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iOS can be pretty tricky to use sometimes because it isn't the most user-friendly operating software. It's only natural that you'd want to manually sync photos you want from your PC to your iPad. Using iTunes in this scenario won't be ideal.
However, there is a simple method you can use if you want to transfer photos from your PC to your iPad. With the solution we'll be telling you about, you will no longer need a USB cable or iTunes to transfer photos from your PC to your iPad. Here's how you can transfer photos hassle-free!
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to transfer photos you want to your iPad using your PC and even introduce you to a new solution – iMazing.
How do you export photos from PC to iPad?
The iPad is one of Apple's most popular devices. It has been very popular ever since its inception and has revolutionized how people use tablets. Quite a few users have switched to using the iPad entirely from a PC. The iPad's beautiful and big HD Retina display makes it the ideal device for viewing your photos and videos on the go.
When trying to transfer photos to iPad from PC, the process can't be made any simpler than that of the iMazing software.
A brief guide on how to transfer photos from your PC to your iPad:
- Download and install iMazing
- Launch the app and connect your iPad to your PC using a USB cable
- Select your device in the iMazing's sidebar, then select Photos
- Click the "Import" button and then select the photos you want to import
- Name the new photo album you've created and click "OK"
- Let iMazing complete the photo transfer.
Here is a detailed guide on how to download, install, and use iMazing to transfer photos from your PC to your iPad:
Step 1. Download and install iMazing software
You only need to download the iMazing software onto your PC. There is no need to download it onto your iOS device. You can download the installation file here.
The installation file will be in an .exe format and you have to run it once it is downloaded onto your computer.
Step 2. Connect your iPad
Connect your iPad to your PC using a USB cable.
Once your iPad is connected, for future photo transfers, you can transfer photos using the USB cable or using a Wi-Fi connection.
Step 3. Activate iMazing on your computer
The iMazing software provides a lot of features for free, however, to avail features such as unlimited data exports, the ability to restore backups, and to update or reinstall iOS, you will have to purchase a license.
How does iMazing work?
iMazing is a very innovative software that operates on a few underlying basics:
- No data is stored online by iMazing. All your data is only stored on your computer.
- Photos, Videos, Music, Books, Voice Memos and public Application files can be accessed directly. Other types of data like Messages or Call History will be pulled from a backup of your device.
- iMazing will automatically perform a backup when for the type of data you're accessing.
iMazing works by reading through the multitudes of files present in your iPad's backup and displaying them in a more digestible format.
A backup is essentially a snapshot of all of your iPad's data. It will more often than not, contain a large number of files. This is meant to serve as a safety net incase you need to update or restore your device.
Properties of iMazing
The key features of imaging can be categorised into the following pointers:
- Browse - this includes viewing all the data present on your iPhone iPad, backups, iCloud photos and even iTunes backup.
- Export - iPhone iPad photos to PC transfer
- Import - transfer data to iPhone iPad from PC
- Backup - Save data from your iPhone iPad onto your computer
- Restore - Restore your device using a backup. You can choose to restore only selected items from your backup as well.
- Transfer - Device to device data transfer. Backup and restore simultaneously using this feature! You can choose to restore only selected items from your backup as well.
- Advanced - Tools and features for power users and developers which you can read more about on the iMazing website!
Below you'll find links to some great iMazing guides. Simply click on the dataset that you want to manage, and you'll be redirected to the appropriate guide page.
If you'd like to know more about how iMazing handles different types of data, have a look at their cheatsheet.
Browse and transfer data between your computer and your device:
Backup and Restore data to your device:
iMazing now comes packaged with iMazing Mini, a free menu bar application that backs up your iOS devices automatically and wirelessly! Incase you find it to be a tedious task to backup your devices, you definitely want to check iMazing Mini out!
To learn more about the Mini, see Getting Started with iMazing Mini.
How do I transfer photos from computer to iPhone using iTunes?
Using iTunes to transfer photos is another option that is available to you. Here's a step-by-step guide on how you can do this:
Step 1: Connect your iPad to your PC using a USB cable
Step 2: Run iTunes on your PC if it doesn't automatically launch when you connect your iPad
Step 3:Select "Device" from the menu bar and then select "Photos".
Step 4:Enable "Sync Photos" and then select where you'd like your synced photos to be saved. Once selected, click "Apply" to save the changes you've made.
We bet at this point you're wondering whether you should use iMazing or iTunes to transfer photos to your iPad. We've summarised the differences between them below to make it easier for you to choose how to transfer your photos.
iMazing vs iTunes
There are many differences between iTunes and iMazing, but there are two key parameters upon which they differ significantly enough to warrant consideration:
Multiple Backups vs Single backup
iMazing allows you to store multiple backups of your iPad's data on your PC. You will therefore be able to even access data that has been deleted from your device.
iTunes, on the other hand, will only store one backup off your iPad's data at a time which can very easily result in data loss. This happens because whenever iTunes will make a new backup on your computer, it will overwrite the data from your previous backup.
Sync vs Transfer
iMazing provides you with the ability to choose what data including pictures you want to transfer onto your iPad from your computer. This inherently means more control since you manually transfer the data.
iTunes does have the feature of automatically syncing your computer with your iPad or iPhone. However, this can result in data loss accidentally if you attempt to sync your iPhone or iPad with a new computer. There is definitely more room for error with using iTunes to transfer your photos.
To summarise, there are most definitely other alternatives available to you: transferring your photos using iCloud, iTunes or your file manager/explorer. However, they won't the process won't be as effortless as it is with iMazing. iMazing is the solution you've been hoping for to all of your photo transfer woes. This app for your PC is probably the simplest way for you to transfer your photos to your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.