It's annoying how apple tries to manage your photos automatically. Then it's hard to find the photos and do whatever I want with them - e.g. upload to facebook, have a normal file interface instead of their enforced photo app interface etc.

How does one do this?

I was able to find the location of the folders but it's a mess, the folders are named 0 1 2 etc and then they don't seem to be correctly organized. I want to download the pictures myself and not have apple automatically sync my phone with my mac - especially since my phone has less storage space.



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To be able to download the pictures raw without the need of photo app do the following:

  1. Open image capture
  2. Make sure your phone is unlocked, you click trusted etc.
  3. Select the pictures you want to download and place them in a folder in your computer. I recommend not using the Pictures folder since that seems to get sync automatically with your iphone (without permission sometimes) and then it's annoying to remove them from your phone.

Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=41&v=GQHRbu-Fysk&feature=emb_title but decided to write it out in case the link ever dies.

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