Here's How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Mac
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Here’s How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Mac

Apple’s devices typically perform well and users generally have smooth experiences. What about sharing files between an iPhone and a Mac? Somehow, I keep hearing that’s tricky but, really, it’s quite easy.
There are times you may need to transfer a file from your Mac to your iPhone or vice versa and you want to do it fast. Here are a few methods.

How to Transfer Files Between iPhone and Mac


Of course, the easiest way to transfer files between iPhone and Mac is through AirDrop. The feature allows the effortless transfer of files from iPhone to Mac and vice versa.

You just need to turn on AirDrop on both devices and turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. You can transfer various types of files, from photos to videos, emails, websites, and even locations. 

From your iPhone:

  • Turn on AirDrop
  • Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.
  • Select AirDrop. Set “Everyone/Contacts Only“.

From Mac

  • Go to “Finder” and select AirDrop.
  • Turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Allow AirDrop.
  • Select “Allow to be discovered by” to “Contacts Only/Everyone“.
  • Tap on “Share” and select AirDrop.

But what if you need more?

Via Cloud

Another smooth way to transfer your files from iPhone to Mac is to store your files, photos, and videos in the cloud where they automatically stay up to date on your iPhone and Mac or Windows PC. With iCloud, you can store your files so you can access them on all your devices, but keep in mind that iCloud offers you an email account and 5 GB of free storage for your data. 

Here’s how to Set up iCloud on your iPhone:

  • Go to Settings, to your name.
  • If you’re not signed in, tap “Sign in to your iPhone then enter your Apple ID and password.
  • Tap iCloud, then turn on items to keep their data in the cloud.

This way, you’ll be able to access your data in iCloud from anywhere.

iCloud Drive

To move files using iCloud Drive, you first have to set up iCloud Drive on your iPhone or Mac. Here’s how to do it:

  • Choose the file you want to share and tap the Share icon
  • Scroll down and tap on Save to Files.
  • Select iCloud Drive under Locations from the menu.
  • Select Save then open Finder and click on iCloud Drive, where you’ll find your files.


This is the simplest way to transfer files between devices.

You simply compose a new email and attach the files you need, then open it on your Mac via iCloud email. However, keep in mind this works well for small files that fit into the attachment limit. 

Via Finder 

After you connect your iPhone to your Mac or Windows PC with a cable, you can sync numerous types of data and transfer whatever types of files you need. 

  • Link your iPhone to the Mac using a USB cable.
  • Open Finder on your Mac and click on your iPhone’s name under Locations.
  • Select the Files tab at the top to see a list of apps that have files.
  • Click the right arrow next to the app to show its files.
  • To transfer your files on the iPhone, drag and drop the files from your computer and into the app in Finder. 

As you can see, there shouldn’t be any obstacles in transferring files from your iPhone to your Mac smoothly. Wasn’t that easy?

Let us know which method you found easiest and don’t forget to share your tips on how to transfer files between iPhone and mac if you have any!

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