I have a Mac that doesn't have iPhoto installed on it, which I use for syncing with my iPhone. Is there any way I can copy images from my phone to my Mac (other than email) without purchasing a copy of iPhoto?

  • I have iPhoto on my mac and never purchased it. I always thought it comes along with OS X for free.
    – cregox
    Commented Feb 23, 2011 at 14:16
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    @Cawas it comes with every mac (ie. pre-installed), but not on the install DVDs Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 9:05
  • @loic well, I rather use picasa anyway! ;-P
    – cregox
    Commented Feb 24, 2011 at 15:14
  • @loic @Cawas there usually is now two DVD's that come with every Mac, the OS install and the Applications install.
    – jmlumpkin
    Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 17:42
  • @jml yes, with every Mac. But when I bought (snow) leopard, it wasn't on them Commented Feb 25, 2011 at 18:13

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Use Image Capture. You'll find it in your Applications folder. It's surprisingly robust, and it's made by Apple.

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    Will this extract video as well? **edit, it will support.apple.com/kb/HT4083 Commented Feb 20, 2012 at 17:51
  • great, iPhoto is changing photo size and etc. so this i great solution
    – iWizard
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 10:56

You can also use Preview, go File -> Import from iPhone.


You can also try apps like DropPhox which will sync your pictures to Dropbox as soon as you click them. Very handy!

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