Import photos and videos from an iPhone to Windows 11

how to move data including images, movies, music, and documents between your PC and iPhone as well as between your PC and iPhone.

how to move data including images, movies, music, and documents between your PC and iPhone as well as between your PC and iPhone.

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This is all wireless. You don't have to install any apps but your iPhone and your PC need to be on the same Wi-Fi network. 

To transfer files, first, we're going to create a new local account on our Windows PC. To do that, go down to the Start menu and then type in CMD for the command prompt. 

Right-click on that and then select run as administrator. This now opens up a command prompt and to create a new local account, let's type in net user and then quotes, and here we can type in the username. 

Next, we need to enter a password for this user 
Next, insert a forward slash and then type in add. 

Once again, this will add a new local account, then hit enter 

Now we have successfully created a new local user account. 

Next, we need to create a shared folder that your iPhone can access. You can set this up anywhere on your PC. right click, go down to new, and then the select folder

Now that we've set up our new folder, we need to set up the permissions so that the new user account that we just added can access this. Let's right-click on the folder and then select properties. Within properties, go up to the top tabs, and let's click on the second one called sharing. Right here let's click on the share button. 

Here we can choose people to share this folder with. Let's click on this drop-down and then select the new account that you just added and then click on add and for the permission level, let's set it to read and write. Then click on share. Then click on done and next let's click on advanced sharing. Then here let's check the box next to share this folder. Down below, let's click into permissions, and here let's click on add. Here let's now type in the new user account that you just added. 

Then click check names, then click on OK, and here for the permissions, let's give it full control. This will allow you to not only pull files from your PC to your iPhone, but you'll also be able to write files from your iPhone to your PC. Let's now click on apply and then click on OK. Click on apply and then click on OK, and we can now close this out. 

We have not set up a shared folder and we've set the permissions, next open up the command prompt once again, and last, we need to get the IP address of your computer on the local network. This way we can connect the iPhone to your computer. To find out what your IP address is, type in IPCONFIG, then enter the vertical character, and then type in find open quotes and then type in IPv4 and then close your quotes and hit enter and that'll show you what your computer’s address is on your local network. Make note of that address and let's now move over to your iPhone. 

On your iPhone, let's now click into the files app. You should see an app that has an app icon. Once you open up the app, in the top right-hand corner, let's click on the ellipsis, and in this menu, let's click on this second option that says connect to a server. 

We're going to connect to your PC. Here it asks you for the server name, and this is where we are going to enter that IP address that we just saw in the command prompt. In the top right-hand corner, I'll now click on connect. The next screen on iPhone asks me how I want to connect. I can connect as a guest or as a registered user. Let's click on a registered user and right here I can type in an account name. This is the account that we created at the beginning. 

Enter the account name and password and once you type that in, let's click on next in the top right-hand corner. And check that out!

Ureka we are connected on iPhone to PC and here's that folder that you would have created and shared. Now that we've established a connection between the iPhone and the PC, we're now ready to transfer files.