I am trying to get my photos from my iPhone onto my Mac. But after connecting my iPhone using USB the Photos.app does start up in macOS, but the newest photos I’ve made with my iPhone never show up my Mac.
Disconnecting and reconnecting my iPhone doesn’t help. Restarting the iPhone doesn’t resolve this problem, neither does restarting my Mac.
What can I do to solve this ?
Even though you are encountering a very annoying problem, it’s rather easy to solve :
disconnect your iPhone (or iPad) from your Mac
open the Photos.app in iOS (on your iPhone/iPad)
click on the Photos-button (bottom-left ; the icon consisting of a double rectangle with the text ‘Photos’ below it)
select one photo one of the newest photos
then click on the Share-button (bottom-left ; the icon consisting of a square with an arrow pointing upward)
select all photos that are not showing up on you Mac, by swiping the photos to the left and right and tapping the bottom-right circle of each individual missing photo (the circle will turn into a blue checkmark)
then swipe in the row of app-icons to the Shared Albums icon and click it
wait while the clock says ‘Preparing’
then click Cancel (top-left)
now connect your iPhone (or iPad) to your Mac
open the Photos.app in macOS (on your Mac)
unlock your iPhone (or iPad) using your fingerprint/face-scan/screen-unlock-code
then, on your Mac, in Photos.app goto the left side bar and at Devices, click on your iPhone/iPad
then wait for the photos to appear as New Items
and click on the Import All New Items button top-right (or select only the photos you want to import and click on the Import Selected button)
I have a 16GB iPhone running iOS10, and it freezes whenever I want to take a photo… I get an error message that there’s no memory left on my iPhone so I can’t continue…
I checked and it turns out that I have literally 1KB (yes, only 1KB, not even 1MB…) left as free memory… and most of my 16GB is occupied by Photos.app (about 12GB)…
How do I free up space without deleting valuable photos and videos ?
The best way (if not the only) to free up space on your iPhone will be to delete a lot of photos and videos, in your case. The way to do that without running the risk of throwing away photos and videos that you would have liked to backup it this :
connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB-cable
open the Photos.app on your Mac
click on your iPhone, which is listed on the left side
now, in the main window, go to the photos that are displayed as ready to import (photos that aren’t on your Mac already are automatically filtered out by Photos.app
from that selection of (un-imported) photos and videos, select ONLY those photos you want to keep
import that selection onto your Mac
first check if all photos and especially all videos (as those are not being transferred automatically through iCloud syncing) you selected have been imported
then unplug your iPhone’s USB-cable
then delete all video’s you can, and if that isn’t enough, delete all photos older than about one year from your iPhone
Please, note that iCould will only contain the most recent photos (usually not the videos)
now, restart your iPhone by simultaneously pressing the two main physical buttons : both the menu-button (just below the screen on the front side) and the ON/OFF-button (top side or right side)
then check if you have enough free space on your iPhone now
if not, delete more photos from your iPhone (in the way explained above)
I just got a new iPhone 7, and now I want to transfer my photos from my previous iPhone 6 onto my MacBook. I was hoping to use iCloud for this, but my MacBook is rather old and can’t run any version of OSX newer than MacOSX 10.6.8 “Snow Leopard” which doesn’t have iCloud installed, just it’s predecessor MobileMe…
What can I do ?
Theoretically, you could also go online from your Mac and get access to your photos through the iCloud.com website… but since the latest versions of Safari, Chrome and Firefox don’t support MacOSX 10.6.8 any longer (Opera does for now, but that’s about to change also), this route is not a future-proof solution.
The most future-proof solution is using a USB-connection like this :
on your Mac, open the Applications-folder and open the Image Capture app
now connect your iPhone to your Mac using a USB-cable
you will get this error message [ Photos in the Camera Roll on “…” cannot be viewed or imported because the iPhone is locked with a passcode”
click on OK
then unlock your iPhone with your fingerprint (or type your 6-digit unlock code)
on the iPhone you will get this message [ Trust this computer? ]
click on Trust
then in Image Capture, under Devices, click on iPhone
now all the photos on your iPhone will be listed and/or displayed on your Mac
from the pulldown list at “Import to:” select a folder to import the photos to (the default folder is your Pictures-folder, but you can also choose iPhoto or create a new folder at “Other…”)
then select the individual photos you want to import and click on Import, or click on Import All to import all your iPhone’s photos onto your Mac
Lately, whenever I try to take a photo with my iPhone, all I get is a black screen.
I am using the pre-installed Camera-app in iOS.
How can I get this fixed ?
There are two known software causes for this ‘black screen’-issue (so apart from hardware problems like broken iPhones) :
solution #1 :
If you have just used your camera in another app (e.g. WhatsApp) and you then switched to the standard iOS Camera.app, you might run into a black screen because the camera is still being claimed by the previous app…
The fix for this is easy : close down the iOS Camera.app and the other app that was using your camera, then re-open the iOS Camera.app ; to do so :
double-clicking on the Menu-button below the screen (in the next view you’ll be able to browse through windows of all open apps)
close all apps that are using your iPhone’s camera (by swiping the windows of those apps you want to close upward)
then return to normal view by clicking the Menu-button once
and when done, re-open the iOS Camera-app
solution #2 :
The black screen issue in Camera.app has been reported as a bug in earlier versions of iOS 9, so fixing it is simply done by updating your iPhone to the latest version of iOS 9 (or iOS 10).
To do so :
on your iPhone, go to Settings –> General –> Software Update
you will most likely see that you don’t have the latest version of iOS