In this article, we'll share you the simplest method to import or transfer iPad/iPhone photos to Windows 10 machine, using File Explorer.

If you’re an iOS user and looking for simplified way to import your iPhone/iPad photos to your Windows 10, this article is for you. Well, you can always use dedicate software i.e. iTunes for importing you content from iOS devices.

However, if you do not want to install iTunes on your Windows 10 but still want to import your photos, here’s how. You can use the File Explorer in Windows 10 to import your pictures. All you need is the iPhone/iPad USB cable and you’re good to go. Simply plug your iPhone/iPad using USB cable to your Windows 10 machine. Then there appears a prompt on your iOS device to trust the computer, simply accept it.

You can now try below mentioned steps to import your pictures from your iOS device.

How To Import iPad/iPhone Photos To Windows 10

NOTE: Below steps are illustrated for iPhone. You can perform similar steps for iPad.

1. Open Control Panel > click View devices and printers. Then on next screen, locate Apple iPhone and right click on it, select Browse files > iPhone.

How To Import iPad iPhone Photos To Windows 10

2. This should open File Explorer window, click on Internet storage (This PC > iPhone > Internal Storage).

How To Import iPad iPhone Photos To Windows 10

3. Next, click on DCIM folder.

How To Import iPad iPhone Photos To Windows 10

4. Moving on, you should now be able to locate your photos albums. Though the names are in 101APPLE, 102APPLE and so on.. format. You can open these folders and look for the photos you want to import.

How To Import iPad iPhone Photos To Windows 10

5. Opening either folder, we see we can right click on photos and import images using Copy option. We can directly Print images as well.

How To Import iPad iPhone Photos To Windows 10

This native method works with iOS 7 to 10 and with Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10 machine. Microsoft has also added import feature to Photos app on Windows 10. So when you plug in your iPhone or iPad, Photos app on Windows 10 will automatically start and look for images files on the devices and you can import from there as well.

Hope you find the guide useful!

Related: The device is unreachable error in Windows 10.


  • Did not work. Get “The Device is unreachable”

  • A very good and descriptive solution.. .however as Joe Davis noted… I too received
    “The Device is unreachable” message… I was able to see all the DCIM files.. ones and it started to copy the files.. then halted… from there on end the device was unreachable.
    Just like Photos….

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Okay, do you latest iOS software installed along with latest Windows 10 version? If not, please update and see if it makes any differences.

  • Latest windows 10 and IOS 13.3 version installed, after copying few photos says device unreachable.

  • Kapil Arya

    ^^ Okay, please refer this dedicated fix:

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