I don’t use Photos app and still don’t trust iCloud, so I manually import photos from my iPhone to my Mac.

I’ve been using Image Capture for this, but today I read This Engadget post and learned about using AutoImporter.app instead. I didn’t know that was an option.

Now, when I plug in my iPhone, AutoImporter opens and automatically copies all the photos to ~/Photos/AutoImport and closes. The only issue was that the photos were not automatically deleted after import, even though I had the “Delete after import” option checked in Image Capture.

Image Capture setting that doesn't do what I expected

I had to set a preference in the AutoImporter app itself. The app doesn’t live in an obvious location, so this will open it.

open "/System/Library/Image Capture/Support/Application/AutoImporter.app"

Then, in AutoImporter’s preferences, check the “Delete items from camera after successful import” option.

AutoImporter preferences