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How to Backup iPhone X Photos to Mac (macOS Mojave Supported)

Well, there are two approaches you can follow to backup iPhone X photos to Mac. Just go through the step-by-step tutorial below and choose one working for you.

Approach 1: Copy photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to macOS Sierra / High Sierra

Actually, there are several apps, namely iPhoto, Preview and Image Capture, Apple provided to help users transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. What you need to do is to run any of these apps and connect your iPhone to your Mac Mavericks, and click “Import Photos”. Due to the same steps of using iPhoto, Preview and Image Capture, we will only take iPhoto as an example to show you how to transfer photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to Mac in OS X Yosemite.

Step 1: Run iPhoto in macOS and connect your iPhone X to Mac via USB cable.

Step 2: Once your iPhone X successfully connected with your Mac Mavericks or Yosemite, iPhoto will display it on the main window. Then you can tick photos in the iPhone Camera Roll and press “Import Photos” (all photos) or “Import Selected” to import them to your Mac.

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Tips: All of iPhoto, Preview and Image Capture only empower you to extract photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to Mac in macOS Sierra or High sierra. If you want to copy photos in Photo Library on iPhone, you can go to the approach 2 to learn how to complete the task.


Approach 2: Transfer photos from an iPhone Photo Library to Mac

As mentioned above, if you want to move photos, including photo albums, from your iPhone Photo Library to Mac Mavericks, you have to find another helper since Apple doesn't provide any tool to do so. When it comes to a powerful data transfer tool, dr.fone – iOS Transfer must be your best choice. This tool enables you to backup iPhone X photos to Mac with ease.

So download dr.fone and have a try now.

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After downloading, install and launch this tool on your Mac High Sierra or Sierra, then use a USB cable to connect your iPhone with Mac. OK, now you can start following the steps below.

1. Transfer Photos from iPhone Camera Roll to Mac

On the left side of the main window, click Photos to reveal the Photos interface. You will see Camera Roll from the right side. Click on it and all photos in your iPhone Camera Roll will be displayed. Tick all photos and hit Export on the top to move photos from your iPhone Camera Roll to Mac. In the prompt, add a new folder to store these photos. When the copy is over, you can click “Delete” to erase them from your iPhone.

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2. Backup Photos from iPhone Photo Stream to MacOS Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra

With the help of this data transfer tool, you are able to backup photos from iPhone Photo Stream to Mac Mavericks as well. From the main window, select Photos on the left and choose Photo Stream on the right. Then tick photos you want and press Export to move them from iPhone Photo Stream to Mac.

3. Copy Photos from iPhone Photo Library to Mac

As you may know, photos you synced to your iPhone from Mac are those in iPhone Photo Library. Once you lose them on your Mac, you can transfer them from iPhone Photo Library to Mac again. What you need to do is to tick Photo Library on the right and select photos. After it, press Export to transfer photos from the iPhone Photo Library to Mac.

4. Move Photos from iPhone Photo Albums to Mac

Besides, you can also import photos from iPhone Photo Albums to Mac Mavericks by dr.fone – iOS Transfer. Just select the wanted photos and click Export from the drop-down list. In the emerging dialog, find a folder to put incoming imported photos on Mac Mavericks or Yosemite.

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Approach 3: How to Backup iPhone X Photos with iMyFone iTransor (D-Port Pro)

When it comes to backing up your iPhone photos you want to make sure that you have the best tool for the job. We take photos so that we have memories of the important moments in our lives so if you use an inefficient program to backup iPhone X photos, you risk corrupting those photos and losing your memories.

With this in mind, we recommend that you use iMyFone D-Port Pro (Rename to iMyfone iTransor) to backup iPhone X photos for a wide range of reasons, the main being that it's simply the best program for the job. Follow our short guide below to find out how you can use this program for backing up your iPhone's photos.

Step #1 – First, download and install iMyFone D-Port Pro on your computer and launch it.

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Step #2 – If you haven't already done so, connect your iPhone X to your computer using a USB cable.

Step #3 – From the left menu of the program, click on “Back Up & Export from Device” and on the menu that is shown now, click on “Export Data“.

Step #4 – You will then be given a chance to select specific types of data to have backed up. For this method, you are only required to select the “Photo” data type although feel free to select any of the other types of data. Click “Next” to proceed.


Step #5 – Your iPhone X will then be scanned, and once the scan is complete, you'll be able to view all of the photos that are currently stored on your iPhone.

Step #6 – Take a few minutes to browse through the photos that have been detected and select all of the ones which you want to have backed up to your computer.

Step #7 – Lastly, click on the “Export” button and they will be transferred to your computer.

One of the best things about this method is that you are able to selectively backup iPhone photos, rather than wasting time backing up all of them.

How to View and Extract Photos from Backup with iMyFone D-Port Pro

On the other hand, if you don't want to backup iPhone X photos, but instead you just want to extract them from an iTunes backup and view them, you can also do this with iMyFone D-Port Pro.

Step #1 – Make sure that iMyFone D-Port Pro has been installed on your computer, then go ahead and launch it. Connect your iPhone X using a lightning cable.

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Step #2 – After the program has loaded, click on the “Extract Data from Backup” feature located on the left menu.

Step #3 – You will now be shown all of the backups that are stored in your iTunes library. Select the backup containing the photos that you want to export and click “Next” to proceed.

Note: if you want to export photos from an iCloud backup then click on “Download iCloud Backup > >“.

Step #4 – From the menu that is shown, select “Photo” and any other types of data that you want to be scanned for before clicking on “Next“.


Step #5 – Once the selected backup has been scanned you will be shown all of the detected photos that are stored in the backup. Browse each of the albums using the menu on the left and select the photos that you want to have extracted.


Step #6 – Lastly, after you have them selected, click on the “Export” button and within a few seconds, they will be extracted, and you will be able to view them on your computer.

Rather than having to restore an entire backup to your iPhone X just to view your photos, using this method allows you to extract the photos from the backup and look at them on your computer – much easier!

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