Not so simple: how to transfer videos from an iPhone to a PC

Or, how my morning was sucked up trying to do something that could (should) be very simple but turned out not to be.

It’s always the same, isn’t it, when you’re in a rush or have a million things to do, that one of those jobs, theoretically the most simple, chews up all your free time. So it is when trying to backup an iPhone with a PC.

I’ve taken some lovely videos lately. Originally I had iCloud running, backing up all my photos and videos automatically, but turned that off a short while ago when I exceeded the limit of my free space and was expected to pay for it. No, thank you. Alternatives I looked at were Dropbox, but I quickly hit the free space limit again, particularly as I used it to backup all the pics from my old Android phone, and paying for space – £7.99 or more a month – is not something I want to do, given we’re living in budgetville for the forseeable future. Having read  around the subject I decided to start copying my images to Flickr, which comes with a terrabyte of space – lovely – using the iPhone app and that’s been going well, except that it doesn’t seem to have been backing up any videos*. Whaaat?? With my iPhone close to running out of memory and video playback starting to get a bit sketchy, backing up the videos was becoming one of those jobs that I might regret not doing if I kept putting it off. Which leads me to here.

I started by doing the obvious thing and attaching my phone to the PC with a cable. Did it show up in Explorer, as any “normal” device would. Well, of course not. So I Google it. Several options are available, it seems. It turns out there are five options; three, if you discount, as I already have, Dropbox and iCloud. Actually, it’s two, since the cabled connection wasn’t working in Explorer the way the article explained. By this point I’m starting to feel the rest of my morning – if not the day! – slipping away.

I immediately discount option #1: downloading an app to perform the task over Wi-Fi as I have iTunes installed and trust that more than any third-party software. So I open it up. Lo and behold I immediately fall into a new software wormhole because my iPhone software needs updating (and it’s the first time I’ve connected it to this PC) so I set that process running and put the kettle on. Ten minutes later I’m back in the game, but now I see that I can backup the iPhone to my PC via iTunes. Great! Perhaps that will enable me to get to my photos? I set that running and sit here sipping my coffee. I run out of coffee. The backup has finished so I look for the backup folder on my PC. I can’t find it. There’s nothing in Settings telling me where to find it. I change tack.

Picasa! Can you find it? Yes, phew! Picasa allows me to import from my iPhone, but it only seems to see 628 images and there are well over 1,000 listed in Photos on the phone, so there’s something wrong there. Hmm. After changing the settings so it doesn’t delete anything from the card, I go ahead and import the 628 images anyway. All is looking good. I check the folder with the downloaded images in it. There are 568 images. Brilliant. So that didn’t quite work. What next, I wonder?

I’m all out of idas by now, so it’s time to give in and go for a third-party app. I downloaded and installed something called Simple Transfer and set it running on my videos folder. Unfortunately, the free version limits you to the first 50 files in any folder but it’s slick and seems to do what it says on the tin (connects to the PC via Wi-Fi so you can download from a webpage) so I pay the £2.25 in order to, hopefully, just get the hell on with it and get on with my day. It’s working – phew! It looks good. Why, then, does it think there are only 30 videos on my phone? There *were* 68. I check the phone. The phone now thinks there are only 30 videos! By now I’m nearly in tears. Then I remember iCloud. The videos that have gone are old ones and, luckily, were backed up to iCloud before I ran out of space. I select all my video files in iCloud and start to download them, hoping that between iCloud and Simply Transfer, I’ll have them all.

Which brings us right up to the present time. My videos are downloading from two different sources and the next job will be to sort them out by removing duplicates and the like, my iPhone is backed up to somewhere random on my PC, and my whole morning has been wasted, except for the baby snuggles (DS has been either snoozing or wriggling in my lap the whole time) and this blog post. And now we’ve run out of coffee. Thank you, Apple. You really know how to show a girl a good time.

*UPDATE: Within 20 minutes of writing all the above, while sitting here, still waiting for my downloads to finish, I found this thread in the Flickr Help Forum. Two short minutes  laterI was staring at a complete list of videos I’d uploaded to my camera roll, which conveniently includes all the ones I was struggling to find from my iPhone. They were there all along! Now they’ve been tagged and added to a new album so they’ll be easier to find in future. Brilliant.


10 steps for a gentle post-partum recovery

Here’s a post I started writing a few months ago, shortly after giving birth to my lovely baby boy, but as with so many things on the to-do list, life got in the way and I didn’t get around to finishing it off. It’s perhaps more appropriate for my other blog over on One Woman, Two Wheels, where I talk more about fitness and well-being, but I thought I’d post here anyway.

I wrote it as much as anything as a reminder to myself to take it easy and not overdo it, especially as I was feeling so well at just three weeks post-partum, which was a big contrast to my first pregnancy, which took much longer to recover from both physically and emotionally. Given our moving plans and how much we have been doing, I’ve tried to keep the below 10 points in mind, despite not always managing to be quite as gentle on myself as I’d like – but at least I’m off work and not in the horrible position of having to consider a return to work in just a few weeks.

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Reality check

The last few days have been hard. For most of the last few weeks we’ve been focusing entirely on the logistics of our move and with those sorted we’ve had time to turn our attention to cash flow and in the post-Brexit economy it’s not pretty, not at all.

Basically we’re chasing a dream, taking an opportunity – post-redundancy – to take our savings, having taken the strategic decision a while ago to save rather than go down the home “owner” route, and make a new life for ourselves. This means everything we have is earmarked to fund our future. Everything. Right now we have no income; no jobs, just dreams and ideas to take us forward. We want to build something together and give our kids a better future than we feel they can have here in the UK. That was our plan, even before Brexit. But now Brexit has happened, taking a huge chunk of our hopes and dreams with it.

The Remain camp talked about the economic impact of Brexit during their campaign but Gove and his cronies dismissed it as doom mongering, labelling such talk as “Project Fear”, brushing off analysis supporting this claim, which came from the Bank of England, the IMF, and others, because we’re all just so sick of these so-called “experts” and their expert opinions, right? Well wouldn’t you know, these experts were right!

I think one of the reasons James and are have been hit so hard emotionally by Brexit (if you could see our Facebook feeds you’d know this) is because James can read the foreign exchange charts and right now they’re not pretty. The pound is plumetting against the euro, the dollar, and the yen. What this means is that life in Britain just got more expensive because where on 23rd June £10 bought, say, five packs of antidepressants, today it only buys four. That’s really not good news if you’re feeling as miserable as I am but even worse news when considered as part of the bigger picture. UK Plc has been making a slow and steady recovery since the banking crash in 2008, in part due to the horrendous “austerity” budgeting imposed on us all but having the greatest impact on poorest and most in need. Tragically, the decision of many to vote Leave – whether voting in protest, longing for the good old days, wanting to “restore” sovereignty, or purely because they have been suckered into blaming immigrants for many of their woes (and blame the EU for just about everything else, as politicians would have them believe) – has effectively caused as much financial damage as the banking sector did with their mishandling of just about everything back in 2008. The main difference now is there’s no Fred Goodwin or any other highly paid executive to take the fall or the blame for it as we are all going to pay for this. The Leave voters, along with everyone else who saw this coming and tried to warn them, are about to pay what amounts to collective punishment as the weak pound, which will take who knows how long to recover, erodes all our quality of life.

In short, anyone planning to escape the UK, as we are, had better do it fast. Not just because our EU citizenship is under threat, meaning we can no longer take freedom of movement for granted, but also because as each day passes we become that little bit poorer because the value of the pound is falling and falling. Can you imagine a reality where you get <1 euro to the pound? Well it could happen.

Happy days? Not even close. And if, like us, you were planning to depart for the continent any time soon, the repercussions are up close and personal.

And I still haven’t talked to my parents. Guess which way they voted?