Top 4 Ways to Transfer Photos From PC to iPhone Without iTunes

Nowadays, most Windows laptops have a USB Type-C port for charging and transferring media between devices. Many laptop makers are ditching the standard USB-A as well as HDMI ports and forcing the consumers to buy dongles instead. The unusual situation is even more confusing for iPhone users who have such a Windows laptop. And it’s inconvenient when you’ve to perform a simple task like transferring photos from your PC to iPhone without opening iTunes.

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That’s because the pre-2019 iPhone models come with a Lightning to USB-A charging cable. That’s great for laptops and desktops with at least one USB-A port. However, newer laptops that have only USB Type-C ports would work with the Lightning to USB-C cable — that’s available only with the iPhone 11 series. Also, the stock cable bundled with iPhone isn’t of great quality. On top of it, you have to deal with iTunes software to transfer files and images from PC to iPhone.

In this post, we shall share four best ways to transfer photos and videos from PC/Windows laptop to iPhone without dealing with any cables or iTunes. Let’s get started.

1. Use the iCloud Windows App to Transfer Photos From PC to iPhone

Thankfully, Apple and Microsoft offer enough solutions to make life easy for iPhone and PC users. For instance, Apple iTunes is now available in Microsoft Store for Windows 10 along with key services like iCloud.

You can sync the photos library from PC to iPhone by using the iCloud app on Windows and vice versa. You can even create folders in the iCloud menu using the file manager and upload select photos directly to the service. Follow the steps below to set it up.

Step 1: Download the iCloud app from the Microsoft Store on Windows.

Step 2: Open the iCloud app and sign in using your Apple account credentials.

Step 3: iCloud app will show various options to synchronize data with the PC — iCloud Drive, Photos, Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Tasks, and Bookmarks.

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Step 4: Enable Photos option and it will ask you to upload PC photos to the iCloud platform on a certain path. Hit Done and you are set to move photos from PC to iCloud.

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By setting up the iCloud service, you will see the separate iCloud Drive section in the File Explorer. You can create a folder in iCloud Drive and copy the selected photos to it. The service will sync the folder and you can access them using the Files app on the iPhone.

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2. Use OneDrive to Transfer Photos From PC to iPhone

Microsoft’s OneDrive app tightly integrates in Windows 10. And if you are using Microsoft 365, then it makes sense to use OneDrive as a perfect platform to transfer all files.

On PC, you can open the file manager, navigate to the OneDrive menu from the sidebar, and create a new folder in it. Copy and paste the photos in that folder and OneDrive will sync all the new files to the cloud.

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Alternatively, you can use the OneDrive app for Windows and upload photos as well as videos to a specific location.

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Now, head over to the App Store on your iPhone and download the OneDrive app. Or you can just click on the button below for that.

After installing and signing into the OneDrive app, you will find the same folder that you created on the PC. Open the folder and view the photos. Tap on the three-dot button beside it and select download for offline use.

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Of course, you can use Dropbox to transfer files between your iPhone and Windows PC as well.

3. Use Xender to Transfer Photos From PC to iPhone

The two options mentioned above need a stable internet connection. Also, if you are transferring a lot of photos, then you might have to purchase additional storage on OneDrive or iCloud. In such cases, you can always use the file-sharing services like Xender to transfer data from PC to iPhone and vice versa.

First, you need to download the Xender app for iPhone. Also, make sure you connect the iPhone and Windows system to the same network. Or you can use the iPhone’s hotspot with PC for a successful connection.

Now that you are all set, check out the steps below to transfer photos from PC to iPhone.

Step 1: On your Windows PC, navigate to the Xender web ( using the browser.

Step 2: Open the Xender app on iPhone and tap on the ‘+’ button at the above right corner. Tap Connect to PC and the app will open the camera interface to scan the QR code.

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Step 3: Use the camera interface to scan the QR code on the Xender web. Within a few seconds, Xender will connect both the devices.


Step 4: From the Xender web, you will see the section for Photos and Videos.

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Step 5: Go to Photos tab > upload photos. Then add photos from the PC. You can also drag and drop photos to the Xender web interface to transfer them to iPhone. Similarly, repeat the same thing for transferring videos by dropping them on the videos tab.

The service is quite swift at transferring files and is free to use.

4. Use Documents by Readdle App to Transfer Photos From PC to iPhone

Documents by Riddle is a solid file manager app on the iPhone — don’t get confused by the word Documents in its name. You can use the app to import files from the PC to the iPhone.

Open the app and tap on the ‘+’ icon at the bottom. Select Import from PC option and it will ask you to navigate to a specific web URL on the PC. Move to the Windows device and visit the webpage.


Authenticate yourself and the app will open the files menu on the web. You can create new folders, glance over the photos albums, and transfer the photos and videos using the Upload Files button at the upper right corner.

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The transfer function is completely free to use on the Documents app.

Make a Hassle-Free Transfer

Those four options to transfer files from the PC to the iPhone should set you free from cable wringing woes. If you are invested in Apple or Microsoft ecosystem, then you can go with either iCloud, OneDrive, or even Dropbox. For an offline and quick transfer, use Xender or Documents by Readdle.

Next up: Want to transfer files from the old Android phone to iPhone? Read the post below to find the best four apps to transfer files from Android to iPhone.

Last updated on 07 February, 2022

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