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How to take photos from iPad to computer


Apple tablets are famous not only for their performance, but also for the quality of the main and front cameras. That is why users often have a huge collection of photos on the device. How can I transfer them to a computer for further editing or storage?

Method 1: iCloud

The activated function of synchronization with iCloud involves automatic uploading of photos and videos to "Media Library", which can be viewed on the Iceland website. Here, the user can also work with contacts, notes, reminders and other data from all devices that are logged in with the same account and this function is enabled.

If synchronization with iCloud is not enabled, do the following:

Go to your account, and then select ICloud.

In the window that opens, move the toggle switch to the right opposite "ICloud Photo".

After this procedure, you must go to the application "A photo" and wait for the full download of all files in "Media Library". Speed ​​depends on available internet connection. The transfer was completed successfully, now it remains only to find them on the Iklaud website.

    Open the iCloud website. Enter your Apple ID and account password.

Go to the section "A photo".

By selecting the desired file, the user can also add it to the album, share or delete.

Method 2: Windows Explorer

You can download photos from the iPad without using the iCloud website or special applications, just connect the device to the PC. Please note that we will need the preinstalled iTunes program, since it is she who is responsible for the necessary drivers for a successful connection.

  1. Connect your iPad to your PC via a USB cable. Click "Trust this computer" on the tablet screen.
  2. Go to "My computer" and find the iPad in the list of connected devices.

Open section "Internal Storage".

Go to the folder DCIM.

In the next window, the user can see several folders. Their number is always different and depends on how many files are currently stored on the device, as well as their location. Folder 100CLOUD contains files synchronized with iCloud. We are interested in photos from the internal memory, so we choose "102APPLE" or "103APPLE".

You can copy the desired file by simply dragging it to another window or desktop, or by calling the quick menu with the right mouse button and clicking "Copy". Then select the section or folder where the copied photo will be saved, and click RMBPaste.

Please note that you cannot edit or delete photos on the iPad through Windows Explorer. To do this, use iCloud or iTunes.

Method 3: Cloud Storage

You can download photos to a PC from any device if it has a cloud storage application installed. It is enough for the user to transfer photos to the cloud from the tablet, and then download them to the computer. The advantage of such services is the security of user files, as well as the ability to get free disk space. The following articles describe the basic features and tools of the most popular cloud storage services.

How to take photos from iPad to a Windows computer

If you use a computer based on the Windows operating system, it will be very simple to take photos from the iPad. First you need to connect your iPad to a computer using a USB cable. If you don’t know which cable to use, just grab the cable you use to charge your iPad.

After connecting, the computer will detect your iPad and a new disk will appear in the “My Computer” window. Go to "My Computer" and open this drive.

After that you will see the disk “Internal Storage”, open it too.

Next you need to open the “DCIM” folder.

And the folder "100APPLE".

After that, a folder with photos that are stored in the iPad’s memory should open in front of you. In order to drop these photos from iPad onto the computer, simply drag and drop the files with the mouse to any folder.

Method 4: iTools

Transferring almost any files from iPad is possible without the help of iCloud. To do this, the user will need a third-party file manager, a kind of analogue to the standard iTunes program. The following article describes how to transfer photos from a device to a PC using the popular iTools manager.

Using a computer when working with files on the iPad is very convenient, especially if you turn on automatic synchronization with the iCloud library. However, the user may turn to newer ways of storing files, such as the cloud.

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How to take photos from iPad to Mac OS X

If you are using an Apple computer with Mac OS X, the process of dropping photos from the iPad will be a bit more complicated. To do this, you will need a program called "Image Capture". This program should open automatically when the iPad is connected to the computer, but if this does not happen, then it can be opened manually, but more on that later.

So, in order to upload photos from iPad to a Mac OS X computer, connect your iPad and go to the "Image Capture" program.

If the program "Image Capture" did not open automatically, then start it manually. To do this, use the built-in Mac OS X Spotlight search. Click on the search icon (upper right corner of the screen) and the search bar that appears, enter the request “Image Capture”. After that, Spotlight will find the program you need and offer to open it.

After opening the "Image Capture" program, pay attention to the left side of the window. Here in the "Image Capture" program displays all the devices that are currently connected to the computer. In order to drop a photo from iPad onto a computer, you need to find iPad in the list of connected devices and click on it.

After that, you can start working with photos that are stored in the memory of the iPad. First you need to select the folder in which you would like to drop them. Open the drop-down menu at the bottom of the Image Capture window and select the appropriate option. For example, you can select the Images folder.

Now you can take photos to your computer. In order to drop all the photos in the iPad’s memory into the folder previously selected, just click on the “Import All” button. If you want to upload only some photos to the computer, select them with the mouse and click on the “Import” button.

It must also be said that the Drag & Drop function works in the Image Capture program. This means that you can drop photos from iPad by simply dragging and dropping files from the Image Capture window.

How to take photos from iPad to computer using iCloud

You can also use other ways to drop photos. For example, you can use the “My Photo Stream” function, which allows you to synchronize photos taken on the iPad or iPhone with a computer.

In order to use this function, you first need to go into the iPad settings and in the “iCloud - Photos” section enable “Upload to My Photo Stream”.

After that, you need to install the iCloud client on your computer and enable import from “My Photo Stream” in its settings.

As a result, all the photos that you will take on your iPad will be automatically downloaded to your computer.

You can also take photos off to your computer using other cloud storage. To do this, you need to install a client application on the iPad to work with the storage you have selected. After that, photos can be sent to the storage directly from the Photos application.

ICloud Photo

Using iCloud Photos, you can access photos and videos on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Apple TV,, and even on a Windows computer. Your new snapshots are automatically added to iCloud Photos, and any organizational changes or edits are synced across all your devices *.

  1. Make sure the software on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, Mac, or Apple TV is up to date.
  2. Set up iCloud on all your devices. If you are using a Windows computer, download iCloud for Windows. Make sure all of your devices are signed in to iCloud using the same Apple ID.
  3. Make sure your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network.

To enable iCloud Photos, do the following:

  • On iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, go to Settings> [your name]> iCloud> Photos and turn on iCloud Photos.
  • On a Mac, go to System Preferences> iCloud. Click the Options button next to Photos and select iCloud Photos.
  • On Apple TV, go to Settings> Accounts> iCloud> iCloud Photos.
  • On a Windows computer, follow the steps to set up iCloud Photos.

If you have already synced photos on your iOS device via iTunes, and then turned on the iCloud Photos function on it, the message “Photos and videos synced with iTunes will be deleted.” Photos and videos synchronized with the computer will remain on the computer, but will be deleted from the iOS device.

To copy these photos and videos back to your iOS device, turn on iCloud Photos on your Mac or Windows computer. After that, photos from your computer will be downloaded to iCloud, and you can open them on any of your devices. After turning on iCloud Photos, all photos are saved in iCloud, and they can be opened in the Photos program on a Mac computer or in a folder on a Windows computer.

You can also get additional iCloud Photo help information for your Mac or Windows computer.

* Photos and videos stored in iCloud Photos take up storage in iCloud. Before you enable iCloud Photos, make sure iCloud has enough space to store your entire collection. You can determine the required volume, and then go to the expanded tariff plan, if necessary.

Import to Mac

You can use the Photos app to import photos from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Mac without using iCloud Photos. You can also use these steps to import images from digital cameras or SD cards.

  1. Make sure your Mac is using the latest version of iTunes. To import photos to a Mac, iTunes 12.5.1 or later is required.
  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or digital camera to your Mac using a USB cable. If you are using an SD card, insert it into the SD slot of your Mac or connect it using an SD card reader.
  3. This may require you to unlock your iOS device with a password. The iOS device may also display a “Trust this computer” warning. To continue, click Trust.
  4. On a Mac, Photos will open automatically. Otherwise, open the "Photo" program.
  5. In the “Photos” program, the “Import” screen opens, where all the photos and videos that are on the connected device are displayed. If the Import screen does not automatically open, click the Import tab at the top of the Photos application, or click the device name in the sidebar.
  6. To import part of the photo library, click the photos you want, then click "Import Selected." To import all new photos, click Import All New Photos.
  7. You can then disconnect the device from the Mac. If you imported photos from an SD card or other USB device, remove the device safely first.

On macOS High Sierra or later, imported photos appear in the Import album of the Photos program. If you are using an earlier version of macOS, you will find them in the Last Import album.

Photos and videos synced from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch using iTunes cannot be imported back to your computer.

Import to PC

You can import photos to a PC computer by connecting a device to it and using the Photos program in Windows:

  1. Make sure your Windows computer is using the latest version of iTunes. To import photos to a PC, iTunes 12.5.1 or later is required.
  2. Connect your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to your Windows computer using a USB cable.
  3. This may require you to unlock your iOS device with a password.
  4. The iOS device may also display a “Trust this computer” warning. To continue, click Trust or Allow.

Then, follow the steps in the following Microsoft Knowledge Base articles to import photos into Windows Photos:

After importing video from an iOS device to a PC, some videos may have the wrong orientation in Windows Photos. By adding these videos to iTunes, you can play them in the correct orientation.

If you have iCloud Photos enabled, you need to download the original full-size versions of your photos on your iPhone before importing them to your Windows computer. Learn how to do it.

Photos and videos synced from your computer to your iOS device via iTunes cannot be imported back to your computer.

Transfer photos from a computer to an iOS device

There are several ways to transfer photos and videos from your computer to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  • Use iCloud Photos and Photos for macOS or iCloud for Windows to securely store and sync photos on all your devices.
  • Use AirDrop to wirelessly send photos and videos from your Mac to your iOS device. This is a simple, fast, but Mac-only way to send multiple objects. When you send photos and videos to your iOS device via AirDrop, they are displayed in the Photos program on the device.
  • Sync photos manually using iTunes. Each time you sync your iOS device using iTunes, the photos and videos on this iOS device are updated according to the albums on your computer.

Additional Information

  • Back up all files, including photos and videos, to an external hard drive using Time Machine
  • Import photos and videos from a drive, such as a hard drive or SD card, into the Photos app for macOS
  • Import photos on film using a scanner and Image Capture
  • Transfer photos from an Android device to an iOS device using Move to iOS
  • Import images directly to a folder on a Mac using Image Capture

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