How to Transfer Photos from Samsung to iPhone

“I have recently got a new iPhone 11 and now I want to send photos from Samsung to iPhone. Is there any smart way to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone?”

A while back, I saw this question posted on Quora that made me realize how common this situation is. Moving data from Android to Android or iOS to iOS is pretty easy, but when it comes to a cross-platform transfer of data, we all face different issues. This used to be a tedious job a few years back, but nowadays, there are so many apps that can transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone. After all, our photos are extremely important and no one wants to lose them while switching their smartphones. In this guide, I will teach you how to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone in 5 simplest of ways.

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Part 1: Try iTunes to Transfer Photos from Samsung to iPhone

If you are already familiar with the iOS ecosystem, then iTunes would not need any introduction. Developed by Apple, it lets us manage all kinds of media on our system and iOS devices. Surprisingly, it can also help us send photos from Samsung to iPhone with its sync feature. In this, we will first transfer photos from our Samsung phone to iTunes and would later sync iTunes library to a new iPhone. Yes – the technique can be a bit complicated and time-consuming. If you are ready to invest your time, then follow these steps to learn how to move photos from Samsung to iPhone via iTunes.

Step 1: To start with, just connect your Samsung phone to your computer and choose the Media Transfer option when you would get the connection notification.

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Step 2: Subsequently, your Windows system will detect the connected Android device. Just go to My Computer and browse the device storage. From here, you can copy the photos you wish to send and save them in a secure location on the local system.

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Step 3: Afterward, launch iTunes on your system and go to its Files > Add Files/Folders to Library option. A browser window will launch, letting you select and load the photos you wish to add.

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Step 4: Once the photos are added to your iTunes library, connect your iPhone to the system. Launch iTunes again, select the device, and go to its Photos tab from the left. From here, you can choose to sync photos from your iTunes library to your iPhone.

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Pros:

  • Free solution

Cons:

  • Complicated to implement
  • Some photos might be lost in the transition

Part 2: Restore Photos from Samsung to iPhone via Google Drive

Google Drive is a multi-platform cloud service that lets us utilize 15 GB of space without paying anything. Therefore, if your photos would fit in the 15 GB size, then you can use Google Drive for free (else buy its premium subscription). Using it, you can simply upload your photos to the drive and later access it on iPhone whenever you want. Not only will it help you transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone, but you would also be able to backup your photos on the cloud. Though, it will take a lot of time for you to send photos from Samsung to iPhone this way.

Step 1: Launch the Google Drive app on your phone and tap on the “+” button to upload your photos.

Step 2: You can also go to its Gallery, select the photos you wish to upload, and tap on the share icon. From the available options, choose Google Drive and wait as your photos would be uploaded.

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Step 3: Afterward, unlock your iPhone and download the Google Drive app on it from the App Store. Log-in to the same Google account where your photos are stored.

Step 4: Launch the Google Drive app and select the photos or the folder that you wish to save. Go to its more options (from the hamburger icon) and tap on the “Send a Copy” button.

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Step 5: This will give you different options to send the selected images. Just tap on the “Save Image” button to download the photos on your iPhone.

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Pros:

  • Will also take a backup of your photos on the drive

Cons:

  • Takes a lot of time
  • Consumes the Google Drive storage
  • Not recommended to transfer a lot of photos

Part 3: Best Tool to Switch Data from Samsung to iPhone with One-click

If you don’t want to go through any unwanted hassle and wish to perform a direct phone to phone data transfer, then MobileTrans would be an ideal solution. Developed by Wondershare, it is an extremely user-friendly and secure solution to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone in a few minutes. The tool supports every major photo format and numerous other data types such as contacts, messages, notes, videos, call logs, music, and more.

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  • MobileTrans is extremely easy to use with an intuitive interface that does not need any technical background.
  • It supports the direct phone to phone transfer of data for photos, videos, music, contacts, call logs, bookmarks, messages, notes, and so much more.
  • Users can first select the type of data they wish to move before commencing the process. You would not encounter any compatibility issues using it.
  • It is compatible with 6000+ different phone models and even supports the cross-platform transfer of data like iOS to Android (and vice versa).
  • The quality of the data would remain 100% intact and it would not be saved anywhere in between.
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You can select the type of data of your choice and move it from one device to another directly with a single click. The tool supports the cross-platform transfer of data between Android and iPhone without any compatibility issue. To learn how to move photos from Samsung to iPhone, follow these steps:

Step 1: Install and launch MobileTrans on your computer and connect both the Samsung and iOS devices to it. From the home of MobileTrans, pick the “Phone Transfer” feature.

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Step 2: The interface will detect both the connected devices and would identify them as source and destination. If your iPhone is not listed as the target device, then use the flip button to make the needed correction.

Step 3: Now, select the type of data you wish to move – in this case, it would be photos. Once you check the “Photos” option, click on the “Start” button to commence the transfer process.

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Step 4: Wait for a few minutes as MobileTrans would transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone without any trouble. Once the process is completed, you will be notified, letting you safely remove the devices.

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Pros:

  • One of the quickest ways to transfer data
  • Direct device to device transfer
  • Supports cross-platform Android to iOS transfer (or vice versa)
  • Extremely simple and user-friendly

Cons:

  • No wireless transfer is supported

Part 4: Use the Move to iOS App to Transfer Samsung Photos

A while back, Apple released the Move to iOS app to make it easier for users to switch to a new iPhone from an existing Android phone. The app is available for free and will let you connect both the devices wirelessly. Therefore, you need to turn on the WiFi feature on both the devices to make it work. The application will let you move your Camera Roll data, including photos, videos, GIFs, and so on. To learn how to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone without computer, follow these steps:

Step 1: Unlock your existing Samsung phone and download the Move to iOS app on it from the Play Store. Also, turn on your new iPhone and while performing its initial setup, choose to restore data from an Android.

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Step 2: Launch the Move to iOS application on your Samsung and tap on the “Continue” button to confirm your choice.

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Step 3: On your iPhone, a one-time generated code will be displayed. Just enter it on your Samsung to verify and start the transfer.

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Step 4: Select the data you wish to move and wait as both the devices would be connected. After a while, when the transfer would be completed, the application will let you know.

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Pros:

  • Free
  • Wireless transfer

Cons:

  • Takes more time than MobileTrans
  • A lot of data types are not supported
  • The feature is only available while setting up a new iPhone
  • Does not work with all Android devices

Part 5: Transfer Photos from Samsung to iPhone via Bluetooth/WiFi

Lastly, if nothing else would work, then take the age-old approach of transferring your data via Bluetooth. Alternatively, you can also take the assistance of the WiFi Direct, which is a slightly upgraded feature than Bluetooth. In this, we will connect both the Samsung and iPhone to transfer our photos wirelessly. Needless to say, while it will perform a wireless transfer, the overall time taken by this would be a lot. If you are ready to spend so much time, then follow these steps to learn how to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone without a computer.

Step 1: Place both the devices in close vicinity and go to their settings to turn on the Bluetooth feature.

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Step 2: Alternatively, you can also go to their WiFi preferences and enable the WiFi Direct feature to transfer data.

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Step 3: Under the Bluetooth settings on your Android device, you can view the list of the available devices. Select your iOS device from here and confirm it on the iOS device to pair both the phones.

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Step 4: That’s it! Once both the devices are paired, you can go to the Gallery or Photos app on your Samsung and select the photos you wish to move.

Step 5: Tap on the share icon and select Bluetooth/WiFi Direct from the available options. Select the paired iPhone and accept the incoming data on it to start the transfer process.

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Pros:

  • Free and wireless transfer

Cons:

  • Takes a lot of time
  • Only recommended to transfer a few photos
  • Security concerns (malware can be forwarded this way)

Who knew it would be so easy to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone, right? Now when you know 5 different ways to send photos from Samsung to iPhone, you can easily keep your important photos safe. If you wish to move your photos or any other type of content in a few minutes, then MobileTrans would be a perfect solution. Extremely user-friendly and safe, it is recommended by experts to move data between different devices (cross-platform transfer supported). Feel free to try it and share this guide with others to teach them how to transfer photos from Samsung to iPhone as well.

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