Sync iPhone and Chromebook

Sync iPhone and ChromebookChrome OS does not have iTunes available, so you basically can’t back up to a Chromebook. Users may still want to backup their iPhones and Chromebooks. Apple and Google both make this hard for dual Chromebook and iPhone users. However, I have a low cost suggestion that might work for you:


Using iCloud to Sync iPhone and Chromebook

20Gb of iCloud storage costs $.99/month in the USA. I would suggest upping your iCloud account to the 20GB plan and doing an iCloud backup through your phone while on a local network. If you set it up today and have a reasonably fast connection, it should have enough time to backup via cloud. You could conceivably cancel your iCloud storage expansion after you’ve restored to your iPhone 6 too, making this only cost you $.99. Much cheaper than buying a Windows/Apple PC!

You can also transfer images or video from your iOS device to your Chromebook by using the Google Drive or Google+ iOS apps. The apps allow you to store your images or video in your cloud storage, which you can then access from your Chromebook. You can then download the stored images to your Chromebook by right clicking (click the touchpad with two fingers) on an image and selecting “Save as”.

Google+ Photos and Chromebooks

Google has added a Google+ photo syncing feature to Chrome which now allows you to sync your iPhone to your Chromebook. Begin by downloading the Google Drive app from the Apple App Store. If you are new to the iPhone, the App Store is the native blue app icon with an “A” in a circle. In the App Store, use the magnifying glass to search for “Google Drive” and the app you want will be the first result.

Just tap the icon of dots on the bottom left hand of your screen and navigate to Google+ Photos. Your Chromebook should recognize your iPhone and allow you to upload all the images on your Photo app to your Google+ account. You can then download the images to your Chromebook after the upload is complete.

Save Photos on Chromebook

  1. Open Chrome from the desktop.
  2. Find an image that you want to save. …
  3. Right click on the image and select “Save image as…” …
  4. Change the image name, if you want to.
  5. Click the Save button.
  6. View your image by clicking on it in the downloads bar.


Connect your iPhone to Chromebook via USB

Connect you phone to the chromebook by USB cord. Your phone should ask you if you trust the connection. Reply YES. The phone should now be visible on your chromebook Files App for you to transfer the photographs in the DCIM folder by copy and paste into your Chromebook.


  1. WHat do you do if you have connected your iphone via USB, clicked the “allow access” icon, but NOTHING shows up on your chromebook???? I need this feature to send photos to my doctor for medical care.

    • Did you go to the Apple App site? You do have an. iOS system? Either an Apple phone, iPad, or Mac? If you have an Android you may not be able to get iTunes. One thing that did help me connect my Android computer was by tethering my iOS to my Android and then going through Google, My Drive.

  2. Same.Connect iphone to chromebook. Pops up allow access on my phone but then nothing. The ‘allow access’ continues to pop up every 20 secs or so.

  3. go to chromebook’s files once you have connected via usb and allowed access. find iphone. drag the DCIM files into the downlaods or playfiles folder. let it load all your photo’s.

  4. I am trying to connect my chrome book to my Iphone. I am currently using the only USB port for a microphone but i would like to link in my iphone can I do this blue tooth?

  5. How do I get the show on my phone to screen record onto my Chromebook?? I don’t understand why I ask for one specific thing and it gives me directions on something not even relatively close.

  6. I have tried connecting my iPhone through Bluetooth to my Crome book but nothing happening, I tried connecting through hotspot still nothing good coming out of all this headache so annoying and a waste of precious time.

  7. Well I have the exact questions to and it’s now the end of July, 2021. You guys wrote this article and acted as if you knew what you were talking about, but none of your suggestions worked for me and the others who have commented. There must be a way. Have you found the solution yet?

    I need to reset my iphone on my school computer but i cant i tried so many ways but none work now I am forced to listen to your lies telling us there is a solution but at the end of the day there is no answer can you please respond I am tired of waiting for your response I’ve waited 2 months listening to people complain because you won’t respond.

  9. why cant i connect an iPhone to this Chromebook???
    it doesn’t recognise my iPhone…… and when it does i allowed it access (pair them) and it does nothing. Worst laptop i have ever purchased.


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