How To Transfer Photos From iPhone To Mac

So you’re looking to transfer files from your iPhone and iPad to your Mac, but without all of the hassle that Apple’s iTunes software brings with it. You don’t want to encounter any of the common errors that comes with iTunes, you just want transferring files to and from your Mac to work the first time. We can understand that — iTunes can be a major hassle, and there are some restrictions inside of it that make it difficult to move non-iTunes content to your devices. That’s exactly why you might want to consider other means for transferring files to and from your iPhone.

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Transfer your photos and files easily and for free as part of a Christmas giveaway. Get your copy of MacX MediaTrans for free here. But remember to act fast, as the giveaway is only valid until January 10, 2019!

Looking for a better solution? Then be sure to follow along with us below, as we show you how you can ditch iTunes and use another piece of simple software for all of your data transfer needs. Let’s dive right in, shall we?

Remember, Backing up is important

Before we get started, it’s important to remember just how important it is that you have your data backed up. Malware and freak accidents happen all of the time, often destroying any data that you previously had on your device, in this case, say, an iPhone or iPad. We’re talking photos, videos, documents, text messages — all gone because of malware, viruses, or again, some freak accident with your device. And, because you didn’t backup your phone or tablet, it’s impossible to get any of that back. You have to start over from scratch, and unfortunately, just lose all of those important memories.

That’s why backing up to an external point is so important. If malware and viruses destroy your iPhone or iPad — or your device gets ruined because of a mishap with a pool of water — then all of those memories, files, and data stays in the Cloud, all unharmed. Once you’re able to fix your device, or get a replacement, all of that can easily be restored without any loss of data.

iCloud and iTunes is an excellent way to make those backups easy, but just like we talked about earlier, they’re still rife with problems. Luckily, there are easier ways to backup all of your iPhone and iPad data, and that’s through a neat program called MacX MediaTrans that makes the process seamless.

MacX MediaTrans

Enter, MacX MediaTrans, the no-frills software that can transfer all sorts of data to and from your iPhone and iPad with little hassle. It’s not only a great way to move all of your favorite media files around, but can be easily used to backup your data on another Mac machine quickly and without the hassle of dealing with iTunes or the capacity limits that come with iCloud.

So why should you use MacX MediaTrans over iTunes exactly? Well, it actually has a number of benefits over iTunes. First, for the average person — and even the person not familiar with technology — iTunes is confusing. It’s not intuitive at all — it’s hard to navigate, difficult to log into, and etc. MacX MediaTrans on the other hand, breaks all of the features down into categories that are easily recognized — i.e. if you want to manage and manipulate music, you click on the Music Manager category, or if you want to mess around with Photos, you click on the Photo Transfer category.

Aside from being more intuitive, there are some notable performance differences that are inside MacX MediaTrans as well. You’ll only get the fastest data transfer speeds with MacX MediaTrans, and you’ll never experience an error or malfunction during data transfer processes.

One of the areas that most folks find extremely frustrating is that all files have to be synced when you connect up your iPhone or iPad to iTunes. MacX MediaTrans solves that problem by allowing you to selectively transfer essential files. Pick and choose what you want to move over and transfer — you don’t have to wait for iTunes to sync the entire device.

MacX MediaTrans also has some pretty excellent compression features inside of the software so that you save the maximum amount of space. The software is able to auto-compress things like large 4K video files, as well as HD files. This way, you can save a significant amount of space on your Mac, iPhone, and iPad.

One of the major advantages that come with MacX MediaTrans is its ability to auto convert files for your iPhone and iPad. If you didn’t already know, the iPhone and iPad only support specific file types for video and music playback. That said, when you transfer music and files from your Mac to your iPhone or iPad that aren’t the correct format, MacX MediaTrans automatically converts this data into the correct file type for your iPhone or iPad to play. As an example, you can easily transfer .AVI, .MKV., .FLV, and even .WMV and the MediaTrans will automatically convert the files. There’s even support for transferring non-iTunes music to your iPhone or iPad.

Sounds great, doesn’t it? Well, on top of that MacX MediaTrans wants to be your go-to solution for music management as well.

Music Management

Tired of messing around with the confusing layout of iTunes? Then you might want to consider using MacX MediaTrans’ built-in Music Manager. When you open MacX MediaTrans, just click on the Music Manager category. This category has everything that you could ever want as an iTunes replacement. Open it, and with your iPhone or iPad connected, you can easily import and export music files, sync your music, add music, create playlists, and more.

MacX MediaTrans normally would you set back by about $40, which is well worth it for all the features and performance enhancements you get (we’ll cover that here soon); however, we should let you know that, for a limited time only, they’re giving the program away for free as part of a Christmas giveaway. Get your copy of MacX MediaTrans for free here. But remember to act fast, as the giveaway is only valid until January 10, 2019!

Music Manager is one of our favorite options largely because of a feature we already mentioned — MediaTrans’ ability to automatically convert files to the proper format for your iPhone or iPad. Add music of any type to the list, and MediaTrans can easily convert it to the correct file format, and then send it to your phone or tablet.

How to transfer photos

One of the most important things that folks want to make sure is backed up is there photos and videos. Those are types of data that you don’t want to lose in the event of a malware attack or a freak accident with your smartphone or tablet. That’s because they aren’t just photos and videos, but possibly memories of your children, families, events you had with good friends, sad times, happy times, and so on. We hold onto our photos and videos dearly, and that’s why MacX MediaTrans makes it easy to back them up.

To get started, make sure your iPhone or iPad is plugged into your Mac. If you have one of the latest MacBook models, you’ll need a USB-C to Lightning cable to do this, otherwise the traditional USB-A to Lightning cable will work fine.

Once you have MacX MediaTrans downloaded on your computer, open up the program. Then, click on the Photo Transfer category. The software should be able to automatically recognize your iPhone and iPad, and then when you click the “Sync” button, all of your photos should appear within the screen.

Here, you can choose to click on your Camera Roll, select all of your photos, and then you can click on the Export button to export them to your Mac or another service. MediaTrans is good at splitting up categories as well — you can select your full Camera Roll, or you can select Panoramas, Burst, Screenshots, etc. There are actually options for adding or removing photos near the top of the program menu, with the toolbar of sorts.

If you have a lot of photos to transfer, unlike iTunes, you don’t have to wait too long for the process to finish. As we touched on briefly earlier, MacX MediaTrans has some of the fastest transfer speeds in a program like this. Actual real-world tests show that MediaTrans is able to transfer 100 photos in 4K resolution in just 8 seconds. Since most people aren’t taking photos in 4K res, you can see just how much quicker it is to move over your photo library.

What about videos?

It’s worth noting that MacX MediaTrans seems to split up photo transfers and video transfers. While that’s some unnecessary hassle, you can still transfer your recorded videos to your Mac really easily.

So, connect up your iPhone or iPad to your Mac, whether by way of USB-C or through the traditional USB-A connection. Then, load up the MacX MediaTrans program, and instead of Photo Transfer this time, click on Video. Once you’re there, press the big blue Sync button at the bottom right corner.

Similar to the Photo Transfer option, MediaTrans splits up your videos into categories, such as Home Recorded, Movies, Music Videos, and so on. You can choose to Add Videos or Delete Videos within the toolbar at the top of the MediaTrans program, and you can even choose to Export them to another location.

In addition to being able to backup your videos to save them in case of an accident with your iPhone or iPad, this is a great way to save space as well. By moving over bulky videos that you captured with your iPhone, you free up space on the device, leaving you with more room for other things, such as more music or apps.

Another neat thing that’s able to happen during the Sync process is the automatic compression found in the MediaTrans. 4K and HD videos can take up a ton of space, especially if the duration is longer in nature. That said, MediaTrans is able to auto optimize or auto compress those videos, essentially cutting the size of these files in half. You might experience some loss of quality, but that’s generally what happens with compression of this caliber. Really, if you want to keep the videos on your iPhone, it’s the only way to reduce the size to free up space. Ultimately, the best method is to Export them off to your Mac or another Cloud solution to keep the integrity of the quality intact.

MediaTrans Makes Your iPhone and iPad More Versatile

One other awesome thing that MediaTrans is able to do with your iPhone or iPad is make it more versatile and efficient. One of the more unique things that it can do is actually turn your iPhone or iPad into a storage solution, a la a flash drive.

Doing this is actually quite easy. Plug your iPhone or iPad into your Mac device of choice, and then open the MacX MediaTrans program. Next, we’ll want to click on the green category that says Flash Drive. Here, you can press the “Add” button to add all sorts of files to a section on your iPhone carved out for transferring files from your iPhone to another device. You can actually create your own file hierarchy here, adding different folders for better organization and file identification. When you want to get rid of a file, just highlight it, and then press the Delete function in the toolbar.

While this feature makes for moving data around extremely versatile, it can be an excellent way to move around large photo and video albums to different devices as well.


One of the more unique features that come with MacX MediaTrans is its Data Encryption options — if there’s some data that you don’t want anyone else to see, or someone stealing, you can encrypt it with a password. To do that, just open up the MacX MediaTrans software, and click on the category that says Data Security.

Add a file to your list of encrypted files by click on Add File. Select a file to add it to your list of files to be encrypted. Finally, once you’ve added all of the files that you want to encrypt, press the Encrypt Now button, which will then prompt you to add a password for those files. That file will then no longer be accessible freely — the password has to be provided in order to access it.

This can be a handy tool for encrypting the photos and videos that we transferred earlier. You might have some photos and videos that you don’t want others seeing — even by chance — so encrypting them in this way will keep them locked down so that only you have access to them — or people you provide the password with.


As you can see, MacX MediaTrans has a number of benefits over iTunes, especially when it comes to speedily moving files over from your iPhone (or iPad) to your Mac. Traditionally, iTunes can take literally hours to transfer all of your files over from your iPhone or iPad — those are hours that you really don’t need your iPhone or iPad tied up during. MediaTrans speeds up the process exponentially, backing up your files quickly, and then giving you quick access back to your smartphone or tablet so that you don’t have hours at a time without it.

So, if you’re looking for an improved way — an iTunes alternative — to manage your photos and backups, MediaTrans is the go-to software. It normally would set you back around $40, but remember, you can snag it for free as part of their Christmas giveaway (get it here), which lasts until January 10!

Have you used MacX MediaTrans before? Or do you know of some better software or have an iTunes alternative preference? Either way, let us know what your thoughts are in the comments section below — we’d love to hear from you!

Limited Time Offer:
Transfer your photos and files easily and for free as part of a Christmas giveaway. Get your copy of MacX MediaTrans for free here. But remember to act fast, as the giveaway is only valid until January 10, 2019!