Transfer Pictures to iPad the Easy Way with iTunes

Apr 19, 2012 - 7 Comments

Transfer Photos to iPad

Transferring photos from a computer to the iPad is very easy with the help of iTunes. To get started, you’ll need either a Mac or PC with iTunes, a USB connector cable for the iPad, and a folder containing the pictures you want to transfer over to the iPad.

The process is exactly the same in both Mac OS X and Windows, which is why it’s the easiest universal method to transfer photos to an iPad from any computer.

  1. Create a folder containing images you want to transfer to the iPad
  2. Connect the iPad to the computer, launch iTunes, and select the iPad from the devices list
  3. Click on the “Photos” tab
  4. Check the box next to “Sync Photos from” and select “Choose folder…”
  5. Transfer Photos to an iPad

  6. Locate and select the folder you created earlier containing the pictures you wish to transfer over, click on “Choose”
  7. Click on “Apply” to begin syncing the photos from the computer to iPad

The images will sync over and create a new album within the iPad Photos app that contains all the pictures. If the selected folder contains subfolders with pictures, those will transfer as well, but you can uncheck subfolders if you want them excluded.

If you need to do the reverse and get pictures off of an iPad or iPhone, transferring photos from iOS to a computer is also simple and can be done entirely outside of iTunes.

Finally, setting up iCloud gives access to the Photo Stream feature, which will automate the entire process of syncing pictures between a Mac and an iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. If you haven’t signed up for the free iCloud service yet, you should do so.

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in iPad, iPhone, iTunes, Tips & Tricks


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  1. Tom says:

    Why not use Photo Stream? Commit to iCloud as your storage method and there is no syncing involved everything just shows up where it should.

    Also for iPhoto users, you can wirelessly “beam” photos back and forth between hardware but you will obviously have to buy the $5 app for iOS.

    • Brian Yang says:

      I like the idea of Photo Stream but it needs better file management, plus it’s so easy to accidentally delete everything. Do yourself a favor and backup outside of Photo Stream or you may find yourself losing all of your pictures!

  2. […] you can do whatever you want with them. Keep the images around your hard drive for backup purposes, transfer them to an iPad since there still isn’t a native Instagram app, turn the pics folder into a screen saver (or […]

  3. Russ says:

    Not one step in the outlined process works. Thanks for the frustrating instructions. This is probably a joke to someone.

  4. Arie says:

    I agree with Russ. Directions are stupid. Just curious–Did this work for anyone?

    • Douglas says:

      Yes of course this works, this is how all of us move photos to an iPad from your computer. Why don’t you follow the instructions instead of complaining about not following the directions?

  5. Leon says:

    I do not see the “Photos tab”? I see options for music and books etc but no photos? What am I doing wrong?

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