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Tight on space? Here are 3 ways to offload photos from your iPhone

The iPhone camera gets better with every new generation — hell, they’re the most-popular smartphone cameras on Flickr. However, as the image quality quickly improves and resolution continue to climb, it means you’re going to need more storage space. Photography lovers who carry around a 16GB iPhone will soon find that their device is running out of space well before their contracts expire.

However, there’s no real need to fret. There are plenty of ways to quickly and easily back up your smartphone photos to your computer or the cloud, which not only saves you space, but ensures your photos will be readily accessible elsewhere in the event your phone is stolen or breaks. Below are a few of our favorite methods for doing so, whether you want rely on a direct connection or one of many cloud-based apps.

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How to upload your photos using a USB cable

The process for importing and transferring photos from an iOS device basically hasn’t changed for a decade, regardless if you’re using a Mac OS X or Windows-based machine. The process varies slightly between ecosystems and operating systems, but it’s typically a matter of plugging in your iPhone and clicking the Import button, or some version thereof.

Mac OS X — Yosemite or later

Step 1: Plug your phone into your computer, either using a 30-pin USB cord or Lightning cable, the same way you would do so if you were uploading music.

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Step 2: The Photos app should automatically launch, but if not, open the program via Launchpad or your main Applications folder. Alternatively, launch Aperture or iPhoto.

Step 3: If using Photos, click the blue Import New button in the upper-right corner, or select the individual photos you wish to transfer before clicking the Import Selected button at the top. You can also check the box beside Delete items if you wish to automatically delete the photos on your iPhone after importing.

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Once done, select Albums from the drop-down menu at the top of Photos, and open Last Import to view your recently-uploaded images. Keep in mind that double-clicking an image will also bring up additional options for sharing, favoriting, and editing said images.

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OS X, by default, launches the Photos app whenever a camera, memory card, or device containing photos, such as USB drives, is connected. To disable this, after the first time Photos launches, uncheck the box at the top-left that says “Open photos for this device” or “Open photos.”

Windows — Windows 8 or later

The iPhone pairs well with Mac OS X — there’s no doubt there. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean Apple has made it difficult for Windows users to access their photos using a program native to their respective OS. The process is nearly identical for Windows 8 and 10 users though, so you shouldn’t experience much trouble using any moderately-recent Windows OS.

Step 1: Plug your phone into your computer, either using a 30-pin USB cord or Lightning cable, the same way you would do so if you were uploading music.

Step 2: The Photos app should automatically launch, but if not, open the program using the Windows Start menu or search bar.

Step 3: Click the Import button in the upper-right corner, represented by a box with a downward arrow inside. Afterward, check the individual photos use wish to transfer from your iPhone and click Continue in the bottom left.

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Step 4: Check the box in the resulting pop-up window if you’d like to automatically delete the photos on your iPhone after importing them, or simply click the Import button to transfer the images to your main Pictures folder. Alternatively, click the gray Change where they’re imported link to select a new save destination.

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When finished, click the Albums button accessible via the left-hand navigational pane. Then, select Last Import at the top to view, share, or edit any of your recently-uploaded photos.

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