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Copying Photo Albums onto PC from I phone (not camera roll)

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May 14, 2013 5:27 PM

Have seen many posts on this topic but haven't really seen a definitive answer on whether this is possible.


What I want to do is very simple I just want to copy all the albums I have created on my i phone onto my PC - I know you can simply connect your Iphone and download

the camera roll this way onto the PC but this does not let you copy across the albums you have created and that appear underneath the camera roll - this method also displays the photo folders in a weird code ABCY1382 for example.

I have also tried various apps to see if I can view then copy these album folders across but without my success (i fun box and touch copy 12) both apparently let you browse your albums and then copy them onto your PC - but amazingly have been unable to figure out how to use them to view the albums.


Would appreciate anyones help on how to do this as in theory it should be an easy thing to do (at least I would have thought so) and it is clearly something other i phone owners have been trying to do judged by the number of posts on the topic!

iPhone 4S, iOS 5.1.1
  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    The photo app is not designed to do this. As the photos in the albums are synced from your computer they should always be there, so there should be no need to copy them back. Touchcopy and similar programs can copy the images to your computer, but the resolution in the photo app is optimized for the iPhone, so if they were taken with a higher resolution camera than the iPhone's screen dimensions you will lose resolution.


    For what you want to do I suggest using a 3rd party photo app that syncs to cloud-based albums, like MyPics, which syncs Google Picasa albums to the iPhone. You can also view the albums in any web browser.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    MyPics creates albums in Picasa on the web ( that can then be synced to your iPhone and also viewed on the web.


    The best way to use the photo app on the iPhone is to sync the camera roll to a photo management app on your PC (Photoshop Elements, for example, or iPhoto if you have a Mac), then sync its albums to the iPhone's photo app using iTunes. This gives you control over what is on the phone and lets you edit the images on your computer.

  • wjosten Level 10 Level 10 (91,290 points)

    There is no supported way to do what you want, as Apple has designed the photo sync to be one way: computer to phone. To extract these photos, from your phone, requires the use of third-party software, like this:



    Bear in mind, these photos were reduced in resolution when synced to your phone. There is no way to recover their full resolution.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    Touchcopy and similar apps don't seem to be able to view the metadata used to organize photos on the phone, so I'm afraid I can't help with what you want to do. There may be a way, but I haven't seen one.

  • Lawrence Finch Level 7 Level 7 (24,500 points)

    Thanks for the update; I'm sure a lot of people would like this feature in touchcopy. I suspect it was an oversight in Apple development, a holdover from the time when the only way you could put an image into an album was by transferring it from your computer. Thus, there was not need to be able to transfer albums back to the computer because they were already there.


    Even better, it would be nice if iTunes could do it.


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