Get your photos from iPhone to Windows XP (or Ubuntu)

Because I am forced to use Windows, so I can use iTunes and sync my iPhone this post is about Windows 😉

iTunes does provide a solution to get your pictures from your PC to the iPhone but not vice versa. After a lot of searching the cheapest solution was to use Windows XPs Scanner and Cameras Tool. I opened it but the iPhone did not show up.

After a lot of searching more I found the solution: You have to unlock your iPhone and then connect it to your PC. (I have a 1minute auto-lock with code → paranoid ugh?).

Then you can find your iPhone in your Workspace and in the Scanners and Cameras applet.

Because I only need to sync my pictures from the iPhone to my PC and not in the other direction I did the following:

  • Go to Control-Panel and Open Scanners and Cameras.
  • Hold Alt-Key and double click your “Apple iPhone” (or right click and select Properties)
  • Choose the tab “Events” and select the option to save the picture to the folder of your choice.
  • Click OK.

Every time you connect your iPhone (unlocked) your pictures should be synced from the iPhone to your PC one-way.

PS: In Ubuntu this works also! Just connect your (unlocked, not jailbroken) iPhone to your Ubuntu-PC and use it like a normal camera.
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15 Responses to “Get your photos from iPhone to Windows XP (or Ubuntu)”


  1. 1 adam November 8, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    Tried this, plugged in the phone whilst unlocked, and went to sacnner camera wizard… will not recognise it 😦
    i get ‘reading camera information’
    followed by ‘scanner or camera is in use, plase try again later’

    very frustrating!!
    but cheers for the heads up 😀

  2. 2 frets November 24, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    Thanks for posting this, it solved my problem of copying photos/videos to my PC at work, where iTunes is not allowed. I used file explorer to copy them and it worked perfectly.

  3. 3 sandeep June 5, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    thanx a lot…

  4. 4 tmolenski@yahoo.com January 10, 2011 at 11:33 pm

    Thank you. Worked perfectly.

  5. 5 joan May 19, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    If nothing else works just go to a pc/laptop which has NOT itunes installed. It will immediately recognise your iphone as a camera

  6. 6 Martian August 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    finally the process explained correctly … thank you very much for your information. wish you a great day 😉

  7. 7 Anonymous September 13, 2011 at 11:01 pm

    Works like a charm. thanks.

  8. 8 Anonymous December 5, 2011 at 1:31 am

    Fantastice – great input! thanks.

  9. 9 Anonymous January 14, 2012 at 3:53 pm

    you cool!!! I’ve been working and damning world and steeve trying and trying to find something quick, light and that need not adm rights, and at the end tried your suggestion… THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. 10 Anonymous January 29, 2012 at 4:33 am

    Thanks a whole lot!

  11. 11 Anonymous February 14, 2012 at 11:51 am

    Thanks friend u done a good job

  12. 12 anonymous June 18, 2012 at 1:52 pm

    thank you! it helped me a lot, even with my iphone 3G

  13. 13 Gemma July 24, 2012 at 9:21 am

    Thank you so muc

  14. 14 Anonymous October 17, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    Perfect! Solved my age-old problem!!

  15. 15 Anonymous December 21, 2012 at 10:05 pm

    where can u find Go to Control-Panel and Open Scanners and Camera


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