iOS AirDrop Photos

I frequently use a DSLR for photos which produces very large files. To store my photos in iCloud would cost me about $200 a year. So, I cancelled my iCloud Drive Storage Plan. So, how do you get your photos from your iPhone to your Mac? Well, this is how I do it.


iPhone Photo Transfer

I just got back from a trip to the Phoenix area. My wife and I needed a little warmth. I did not take my Panasonic FZ-1000 DSLR camera this time. So, I used my iPhone 6s to take several photos. Now that my iCloud Storage is back to the free 5 GB, I cannot automatically view the iPhone photos in the Photos app. I have to manually move the photos into the Mac. Here is how I do that. It is a bit of a convoluted workflow, but it works.

Here are some of the Phoenix photos on my iPhone:

As you can see, the photos are divided up into locations like normal. To begin, just tap on “Select” in the upper right-hand corner of the window. And then tap on “Select” again and all the photos for that event will be selected. Then, you tap on the “Share” icon, bottom left-hand corner of the window:

And you will be taken to this screen:

Your Mac should appear in the AirDrop area (Apple tutorial on AirDrop). When you tap on the icon for your Mac the photos will be transferred to the Downloads Folder:

All you have to do is open the Phtotos app and import them and away you go.

Now, if you only want to move certain photos and leave others then do this. After you first tap on “Select” you just tap on the photos you wish to move and they will be selected:

So, just to review. If you tap on “Select” a second time it selects all the photos in that event. To choose only certain photos you only tap on “Select” one time, then use your finger or stylus to tap on the photos you wish to move. When you move to the AirDrop window and tap on your Mac icon, only those photos will be moved.

This is how it works with AirDrop. The other way to move the photos is to connect your iPhone to your Mac, open Photos if it is not open already, and then select the photos you wish to move.


OK, it is a bit involved, but it is not really that complicated once you get used to it. I have discovered that if I am moving a lot of photos it is easier to connect the iPhone to the Mac and move them using the Photos App. If I am only moving a few photos it is easier to just use AirDrop. Either way you go, there is life after the iCloud Drive folks. Just have to put a little more effort into it.