How can I get photos off my iPhone without emailing them?

"Every time I want to save a photo from my iPhone to my computer, I end up emailing the photo to myself. Isn't there some way I can get photos off my iPhone without email? iTunes doesn't seem to offer a solution."

Why Apple still hasn't built a very basic photo manager into iTunes is a mystery. Mac users have the option of importing to iPhoto each time their iPhone connects, but Windows doesn't have iPhoto. There are a few different ways you can get photos off your iPhone and put them on your computer, but for the most part the common thread is you need to connect your iPhone to your computer.

Each time you connect your iPhone to your computer via USB, it does two things. The thing you probably notice it doing is connecting to iTunes so that you can sync music and videos, as well as check for updates. The other thing that happens when you connect your computer to your iPhone via USB is it gets mounted as an external drive.

Apple hides many of the aspects of your iPhone when you mount it as an external drive, but the one thing it makes easy to find is your photos. In this respect, connecting your iPhone to your PC is just like connecting a digital camera. If you browse the contents of your iPhone by going to Start > Computer and choosing your iPhone from the list of drives, you should be able to see a folder called DCIM as one of the options. Inside this folder you will find all the photos on your iPhone.

With this knowledge, you can drag and drop any or all of the photos on your iPhone to the Pictures folder on your computer (or any other folder of your choosing). If you want a more user friendly method for extracting your photos, you might consider an app like iPhone Magic, which also helps convert videos from your iPhone and make backups of various parts of your iPhone.