4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 24, 2009 1:01 PM by ichidan
ichidan Level 1 (0 points)
This sounds like a very simple question. And with my digital cameras, and old phones, this is just a case of connecting the device to the PC. and copying the files from the device to my harddrive. But with my iPhone this seems very confusing and awkward...

It seems I have to use iTunes. And it is something to do with 'syncing'. However, when I select my iPhone device in iTunes, and select the Photos tab. Pressing 'sync' does nothing. And If I select the checkbox beside 'Sync photos from:'. It warns me:

"Are you sure you want to sync photos? All existing photos and albums on the iPhone "....." will be replaced with photos and albums from the selected folder."

I have a problem here. I'm using my girlfriend's computer, and she has 1000's of photos. While I have a few hundred on my iPhone taken from our recent outings and holidays. I'm afraid that if I continue click 'Sync Photos', it'll replace (i.e. delete) all my photos/albums on my iPhone, and copy 1000's of photos from the PC, which I have no interest on putting on my iPhone. I fail to see the point in this??? - I want to take photos on my iPhone, and copy them off onto my PC, I do not want to copy photos from my PC and put them on my iPhone to view.

What should I do? This whole 'syncing' concept, is pretty alien to me? It seems like the idea with iTunes/iPod/iPhone world is about duplicating data you have on one device on another, which spirals out of control. I'm also afraid of charging my iPhone at work, because it wants to constantly sync, and backup all my personal information (i.e. Emails/Photos/Videos) from my iPhone to my work computer, which means that any sys admin can potentialy log into my computer and dig thru my personal information?

I've heard of these 3rd party pieces of software. But I don't see why I have to buy something else, just to copy photos off, when I have already forked out so much money on buying an iPhone. I've read other guides on the internet, and there is mention of being able to view the iPhone as a 'Camera device' in My Computer, and then be able to copy folders like you would on a regular digital camera, but that option is not available for me, only iTunes detects the iPhone, just about.

If you could help me, I'd be much grateful!
  • Allan Sampson Level 10 (123,405 points)
    What is selected under the Photos tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes is for transferring photos from your computer to your iPhone only - not for importing photos from your iPhone's camera roll to your computer. As with iTunes content, photos can be transferred to an iPhone from a single computer only. When transferring iTunes content and photos from another computer, all iTunes content and photos transferred from a different computer will be erased from the iPhone first.

    When there are photos in your iPhone's camera roll, your iPhone is also detected as a digital camera when connected to a computer. With a Mac, photos can be imported by iPhoto or by the Image Capture application included with OS X, as with any other digital camera.

    With Windows, you can use the Windows Camera and Scanner wizard as with any other digital camera. Or with your iPhone connected, you should be able to manually transfer the photos from your iPhone to your computer, which should be available via Windows Explorer.

    Under the Summary tab for your iPhone sync preferences with iTunes, deselect automatically sync when this iPhone is connected. Or iTunes includes a global preference setting at iTunes > Preferences under the Devices tab to not automatically sync when any iPod or iPhone is connected.
  • ichidan Level 1 (0 points)
    Interesting, well I guess that *****. My computer cannot detect my iPhone as a camera device, no matter how many times I take out and reinsert the USB cable. Where can I find drivers to get my Windows XP to (re)detect my iPhone as a camera device?
  • ichidan Level 1 (0 points)
    sorry that 5 *'s after "that ***", wasn't supposed to be a swear word. The act of sucking air inwards, opposite to blow in the plural.

    If anyone could help me, or point me in the direction of articles which concern getting my computer (windows xp) to redetect my iPhone, so that it'll appear as a device when I plug it in under windows explorer / camera & scanner wizard, I'd be much grateful. thanks.
  • ichidan Level 1 (0 points)
    Ok I've tried on my home PC. and It detects the iPhone in Scanner and Camera wizard, however there are no files shown. Also when I go to My Computer and select "Apple iPhone". I again see no files shown even though I have wo categories on my iPhone: Camera Roll (253), and Photo Library (9).

    I don't get it. Do I need to install any special drivers? I don't want to have to e-mail big 2MB photos every time, they take an age to transfer.