How to Transfer/Send Photos from iPhone to iPad Easily and Quickly

Many people get an iPhone as the communicating tool to send text messages, make call, etc. while use iPad to do some entertainment, like play game, watch videos, etc.

Surely, it is not the rule everyone should follow.

When you take some photos and send to iPad for viewing or editing, it is very normal.

The question is how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad?

This page collects the best 4 ways to do that.

Using iCloud wirelessly, iTunes with USB cable, AirDrop with Bluetooth and the third-party apps to make photos move from iPhone to iPad.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad

Part 1: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad with iPhone Transfer (Easiest)

It is the easiest and recommended way to copy photos from iPhone to iPad, because it helps you avoid the defects by iCloud (photos overwrite), iTunes (photos overwrite) and AirDrop (slow transfer speed).

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Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad to iPhone Transfer

Download the right version of best iPhone transferring application and install it on your computer. Hook up your iPhone and iPad to your computer using Apple Lightning cables. Launch iPhone Transfer and it will discover two devices automatically.


Step 2. Preview photos on iPhone before transferring

Click on your iPhone's name at left side column, and choose the Photos tab to show up all photos on your iPhone. You can preview them on the detail window.


Step 3. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPad in one click

Make sure to select all photos you'd like to transfer to your iPad, locate to the top ribbon, unfold the "Export to" menu, and select "Export to [iPad's name]". A few minutes later, the photos on your iPhone will be transferred to your iPad. Then disconnect both iPhone and iPad from your computer.


Now, unlock your iPad and go to the Photos app to check whether all desired photos are synced successfully.

Furthermore, you are able use this software to

Part 2: How to send photos from iPhone to iPad using AirDrop (Bluetooth)

AirDrop is an ad-hoc service released by Apple. It also lets you share photos from iPhone to iPad.

However, you need to meet the following rules to use it:

1. AirDrop is available on iPhone 5 and later, iPad 4th generation and later, iPad Mini flagship, iPod Touch 5th generation and later.

2. Both iPhone and iPad should update to iOS 7 and above.

3. Connect the same Wi-Fi and enable Bluetooth on both devices.

Step 1. Power on your iPhone, enter your password to unlock it, and swipe upward from the bottom of the screen to open the "Control Center". Touch the AirDrop and you will be presented three options "Receiving Off", "Everyone" and "Contacts Only" on the popup dialog.

Receiving Off: stop transferring photos via AirDrop;

Contacts Only: connect to the contacts in your iCloud account;

Everyone: discover iDevices around your iPhone.

We suggest you to choose "Everyone", which is easier to set up. Turn on your iPad and enable AirDrop as well.

On iPhone X, you need to swipe down from the upper-right corner of the screen, and go to the Network box, then you will find the AirDrop feature.

Turn AirDrop

Step 2. Next, open the "Photos" app on the source iPhone and head to the "All Photos" album. Tap on the "Select" option on top of the screen and select all photos that you want to sync to the target iPad.

Select Photos Export

Step 3. Then hit the "Share" icon, tap on the "AirDrop" option and choose your iPad on the list. Switch to the target iPad and press "Accept" on the popup dialog to start transferring photos from iPhone to iPad wirelessly.

AirDrop on iPad

Some users complain about AirDrop not working. Some users feel it difficult to use AirDrop. It is up to you. If you want to find other methods to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad, go ahead.

Part 3: How to sync photos from iPhone to iPad with iCloud (Wirelessly)

iCloud is the necessary tool for many iOS users, though it is not easy to use.

Actually, you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPad using iCloud.

Before you follow the guide, you have to read the defects:

1. It will transfer all photos, not selective pictures from iPhone to iPad.

2. The synced photos will replace all existing photos on iPad.

3. The wireless transfer may take a long time, and you need more patience.

OK, now, let's check the steps in details.

Step 1. Backup iPhone photos to iCloud

On your iPhone, connect to a Wi-Fi network, head to "Settings" > "iCloud" > Turn on "i My Photo Stream" to start to backup iPhone photos to iCloud.

If you want to view the photos in the last 30 days, just toggle on "iCloud Photo Sharing".

In this way, you are able to backup iPhone photos to iCloud. You can restore photos from iCloud backup once you delete photos on iPhone.

Step 2. Sync iPhone photos on iPad

On your iPad, sign in the same Apple ID with iPhone, and you will see the iPhone photos on iPad automatically.

Sync iPhone photos on iPad

Part 4: How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad with iTunes (USB cable)

Unlike AirDrop, iTunes relies on the USB cable to sync photos from iPhone to iPad. And you have to import photos from iPhone to your computer first.

How to import photos from iPhone to PC

Step 1. Link your iPhone with your computer using Apple lightning cable. Tap on "Trust" when prompted whether to trust this device on iPhone. Then Windows PC will treat it as a portable device and pop up the AutoPlay window.

iPhone Camera Roll

Step 2. Select "Import pictures and videos", you can access your iPhone Camera Roll on PC. Hold the "Ctrl" key and highlight the photos and albums that you want to transfer to iPad, then drag and drop them to your desktop.

If the AutoPlay window does not show up automatically, click on "My Computer" on your desktop, locate to the "Portable Device" section, right click on your iPhone and you will see "Import pictures and videos" on the menu bar.


Users are not permitted to access iPhone Camera Roll folder on Windows 8/8.1, instead you will be presented two options after clicking on Import pictures and videos, Review, organize, and group items to import, and Import all new items now. If it is the first time to download photos from iPhone to computer, you'd better select the former. Hit the "More options" link and select a location to save iPhone pictures, click "Next" button and then press the "Import" button to import pictures from iPhone to PC. Then you can transfer photos from iPhone to iPad with iTunes

How to save photos from iPhone to Mac

Step 1. On your Mac computer, the Photos app should start automatically as soon as you plug your iPhone into your computer. If you find your iPhone won't connect to iTunes, try again to connect it. Keep your iPhone unlocked, and tap on "Trust" when prompted if to trust this device on the screen.

Step 2. Locate to the left hand column on Photos for Mac, click on your iPhone to display all photos in your Camera Roll. Select the pictures that you'd like to sync to iPad.

Step 3. To import photos from iPhone to Mac, select a destination in the Import to box at top ribbon, and then click on the "Import Selected" button. If you want to download all photos in iPhone Camera Roll, hit the "Import All New Items" button.

Tip: If your iPhone is locked during the process, iPhone photos will not show up in Photos app on Mac.

Import Photos on Mac

How to sync iPhone photos to iPad with iTunes

Step 1. To sync photos from iPhone to iPad, disconnect your iPhone and hook up your iPad to your computer using Apple's Lightning cable. Open iTunes after installed the latest version. If you have an iTunes on your computer, go to Help menu on Windows/ iTunes menu on Mac and click on Check for Update to install the new version.

Tip: This way is available with an iTunes 12 or above.

Step 2. Click on the "Device" icon at upper left corner, and go to the "Photos" tab under "Summary" on left hand column.

Step 3. Next, check the box in front of "Sync Photos", and select "Choose folder" in the dropdown menu next to "Copy photos from". Then select the folder that you used to store photos downloaded from iPhone. If it contains subfolders, you can decide to sync "All folders" or specific albums.

Step 4. After setting, hit the "Apply" button at bottom right corner and the photos will go to your iPad once click on the "Sync" button.

Sync Photos

Note: In the latest version of iTunes, you can sync iPhone photos to iPad over Wi-Fi network. To set up Wi-Fi syncing feature, you also need to connect your iPad and iTunes with a USB cable, then click on the "Device" icon, navigate to the "Options" area in the "Summary" tab, make sure to tick the checkbox next to the "Sync with this iPhone over Wi-Fi" option, then remove iPad from your computer. Next time when you want to sync photos from iPhone to iPad, iTunes will discover your iPad once you put iPad and computer under the same Wi-Fi network.

Sync Photos with iTunes


  • 1. Transferring photos from iPad to iPad using iTunes is faster than AirDrop.
  • 2. It does not require a Wi-Fi network.
  • 3. iTunes is free to download in Apple Support website.


  • 1. You have to download photos to computer and then transfer them to target iPad.
  • 2. iTunes is a one-way iPhone transfer application permitting users to sync photos from computer to iPhone.
  • 3. You have to take the USB cable here and there. That is not convenient.
  • 4. The biggest problem is that iTunes will cover the Camera Roll on iPad with the new photos. In another word, existing photos on your iPad will be gone after transfer.


It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. That may be why people increasingly prefer to take photos with their iPhone. When multi-device users want to sync photos from iPhone to iPad, or you want to transfer photos from your iPhone to your friends' iPad, you will find our guides and suggestions above are helpful. First of all, if you just want to sync several photos between iPhone and iPad, AirDrop is apparently a good choice. It does not require internet, USB cable, or computer. To share a large amount of photos, you'd better use a transferring application, such as iTunes and Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer. Bear in mind that iTunes will overwrite existing photos on your iPad. On the other hand, iPhone Transfer does not have such downsides and is easier to use. Now, you should grasp multiple approaches to move photos from iPhone to iPad. Pick up the proper way and follow the guides in this post to complete the job in a few minutes.

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