It's now April, 2021. One might think that an ostensibly simple task such as transferring a photo from your computer to your phone would have become easier. But that doesn't seem to be the case - perhaps Apple will, at some point in the future, come to realize this simple task has been needlessly complicated. But I digress...
I found myself faced with this requirement earlier this week. After searching out, and trying a few "solutions", nothing worked - I simply could not get the photos transferred from my Macbook Pro 16.1 (macOS Catalina) to my iPhone 11 (iOS 14.4).
This was particularly frustrating because I had actually taken the photos with my iPhone, then transferred them to my MBP! The iPhone->MBP transfer was simple and easy with the
Photos app on my MBP. But as is my usual practice, I selected the "delete after transfer" option to save space on my iPhone. In this case however, posting the photos online had to be done from an iPhone app instead of via a browser :(
Lesson Learned: The
iPhone->MBP transfer via the Photos app is a one-way street... you can get back to where you began, but the
MBP->iPhone requires a completely different route!
I grew tired and annoyed trying different "Apple Solutions" published on the Internet - I caved in, and called Apple Care. It was a fairly lengthy session as the technician had to research the task. This was perhaps complicated by the fact that I refused to pay $0.99/month to add enough additional storage to my iCloud to implement the technician's preferred solution. In any event, what follows is actually Apple Care's solution - not mine:
This assumes the pictures you want to copy to your iPhone are in your Mac's Photos Library:
In Photos on your Mac, create a new Album under
My Albums by hovering over
My Albums line & clicking the
Give this folder a name; e.g.
TheAwkwardAlbum as shown in Figure 1 below.
Copy each of the pictures you want on your iPhone to
TheAwkwardFolder by dragging them from your Photos Library.
Connect your iPhone to your Mac via USB cable.
Finder window, and select your iPhone from the
Locations list on the left side of the window.
Finder window opens with the iPhone contents, select the
Photos tab at the top, then make the other selections as shown in Figure 2 below.
Sync button in the lower right-hand corner of the
Finder window o copy the photos to your iPhone.
You should now be able to see the photos on your iPhone:
- open the
iPhone Photos app
Albums at the bottom of the screen
- scroll down to see
From My Mac, and
Figure 1: Screenshot of
Photos app on Mac
Figure 2: Screenshot of
Finder app on Mac with iPhone selected