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How to Copy Photos to iPad?

iPad is way better than iPhone for watching videos or viewing pictures. Many people will transfer photos they take with their iPhone or digital cameras to iPad for an enjoyment. If you are a photographic lover and have taken a lot of photos with your digital camera, you may want to view them on your iPad. It is easy for you to copy the photos from your digital camera to computer, but how to copy photos to iPad? You can find many interesting ways to get the job done, but I'll suggest four simple and easy-to-go ways for you.

Part 1: How to Copy Photos from PC to iPad?

In order to copy photos from PC to iPad, you can find the following methods to complete the transfer with ease and accuracy. Before copying, you have to make sure that your iPad has enough capacity to store these photos.

1. How to Copy Photos from PC to iPad with iTunes

When it comes to copying photos to iPad, iTunes is always regarded as a good choice for many iPad users. As an official and free data transfer tool, iTunes can help users to sync photos from computer to iPad. The following guidance is about how to copy photos to iPad with iTunes.

Step 1: Plug iPad into computer with the USB cable. iTunes will automatically launch, if not, you need to manually start it on your computer.


Step 2: Click the name of the iPad in the left sidebar, and then click "Photos" in the right part of the window.


Step 3: Click "Sync Photo from" and check "Choose Folder", and then choose the photos from your computer.


Step 4: Click "Apply" at the right bottom of iTunes window. iTunes will then start syncing the photos from computer to your iPad. If you haven't enabled auto sync of iTunes on your computer, just go to Edit > Preferences > Devices, and uncheck "Prevent iPods, iPhones and iPads from syncing automatically".


2. How to Copy Photos from PC to iPad Without iTunes

If you think the method of copying photos with iTunes is still a little complicated, you can check out third-party iPad transfer software. Leawo iTransfer is highly recommended on this issue. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs. Among all these programs, Leawo iTransfer can be regarded as the best. As mentioned, this iPhone transfer software enables users to transfer various kinds of files, including apps, music, movies, TV shows, eBooks, ringtones, photos, Camera Roll, contacts, text messages, bookmarks, and notes. With this iPhone data transfer software, you are able to fully handle your iPad without messing up the data inside. The following guidance will show you how to copy photos to iPad with Leawo iTransfer. The software is shareware, so you are able to free download and use it, but it limits you on the transfer times.

Step 1. Download Leawo iTransfer

Go to the official site and download iTransfer free in seconds. Then, install the program on your computer.

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  • Leawo iTransfer

    - Transfer files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs with ease.
    - 6x faster than iTunes
    - Transfer up to 14 kinds of data and files without iTunes.
    - Support the latest iOS devices like iPhone 12, iPhone 12 Pro, etc.
    - Play back, view, and delete data and files on iOS devices.
    - Support Windows & Mac OS

Step 2. Run Leawo iTransfer and Connect iPad

Run Leawo iTransfer and connect iPad to the PC with the USB cable. The software will recognize your iPad and automatically detect it, and then show the libraries of your iPad in the left sidebar.


Step 3. Add Photos from Computer

Choose "Photos" in the left sidebar. You are allowed to drag and drop the photos into the window of the software to start the transfer. Or click "File > Add > Add File/Add Folder" to add photos from your computer. If the Photo Library of your iPad is empty, an "Add File" button will be shown in the middle of the window.


Step 4. Transfer Photos from Computer to iPad

The photo transfer starts immediately after you chose files. The dialog of the transfer process will show up when the transfer begins. The progress bar will show you the percentage of the transfer. When it finishes, you will find the photos are added into the window of the software, meanwhile, they have been copied to your iPad.


With Leawo iTransfer, you are able to copy photos to iPad without iTunes, and the software makes the data transfer easy to be done. If you want to transfer apps from iPhone to iPad, this software will also be helpful. Check the software out if you are interested.

3. How to Copy Photos from PC to iPad with iCloud

iCloud is a useful tool to back up mails, contacts, photos, notes, etc. from PC to iPad as long as you toggle on iCloud backup. Now let's learn how to copy photos from PC to iPad with iCloud.

Step 1: Open up Settings on your iPad and tap on iCloud> Photos, then turn on iCloud Photo Library. This will automatically upload and store your entire library in iCloud when Wi-Fi is available.


Step 2: Log in with your Apple ID and password, and click "Photos". You can view all photos synced from your iOS devices.


Step 3: Click the "Upload Photos" icon, and select the photo you'd like to upload. Then the uploaded photo will be synced to your iPad.


You can always log onto in any web browser to view your entire iCloud Photo Library and upload or download photos from it.

4. How to Copy Photos from PC to iPad with Dropbox

If you have installed Dropbox on your iPad, copying photos to iPad will be easy for you. You only need to download and install a Dropbox on the hotel PC and then log in your Dropbox account. This software gives you 2GB for free so you can add photos from the PC to Dropbox and then download them to your iPad. The steps about how to copy photos to iPad are also easy.



  1. Launch Dropbox on the PC, and then log in the account you own. If you don't have a Dropbox account, you can check "I don't have an account" and create a new one within the software.
  2. Click the folder of Dropbox on the PC. I'm using a Windows 7 PC, and the folder named Dropbox is in C: > Users > Administrator.
  3. Copy the photos into the Dropbox folder.
  4. Open Dropbox on your iPad. If you don't have the app, download it from App Store. Dropbox is a free app in the App Store. I suggest you download the app and copy photos to iPad over Wi-Fi connection, because the photos you take with your digital camera are usually large in size.
  5. In the Dropbox app, you are able to find the photos. Tap the file names and copy them your iPad. The photos will be saved to the Camera Roll of your iPad.

Part 2: How to Copy Photos from iPhone/Mac to iPad?

If you would like to copy photos from iPhone or Mac to iPad, the above methods would be applied as well. For Leawo iTransfer, it not only transfer photos from PC to iPad, but also can complete the transfer between iPhone/Mac to iPad perfectly. Also, you can find the Mac version for Leawo iTransfer. Besides this powerful transfer program, the following two methods would be your another excellent choices.

1. How to Copy Photos from iPhone/Mac to iPad with iCloud Photos

iPhone and iPad users are able to use iCloud Photo Library to send photos from iPhone/Mac to iPad. The photos can be uploaded to iCloud Photo Library after you enable the service by tapping Settings >> iCloud >> Photos >> iCloud Photo Library. The photos will be uploaded to iCloud when your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi and your device is in charge. The numbers of photos and videos you can upload depend on the storage space of your iCloud. If you have never purchased the storage in iCloud, you will have 5GB for free use. Note that iCloud allows you to download the photos from iCloud Photo Library if you want to keep them on your iPad.


2. How to Copy Photos from iPhone/Mac to iPad with AirDrop

With AirDrop, you can share photos, videos, websites, locations, and more with people nearby with an Apple device, so you are able to transfer photos from iPhone/Mac to iPad with AirDrop. To start AirDrop, you need to swipe up from bottom on your iPhone, and turn on Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Then, tap AirDrop and choose Contacts Only or Everyone. You can select the photo in your Camera Roll and tap the share button at the left bottom. After that, you can choose the AirDrop user nearby and share the photo easily. Then, you can receive all the photos on your iPad via AirDrop easily. If you find the AirDrop is not working on your Mac, you can check on this tutorial to fix AirDrop not working on Mac.


Part 3: How to Copy Photos from Camera to iPad?

Finally, if you prefer to copy photos from the Camera to iPad directly, asides from the above solutions, you can simply copy the photos with the iPad Camera Connection Kit. With the iPad Camera Connection Kit, it's incredibly easy to download photos and videos from your digital camera to your iPad so you can view them on the gorgeous iPad display and share them with family and friends.



  1. Put the storage card of your digital camera into the iPad Camera Connection Kit. Both the SD card and the other storage card of camera can be put in the iPad Camera Connection Kit, so don't worry about the size of the storage card.
  2. Plug the iPad Connection Kit into iPad, and then the Photos app on your iPad will launch automatically. You are able to view the photos with your iPad.
  3. Select the photos you want to transfer to iPad, and tap "Import" or "Import All". Then the chosen photos will be imported to your iPad.
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