Sometimes users may encounter the iPhonephotos not showing up on a computer. This can happen to old iPhones like SE/6/7/8/X/11, and even the latest iPhone 12 series, especially on Windows PCs. This guide will show you some potential troubleshooting tips to fix it when iPhone photos are not showing up on PCor Mac computers.
This is a straightforward method to try and also secure your files. Users don’t have to do a backup of their files before performing this. Please make sure the iPhone is NOT locked, and it is showing the home screen when you plug it in and connect your USB to your PC. Try enabling Windows AutoPlay, and when you do, choose what should happen when you plug in with your iPhone on your PC, and it allows you to import photos from Camera Roll to PC.
On Mac, only photos on Camera Roll could be displayed, so there is no way to display pictures on Photo Library or Photo Stream. To check photos from My Photos, Albums, Photo Stream, Places & People, etc., you might need some professional iOS data managers like AnyTrans. It enables you to preview all iPhone photos, including iCloud photos, and you can transfer them to a computer or iTunes/iCloud/iOS device.
- Download AnyTrans
- Launch it on your computer
- Connect your iPhone to the computer via USB cable
- Click the “Photos” category on the right side
Scroll down to the category management page, all photos on your iPhone can be displayed. You can view all the pictures from My Photos or any one of the albums like Places, People, Live Photo, etc. And you can move your mouse to the top-right corner. Here, you can choose to download any photos to a computer, upload photos to iCloud, transfer them to another iDevice, and more.
Tap on the corresponding button at the top right corner to do the task. For example, if you want to move the photo files to the computer, Select All or some and click the To PC button.
Here’s how to restart your iPhone and Windows PC:
- Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Click on Devices.
- Click on AutoPlay.
- Toggle the switch for ‘Use AutoPlay for all media devices’ under AutoPlay to turn it on.
- Reconnect your iPhone and check for any improvements.
Note:You can also set AutoPlay defaults for a removable drive, memory card, and your iPhone under Choose AutoPlay defaults.
- Launch iTunes.
- Go to Menu.
- Click on Account.
- Select Authorization.
- Select Authorize this computer.
- Enter a username and password.
- Open File Explorer.
- Open the DCIM folder and check if the photos are showing up.
If your photos are not showing up, disconnect the device and reconnect it to see if that helps you resolve the issue. iTunes’s authorization feature can prevent your PC from reading photos from the iPhone. Try authorizing your computer to see the images on your PC.
- Download and install Xilisoft iPhone Photo Transfer.
- Launch the Xilisoft iPhone Photo Transfer app.
- Connect your iPhone to your PC using the USB cable.
- Wait till your phone is detected.
- From the left pane, expand your iPhone.
- Click on Photos.
- You should see all the photos from your iPhone in the file explorer of the photo transfer app.
Xilisoft is a photo transfer tool for iOS devices. You can copy and move your photos from your PC to your iPhone and vice versa. This app also contains additional features that allow photo sharing, file management, and support for multiple devices.