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How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Mac

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Gabriel Hammond

February 28, 2017 (Updated: August 6, 2020锛

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Transferring photos from your iPad to your Mac is not just a way to keep them safe from data loss but can also be a good way to free up some storage space on the iPad. Once the photos are on your Mac you can safely delete them from the device and take new ones.

In this article, we are going to look at several ways to transfer photos from your iPad to your Mac. Choose the one that applies to your own unique situation.

1 Transfer iPad Photos using a USB Connection

One of the easiest ways to transfer photos to your Mac is to simply connect the iPad to the Mac using USB cables. Here鈥檚 how to do it.

Step 1: Connect the iPad to the Mac using USB cables. The photos App should open automatically. If it doesn鈥檛, open the app.

Step 2: Select the photos you want to transfer and then click on 鈥淚mport Selected.鈥 You can also click 鈥淚mport All鈥 to import all the photos available.

Transfer iPad Photos using a USB Connection

2 Transfer iPad Photos through My Photo Stream Settings

Follow these simple steps for an alternative way to transfer your iPad photos.

Step 1: On your iPad go to Settings > iCloud > Photos and turn on 鈥淢y Photo Stream.鈥

turn on 鈥淢y Photo Stream鈥

Step 2: Now on your Mac, go to the photos App and then select Preferences > iCloud and make sure that 鈥淢y Photo Stream鈥 is selected.

select 鈥淢y Photo Stream鈥 on your Mac

All the photos on your iPad will automatically be synced with the Mac.

4 Transfer Photos from iPad to Mac using iMyFone D-Back

While all the above methods may work, sometimes a simpler method is called upon especially when you have a lot of photos to transfer. iMyFone D-Back iOS Data Transfer for Win or iMyFone D-Back iOS Data Transfer for Mac offers this simpler solution that works regardless of the volume of photos that you have to transfer. Some of the features that make the program the best option include the following.

  • It can be used to transfer up to 22 different types of files including photos, videos, contacts, messages, WhatsApp messages, Viber messages, Kik messages and more.
  • It can also be used to extract data from an iCloud or iTunes Backup file.
  • It is very easy to use and comes with a preview function for selective data transfer.

download-win download-mac

Here鈥檚 how to use iMyFone D-Back to Transfer Photos from your iPad to your Mac.

Step 1: Download and install the program to your computer and the launch it. From the main window select 鈥淩ecover from iOS Device鈥 and click 鈥淪tart.鈥 In the resultant screen, select 鈥淧hoto鈥 and then click 鈥淣ext.鈥

choose export from iOS device

Step 2: Connect the iPad to the computer using USB cables and then click 鈥淪can.鈥

Connect iPad to computer

Step 3: When the scanning process is complete, select the photos you want to transfer to the Mac and click 鈥淩ecover.鈥 Select a location on your computer to save the transferred photos and you鈥檙e done.

select the photos you want to transfer

Download the free trial version of iMyFone D-Back or iMyFone D-Back for Mac to know more details.

Windows version Mac version

4 Transfer iPad photos to Mac via AirDrop

You can also use AirDrop to transfer photos and other files from your iPad to your Mac wirelessly. To use this method, ensure that AirDrop is set up on your Mac. to do this Open 鈥淔inder鈥 and click on 鈥淎irDrop鈥 in the Sidebar. Select either 鈥淐ontacts Only鈥 or 鈥淓veryone鈥 from the drop down menu to ensure AirDrop is set up properly.

set up AirDrop on your Mac

Now, follow these simple steps to transfer the photos via AirDrop.

Step 1: On your iPad, open Photos > Select Album and then select the photos you want to share.

Step 2: Tap on the Share icon at the bottom of the screen and then select the Mac from the list of devices on the AirDrop option and the photos will appear on the Mac.

Transfer iPad photos via AirDrop

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