Syncing iPhone Photos both ways from & to computer

Definitely one of the poorest iTunes features is the way it handles Pictures

Whether you want to:

  • Get Photos off iPhone
  • Download Photos to iPhone
  • Transfer Pictures from iPhone to Computer
  • Copy Photos from iPhone to PC
  • Add Photos to iPhone
  • Delete / Remove / Erase Photos individually from iPhone
  • etc...

iTunes is way too limited

What we need is a visual interface with thumbnails we can drag between iPhone Albums and Computer Folders

We've been looking around for a long time and tested all possible iPhone Photo Management softwares
Most were disappointing until we bumped into a pretty cool piece of software

It's a two-sided Program, which clearly shows iPhone Photographs on one side and Computer Pictures on the other

You can move, drag photos both ways from Computer to iPhone and the other way round, create Photo Albums, rename and edit existing ones, etc...

Give it a try and let us know what you think by dropping comments below


Notes & possible issues

  • This solution works for all iPod, including iPod Touch, iPhone 4 and iPad
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Syncing iPhone without iTunes

A typical alternative iPhone manager ( click to enlarge )

Even though iTunes is a wonderful application with amazing features (I personally love to listen to online radios with iTunes), some of us don't want to install iTunes or just can't, for example at work where Administrator rights are required

Luckily for us, several Free Alternative iPhone Managers are available out there, some good some less good
Some are "portable", which means they don't require any installation and, hence, can be used without Administrator privileges


Among their most wanted features are:

  • Add Music to iPhone without iTunes
  • Manage iPhone playlists without iTunes
  • Delete songs from iPhone without iTunes
  • Etc...

The author's choice is this one

It's amazingly light and fast. It downloads and opens in a blink. You are ready to Manage your iPhone Songs and Playlists within a few seconds as opposed to iTunes that takes ages to download and install

It's reliable: it didn't messed up any of the iPod, iPhone & iPad we used for the tests, including the latest iPhone 4 and iPad, which is where all other Free Alternative iPhone Management softwares failed

Its interface is intuitive and easy to understand
It's richly featured with playlists creation and renaming
The built-in player is minimal, but does what it's meant to

Finally, the program is portable ( = does not need to be installed ), so you can use it on your work Computer or even run it from a USB Flash drive and you are sure it won't mess up your Computer

Best of all, it's Free !


Notes & possible issues

  • This solution is compatible with all iPhone versions, including all iPod, iPhone 4 and iPad
iPhone Expert

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Manage iPhone Manually

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How to set up iPhone for manual management

Note: for instructions on How to Manage iPhone without iTunes read our dedicated tutorial

If you encounter problems with iTunes 10 asking you to Erase and Sync the contents of your iPhone, try this: How to prevent iTunes 10 from syncing iPhone

In case you need to connect your iPhone to a Computer whose library is different from yours or if for any reason you need to prevent iTunes from automatically syncing your iPhone, it can be convenient to switch your iPhone to Manual Mode


Set up iTunes to Manage iPhone manually

  • Start by connecting your iPhone to your Computer ( iTunes should open up automatically. If not, launch it from Start->All Programs->iTunes->iTunes )
  • Click your iPhone in the "Devices" section on the left
  • Tick the "Manually manage music and videos" option

From now on, you can drag Songs manually from the library to your iPhone


Notes & possible issues

  • If you need to Transfer Songs from iPhone to library, just follow the dedicated procedure
  • If iTunes does not allow you to change this option without syncing and erasing your iPhone, go to iTunes > Edit > Preferences > Devices and check the "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically" option
iPhone Expert

Mike Johnson

Founder and Editor of sync-iphone.com has a sincere desire to provide readers with honest and useful solutions for their iPhone
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