How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Mac

Did you know there are 7 unique ways to transfer files between iPhone and Mac? Yes, you heard that right! In our daily lives, we tend to struggle a lot when it comes to sharing data between devices. Isn’t it? But once you learn about the simplest methods to transfer data between iPhone and Mac, you can do this job like a pro while involving minimal time and effort.

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So, whether you want to transfer a batch of images of your latest vacation, your entire music library, a bunch of documents, ringtones, notes, or be it anything, you can quickly transfer files between iPhone and Mac by using the below-listed methods.

Here you go!

Also read: How To Sync Contacts From iPhone To Mac

How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Mac

Method #1: Use iTunes File Sharing

To share files from your iPhone to Mac using the iTunes File Sharing feature, make sure that you have the latest version of macOS and iTunes installed on your device. The File Sharing feature on Mac can be used to transfer files created by the Keynote, Pages, and Number app. Want to learn how you can use the iTunes File sharing option to share files between iPhone and Mac? Read on.

Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable.

Launch the iTunes app on your Mac. In the iTunes app, tap on your device’s icon placed on the top menu bar.

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Once your device’s contents load in the iTunes window, tap on the “File Sharing” option placed on the left menu pane.

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In the next step, choose the respective app from the list whose data you need to share: Keynote, Numbers, or Pages.

Tap on the “Add” button to begin sharing files. Select all the files that you need to transfer from your iOS device to Mac. Hit on the “Save” button to pick the location where you want to save your files on Mac.

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And it’s done!

Also read: How to Share Passwords Using AirDrop on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Method #2: Using AirDrop

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Another method to transfer files between iPhone and Mac is via AirDrop. The iTunes File Sharing feature could be only used for sharing files from default apps like Keynote, Numbers, and Pages. But yes, you can use AirDrop to transfer all types of data, including pictures, videos, websites, locations, and more using the AirDrop feature.

By using the AirDrop feature, you can wirelessly transfer files between iPhone and Mac in just a blink of an eye. Here’s what you need to do.

First, open the Settings app on your iPhone and navigate to General> AirDrop. Now, enable the AirDrop on your iPhone by switching from “Contacts Only” to “Everyone”. Make sure you also turn on the Bluetooth and WiFi on your iOS device.

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After enabling AirDrop on iPhone, the next step is to turn ON AirDrop on your Mac. Head on to Finder> Go> AirDrop. Enable the Bluetooth, WiFi, and AirDrop on your Mac. Set the “Allow to be Discovered” setting to “Everyone”.

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Pick the recipient and then simply drag and drop the files to the icon to share files.

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You will receive an alert on your Mac, hit on the “Accept” button to start sharing files.

Also read: How to Share Passwords Using AirDrop on iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Method #3: Via Email

Another simple method to transfer files between iPhone and Mac is via emails. You can attach any type of file, including photos, videos, audio, documents, etc as an email attachment to share files between your iPhone and Mac.

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Launch an email app on your iPhone. Compose a new email message, attach all the files that you need to share to your Mac. Send the email to your address.

Now, open any web browser on your Mac, log in to your email account, and download all the attachments on your computer.

Method #4: Use the iCloud Drive

Yes, you can also use the iCloud drive to transfer files between iPhone and Mac. By using the iCloud drive you can share word documents, PPT and Excel files, and more.

First, turn on iCloud Drive on your iPhone. Open the Settings app, tap on your profile icon, and then select “iCloud”. In the iCloud settings page, scroll down and enable the “iCloud Drive” option.

The next step is to turn on the iCloud Drive feature on your Mac. Tap the Apple icon, select System Preferences> iCloud> iCloud Drive.

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Once the iCloud Drive window appears on your Mac’s screen, upload your files from the target device to your Mac.

Method #5: Via Dropbox or Google Drive

You can also use other cloud storage platforms like Dropbox or Google Drive for transferring your data from iPhone to Mac.

Install the Dropbox or Google Drive app on both your devices (iPhone and Mac).

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Upload your files from the source device to your target device and that’s it!

Method #6: Sync your Files over WiFi

To enable WiFi syncing on your Mac, follow these steps:

Connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB cable.

Launch the iTunes app and tap on your device’s icon.

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Tap on “Summary”.

Now, check on the “Sync with this device over WiFi” option.

After enabling the sync settings on your Mac, as soon as your iPhone and Mac will be connected to the same WiFi network, you can effortlessly sync files from iPhone to Mac.

Method #7: Use a Third-party File Transfer Tool

Last but not the least, you can even use third-party file transfer software for getting the job done. You can use any iPhone file transfer tool to share files from your iOS device to your Mac, including pictures, videos, audio, notes, messages, and other content.

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All you have to do is connect your iPhone to your Mac, launch the file transfer tool on your Mac, upload your files and that’s it!

Frequently Asked Questions-

Q.1. How do I transfer files from iPhone to Mac?

There are several methods to share files between iPhone and Mac. You can use AirDrop, iTunes File Sharing, attach your files with email, DropBox/Google Drive, WiFi syncing, or any third-party file transfer tool to share pictures, videos, audio, notes, and other files between iPhone and Mac.

Q.2. How do I transfer files between Apple devices?

To transfer files between Apple devices, you can use a built-in feature called AirDrop to effortlessly share files on iPhone, Mac, iPad, iPod Touch. AirDrop allows you to instantly share files with nearby Apple devices wirelessly.

Q.3. Can you AirDrop from iPhone to a Mac?

Yes, you can AirDrop your files from iPhone to Mac. to do so, first enable AirDrop on both your iPhone and Mac. (Also enable WiFi and Bluetooth and both the devices). In the AirDrop window, pick the recipient and start receiving files on your Mac.

So, fellas, there were 7 unique ways to transfer files between iPhone and Mac. You can use any of these above-listed methods to share your files between any iOS device and Mac within just a few minutes. Which method do you frequently use for sharing your files from iPhone to Mac? Feel free to share your suggestions in the comments box.
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