So you have your iPhone for some time now and of course you take a lots of pictures, sometimes so much that your iPhone memory becoming full and with vacations around the corner you want to be ready for your new memories.
3 questions hit your brain
1/ How do I transfer my pictures ?
2/ Where do I save them
3/ How to access them afterwards ?
Been there, done that … so let’s me help you.
Of course, you can synchronize of your iPhone with the cable linked to your computer through iTunes (I don’t like it because it takes time and then you have to parameter what content you want to sync or not). iPhoto will create an event including the pictures imported.
You connect your iPhone to your Mac (don’t synchronize it with iTunes) and use the soft called Image Capture (it comes with your Mac).
It will show you all the pictures on your iPhone and give you the possibility
. to copy the selected pictures to your hard drive
. and also to erase them after hard copying them (freeing space on your beloved iPhone).
Your iPhone will then been empty and will only contain the pictures from your PhotoStream.
Little note on the PhotoStream,
. You’ll have access to your last 1.000 pictures thanks to the iCloud. If you took 1.001 pictures, the last picture will chase the 1st picture you took.
. The iCloud keeps track of the last 1000 pictures taken by your eDevises so you would still be able to show off with your last pictures to friends BUT they won’t be stored on your iPhone.
What I also do, because your HD is not extensible and you need a computer around to retrieve your pictures, I use the Dropbox app with its function “Camera Upload“.
. It will automatically upload your iPhone pictures when wifi-connected (no data consumption from your mobile subscription) and the App launched.
. You’ll be able to browse through you pics whenever you want while connected (you have thumbnails to easily pick the pic you need).
. Need one pic from your storage ? Just download it to your phone.
Downside of this you’ll have to manage your Dropbox storage capacity, and it’s not cheap.
Upside, your dropbox comes with a free 2Gb and each friend opening an account will give you an extra 500Mb !
Good to know, for this article you will need
. Image Capture
and you might consider downloading
. And activating PhotoStream from Apple