Well, there are two approaches you can follow to backup your photos on iPhone 6S/6S Plus6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS to Mac. Just go through the step-by-step tutorial below and choose one working for you.
Approach 1: Copy photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to OS X Mavericks / Yosemite / El Capitan / Sierra / High Sierra
Actually, there are several apps, namely iPhoto, Preview and Image Capture, Apple provided to help users transfer photos from iPhone to Mac. What you need to do is to run any of these apps and connect your iPhone to your Mac Mavericks, and click “Import Photos”. Due to the same steps of using iPhoto, Preview and Image Capture, we will only take iPhoto as an example to show you how to transfer photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to Mac in OS X Yosemite.
Step 1: Run iPhoto in macOS and connect your iPhone to Mac via USB cable.
Step 2: Once your iPhone successfully connected with your Mac Mavericks or Yosemite, iPhoto will display it on the main window. Then you can tick photos in the iPhone Camera Roll and press “Import Photos” (all photos) or “Import Selected” to import them to your Mac.
Tips: All of iPhoto, Preview and Image Capture only empower you to extract photos from an iPhone Camera Roll to Mac in OS X Sierra or High sierra. If you want to copy photos in Photo Library on iPhone, you can go to the approach 2 to learn how to complete the task.
Approach 2: Transfer photos from an iPhone Photo Library to Mac Mavericks / Yosemite / El Capitan / macOS Sierra
As mentioned above, if you want to move photos, including photo albums, from your iPhone Photo Library to Mac Mavericks, you have to find another helper since Apple doesn't provide any tool to do so. When it comes to a powerful data transfer tool, Wondershare TunesGo must be your best choice. This tool enables you to copy all iPhone photos to Mac with ease.
So download Wondershare TunesGo and have a try now.
After downloading, install and launch this tool on your Mac High Sierra or Sierra, then use a USB cable to connect your iPhone with Mac. OK, now you can start following the steps below.
1. Transfer Photos from iPhone Camera Roll to Mac
On the left side of the main window, click Photos to reveal the Photos interface. You will see Camera Roll from the right side. Click on it and all photos in your iPhone Camera Roll will be displayed. Tick all photos and hit Export on the top to move photos from your iPhone Camera Roll to Mac. In the prompt, add a new folder to store these photos. When the copy is over, you can click “Delete” to erase them from your iPhone.
2. Backup Photos from iPhone Photo Stream to MacOS Sierra, El Capitan Yosemite / Mavericks
With the help of this data transfer tool, you are able to backup photos from iPhone Photo Stream to Mac Mavericks as well. From the main window, select Photos on the left and choose Photo Stream on the right. Then tick photos you want and press Export to move them from iPhone Photo Stream to Mac.
3. Copy Photos from iPhone Photo Library to Mac
As you may know, photos you synced to your iPhone from Mac are those in iPhone Photo Library. Once you lose them on your Mac, you can transfer them from iPhone Photo Library to Mac again. What you need to do is to tick Photo Library on the right and select photos. After it, press Export to transfer photos from the iPhone Photo Library to Mac.
4. Move Photos from iPhone Photo Albums to Mac
Besides, you can also import photos from iPhone Photo Albums to Mac Mavericks by TunesGo for iOS on Mac. Just select the wanted photos and click Export from the drop-down list. In the emerging dialog, find a folder to put incoming imported photos on Mac Mavericks or Yosemite.