How to Back Up Photos from an iPhone to External Hard Drive?

Isn’t it very irritating to see how quickly your 64 GB iPhone fills up with just the photos (especially Live Photos)? If yes, I know how it feels, since I’ve been through the same situation. Fortunately, the best thing you can do for your photos is to enable the cloud backup. I recommend using iCloud Photo Library – it’s built right on your iPhone.
If you’re in the hunt for an entirely free option – then Google Photos is also an excellent alternative. But you would also like to have a local backup of all the photos you have. So backing up your photos to the external hard drive is a secure and convenient idea. The 1 TB external hard drives are more trustable than you think. If you want to back up your photos to the external hard drive, keep reading the article and follow the process given below:
1. First of all, you will need to connect your hard drive to your Mac and ensure
that it shows up in the sidebar of Finder.
2. Here you can copy something to the hard drive from your desktop just to
check if it works.
3. If it doesn’t work, then it is unlikely to be formatted to use with a Mac
(most of the external hard drives are not).
4. If that’s the case, you will have first to reformat the hard drive to FAT
5. Now, what you need to do is to connect your iPhone or iPad to the Mac using
the USB cable to the Lightning Connector you get with your device.
6. The Image Capture on your Mac is one of the most underrated utilities. For
launch you’ll need to go through several steps:
7. Search for “Image Capture” using the Spotlight Search or using the shortcut
(Cmd + Space).
8. After launching it, you will find your iOS device on the Mac in the left
sidebar, tap on it.
9. Now, you will get to see a list of all the photos on your iPhone or iPad.
10. Here you may either use the keyboard shortcut (Cmd + A) for selecting all
images or just individually mark all the photos you wish to import.
11. Now the photos will be imported into the Pictures folder by default.
12. Tap on the drop-down, and select “Other.”
13. Then you will need to select the folder in the external hard drive as a
14. Tap on the “Import” button and wait until the transfer is done.

Note: If your external hard drive is USB 2.0 spec and you have an abundance of 
photos, this is likely to take more than just a couple of minutes.

Thank you for reading this article; I believe that the information provided in it is
going to be helpful to you.

James thomas is a self-professed security expert; he has been making the people aware of the security threats. His passion is to write about Cyber security, cryptography, malware, social engineering, internet and new media. He writes for Norton security products at


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