9 Replies Latest reply: Dec 14, 2013 9:15 AM by CrantSuz
Kristin Bray Level 1 Level 1

I'm using a ton of space on my iPhone with photo albums that were originally on my PC, but want to move them to my Mac and get them off my iPhone. Is this possible.


iPhone 4, Mac OS 8.6 or Earlier
Solved by AdamKB on Sep 5, 2011 7:45 PM Solved

Ideally you should move them straight from your PC to your Mac.

 

You will not be able to sync photos from your iPhone to your Mac unless they are all on the camera roll.

 

iCloud, coming out this fall, may change that.

Reply by gdgmacguy on Sep 5, 2011 7:46 PM Helpful

Not really.  Here's why:

 

Pictures taken by the iPhone are saved in the original resolution.

 

Pictures that you synch from your computer to display on your iPhone are NOT the original photos, nor are they of any resolution that's practical for use.  Basically, when you synch your photos to your phone, you're syching tiny little "thumbnails" of the photos, not the photos themselves.  Thats why you can synch hundreds, if not thousands of photos on to your phone.  There'd be no way to do that if they were of the original resolution.  The "thumbnails" on your phone are of no use other than to view on the phone.  They are not of sufficient resolution to allow for printing or anything else. 

 

What you need to do is take the original photo files from your original computer and move them to a thumbdrive or portable hard drive and then transfer them to your new computer.

 

Hope this helps.

 

GDG

Reply by gdgmacguy on Sep 5, 2011 7:56 PM Helpful

Once you synch your phone to a new computer, don't check synch photos, and your photos will be removed.  You may receive a message telling you that those photos will be deleted.

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  • AdamKB Level 2 Level 2

    Ideally you should move them straight from your PC to your Mac.

     

    You will not be able to sync photos from your iPhone to your Mac unless they are all on the camera roll.

     

    iCloud, coming out this fall, may change that.

  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    Not really.  Here's why:

     

    Pictures taken by the iPhone are saved in the original resolution.

     

    Pictures that you synch from your computer to display on your iPhone are NOT the original photos, nor are they of any resolution that's practical for use.  Basically, when you synch your photos to your phone, you're syching tiny little "thumbnails" of the photos, not the photos themselves.  Thats why you can synch hundreds, if not thousands of photos on to your phone.  There'd be no way to do that if they were of the original resolution.  The "thumbnails" on your phone are of no use other than to view on the phone.  They are not of sufficient resolution to allow for printing or anything else. 

     

    What you need to do is take the original photo files from your original computer and move them to a thumbdrive or portable hard drive and then transfer them to your new computer.

     

    Hope this helps.

     

    GDG

  • Kristin Bray Level 1 Level 1

    I have moved them from my PC to an external hard drive, but they are also on my iPhone, so how can I simply delete these albums from my iPhone then?? Because my PC has now crashed and I can't go back on to "unsync" them:(

  • AdamKB Level 2 Level 2

    Currently your iPhone can only sync photos with one computer. When you connect it to your Mac, configure iTunes not to sync any photos and the old ones will be removed. Or if that doesn't work, configure it to sync with iPhoto on your Mac.

  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    Once you synch your phone to a new computer, don't check synch photos, and your photos will be removed.  You may receive a message telling you that those photos will be deleted.

  • Kristin Bray Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you! That worked!

  • Kristin Bray Level 1 Level 1

    Thank you! That worked!

  • gdgmacguy Level 7 Level 7

    Glad to have helped.

  • CrantSuz Level 1 Level 1

    My computer was stolen and I have synced to my new computer and I got the message I have used 4 of my 5 computers???
    How do I unauthorize an old computer that is gone?