with rage and frustration and wanting to do a mass Godzilla rampage all over your stupid closed house ways???
So, after you have backed up, the only free way that I know of moving pictures and photos to your iPhone from a Mac is to use iTunes. If you have not done this before I suggest that to avoid accidents you use an empty folder and put into it all the photos/pictures that you want to move to your iPhone.
NOTE: This does NOT mean your iPhone photos!!! If you have backed up your iPhone photos to your “Pictures” folder, do not use that folder for this. You will just end up having duplicates of everything!! It is the curse of iTunes sync!!!
When you’ve done that fire up iTunes and connect your iPhone. As I mentioned before my iTunes is set NOT to sync devices automatically, so if you aren’t sure check your iTunes Preferences before connecting your iPhone. Once you have connected up, click on your iPhone from the Devices tab and click the Photos tab along the top.
In my case my “Pictures” folder was empty so I used that. I created some folders inside my “Pictures” folder to separate the various things I wanted to add. Your iPhone will automatically convert these into albums which is handy. You can select which folders within your chosen folder you want but I just click All Folders because it’s easier.
When you are ready click Sync and wait while iTunes does other stuff you didn’t ask it to. And a little while later it should tell you it has finished.
So that’s it. Hope at least one of these works for you. Good Luck!
FINAL NOTE: Before disconnecting your device always remember to EJECT it. You can do this in iTunes. Apple devices are always upset if you don’t eject first. And it is good to do this anyway. What ejecting means is that if either your device or the connected PC is still doing things it will finish up and then disconnect itself WHEN IT HAS FINISHED. This way you will not get errors or incomplete transfers. Which is definitely a good thing.