Struggling with iCloud and Photo Stream?
Sometimes Apple tries to get too clever and loses users with complex ways of doing things
Here's and old-fashioned simple way to get your iPhone photos onto your Mac
If you don’t use a cloud storage or sync services like iCloud / Photo Stream try this...
1. Grab your white USB charging cable and plug one end in your iPhone and the other into the USB port on your Mac computer.
2. Usually the Photos app (or iPhoto) will open, but if it doesn’t go ahead and open it.
3. Click the Import tab, then click Import New Items, and the import should begin.
4. If you want Photos to remove the photos off your phone, check the box labelled Delete items after import (or Delete items when you shrink the window) before you begin importing photos. Optionally you can choose just a selection of photos, then click Import Selected.
More Control over the Import Process
Perhaps you want to save certain photos to a folder in the Finder or maybe delete a handful of photos from your phone.
Try using your Mac’s built-in Image Capture app.
1. Open Image Capture
2. Select your iPhone from the list
3. Then select where you want to save the imported photos from the Import To list.
4. Next, press either Import All, or select the photos you want to import and then press Import.
Once you’re done, go ahead and safely disconnect your iPhone from your computer