PC Doctor April 7, 2017

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Dear PC Doctor:

I have an iPhone 6S.  Why, when I edit photos on my phone, does Photos import the original, unedited version when I import them to my computer?  I have spent a lot of time cropping and editing on my phone only to have the wrong version move over to my computer.  It’s frustrating.


Thank you,



Dear Shirl:

It’s not your imagination.  You may have more success if you follow these instructions from the official Apple site.  There are more steps than simply connecting your phone & computer and importing, but the result will be more in line with what you expect.

When you import edited photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod to your Mac or PC, most programs will show the original, unedited version of the image.

Images you import to your computer directly from your iOS device will show up as the original image in iPhoto, Aperture, and in the Finder.

If you want to view the edited version of a photo on a Mac or PC that doesn’t automatically import the edited version, AirDrop or email the photo to yourself, or, if you've enabled iCloud Photo Library, download it from the Photos web app at iCloud.com.  This will save a copy of the edited version on your computer, but you won't be able to revert to the original, unedited version.  Alternatively, you could wait and edit your photos only after you have saved them to your computer.


I hope this helps!
Until next time,
Happy Computing.

    PC Doctor