How to access your iPhone Camera Roll on Mac or PC

By , Dec 14, 2016

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Whether you have a Mac or you have a PC, you can use your computer to access your iPhone or iPad’s Camera Roll for easy photo and video transferring.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you the easiest way to access your iOS device’s Camera Roll on both operating systems: macOS and Windows.

Accessing your Camera Roll on macOS

If you’re trying to access your iOS device’s Camera Roll on your Mac, you can do so by following these steps:

1) Connect your iPhone or iPad to your Mac with the supplied Lightning cable.

2) If prompted on the iOS device to “Trust” the computer, go ahead and tap the Trust button.

3) Launch the Image Capture app from your Applications folder. You might not know about this app, but it’s a free one that comes pre-installed with your Mac.

4) Click on your iOS device from the app’s sidebar.

Image Capture Camera Roll Mac

Note: In this case, we’ll choose Anthony’s iPhone.

5) You should now see your Camera Roll.

From here, you can select, move, and delete photos and videos from your Camera Roll with ease. You can also use the Import All button to transfer everything from your iOS device to your Mac in one click. Note that this method doesn’t not let you add photos to your Camera Roll.

Accessing your Camera Roll on Windows

Windows users will find it’s easy to view their iOS device’s Camera Roll on the computer too, and it can be done by following these steps:

1) Connect your iPhone or iPad to your PC with the supplied Lightning cable.

2) If prompted to trust the computer you’re connecting to, tap on the Trust button.

3) Open a Windows Explorer window.

4) Click on the Apple iPhone or Apple iPad option from the sidebar.

Apple iPhone Windows Sidebar

5) Double-click on the Internal Storage folder.

Windows Explorer Apple iPhone

6) Double-click on the DCIM folder.

Windows Explorer DCIM folder

7) Double-click on the 100Apple folder.

Windows Explorer 100Apple Folder

8) You can now view the contents of your iOS device’s Camera Roll:

iPhone Camera Roll on Windows Explorer

From this window, you can easily drag contents out of your device’s Camera Roll and onto your computer. You can also delete items that you no longer want on your iPhone. Unfortunately, this method doesn’t allow you to add images to your Camera Roll.

And that’s all there is to it, whether you’re on a Mac or a PC, you can easily access all the photos and videos stored on your iPhone’s non-removable flash storage.

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Have you used either of these methods to access your Camera Roll on your computer before? Discuss below.

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  • Fede777

    I have 100/101/102/103APPLE folders, why’s that?

    • I’m not really 100% sure, as I don’t have them.

      • Nate McKelvie

        This method does not work if you have icloud photo drive.

    • Greg B

      After every 1000 files the iPhone will start using the next folder. For example: IMG_0001.jpg through IMG_0999.jpg will be in 100APPLE, IMG_1000.jpg through IMG_1999.jpg will be in 101APPLE and so forth.

    • Nate McKelvie

      It usually makes a new folder if you have albums or once you have a certain number of photos. Also if you use icloud photo drive there will be albums such as this, but this method will not work if you use icloud photo drive as the files will show but not be able to be copied.

  • hkgsulphate

    On Windows 10 you can also use the default photo app to import the photos

  • ChloeWade

    Might wanna edit it says u may now know instead of not