How to Connect iPhone 7 to Computer?

You have purchased a new iPhone 7. With your new phone, you went for a long drive and you have taken some snaps on your way. After you have returned home, you have gone through those pictures and found one of them as best. Now, you want to set that picture as a wallpaper on your desktop. How will you do this? It is only possible when you connect the iPhone 7 to the desktop and share the file.

For connecting your iPhone 7 to the computer, you need to take care of a few steps. Beforehand, you have to ensure that your phone and the desktop are equipped with the required drivers and hardware.

Prerequisites for Connecting iPhone 7 to Computer

  • Internet connection
  • PC or Mac USB 3.0 or 2.0 port
  • Operating system of the computer – OS X version 10.6.8 or later, Windows 10, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP Home or Professional with Service Pack 3 or later
  • USB cable with 30- pin or Lightning system

Connect iPhone 7 to the computer by using the USB cable. You have options for proceeding further. Interfacing can be done through iTunes or third party software.

Interfacing Through iTunes

iTunes should be your first option for connecting iPhone 7 to the desktop.

Step 1 – You need to connect iPhone 7 to the desktop in order to sync the phone.

Step 2 – Turn on iTunes on the desktop. If you face difficulties in syncing the phone, you can go the “Help” menu of the phone and open “iTunes Help” menu. After clicking on the iTunes Help, choose “Sync your iPhone 7” option.

Step 3 – Ensure that Wi-Fi syncing is turned on. The phone will sync when it is connected to a power source.

Step 4 – Check whether the phone and the PC share the same wireless network. Now, you can see “iTunes” menu on the desktop.

You can perform the syncing task by connecting iPhone 7 to the desktop or you can set up iTunes for syncing the wireless with Wi-Fi.  You can turn on iTunes for syncing apps, music, pictures and much more.

If the phone does not appear in “iTunes” menu, then you have to install the latest version of iTunes. If you cannot install the latest version, then you need to upgrade it. If the image of the phone still does not appear, then you have to restart the PC.

If you are using Mac, press the “Option” key and click on the “Apple” menu. Then select “System Report” or “System Information”. Then choose “USB” menu from the list located on the left. If you see your iPhone7 under the USB Device Tree, then you need to uninstall the third party security software.


Connecting iPhone 7 to Computer by Using Third Party Software

iPhone 7 can be connected to the desktop through third party software like Anytrans. This software tool works well on Apple products. Third party software tools can also transfer music or other files from the phone to the computer. Some software tools can copy pictures or music from old iPhone 7 to new iPhone 7.

Step 1 – Download your preferred third party software tool on the desktop and install it.

Step 2 – Open the software and connect the phone.

Step 3 – After opening the software, the home page will appear and perform your desired task.

Now, your iPhone 7 is connected to the computer. It is time to share files. If you want to transfer music, MP3 or songs from your phone to the computer, follow these steps.

If you wish to transfer a music file from iPhone 7 to the computer, iTunes can make you impatient. iTunes is as good as a music library. It becomes handy when you wish to upgrade the phone with iOS 10.

When settings are applied to iTunes, it syncs the entire music library every time, provided the phone is connected to the computer with USB cable.

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Transferring Music from iPhone 7 to PC with WinX MediaTrans

Download the free WinX MediaTrans iPhone music manager.  This program works on Windows 7, 8 or 10 easily. The music manager easily enters into the music library of your iPhone 7 and helping you to select songs, MP3 or playlist to be transferred to the computer.

Install and launch the music manager on the computer running on Windows 10, 8 or 7.  The music manager has to be coupled with the latest version of iTunes.

Step 1 – Connect the phone to the computer by using USB cable.

Step 2 – At the homepage of Winx MediaTrans, click on the “Music Manager” button.

Step 3 – Select the music to be transferred to the PC.

Step 4 – Click on the “Export Music” menu appearing next to the music title.

If you want to transfer a batch of songs, follow these steps.

Step 1 – Press the Ctrl key and choose the music titles to be transferred.

Step 2 – You can use “Select All” option if you wish to transfer all music titles stored on your iPhone 7. Press Shift key while you check the ending title for selecting all music between them to transfer from the phone to the computer.

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Transferring Music from iPhone 7 to Computer with iTunes

Before you transfer music from the iPhone 7 to the computer, ensure that the music is not replaced with the contents of iTunes. For that, you need to go to “Edit” menu. In the “edit” menu, click on the “Preference Settings” menu. Then click on the “Device” menu and provide a tap on prevent iPhone from automatic sync with the computer.

Step 1 – Connect the phone to the PC with USB cable.

Step 2 – Open iTunes and click on the phone icon for viewing its profile.

Step 3 – If the music that you wish to transfer from the phone to the computer is purchased from the iTunes Store, then you need to feed your Apple ID and enter the pass code to log in.

Step 4 – Go to “Files’’ menu

Step 5 – Click on the “Device” menu

Step 6 – Provide tap on Transfer Purchased Item. It is done.


You are using iPhone 7 from the date of purchase. By now, you have shot pictures of your family, friends, peers and others. It may happen that you want to share those snaps on your computer. This is possible. There are various ways to do it.

Beforehand, you should know that iTunes does not allow you transfer pictures from iPhone to PC for privacy issues. Some users have reported that mobile data syncing starts soon after the phone is connected to the PC. Users cannot open the file even if they trace it, as there is no file extension. In addition, the worst part is that images that are downloaded from the computer to the iPhone cannot be deleted. This is the reason many users prefer to transfer pictures to computer without using iTunes. There are three ways for transferring photos from iPhone 7 to computer without using iTunes.

Using WinX MediaTrans

Step 1 – Download the extension file of WinX MediaTrans on the computer running on Windows 7, 8 or 10.

Step 2 – Install the iPhone photo media manager by checking the “End user license agreement” box. Click on the “Install” tab.

Step 3 – Connect the phone to the computer by using a certified USB cable. An alert box will pop up and you have to adjust iTunes settings to ensure that data does not get erased automatically.

Step 4 – Click on the “Photo Transfer” menu appearing on the main interface of WinX MediaTrans. You will find that all images have been grouped.

Step 5 – Choose photos that you wish to sync to the computer.

Step 6 – Click on the “Export” tab and it is done

The syncing speed of WinX MediaTrans is amazingly fast. The iPhone to PC transfer software supports transferring of music and videos from iPhone to computer and vice versa. Video conversion capability incorporated into the iPhone photo manager is amazing.

Using Windows AutoPlay

If You Are Using Windows 7

Step 1 – Connect iPhone 7 to the computer with USB cable. An AutoPlay box will appear on the screen.

Step 2 – In the AutoPlay box, select “Import pictures and videos” option.

Step 3 – Adjust the location path

Step 4 – Transfer images from the phone to the computer

If Your Are Using Windows 10

Step 1 – Connect the iPhone 7 to the PC. An AutoPlay box will appear.

Step 2 – In the Cortana search bar, type photos.

Step 3 – Access the Photos app

Step 4 – Click on the right button

Step 5 – Choose the images that you wish to transfer to the computer

Step 6 – Click on the Import tab to begin the process

By Using iCloud

Step 1 – Go to the “Settings” menu of your iPhone 7

Step 2 – Select “Photo Stream” option

Step 3 – Switch on the “Photo Stream” option

Step 4 – The images are uploaded to iCloud automatically

Step 5 – Download iCloud and install the same on the computer

Step 6 – Log into the iCloud by using your Apple ID and password

Step 7 – Choose the “Photo Stream” box and click on the “Apply” button

Step 8 – Open the “File Manager” menu located at the taskbar of your computer

Step 9 – Find Libraries section and click on “pictures” tab

Step 10 – Choose “Photo Stream” option

Step 11 – Then click on “My Photo Stream” tab

Step 12 – Now images have been transferred from the iPhone7 to the computer.

Transferring Videos from iPhone 7 to Computer

Step 1-  Launch Winx MediaTrans software and connect the iPhone 7 to the computer with USB cable. The program automatically detects files stored on your iPhone.

Step 2- Click on the “Video” tab for entering into video transfer interface.

Step 3 – All the video folders are displayed in left sidebar including recorded video, home video, music video, TV show, films and many others.

Step 4 – Go through the video folders for selecting those files, which you want to transfer to the PC from iPhone 7.

Step 5 – Provide tap on the “Export” button on the toolbar for transferring the preferred videos to the PC.

Connecting iPhone 7 to the computer is worthy. You can transfer music, videos and other important to the computer and use those as backup.