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If you run out of storage space on your iPhone, you can move it to your computer. Moving photos to your Mac or Windows 10 PC is as easy as plugging in and moving your photos. However, sometimes iPhone photos stop appearing on PC.
Your PC or Mac may stop detecting the photo for various reasons. It can happen due to authorization issues as well as bad connections.
If you are also concerned about this error, here are some troubleshooting steps to help you fix iPhone photos folder not showing up on PC problem forever.
How can I fix the iPhone photos not showing up on Windows and Mac?
1. Perform these common troubleshooting steps
- Restart your Windows PC/Mac. Also, restart your iPhone. A quick restart may resolve temporary issues with the device.
- When connecting, make sure the iPhone is not locked. Unlock your device and try to connect again.
- If the problem persists, try connecting to a different USB port on your PC.
Enable Windows AutoPlay
- Press Windows key + I to open Settings.
- Click on Devices.
- Click Autoplay.
- Under AutoPlay, toggle the “Use autoplay for all media devices” switch to activate it.
- Close the Settings window.
- Reconnect your iPhone and check for improvements.
If it is already on, toggle the switch to turn it off. Then flip the switch again to turn it on. Once done, reconnect the device to see if the iPhone photos appear on your PC.
You can also configure the default autoplay settings for a removable disk, memory card, and your iPhone in Choose autoplay defaults.
2. Use Xilisoft iPhone Photo Transfer
- Download and install Xilisoft iPhone Photo Transfer.
- Launch the Xilisoft iPhone Photo Transfer application.
- Connect your iPhone to your PC via the USB cable.
- Wait for your phone to be detected.
- Expand your iPhone in the left pane.
- Click Photos.
- You should see all the photos on your iPhone in the file browser of the photo transfer app.
Xilisoft iPhone Photo Transfer is a photo transfer tool for iOS devices. The tool allows you to copy and move your photos from your PC to iPhone and vice versa.
It also comes with some extra features that allow you to share photos, manage files, and be compatible with multiple devices.
3. Authorize your computer in iTunes
- Launch iTunes.
- Go to Menu.
- Click Account.
- Select Authorization.
- Select Authorize this computer.
- Enter a username and password.
- Open File Explorer.
- Then open the DCIM folder and check if the photos appear.
- If not, disconnect and reconnect the device to see if this helps you fix the problem.
iTunes authorization feature can prevent your PC from reading iPhone photos. Try to authorize your computer to view the photos on your computer.
4. Check your iCloud settings
- On your iPhone, tap Settings.
- Go to Photos and Camera.
- Tap Optimize iPhone Storage.
- Make sure Optimize iPhone Storage is turned on.
When the Optimize iPhone Storage option is turned on, iPhone will automatically upload your full-resolution photos to iCloud to save space on your iPhone storage.
That said, by simply turning off Optimize iPhone Storage, you won’t get any missing photos back. Since the photos have been uploaded to your iCloud account, you will need to download them again using iTunes to your PC.
- Go to iCloud.com.
- Sign in with your iCloud username and password.
- Click Photos.
- You should see all the photos from your last backup.
- Select all the photos you want and click Download.
- If you’re using the Firefox browser, make sure to use the “Save settings for all this type”
- option to avoid getting a download notification for each photo.
If you want to store all your photos on your iPhone, turn off the Optimize iPhone Storage feature in the settings.
iPhone not showing up on PC issue usually occurs due to authorization issues in iTunes. However, sometimes it can also happen due to wrong iCloud settings. Follow the steps in the article one by one to resolve the issue.