Hipstamatic 300 – Transferring Hipstamatic Images to Desktop

By on September 30, 2015

Changes  were made in the way iOS8 takes and stores images that are to be edited - basically, iOS keeps the "raw" image for you as an original, and any edits are made into a ‘copy’ for you. We just didn’t need to know about this kind of thing in Hipstamatic 280. Hipstamatic effects were "baked into" the images, and those images came across perfectly OK to desktop when we transferred them via USB, wifi, or other methods.  300 has made things a little complicated… temporarily.
By Barry Conway & Eric Rozen


Now that Hipstamatic 300 gives us the choice of post-editing, the images are handled a little differently. Because of this, some people are finding that their old iPhone to Desktop images transfer methods aren’t working like they did for 280 images, and what comes across are plain photos, with no Hipstamatic effects.

Don’t Panic! The short answer is: stop using a USB cable to transfer your images and start using a Wifi transfer app.

If you have been using (for example) USB cables with 'Image Capture' or iPhoto software, you’ll probably see problems with 300 images. Even with the new Photos software.  The key is Wifi transfer - we have used Wireless Transfer App and Photo Transfer App successfully. Others report that Photosync works, and other similar apps surely will too. There *are* USB cable workarounds, but they are painful to explain and to use.


In the "Settings" application, Hipstamatic suggests a number of options, among them one called "Capture". You have two possibilities here: "Edited and original (non-destructive)" and "Edited only (destructive)".


I’ll begin with the latter, "Edited only (destructive)", as it doesn’t throw up any issues. This option doesn’t allow any changes after shooting; the chosen combo will be applied and you can only edit OVER them. It’s the principle of Hipstamatic 280 and its previous versions. Here’s an example: I took a picture with John S/BlacKeys Supergrain/Pop Rox; this means it’s a black and white picture. After shooting, I changed the combo, using Eric/Manneken/Pop Rox; the filters were applied OVER the original… Hmmm…


Note for die-hard Classic users: if you want to take Classic shots, as in 280, and you are SURE that you NEVER want to post-edit your images, or maybe change the combo later, then you might want to choose "Edited Only (destructive)" – but we’re not going to recommend this route.

If you choose the first option (Edited and original), however, you can change combos or apply a number of changes (exposure, format, etc.) as many times as you want, after having shot the picture, via The Editing Suite, for example. In fact, iOS saves the original picture, although it’s hidden from view in the Photos app. This operation is called non-destructive because the original will be maintained. This is the option I would choose, because I prefer having the original in case I want to apply changes in the future… you never know.

There is, however, a rather substantial sticking point: there seems to be a bug that prevents you from exporting these pictures to your Mac/PC. The downloaded pictures are in their "raw" state; no Hipstamatic filters are applied to the transferred photos. iOS saves these "raw images" to your Mac/PC. This information has been transmitted to Hipstamatic, so we’ll need to wait a little for this issue to be fixed.

I encountered this problem with the beta version and the only solution I found was to use a third party application to transfer my pictures via Wi-Fi… I know, it’s not the most practical of solutions, but, for now, I think it’s the only option. There are dozens of these apps and I have quite a few on my iPhone; the one I recommend is the Wireless Transfer App. It, of course, sounds like a bit of clumsy DIY, but while we wait for a resolution, it’s practical and it works. Here’s a little tutorial about Wireless Transfer App to help you out, but please don’t hesitate to add a comment if you have another app that you would recommend or if you have found another way of getting around the problem.

Wireless Transfer App isn’t free. It costs $2.99, but I don’t have the time to test dozens of apps and this one works perfectly for my needs. Here’s the iTunes link and the link to the official site.

In this little tutorial, I will transfer photos taken with 300 to my Mac.

1. From your Photo Library, select the pictures you want to transfer. Click on "Add To" at the bottom of your screen and choose "New Album"; I called mine "Hipstography"; this album will now contain the pictures that I want to transfer.


2. Launch Wireless Transfer App on your iPhone. Choose "Send", followed by "Computer". You now need to head over to your Mac… don’t touch anything on your iPhone.


3. Open a new window in your browser, whether that’s Firefox, Safari, and open a new window, in which you’ll put the URL that Wireless Transfer App gives you. There are two possibilities, the second one (http://192…) works fine for me, even though I have iTunes on my Mac. The choice is yours…


Select the album in question (in my case, "Hipstography"), followed by "Select All". You then select "Download as Zip" and that’s it!

This post is also available in: French


  1. steve

    September 30, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    I have been using the IFTTT app to transfer my photos. I created a formula in IFTTT, that transfers photos I add to special folder to my Google Drive account, changing the photo name to the time and date the photo was taken, whenever I am on WiFi. So my process is. Take the photo in Hipstamatic, and clean it up with a new combo if required. Add the photo to the special folder on my iPhone, and wait. When I get home, IFTTT then transfers the file to my Google Drive Account. Then when I am on my computer, I just transfer the files from Google Drive Account to my photo library on my computer. This gets me the most recent, edited version of the file to my computer. And if I make multiple copies of the same photo, with different combos, they all transfer without issue.

  2. Brian

    October 1, 2015 at 4:37 pm

    here is another suggestion:

    Always used the “Edited Only (destructive)” option

    =>still have the original Hipstamtaic feeling to make a unique, never changeable Photo

    If I want to change a picture yet (because I’m not sure what filter should I use)
    I shot the photos with the “OFF” function or another camera app (default Camera app)

    => for editing I get a copy of the photo in Hipstamatic (selct from the Libary)
    => The result is again saved “Edited Only” (you still have the Original “normal Photo”)

    In my library are therefore only unchangeable Hipstamatic photos or normal pictures (Original)

    Due to This I achieve the same effect as if I choose the option “non-destructive”, because I have the original image still in my Libary (can changed again and again)

    Eliminates the problem with USB / Wireless app and lost Edits

  3. Stuart Mackenzie

    October 3, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I was having the same problem then found that I could AirDrop the edited files on to my iMac.

  4. ericrozen

    October 3, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    How do you do that? I can’t link my mac to my iPhone via Airdrop…

  5. Stuart Mackenzie

    October 5, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Airdrop can be a bit unreliable but finally it’s communicating with both macs in our studio and my iPhone. Go to Photos on your iPhone, select the image(s) you want to upload, tap the forward arrow at bottom left of your screen and hopefully, Airdrop should be showing and ready to send to your Mac. Good luck!

    • ericrozen

      October 6, 2015 at 9:21 am

      Thanks Stuart but Airdrop is not working in my case. It’s working between iPhones but not with my Mac. Thanks anyway.

  6. Marina Macchi (@MM_esagramma)

    October 7, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    I use Airdrop too and it works. The pissed thing with this wireless transfer is that you miss the file names and get lots of FullSizeRender(#).jpg with the risk of overwriting…
    Hope for a fix asap :-|

    • Stuart Mackenzie

      October 8, 2015 at 4:39 am

      I agree! Having to rename each file transferred to the Mac is a pain.

  7. Orlando

    October 16, 2015 at 11:01 pm

    If your iPhone is full, as is mine after being a tourist for 3 weeks, use the computer app to download directly to a folder of your choice…

  8. Roberto Aita

    October 17, 2015 at 11:35 pm

    Just found on FB and IT WORKS ! Best (and simplier) way to transfer your hipsta 300 pics WITH embedded filters to your computer… “Adrian Nicholls – Just a thing to add. Regarding import to desktop. I use PhotoSync for post edited pictures. The Hipstamatic images on your camera roll export with all edits and filters in place. Its very quick and easy over local wifi to your Mac.”

  9. Stuart Mackenzie

    October 26, 2015 at 12:05 am

    Just used PhotoSync now and it works really well. Thanks Roberto :)

  10. yann

    October 27, 2015 at 4:43 pm

    I use Hipstamatic 302 on an iphone 6 plus ios 9.1 and I downloaded 2000 pictures on my MacBook Pro 10.11.1 (Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013) using what we call in France “Transfert d’images”. I used a usb cable and erased all my pictures on my phone after downloading, so all the images from my phone are gone…
    Then I had to the very bad surprise to see that all the images on my computer lost their Hipstamatic filters. Instead I got “normal images” plus a “.AAE” file.
    I spent hours reading on the forums without success. So how can I restore all my filters on every pictures. do not want to do it manually 2000 times! Please tell me how I should do it.
    In the future I will use Photo transfer app using wifi, but I really need my lost images.
    Thank you very much for your help.
    Kinds regards

    • ericrozen

      October 27, 2015 at 4:57 pm

      You have to contact the Hipstamatic’s support:

      I hope they can help you but I think you will have to do it manually… sorry…

    • Stuart Mackenzie

      October 28, 2015 at 5:24 am

      Have you checked your recently deleted folder?

      • thomasberg

        November 8, 2015 at 1:37 pm

        Can I ask where the recently deleted folder is?

    • V

      August 21, 2016 at 9:13 pm

      How did you actually do this manually?

  11. Robbie

    November 1, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    What is the best way to reverse images to iPhone and then re-edit? Sync via iTunes gives me pic’s that are not editable. I need to re-edit about 100 pic’s due to me not being aware of the above.

  12. thomasberg

    November 8, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Hipstamatic really lay an egg here. I didn’t expect any changes that I wasn’t told about, so I just went on as normal and imported my Hipstamatics to Pictures. Voom! all the pictures looked like crap, all those nice filters were gone, and so were all the pictures because I always choose ‘Delete after import’. I hadn’t chosen auto delete for my pictures in Hipstamatic – I used to delete them manually. A little hassle, but I preferred that. Now, with 300, all the pictures were gone inside Hipstamatic as well, so there’s absolutely no way I can recover those pictures I thought looked so beautiful. This will be the first and hopefully last time I say “F**k off, Hipstamatic!” I’ve now turned on the “Edited only (destructive)”. But hey, it’s the other option that’s destructive.

  13. Allan G. Smorra

    December 7, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    I use Aperture on my iMac instead of iPhotos and find that the metadata on my Hipstamatic photos transfers just fine.

  14. Karen Bearse

    January 30, 2016 at 7:39 pm

    SOOOO I did all of the above with the wireless transfer app but I have a PC not a mac & it did not work. I am so frustrated!!! The app does not read the changes in my photos so my new hypstograpy folder has 0 photos in it as far as the app is concerned. I have solved the problem with future photos but I have 5 months of pics approx. 1000 photos that only look good on my PHONE!!! Any other ideas?

    • ericrozen

      January 30, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      Hey Karen… The best solution would be to ask Allan. please, ask your question on the support site: https://hipstamatic.desk.com

  15. ghammer

    February 6, 2016 at 12:24 am

    jeez – you made it so great and so damn complicated at the same time. Hard to believe that such a creative team could screw it up so much.

  16. Alyssa

    August 15, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    Just lost over 100 hipstamatic photos by transferring them and accidentally deleting original (never had a problem with this for “normal” photos and had no idea there’d be a problem with these.) Any way I can re-apply the filters or somehow recover them?

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