In this guide I be walking you through how to retrieve photos and videos that you have taken with iPones and iPads.
Installed on every Apple computer is a program called Image Capture. Unfortunately this program is hidden away so I'm going to show you how to find and use it.
This can be done quite a few ways but we are going to stick with the most simple. On your mac press "command" and the "spacebar" simultaneously and a search box will appear in the middle of the screen. Type the words "Image Capture" into the search bar. Once Image capture is highlighted press enter.
The application will launch and you will notice that it is a very simple application and its only use is to get photos and videos off of devices. Connect your device to your laptop and you will notice that it will appear under the devices section in the left hand corner of the app. If any other programs launch when you connect your device close them as they are not needed.
Now that you have your device connected and images are appearing select all the images you wish to copy to your computer. If you wish for the images to be deleted off of the device after being copied over you can select the "delete after import" option in the bottom left hand corner. If this option isn't appearing you will find a tiny little arrow in the bottom left. Click on the arrow and the options should appear.
You now need to select where you want the images to be stored when imported. By default the computer will store your images in the pictures folder but this can get very messy after a few imports. If you would like to make it a bit more organised then click on pictures down the bottom of the app where is says "Import To" and select the "other" option. See picture below.
Once you have selected where you want your pictures to be stored you will see that it now says it at the bottom of the app. See I have selected to store mine in the 2015 folder. The last step is to press the correct button. Press "Import" if you wish to import only selected items. Press "Import all" if you wish to import all photos and videos on the device. Once each image has been imported you will see a green tick appear as you can see in the image below. If you have chosen to delete after import then the green tick will not appear the image will just disappear. Once finished eject the device and you are finished.
Image Capture can save you a lot of time and frustration. Remember to take your time and patience when using it as it is also a very powerful program. If you follow the instructions you shouldn't run into any trouble. I have added a few quick steps below so you can check everything before pressing the import button.
- Device connected
- Images selected
- Deleting images after import - yes or no
- Folder to import selected
- Am I importing all or just a few