Microsoft Windows RT Meets the iPhone

Written by on November 2, 2012 in Blog, How To with 11 Comments

I was shocked to find out that it was easier for me to get my iPhone photos and videos onto the Microsoft Surface RT tablet than it was to get them onto the iPad. No camera connection kit needed, just the iPhone’s USB cable. This works on the iPhone 4S with iOS 6. I couldn’t check other models but would expect it to work. Add a comment if you can confirm it works with other phones, Apple or otherwise.

To import photo and videos:

Connect the iPhone to the USB port on the Microsoft Surface RT. If prompted for the action to take you can safely select “Take No Action”.
Open the Photo app from the Start Screen
Swipe up from the bottom and tap the Import icon.

All the photos and videos on the iPhone will be displayed. By default Windows RT will select any photos and videos that are not already in the library. Previously imported files will not be selected by default. The default import folder name is the date of the most recent photo.

Tap “Import” to import the photos and videos. You’ll be prompted when the import is complete.

The photos will be displayed when you click “Open Folder”. The videos will also be displayed and can be played through the photo app.

Deleting the photos from the iPhoto through the Photo app isn’t possible.
Bonus tips: Managing the folders and files may be easier on the desktop side. The imported photo directories are in the “My Pictures” library.

I love it when competing OS’s get along so well.

by Ray Newbery aka OSQuest

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  1. Adrian says:

    Greetings!
    Nice work on having those two devices playing nicely together. Forgive my ignorance but I'm struggling to get definitive answers on how an iPhone and a Windows RT Surface will or won't work together for transferring music backwards and forwards in the absence of iTunes.
    Is that something you've tried? Much obliged for your perspective.

  2. ray says:

    Adrian, I haven't had any success beyond photos. There may be a hack out there, but unlike photos, music isn't visible when the iPhone is connected.

  3. I have android and also apple and i prefer apple. i know the spec is not as high as the rivals. but you feel the differences when you use it. haha. that's just my opinion.. thanks for the post:)

  4. Jokey says:

    I have iphone 4S with IOS 6 but I cannot transfer photos or any other files from my iphone to my Dell tablet with windows rt.
    I open up the photos app and get a message to change my settings,
    Help What settings – I have changed all the privacy settings on my iphone what next????
    Also I cannot load any photos onto facebook using the facebook touch app. It tells me that I must email the photos – What a load of ……..rubbish.

  5. Kelly says:

    Your post is very helpful, however, once I select IPHONE from the device list – there are no photos displayed? Is there something I should be doing on the IPHONE side? Any help would be appreciated!! Thank You!

  6. leichat says:

    My g/f would really like a Surface RT but she has an iPhone and wants a way to manage her music on both devices.

  7. Web cam says:

    If you have usb port connected device that is enough to connect with other device by using usb cable also both device needed usb port based. I've savmsung android and I can use it with my laptop and other usb port based device. Thanks Pal for dealing with us!

  8. If you have usb port connected device that is enough to connect with other device by using usb cable also both device needed usb port based. I've savmsung android and I can use it with my laptop and other usb port based device. Thanks Pal for dealing with us!

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