1. jkeitz's Avatar
    I just switched from a Pre to an iPhone 4S. I've never used iTunes before (I used to just drag and drop on the Pre). I have it syncing music and podcasts for me, and I have been able to get it to put photos on my phone from my computer, but when it syncs where do the pictures that I've taken with the phone go? I am using WiFi sync with the iPhone. I've been a computer teacher for over 20 years, but I've never used Apple anything until now, so iTunes has me confused.

    Any help would be appreciated...
    12-20-2011 10:39 AM
  2. GibMcFragger's Avatar
    You can access your camera roll with your pc like you would a flash drive. It shows up as a hard drive when you connect your phone. You don't do it through iTunes.


    Beamed over the interwebz from my iPhone 4S using Siri.
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    12-20-2011 10:43 AM
  3. Rockdog97's Avatar
    or you can download a program calls Photosync from the App store (it also comes with a desktop companion program) that lets you wirelessly sync your photos from your phone to your computer.
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    12-20-2011 10:46 AM
  4. jkeitz's Avatar
    Wasn't that what Photo Stream was supposed to do, though?
    12-20-2011 12:30 PM
  5. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Wasn't that what Photo Stream was supposed to do, though?
    No, photo stream will "grab" your photos from your camera roll (the most recent 1000) and save them to the cloud(?) i believe. But you have to have a wifi connection for that to happen.

    As of now, you cannot delete any photos from the photo stream either, but as you know, you can delete any photos out of the camera roll.

    :o i get confused using some of the icloud stuff also, SO i just do things the 'old fashioned' way and just sync my phone once a week to itunes and do a back up. the only thing i have set up for the cloud is my contacts and calendar

    Please someone correct me if i'm mistaken here
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    12-20-2011 12:37 PM
  6. jkeitz's Avatar
    Well, I think I'm doing it the old fashioned way too. I just have iTunes doing a WiFi sync, but the pictures don't appear anywhere on my computer. If they are moving to the cloud, I would like to know how to get them back from the cloud to my PC.
    12-20-2011 12:40 PM
  7. E_Brown's Avatar
    Well, I think I'm doing it the old fashioned way too. I just have iTunes doing a WiFi sync, but the pictures don't appear anywhere on my computer. If they are moving to the cloud, I would like to know how to get them back from the cloud to my PC.
    Yeah, you're better off just plugging the phone in, and xfering your pictures the way MasterofPuppets said.That is how I sync mine, and it's easy to do.
    12-20-2011 12:52 PM
  8. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    Well, I think I'm doing it the old fashioned way too. I just have iTunes doing a WiFi sync, but the pictures don't appear anywhere on my computer. If they are moving to the cloud, I would like to know how to get them back from the cloud to my PC.
    I think when you do a back up with itunes via usb to your iphone, i believe it also saves your pix from the camera roll. Dont quote me on that because im not 100% sure.

    Now, MasterofPuppets mentioned being able to gain access thru your hard drive on the comp to see the pix on your iPhone. I use to do this with my bb, and i havent tried it with my iphone yet--its on my list of things to do.

    What i believe you would do, is from your start up menu, go into 'computer' c drive. In there, you should be able to see other drives you have on your compt that can be access. Find the one for your iPhone and then from there you can navigate to the camera roll so you can right click and 'copy' to a folder you've created labeled "iphone pix"(perhaps) and then right click to 'paste' so they are copied into that folder.

    Dont quote me on that either, as i havent done it with my iPhone YET, but it is how i navigated to do this with my blackberry pictures, so i would think doing for the iPhone would be basically the same route

    Again, anyone, if i'm mistaken here, please correct me
    12-20-2011 12:57 PM
  9. E_Brown's Avatar
    I think when you do a back up with itunes via usb to your iphone, i believe it also saves your pix from the camera roll. Dont quote me on that because im not 100% sure.

    Now, MasterofPuppets mentioned being able to gain access thru your hard drive on the comp to see the pix on your iPhone. I use to do this with my bb, and i havent tried it with my iphone yet--its on my list of things to do.

    What i believe you would do, is from your start up menu, go into 'computer' c drive. In there, you should be able to see other drives you have on your compt that can be access. Find the one for your iPhone and then from there you can navigate to the camera roll so you can right click and 'copy' to a folder you've created labeled "iphone pix"(perhaps) and then right click to 'paste' so they are copied into that folder.

    Dont quote me on that either, as i havent done it with my iPhone YET, but it is how i navigated to do this with my blackberry pictures, so i would think doing for the iPhone would be basically the same route

    Again, anyone, if i'm mistaken here, please correct me
    When you backup your phone, it does save your photos, becuase if you delete your phone, and then restore from the backup, all of your photos will come back in your camera roll. But I still haven't found where they are in your computer, so it is just easier to to to my computer select your phone, and then move the photos to your photo library on your computer.
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    12-20-2011 01:00 PM
  10. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    When you backup your phone, it does save your photos, becuase if you delete your phone, and then restore from the backup, all of your photos will come back in your camera roll. But I still haven't found where they are in your computer, so it is just easier to to to my computer select your phone, and then move the photos to your photo library on your computer.
    ok, great, thanks for clarifying that E. I *thought* they would be in the backup, but i wasnt 100% sure. It makes sense that they would be there

    Now as for selecting your phone and then moving the photos to the photo library, you do this when your usb'd correct?
    12-20-2011 01:04 PM
  11. E_Brown's Avatar
    ok, great, thanks for clarifying that E. I *thought* they would be in the backup, but i wasnt 100% sure. It makes sense that they would be there

    Now as for selecting your phone and then moving the photos to the photo library, you do this when your usb'd correct?
    yeah, I just do it when I'm connected via USB. I'm sure there are other ways to do it, like the one Rockdog said, but I do it this way, because it just seems easier to do it.
    12-20-2011 01:13 PM
  12. jkeitz's Avatar
    I'm trying to avoid using the sync cable, since it only came with one and I have that plugged in near my bed (I had hoped to use it as an alarm clock radio like I did with my Pre, but that hasn't worked either). I could buy another cable, but I think I'll just end up using the WiFi photo sync someone suggested above. I just didn't want to do something that iTunes was already doing.
    12-20-2011 01:27 PM
  13. ltjcrew06's Avatar
    Apple support article HT4083 explains copying photos from your iOS device to the computer.
    It does a pretty good job stepping you through for each type of computer.
    Basically, connecting via usb and importing the photos.
    I think syncing via itunes is to put photos back onto the ios device.

    support.apple.com/kb/HT4083 Copying personal photos and videos from iOS devices to your computer
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    12-20-2011 01:32 PM
  14. ltjcrew06's Avatar
    I'm pretty sure you can connect your phone wireless using a adhoc network or bluetooth.
    Then you can transfer the photos.

    I'm not familiar with the photosync app, but I am assuming it provides a nice interface to do this.

    I'm trying to avoid using the sync cable, since it only came with one and I have that plugged in near my bed (I had hoped to use it as an alarm clock radio like I did with my Pre, but that hasn't worked either). I could buy another cable, but I think I'll just end up using the WiFi photo sync someone suggested above. I just didn't want to do something that iTunes was already doing.
    12-20-2011 01:43 PM
  15. ThePinkChameleon's Avatar
    yeah, I just do it when I'm connected via USB. I'm sure there are other ways to do it, like the one Rockdog said, but I do it this way, because it just seems easier to do it.
    ok,. thanks again E !!
    Apple support article HT4083 explains copying photos from your iOS device to the computer.
    It does a pretty good job stepping you through for each type of computer.
    Basically, connecting via usb and importing the photos.
    I think syncing via itunes is to put photos back onto the ios device.

    support.apple.com/kb/HT4083 Copying personal photos and videos from iOS devices to your computer
    thx for this ltjcrew !! I just read through that little tutorial from the link you posted, and when i usb my iphone to WinXP, i get a box pop up asking me what action to take in regards to photos etc.--i usually X it out, lol. BUT next time i wont and i'll try this out to copy my pix from my camera roll to my comp this way to have a 'another' back up of them
    12-20-2011 02:36 PM
  16. vfrankli's Avatar
    There used to be an icon on my iPhone so I could show or view my photos. The icon is gone and the only way I can see the photos is to go to the iCloud. Where is the icon?
    02-17-2013 08:23 PM
  17. vfrankli's Avatar
    After the software update, I found the icon for the photos on my iPhone 4S is gone. How do I see my photos on the phone?
    02-17-2013 09:12 PM
  18. LittlePinkTink's Avatar
    I have tried to find my phone as a hard drive on my computer to view the photos and videos. But, I have the new windows program and everything is completely different. I can't find it at all as a hard drive. Do you have any suggestions?
    02-21-2013 05:03 PM
  19. uylalyn's Avatar
    just discovered this ... if you synced your iphone with your mac, go to "finder", then to "all my files." then to "images." all your pics will be there. hope this helps.
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    07-25-2013 07:56 PM
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