Upload directly from your iPhone

dotPhoto.com works on mobile devices and can upload directly from your iPhone's browser.
When selecting multiple photos on an iPhone, choose the first photo and then lightly drag your finger over the other photos that you want to select. The key word is LIGHTLY. If you press down too hard, the photos will not select. See this video for a demonstration:

  1. Install the Chrome browser from the app store. The Chrome browser works best.
  2. Sign into your dotPhoto account.
  3. Tap on the Upload button (tap on the word "Upload", which is a link.)

  4. Choose an album on dotPhoto, and scroll down to the Add Files button.
  5. Tap the Add Files button, and choose the files you want to upload by (a) selecting a photo library (b) tapping on the first photo in a sequence and (c) lightly dragging your finger over the photos in the sequence. You can choose entire rows at a time by dragging your finger down one side.

  6. Tap the green Start Upload button.


1. The dotPhoto app:

dotPhoto.com will upload directly from your iPhone's camera roll by following the procedure below. 

Free download of dotPhoto Mobile App for iPhone

2. FTP Upload with free FTP software directly to your dotPhoto Account.

Here is an easy, fast and free way to move iPhone and Instagram photos from your iPhone to dotPhoto:  install a free FTP app on your iPhone and send your photos to your dotPhoto account.  

Here is one we've tried:

1/15/16 A customer reports that FTP Sprite is no longer free. You might also try FTP Connect, which is free and worked well for us on an iPhone.

  • Install the free iPhone app:  FTP Sprite.
  • Set up dotPhoto as a host:

Host Name:  dotPhoto
Host: ftp.dotphoto.com
User name: [your dotPhoto login]
Password: [your dotPhoto password]
Port: 21
dotPhoto in your FTP Hosts list

  • Tap on the blue text in the upper right: FTP Hosts
  • Choose dotPhoto
  • Tap the photo icon at the bottom.
  • Choose from your photo directories.  If you have Instagram, a directory will appear here.
  • Tap the photos you want to upload.  A check mark appears on each one.
  • Tap Done.

Your photos are uploaded to your dotPhoto FTP Upload album.  You can rename the album under Organize or copy the photos to other albums.  dotPhoto will create a new FTP album each time you upload.

3. Wirelessly transfer photos from your iPhone to your PC, and then upload the photos to dotPhoto.

The Wireless Transfer App only requires that you have your iPhone and your computer connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  1. Download and install the Wireless Transfer App on your iPhone for $2.99.  
  2. Wireless Transfer App Available on App Store
  3. Run the Wireless Transfer App on your iPhone.
  4. Find the http address at the bottom of the screen. 
  5. Open a web browser in your computer and type the address exactly as that appears on your iPhone (including the colon and the following port number). 
  6. The browser will list all the photos and videos in your iPhone. 
  7. Select and download the photos and videos you want to transfer to your computer. 


Using the Wireless Transfer App, there is no need for iTunes, Apple ID, cable or extra software, and you don't need to install anything on your computer.

4. Use iCloud to move your photos to your PC, and upload the photos to your dotPhoto account.

NOTE:  iCloud will NOT sync photos taken before iCloud is on.

  1. Enable iCloud on your iPhone in Settings, and turn on Photo Stream
  2. Download the iCloud Control Panel onto your computer here:  https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT204283 From that point on, all photos that you take with your iPhone will be saved within seconds directly to your computer if you are connected to wifi. If you are not connected to wifi when you take the pictures, your photos will be synced to your computer the next time you have a wifi connection. 

5. Use a cable to move photos to your PC or Mac, and then upload the photos to your dotPhoto account.

If you have a Lightning or 30-pin USB cord handy, importing photos onto your Mac or PC is easy and fast.

Connect to a Mac computer

  1. Plug your phone into your computer using a USB cord (Lightning or 30-pin, depending on your iPhone), the same way you would when you add music. It may ask you to unlock the phone. 
  2. Open iPhoto, Apeture, or Image Capture, depending on what you have. If you are working on a Mac, then iPhoto should open automatically when you plug in your phone, unless you told it not to. 
  3. In iPhoto your phone should appear under the Devices tab in the menu on the left. Click it and you’ll see all your photos. 
  4. If you want to import all the photos on your phone, hit the “Import Photos” button. You can also choose specific photos by clicking on them, which will set a yellow border around the selected photos; to select multiple photos, hold down the Command button on your keyboard as you click on the photos you want. Then hit the “Import Selected” button. 
  5. It shouldn’t take long for the photos to import. When the import is done you can find the photos in the “Last Imported” folder. From there you can edit, print, email, or move photos to different folders. 

Connect to a Windows 7 computer 

  1. If you’ve never connected your iPhone to your computer before, you’re going to need to unlock it with a password. Your phone will ask you if the computer can be trusted, and presumably, if you want to export photos you should trust it. It will then ask for a password.
  2. On some computers, a window will appear automatically, saying “Import pictures and videos.” If you don’t get an automatic window then you’ll have to do it manually. Go to “Start” and then select “Computer.” Under the “Portable Devices” section you should see your phone. Right-click the icon and go down to “Import pictures and videos.”
  3. A window will pop up with a box that says “Tag these pictures.” You can fill that in, but it’s not necessary. Click the “Import” button at the bottom of the box. If you want to remove the photos from your phone after importing them, you can check the box that says “Erase after importing.”
  4. You can find your photos in the “My Pictures” folder. If you tagged them, they will be in a folder with that name, otherwise you can find them filed under the date of when you imported. You can now go through and change the image names and edit them.

Connect to a Windows 8 computer 

Using a computer with Windows 8 isn’t too different than 7, but it is good to know there are some differences. 

  1. Connect your phone and allow it to trust the computer, like you would’ve done with Windows 7.
  2. A window will come up, asking what you want to do with the phone. Click the window and a menu will pop up. Choose “Import photos and videos.” Doing this will open every photo from your phone in the Windows 8 photo app. From there you can choose to import all of them or only ones you’ve selected.
  3. Hit import and the photos will be saved to the photo app.
  4. If a window doesn’t pop up when you plug in your phone, you can still import photos. Go to “Start” and choose the photo app tile.
  5. Right-click anywhere inside the app and choose the “Import” option on the menu that pops up.
  6. A menu will appear with all the devices connected to the computer. Choose your phone.
  7. Like before, it will show all of the photos on your phone and you can choose whether to import all of them or selected ones.