How to use Image Capture on Mac to import iPhone photos

You might sync your iPhone and iPad photos with your Mac so you have easy access to them. On the other hand, you might selectively import only those photos you want. But what if you want to save your images somewhere besides the Photos library? Or, what if you have a camera and would like to import those photos to your computer?

Your Mac comes with a handy, built-in app called Image Capture. What’s nice about Image Capture is that you can import only the photos you want and do so from iPhone, iPad, or a camera.


Using Image Capture

Connect your iPhone, iPad, or camera to your Mac using your USB-C cable as you normally do. Then, head to the Applications folder or use Spotlight and open Image Capture.

You should see your device in the list on the left. Note: It may take a few minutes to display the previews of your images in the window, depending on how many you have.

Once you see your image previews, you can use the slider on the bottom right to make the thumbnails larger or smaller. Plus, you can see your previews in a list or thumbnail view using the buttons on the bottom left.

Image Capture Buttons Mac
Image Capture buttons

Importing photos with Image Capture

When you’re ready to import your photos, select the location in the Import To drop-down box. This lets you save your photos to any folder on your Mac that you want.

Then, you can import all photos easily by clicking the Import All button. If you’d like to pick and choose which photos to import, this is just as simple. Select the photos you want and click the Import button.

Image Capture Import Mac
Image Capture on Mac

Additional settings

You have a few additional settings you can enable for what happens when you connect your device or import photos.

Click the Show/Hide button on the bottom left corner of the Image Capture window. You can then select an application in the drop-down so that it opens when you connect your device. You can also enable the options to Delete after import and Keep originals.

Image Capture Connect Settings Mac
Image Capture settings

Two other buttons you’ll see to the left of the Import To drop-down box allow you to rotate or delete selected photos.

Image Capture is a good alternative for importing

Whether you want to import and save photos to a specific folder or pull in images from a camera, Image Capture is a convenient alternative to the Photos app. Will you give it a try?

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