How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer for free in 3 simple ways

how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer

How to transfer videos from iPhone to computer

How to Transfer Videos from iPhone to Computer – get videos off iPhone in 3 simple ways.

Here in this article I am going to show you how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer to free up space on your iPhone.

With the latest iPhones and iPads recording 4K high-definition videos, you can quickly run out of storage space on your device, especially in case of 16GB iPhones. In such a case, you may not have enough space for saving further videos on your iPhone unless you transfer some big videos from your device to PC or Mac. Apart from freeing up storage space you may also need to get videos off iPhone to your computer for sharing with your family or for backing up. There are several ways by which you can transfer your videos and images from iPhone to computer. Here I am going to show you how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer in 3 free ways to help you to choose the one that fits you best.

1. How to transfer videos from iPhone to computer using an USB cable

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to the computer using an USB cable that came with your iPhone;

Step 2: Go to Computer. Your iPhone will appear on the bottom left as an external storage;

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Step 3: Right click the iPhone icon and select ‘Import pictures and videos’ option;

Step 4: Select the videos you want to transfer to your computer and click ‘import’ tab;

Step 5: By default, the videos will be saved to ‘My Pictures’ folder in your computer;

Note: If the videos are not showing up in Windows, make sure the iPhone is unlocked first.

2. How to transfer videos from iPhone to computer using Dropbox

Dropbox is an app that allows you to backup all your photos, videos and docs. All files that you save in Dropbox can be accessed from your computer and iDevices. You can download Dropbox (a free app) from App Store. To transfer photos and videos from iPhone to PC using Dropbox follow the steps below:

Step1: Download and install Dropbox both on your computer and on your iPhone;

Step2:  Open the Dropbox app on your iPhone and switch to the ‘Uploads’ tab;

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Step3: You will see a +icon at the top left corner. Click on it. This will eventually display items on your iPhone;

Step4: Select the videos you want to transfer;

Step5: Choose an upload destination and start to upload by clicking ‘Uploads’ at the bottom of the app;

Step6: By the time you get to your computer, the videos you selected will be waiting to be downloaded to your Dropbox folder;

3. How to transfer videos from iPhone to computer using iCloud

You can also transfer videos from your iPhone to your laptop or computer using the Apple iCloud service. Every iPhone comes with 5GB of free cloud storage space in Apple’s iCloud. If you require more space you can pay a dollar a month to upgrade it to 50 GB storage space. This storage space can be used to back up photos and videos among other things. If you install iCloud’s desktop client on your PC, all the photos and videos you take on your iPhone will be automatically uploaded to your PC. To transfer videos from your iPhone to computer with ‘iCloud Photo Library’ follow the steps below.

Before you begin make sure that your device is connected to Wi-Fi and you have enough space in iCloud to store your entire collection of photos and videos. You can only enable iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone or iPad if you have enough available storage capacity in your iCloud account. Sign in to iCloud using your existing Apple ID and password;

Step 1: On your iPhone go to Settings >[your name] > iCloud > Photos. If you’re using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings > iCloud > Photos;

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Step 2: Turn on ‘iCloud Photo Library’. This will automatically upload and store the photos and videos taken on your iPhone to iCloud so they are available on all your devices including your computer;

Step 3: Download iCloud for Windows on your PC;

Step4: Open the ‘iCloud for Windows’ program;

Step 5: Sign into iCloud using the same Apple ID and password as you used on your iPhone;

(If you’re using a Mac, log-in to iCloud on your computer. Open System Preferences on your Mac and open iCloud.)

how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer

Step6: Click ‘options’ next to ‘Photos’ in the iCloud window and click ‘Apply’;

how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer

Step7: Select ‘iCloud Photo Library’ in ‘iCloud photo options’ window and click ‘Done’;

Step7: Once ‘iCloud Photo Library’ is enabled you can access your iPhone photos and videos from your computer;

Now let’s see how you can easily save the photos and videos on your computer. Here is how:

New photos and videos you add to ‘iCloud Photo Library’ will be automatically downloaded to your PC. You can also download your collection by year when you follow the steps below:

1. Open a File Explorer window;

2. Under Favourites, click iCloud Photos;

3. Click Download Photos;

4. Choose the photos and videos you want to download and click Download;

5. Your photos and videos will be saved to the location you set in iCloud Photos Options;

Conclusion

Now that I have shown how to transfer videos from iPhone to computer in 3 free-ways, you can go for freeing up storage space on your iPhone or for backing your precious videos on your computer easily. When it comes to free iPhone data transfer software, I can also recommend a useful tool namely ‘MobiMover Free’, which is designed to transfer photos, videos, music, contacts, messages and so on between iOS devices or between iOS device and computer. With MobiMover, you can easily get videos off iPhone/iPad to PC in Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and vice versa.

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