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Ask Deemable Tech: How Do I Download Videos From My iPhone?

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Ellen writes, "How do I download videos from my iPhone to my PC? When I try to email them to myself it shrinks the video. I’ve been told to just connect my phone to my computer and download them that way, but how?"

For a walk-through on how to download pictures and videos from your iPhone with pictures that show you what to click, see the original article on

Here's what you need to do Ellen. Fire up your computer, grab the charging cable for your iPhone and plug one end into your iPhone and the other end into your computer. Only one end will fit the iPhone, and the other end is the obvious end you'll plug into the PC.

If this is the first time you have plugged your iPhone into your computer, you'll see a pop up indicating that the software for the device is being installed.

Right after you plug in your iPhone, (or after the driver software is done installing) you'll get a notification on your phone that asks if you should trust this computer. Tap Trust.

You may see a similar window appear on your computer. Click Continue.

Then, if you're using a Windows PC, you should get a pop up window on the computer that basically is asking "What do you want to do with this?" It will literally say "AutoPlay" and give you options to choose from. Click "Import Pictures and Videos."

All of your pictures and videos will be selected. You can make changes to how and where they are imported by clicking Import Settings.

On the Import Settings Menu, you can choose to send the images and videos to different folders, change the file name of the photos and videos, and other options. Click OK to keep your changes.

Once you've chosen which videos and pictures you want to import, then click — Import. Your images and videos will begin to transfer to your computer. Depending on how many pictures you have, this may happen quickly, or it may take a while.

You'll see a checkbox that says, "erase after importing." We recommend not checking it. If there is a problem transferring the video, then the video is gone. It's best to wait until you you’ve confirmed that the video is transferred, and then delete it from your iPhone manually.

Another window will open up showing all of your pictures and videos that you just imported.

If for some reason you don't get a pop-up, click the Start button and select “Computer.”

Then, you'll right-click the iPhone icon, and select "Import Pictures and Videos." From there, you'll do everything else the same as we said before.

If you are using a Mac it starts out the same: plug the iPhone in and tell it to trust the computer.

Then, you'll need to open the application Image Capture or iPhoto. We prefer Image Capture because you can choose where the video is stored on your hard drive.

Once Image Capture is open, at the bottom of the window, you can select which folder to import them to.

You can choose the obvious places like Pictures or Documents, or you can decide to save them where ever you want to.

Then, you can click the "Import All" button or select the individual video and click "Import."

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.
Ray Hollister can be reached at, 904-358-6341 or on Twitter at @rayhollister.
Tom Braun is a writer living in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to writing about tech and co-hosting WJCT’s Deemable Tech, he writes content for websites and blogs, ghostwrites ebooks, writes short fiction and has written a woefully unpublished dystopian young adult novel that is no doubt his ticket to fame and fortune. Before realizing his true calling as a writer, Tom worked for over a decade as a software developer. He enjoys board games and traveling and once spent a year living in The Netherlands.