Here’s what I recently thought was a technical problem: I was using my iPhone to record video and transferring it to my PC using the USB connector, when suddenly the DCIM folder was empty.
I checked the phone and all the photos and videos were there, but in Windows Explorer they were missing.
However, the cause and solution were both easier than expected: it’s a security feature enabled when the iPhone is initially connected when locked, and all you need to do is:
- disconnect the USB connection,
- unlock the iPhone, and then
- reconnect to USB.
Your iPhone DCIM should no longer be empty!