Want to retain the location and time of the photo when exporting photos from iPhone to Windows PC? It is quite simple and straightforward.
The important thing to know is that this is only possible with photos taken from your iPhone and not the photos that you received from someone else as the location is only recorded for photos taken with your iPhone’s own camera.
There is no rocket science to this as the location and date are saved with the picture when you transfer it. You do not have to do anything special besides transferring/copying images from iPhone to Windows.
The JPEG files saved on a computer usually have an accompanying file EXIF that contains the coordinates of the location (GPS) and the time stamp.
A Note on Live Photos
Unfortunately, Windows PCs do not recognize Apple’s Live Photos. Instead, your Windows machine will identify any Live Photos as movies.
Copying iPhone Images to Windows
- For copying images from your iPhone to Windows, connect your iPhone with the computer through the given USB cable
- Just connect the iPhone or iDevice with a cable. If you don’t have iTunes installed, Windows downloads and installs any necessary drivers
- Once connected you might be prompted by iTunes, and if so, it launches by itself recognizing your iPhone
- We are not concerned with iTunes for this particular operation
- Launch Windows Explorer from the desktop, Start menu, or taskbar
- Or use the Windows key + E shortcut
- Click the arrow icon (>) next to This PC (or My Computer) in the left sidebar
- Tap on your iPhone’s name to open it and select Internal Storage
- See if your phone connected as a USB device and click on it to see the DCIM folder
- Open this DCIM folder, and you see several folders containing images
- Double-click to open a folder to see its images
- Find the image(s) you want to copy and select them
- Right-click and click copy or Press Ctrl+C
- Create or go to the folder where you want them copied and paste
- Or click Copy to at the top of that window and select Choose Location and pick where you want that image to go, then click Copy to move that image over to its new location
Remember to leave your iPhone (iPad or iPod) connected to your computer for this entire process. Do not unplug your devices.
Using Windows 10 or Above?
If you have a Windows 10+, you can also use the Photos App to transfer your images over.
Here’s How to Transfer Photos Using Windows 10 Photos App
- Connect your iPhone to your computer
- Make sure the phone is on and unlocked
- If you see the Trust this device notification, select Accept
- Launch the Photos App from the Start Menu, Desktop, or Taskbar
- Select Import from the upper-right corner
- Windows selects all new photos automatically by default
- Click on any photos you don’t want to import
- Tap Continue
If you enabled iCloud on your iDevice, you won’t be able to download your photos or videos, since they then exist on iCloud and not on your device. If you want to import your photos or videos to your PC, do so via the iCloud desktop app.
Finding Location and Timestamp of iPhone image
- Choose any image and right click on it. Select properties and a window opens
- Click on Details tab, and there you can find the date the picture was taken and the GPS coordinates
- On your iPhone, you usually see the name of the location on top of the image along with the date. However, on Windows, you only see coordinates in the details. The default when you copy the photos to a folder, they are sorted according to their date only which is great if you like your photos arranged in their chronology
- Choose to change the sort criteria as well by simply clicking Right anywhere besides the picture and then going into Sort By and choosing the parameter you want the photos to be sorted by
- You can select size, date or name
If you’re going to organize your photos by the location they were taken in then you need to create folders manually.
Pictures automatically carry timestamp and location coordinates when copied; you do not need any third-party app to get this done.
If you back up your images in iCloud, the location and time are saved with these pictures in the iCloud as well.
Not Seeing the DCIM Folder?
If your iPhone or another iDevice does not show the DCIM folder on Windows 7-10, try taking a photo with your iPhone’s camera while it is connected to your Windows PC.
That trick usually forces your computer to recognize your iPhone’s image folder.
- Just download the OneDrive App to your iPhone and set it to Camera Upload all your pics and videos in settings–forget about iTunes and Windows Photo App! All your photos and videos should appear on your Windows PC with OneDrive installed on your iDevice and your PC