How To Transfer Photos From Sony a7III to iPhone?

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Do you want to send photos from your Sony a7III to your family and friends via your iPhone? You are not alone. As someone who wants to share images all the time, I want to know how to transfer them from my camera to my phone.

To transfer photos from the Sony a7III to an iPhone, you can either connect it via USB or Wi-Fi. Attaching the USB cable is the easiest way to share files. But you can also connect to the Wi-Fi and send files using the Sony Imaging Edge App.

If, for some reason, you cannot connect to Wi-Fi, you can also transfer photos via Bluetooth connection. Below, I will guide you through the different ways of sending photos from Sony a7III to iPhone. I will also answer your frequently asked questions about image file sharing.

How To Transfer Photos From Sony a7III to iPhone?

There are several ways to send photos from a Sony a7III to an iPhone. I will guide you through the steps of each method, so you can stay updated with your family and friends. 

Method 1: USB Connection

Method 1 USB Connection

Using a USB connection cable is among the most reliable ways of transferring files. You have likely used this method before to send files from one device to another. It is easy and does not require many things.

For this method, you only need a compatible USB cable, a computer (laptop), your iPhone, and an Apple lightning cable. Most cameras, including the Sony a7III, already include a micro-USB cable. You can use this wire to establish a connection between your camera and computer. Then, perform the following steps:

Step 1: Insert the USB cable into the Sony a7III camera USB input. It is located on the left side of the camera, hidden by a rubber flap. 

Step 2: Connect the other end of the USB cable to your computer or laptop.

Step 3: Expect the camera to appear as a storage device on your computer. Find the “This PC” option on the File Explorer when using Windows. You will find the camera under the “Devices and drives” heading. For Mac users, you can click the Finder icon to open it. Then, you can see the Sony a7III and other USB-connected devices under the “Locations” heading.

Step 4: Copy the photos you want to share from your camera to the computer. Create a folder on the computer’s local storage to keep everything organized.

Step 5: After copying the photos, safely disconnect or eject the camera from your computer.

Step 6: Get the original cable that comes with your iPhone. Use it to connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 7: Launch the iTunes app. Select your iPhone in the app and click the “Photos” tab. Choose the “Sync photos” option and click the folder where your pictures are saved. The transfer will automatically start.

Method 2: Wi-Fi Using The Imaging Edge App

Method 2 Wi-Fi Using The Imaging Edge App

Got no access to a computer or want to share photos right away? You can use a Wi-Fi connection to send photos from a Sony a7III to an iPhone. 

Make sure you have access to a strong Wi-Fi signal to ensure successful file transfer. Disable VPN (Virtual Private Network) because it may cause connection problems. You must also download the latest version of the Sony Imaging Edge Mobile app. Visit the Apple store on your device to install it.

Once these things are ready, follow the steps below to transfer files to your iPhone.

Step 1: Press the Playback button on your camera to access photos and videos taken. The button is located on the bottom right side of the camera, just beside the LCD screen. 

Step 2: Select Menu > Network. Then, click the “Send to Smartphone Function” and “Send to Smartphone” options. Finally, choose “Select on this device” to pick the image you want to transfer to your iPhone.

Step 3: You can see a QR code on the camera screen. It means that your camera is ready to pair with your smartphone.

Step 4: On your iPhone, open the Imaging Edge Mobile app

Step 5: If it is your first time connecting the camera, tap the “Camera Connection/Registration” option. Then, click Register other models (all others) > Scan QR Code. If you have already registered an existing Wi-Fi network to the Sony camera before, you can see it under the “Camera list” section.

Step 6: Wait for the iPhone to be connected to your Sony camera. Then, wait for the transfer process to be done. You can now see the pictures on your Photos app.

Method 3: Bluetooth

Method 3 Bluetooth

If you do not have a Wi-Fi connection, you can use Bluetooth instead to transfer files from your Sony camera to your iPhone. 

It is another popular file-sharing method for family and friends. Plus, Bluetooth technology does not require cables. All you need is the Sony camera and smartphone to be near each other. 

Refer to the following steps to share photos and videos from Sony a7III to your phone.

Step 1: On your mirrorless camera, press the Menu button. Go to Network > Bluetooth settings.

Step 2: Set the Bluetooth function to “On” to begin the pairing process.

Step 3: On your iPhone, tap Settings and turn the Bluetooth on.

Step 4: You will see your iPhone on the list of Bluetooth devices on your camera. Select the name of your smartphone.

Step 5: Wait until the camera finishes transferring photos to your iPhone. The duration of the transfer can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on the file size.

Frequently Asked Questions

What app do I need to transfer photos from Sony a7III to iPhone?

If you intend to use a Wi-Fi connection to transfer files, you must download the Sony Imaging Edge app. Visit the Apple store on your iPhone to install the Sony app. It is free to download and allows easy file transfer. Refer to the steps above for a detailed guide on sharing photos from your camera to your phone.

How do I connect my Sony a7III to Wi-Fi?

You can connect your Sony a7III to a Wi-Fi network by downloading the Sony Imaging Edge app. Launch the app and close all the prompts that will appear. Go to the “Models used” page and select the “Models other than the above” option. 

Next, turn on your camera, press the Menu, and go to the “Network” tab. You can select either “Send to Smartphone” or “Control with Smartphone” option. If you go with the smart remote control, choose the “Connection” menu, and a QR code will appear. You will also see a blank space beside the “SSID Direct” text and other information about your Wi-Fi network. Take note of all the characters displayed on the screen.

Now, go back to your phone with the Imaging Edge app open. Select the “Camera Connection/Registration” text. You will see two options; choose the “Connect using SSID” one. Doing so will bring you to the Wi-Fi page on your iPhone setting. Enter the SSID and other details that appeared earlier on your camera. Select the Sony Wi-Fi and enter the Wi-Fi password. And that is it! You can now use the mobile app to control the Sony a7III using Wi-Fi.

How do I transfer photos from my Sony camera to my phone using NFC?

The Sony a7III camera features NFC (Near-Field Communication), letting you transfer files to another device if they are near each other. Transferring photos from your camera to your iPhone via NFC is relatively simple. Follow steps 1 to 3 above under the Wi-Fi method. You can change the QR code prompt on the camera by launching the Imaging Edge app. Select the “Connect with the camera through One-touch (NFC)” option and follow the instructions on the screen.


The Sony a7III mirrorless camera lets you transfer photos to your iPhone, so you can share them with your loved ones. There are three primary methods to send files from your camera to your smartphone. You can use a USB cable, a Wi-Fi connection, or Bluetooth technology. Refer to the steps above for a detailed guide.

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