How To Save Your Camera Phone Photos

I confess ... I am addicted to my iPhone!

While my fancy dSLR does get a workout on a regular basis,  I find it so convenient to use my camera phone to capture every day life.  Lately, I have been getting the dreaded message that my memory is full and I can't take more photos!  Noooooo!  So it's time for an iPhone dump to my computer, where everything can be backed up and cleared from my phone.

It can be scary trying to transfer all of your photos, especially if you have ever experienced a phone crash.  This is a simple activity that doesn't take too much time.  Hopefully it will help you permanently save all of those precious memories!


1. Plug your camera phone into your computer.

2.  If the AutoPlay window appears, click “Import pictures and videos” using Windows.  Go to step 4.

3. If not, then choose Start > Computer.  You will see a small icon that represents your phone.   Right click this icon and select “Import pictures and videos”.

4.  Select the folder you want to save your pictures in and start the import.

5.  Once the pictures are imported, you can now erase all of the pictures on your camera phone by selecting the icon, then locating the pictures and deleting them.


1.  Plug your camera phone into your Mac.  iPhoto should launch right away with the import window.

2.  Select “Import All”, or select only the images and videos you want imported and click the “Import Selected” button.

3.  After the import is done, you will be asked if you would like to delete these photos from your camera phone.  Click “Delete Photos”.

Don't forget to backup your images so they are saved in 2 different places! 



While you have your phone out, get a peek at Module 1 and download my Top 10 Tips for Taking Better Photos.  The free iPhone app will keep your tips handy on the go!

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