How to Import Photos from iPhoto to iPhone

"I am wondering whether there is a way to transfer photos from iPhoto on Mac to iPhone or not? I want to transfer some family photos from iPhoto to iPhone. Any idea? Please help".

Like the buddy above, looking for a way to move photos from iPhoto to iPhone? If so, you’re in the right place. This article tells you some easy ways to import photos from iPhoto to iPhone 5s/5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, or iPhone 3GS. Just check it out.

Method 1. Transfer photos from iPhoto to iPhone

There are lots of third-party software to transfer iPhoto to iPhone, not only pictures, but also music, videos, files and so on. Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) definitely is the best one. With it, you can drag and drop photos in iPhoto to iPhone quickly and accurately. Here is a guide on how to transfer photos from iPhoto to iPhone with this software.

Step 1. Download Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac)

Click Download to get the installation package. Install the app on your Mac. It works well in Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9 and 10.10.

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Step 2. Connect iPhone with Mac

Use the iPhone USB cable to connect your iPhone with your Mac computer. Run Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) and it will recognize your iPhone automatically. Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) fully supports iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS that running on iOS 5, iOS 6, iOS 7 & iOS 8.

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Step 3. Sync iPhoto to iPhone

In the primary window, click Photos in the left column to enter the Photos window. From Photos window, you have two ways to transfer photos from iPhoto to iPhone. Select method 1 or method 2 to import photos from iPhoto to iPhone.

1. On the top of the Photos window, you can see the icon "Add". Click it to browse your Mac for iPhoto photos. In the new dialogue box, click Photos under MEDIA. And then you'll see iPhoto is here. Select photos from iPhoto, click "Open" to move photos from iPhoto to iPhone.

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2. In Photos window, at the upper right of the window, you can see Media Browser icon. Click it to see what happens. The moment you click it, you can see iPhoto icon in the pop-up. Click it and then you’ll photos are displayed at the lower place. Drag and drops these photos directly to the Photos window.

import photos from iphoto to iphone

That's it! Moving photos from iPhoto to iPhone is very easy once you try Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac). Besides transferring photos from iPhoto to iPhone, Wondershare TunesGo Retro (Mac) lets you transfer photos from iPhone to iPhoto as well. Just try it to find more excellent functions that help you to mange music, videos, and photos on your iPhone.

Watch the video on how to copy photos from iPhoto to iPhone

Try Wondershare TunesGo Retro to transfer photos from iPhone to iPhoto now!

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Method 2. Sync iPhoto to iPhone

If you don't want to install other app, you can use iTunes to sync iPhoto to iPhone. Here is how:

1.Connect iPhone and launch iTunes. By default, iTunes will sync your devices on Mac. If you don't want, simply go to iTunes menu -> Preferences -> Devices, check the "Prevent iPods and iPhones from syncing automatically" box.

2.Select syncing device, in this example, select your iPhone, and you get lots of tabbed options on top.

3. Select Photo (usually the last tab) and you will see the option "Sync photos from:"

4.Choose "Selected albums…" , but a prior to this step, you need to get your photos arranged in an album. For example, Portfolio folder for your work, or Vacation for a Europe Trip.

5.After selected all the Albums you want displayed on your device, click "Apply" to start the syncing progress.

6.When finished, go to "Photo Album" folder on iPhone to enjoy iPhoto pictures.

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1.How to stop iPhoto from booting up when you connect iPhone to Mac? Open iPhoto, go to Preferences (cmd + , ) and check the option "When you plugin a camera: do nothing".

2. You could transfer iPhoto to iPhone 5S, iPhone 5 and all other iPhone models. But for the photos from camera and other external devices, you need to import them to iPhoto first by going to File/Import to Library.

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Well, I feel completely and totally ripped off. I paid $40 for a program that doesn't do *anything*. It will not transfer from iPhoto to the iPhone, the method of 'adding' to the iPhone, my plus sign is greyed out. It won't add from iPhoto to the iPhone. I figured maybe I had to buy the program first. Nope. That didn't do it. $40 down the drain. What a complete and total waste. The program doesn't do what it says it does.
Mornin' Ellon. Thanks so much for taking the time to explain all this. Very kind :o)
Awesome!!! Worked like a charm
thank you so much. you are a life saver!!!!!!!!!!
worked great thanks so much life saver!
Thank you very helpful.
That was a huge help- very clear and... Easy! THANKS!
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