We explain how to move photos between your iPad and a PC or Mac. Whether you want to transfer photos onto an iPad or take them off the tablet and store them on your PC, read on for our advice.
Taking a photo off your iPad and moving it to your computer, or vice versa, perhaps isn't as easy as Apple thinks it is. The process has its own logic, and it isn't as simple as 'drag and drop'. There are two main ways of doing it - via a sync folder and iTunes, or via iCloud storage. We explain the former, below.
You can avoid using cables and iTunes by using iCloud - see our guide to transferring photos to or from an iPad or iPhone via iCloud.
Sync photos to your iPad via iTunes
To move a collection of photos from your PC to your iPad, you need to create a sync folder and then set up iTunes to recognise this. You then add photos to this folder. Every time your iPad connects to your PC it will sync with the folder and add any new photos by syncing to update.
Step 1 – Create your sync folder
It’s possible to sync all the photos on your PC, but given the limited storage on iPads, this is probably not ideal. Instead, create a folder called iPad photos (or similar) somewhere on your PC – within your Pictures folder, for example – then copy and paste photos you want to transfer into it.
Step 2 – Connect your iPad
Plug your iPad in via USB and launch iTunes. Click the iPad icon at the top of the iTunes window, then click Photos under Summary on the left.
Step 3 – Select your sync folder
In the right-hand pane, tick the box next to Sync Photos, then click the Pictures button and select Choose folder. In the window that opens, navigate to the folder you created in step 1, then click Select folder.
Step 4 – Sync your photos
if you want to sync videos as well as photos, tick the Include videos box, then click Apply. The image files will be copied over to your iPad and you’ll be able to find them in the Photos app. Any new photos you subsequently add to the sync folder on your PC will be automatically transferred when you next connect your iPad.