How to Transfer Photos/Videos from iPad to External Hard Drive?
"I have photos on my iPad Pro that I want to transfer to my external drive. Is there any easy method to accomplish this? Thank you!" -- Apple Support Communities
Apple fans often use iPad for photo taking or photo post-processing. Sometimes, the device may be running out of space. And in this juncture, it's urgent to transfer photos to a hard drive, flash drive, computer, etc., for safekeeping before deleting pictures on the iPad to make room for it.
So, here comes a question - how to transfer photos from iPad to external hard drive? OK, we will gather the top 6 ways to resolve this issue in this passage.
- Way 1: How to Transfer Photos from iPad to External Hard Drive with Assistant for iOS
- Way 2: How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Hard Drive via Windows/File Explorer
- Way 3: How to Move Pictures from iPad to External Hard Drive via Photos App
- Way 4: How to Transfer Photos/Videos from iPad to External Hard Drive via iCloud
- Way 5: How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Portable Hard Drive via Image Capture
- Way 6: How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Hard Drive without Computer
- Extra Tip: How to Transfer Photos from External Hard Drive to iPad/iPhone
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How to transfer photos from iPad to external hard drive via Assistant for iOS?
Step 1. Install and run Assistant for iOS on your computer. Link your iPad to this computer through a USB cord and then the hard drive. Then follow the prompts to get the linked devices recognized by the program.
Step 2. Select "Photos" from the left panel. View and tick on the pictures you want to transfer. Finally, tap "Export" from the top screen to move and save them onto the portable hard drive.
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File Explorer in Windows 10 (named Windows Explorer in Windows 8/7) is capable of saving iPad photos to external hard drive. Yet, it can process photos from iPad Camera Roll only. Here are the steps:
- Connect both the iPad and external hard drive to a computer.
- Open "This PC"/"My Computer".
- Find your iPad under Devices and drives.
- Unlock your iPad.
- Go to "Internal Storage" > "DCIM" > "100APPLE".
- Open the folder, and you will see all the pictures.
- Drag and copy your desired images to your external hard drive.
The Photos app (termed iPhotos in earlier versions) is built in Mac OS X 10.10.3 or later. It gives you the option to transfer photos from iPad to Mac or external hard drive.
To save photos/videos from iPad to external hard drive with the Photos app, you should:
- Link your iPad and hard drive to a computer.
- Run the Photos app and start your iPad.
- Press "Trust" on the Pad to trust this computer as a reminder prompts.
- Click "Import from the Photos app" on the upper-right corner.
- Tap "Import from a USB" or "Import from Camera".
- Select the pictures you want from your iPad to import and hit "Import" > "Continue".
- Find the external hard-disk drive as the location and save the images there.
If you're a Mac user with a computer running Mac OS X Yosemite or earlier, you can click Import All.../Import Selected on the iPhotos app to load iPad photos to the Mac or hard drive after the connection.
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By toggling on the iCloud Photos option on your iPad, you are enabled to upload the pictures to iCloud. Then it's easy to download whatever you want from the Cloud to the external hard drive.
Pick up your iPad to transfer photos to hard drive via iCloud as follows:
- Go to "Settings" > [your name] > Apple ID on the iPad.
- Touch "iCloud" > "Photos" > enable "iCloud Photo Library".
- This will upload your iPad photos to iCloud automatically.
- Log in to icloud.com on a Web browser.
- Go for "Photos" > "Albums" > "All Photos".
- The pictures on your iPad will appear in the folder.
- Connect your hard drive to your PC/Mac.
- Choose your desired photos and click "Download".
- Save the items to your external hard drive.
Image Capture facilitates you to take photos and upload them to a Mac from DCs, iDevices, and other devices with a camera. Next, you can copy your required images to your hard drive without a hitch.
How to transfer photos from iPad to hard drive via Image Capture?
- Attach the external hard drive and iPad to your Mac.
- Make sure the Mac computer can identify it.
- Open "Image Capture" on your Mac.
- Select your iPhone from the "Devices" section.
- Click the "Import" from the menu.
- Handpick the images you want to transfer from your iPad.
- Choose "Import Selected "/"Import All New Photos" to move photos to the external hard drive. (can't import photos from iPhone/iPad to Mac or hard drive?)
If your iPad is running iPadOS 13, you can directly move pictures from an iPad to a self-powered external hard drive. To start things off, you need to establish a connection between the devices via a powered hub or Apple's Lightning-to-USB3 Camera Adapter.
How to transfer photos from iPad to external hard drive without a computer?
- Connect the hard drive to the iPad via a lightning to USB adapter.
- You can also make the connection with an adapter/hub that supports both your iPad's and hard drive's connector.
- On your iPad, open the Files app.
- Click Browse to check if your hard drive has been connected or not.
- Go to Photos app > choose the photos you need to transfer.
- Tap "Share" at the bottom left corner.
- Hit the Options to choose your photo options.
- If everything goes well, tap Save to Files > choose your hard drive as the destination > tap Save.
- The screen will pop up a message saying that it's saving your items to the external hard drive.
Well, is there any way to move photos from a portable hard drive to an iPad? Of course! Follow the directions below to do the transfer for your photos reversely:
- Link your external drive to your iPad. (you need an external power source for the hard drive.)
- Open the Files app > tap the Browse button.
- Tap "open the external drive" under the list of Locations.
- Open the photos and videos folder.
- Select the pictures you'd like to move to your iPad.
- Tap the Share icon.
- Choose Save Image from the share sheet.
- Save external drive images to the Photos app on your iPad.
That's all for today's post. You can take any of the techniques above to save photos from iPad to external hard drive at your disposal.
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