7 Replies Latest reply: Jul 29, 2008 6:01 AM by jmf3001
jmf3001 Level 1 (25 points)
When I take photos with the iPhone and then sync it with my computer, are my photos automatically now backed up on my computer?
If so, where?
If not, how do I get them onto the computer?



G-5 Dual and Mac Book Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1), 6 gb ram on desktop, 2gb on laptop
  • Jefe Tapa Level 3 (925 points)
    Whenever you connect to your computer, the photos you've taken with your iPhone are not imported unless you tell your computer to. Try opening iPhoto and then connecting your iPhone. The phone should be listed in the Source panel on the left side of iPhoto and it will allow you to import the pictures.
  • 1nf1n1t3.Cry515 Level 1 (35 points)
    No they are not, You have a Mac so you need to open iPhoto and it will treat the iPhone like any other camera connected.

    Hope this helps.
  • roaminggnome Level 10 (94,500 points)
    The photos are treated like photos on any digital camera, and the iphone (as it relates to pictures) is treated like a digital camera.

    Your computer (iphoto) should recognize the iphone as a digital camera. You can use iphoto to import the photos just like with any digital camera. Other than that, there is no back-up automatically created.
  • Anthony J Howe Level 4 (1,150 points)
    When you take photos on your iPhone with software version 1.1 and later, they are included with the backup, your backup is created automatically if you have configured it to automatically sync your iPhone with iTunes.
    The only way is to get to these is when you lose those photos, is to do a restore through iTunes preferences, syncing tab.

    So, the best back-up to see your images is what the other posters have suggested to back them up yourself with iPhoto or aperture or if in windows Adobe album software.
  • jmf3001 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks to all.

    One more question - I don't use iPhoto, because I don't like the way it catalogs photos, and instead use Abobe's Lightroom, which is tied in to work will with Photoshop.

    However, Lightroom doesn't seem to recognize the device, so is there some other way to simply import them to my desktop without using iPhoto?
  • neuroanatomist Level 7 (31,690 points)
    Sure. Use Applications > Image Capture. In that app's preferences, you can set it to open by default when a camera is connected (which will apply to the iPhone as well; but if your digital cameras work directly with Lightroom, you may not want that).

    Also, earlier posts stating that your iPhone photos are not backed up are incorrect - they are stored as part of the backup process when you sync (see this kbase article). However, they are not accessible in that form, other than to be restored to your iPhone if necessary. Backing up is different than importing.

    Hope this helps...
  • jmf3001 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks! It does.

    Actually, Lightroom did come through after all and recognize the iPhone once I disconnected and then reconnected it.

    However, it's good to know about Image Capture anyway.

    Thanks to all.