Three Ways to Transfer Photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes

Are you trying to find a way to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes? Read this post, here we introduce the detailed steps on how to use iCloud, Files, and OneDrive to transfer PC photos to iPhone.


By Ellie / Updated on July 28, 2022

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How can I transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes?

“I want to transfer some photos on my computer to my iPhone. I don’t have a USB cable, and iTunes works terribly for me. So I wonder if there’s any other way to allow me to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes? Any suggestions would be appreciated.

- Question from Apple Community”

Three ways to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes 

Of course, if you’re using a Mac, it is very easy to transfer photos from your Mac to your iPhone. You can easily share photos through AirDrop, Messages, Mail, and more. But if you’re using a Windows PC, things can be a little more complicated. But don't worry, here we introduce three ways how to transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes on Windows 10.  

Method 1. iCloud

Step 1. On the computer, open the iCloud Drive page in the browser. And then enter your Apple ID and password to log in to your iCloud account.

Sign in to iCloud

Step 2. After you’ve logged in to iCloud Drive, you’ll see a row of icons on the upper middle of the screen. Click the second icon (Upload) to upload your computer files to your iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive

Step 3. On your iPhone, go to the Files app and navigate to iCloud Drive, you’ll see the photos you just uploaded on your computer. You can long-press the photos and then download them.

Uploaded Photos

Method 2. Files app

Step 1. On the computer, save the photos you want to transfer to your iPhone in a folder. Right-click the folder, then choose Properties.

Properties Folder

Step 2. Go to Sharing tab, then click Share.

Sharing Folder

Step 3. Choose people to share with, then click Share.

Sharing User

Step 4. Click Done to finish the process.


Step 5. Open the built-in Files app on your iPhone. Tap on the “triple-dot” icon located at the top-right corner.

Access Windows File Click

Step 6. Choose Connect to Server.

Connect to Server

Step 7. Enter the IP address of the computer and click on Connect.

Input the IP Address

Step 8. After that, you can access the shared folder on Windows. You’re able to copy photos that you saved in this folder in advance and then paste them to your iPhone.

Untitled Shared Folders

Method 3. OneDrive

Step 1. Click This PC, then find and click OneDrive - Personal on the left pane.


Step 2. Sign in to your Microsoft account to activate OneDrive.

Set Up OneDrive

Step 3. Save the photos that you want to transfer from PC to iPhone in Pictures.

OneDrive Picture

Step 4. Download OneDrive on your iPhone from App Store. Open it and sign in to your Microsoft account.

Sign in OneDrive

Step 5. Click Pictures.

OneDrive iPhone

Step 6. Then you can see the photos you’ve saved from your PC on your iPhone.



This post mainly introduces three programs to help you transfer photos from PC to iPhone without iTunes, namely, iCloud, Files, and OneDrive. The detailed steps are covered in this post. You can choose the one you prefer. By the way, if you want to remotely access your PC photos or files from your iPhone, you can also use the remote desktop software AnyViewer, which supports multiple Windows versions and iOS devices.