[Updated in 2023] How to Transfer Photos from Mac/Macbook to iPad?
"Hi, I have saved some precious photos in my Mac's folder, and I want to put them into the iPad's camera app. I don't want to use iTunes, so I want to know if there are other ways to transfer pictures from Macbook to iPad? Can someone help me? I am a new user of Apple products, thank you!"
More and more people are inclined to watch videos and photos on iPad because of its portability and high-resolution screen, making it very easy to share photos. Viewing photos with friends and family is a very pleasant thing. If you are a Mac user, you can transfer photos from Mac to iPad with or without iTunes. As you will see in this article, we have a total of five different ways to do this. You can choose your favorite. For reverse transfer, you can see "How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Mac OS X?"
- Part 1: How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPad without iTunes (Quick & Flexible)
- Part 2: How to Import Photos from Mac to iPad with iTunes
- Part 3: How to Transfer Pictures from Macbook to iPad with Dropbox
- Part 4: How to Send Photos from Mac to iPad with Email
- Part 5: How to Copy Photos to iPad from Mac with AirDrop
We all know that most Apple users are still willing to use iTunes to manage and transfer iPad data. But before introducing everyone to how to export photos to iPad from Mac via iTunes, we can't wait to recommend an iOS management software, iOS Transfer for Mac, which is better than iTunes. It's easier to use than iTunes. But its function does not lose to iTunes. It allows you to transfer pictures from Mac to iPad without deleting any data during the transfer process.
Core Features of iOS Transfer for Mac?
- Transfer files between iPhone/iPad/iPod and Mac without using iTunes.
- Copy photos, SMS, videos, songs, books, voice memo, ringtone, podcast, playlist, etc. from Mac to iPad, and vice versa.
- The picture format and quality would be kept after the transfer.
- Backup data from iOS device to iTunes default backup location and restore iTunes backup to your target device with ease.
- Support all iPad models, including iPad Pro, iPad mini, New iPad, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad 2, iPad, as well as iPod touch, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone Xs Max, iPhone Xs, iPhone XR, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6S, .
Download and install the iOS Transfer for Mac and follow the steps below to transfer photos from Mac to iPad. If you have a Windows based PC, try the Windows version to transfer photos from PC to iPad.
Step 1: Connect your iPad to the Mac computer
Run the installed iOS Transfer for Mac and connect your iPad to the Mac via a USB cable. Press on the button of "Trust" on the pop-up window of your iPhone and then the iOS Transfer for Mac will detect your iPad and display its info in the starting window.
Step 2: Start to transfer pictures from Macbook to iPad
All data categories will show on the left sidebar of the software. Choose "Photos" from the left to enter the photos managing window. Then, turn to the top menu to choose the button of "+", browse for the pictures on the Mac you need and upload them from Mac to your iPhone.
Although iTunes has one or another of its drawbacks, generally iTunes is still the first choice at the mention of iOS files transferring. We still want to remind you that when iTunes transfers photos to iPad, all existing photos will be deleted. Therefore, be sure to think about whether you really want to transfer photos from Mac to iPad using iTunes.
Step 1: Open iTunes on your Mac and connect your iPad to the Mac using a USB cable. The connected iPad will be soon detected by iTunes and shown in iTunes primary window.
Step 2: Choose "Summary" > "Photos" tab from the left sidebar, which is under the location of the iPad icon.
Step 3: Tick "Sync Photos" option on the right side window and choose to copy all photos and albums from Mac or selected photos from Mac to iPad. Then, turn to the right lower corner to click the button of "Apply".
After above operations, iTunes will start to sync photos from Mac to iPad.
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Dropbox is a popular online backup cloud service and personal cloud storage service. It is widely used to transfer photos from Mac to iPad. It also provides 2GB of free cloud space for users to store files. Dropbox is suitable for various desktop operating systems, such as Windows, Mac, Linux, and various portable devices, such as iPhone, iPad, Android, and so on.
Here we introduce how to put photos from Mac to iPad via Dropbox.
Step 1: Open a browser on your Mac computer and go to the URL: https://www.dropbox.com/.
Step 2: Sign in to your Dropbox account, go to the Photos section and choose "Upload files" on the right side of the interface to select the photos that you want to import from Mac to Dropbox.
Step 3: Once all the selected photos have been uploaded successfully, you can go to the iPad, launch the Dropbox app and log into with the same account you used on Mac. Then, you will find the photos you just uploaded and download them to your iPad.
You could also try to import photos from Mac to iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad 4, iPad mini, iPad 2, etc. by using email. That's to say, you can either send photos from Mac to iPad as email content or attach photos for sending from Mac or Macbook to iPad. Below are the detailed steps:
Step 1: Open a web browser on your Mac and log in to your email account.
Step 2: Click "COMPOSE" button to create a new mail and enter your own email address as the recipient.
Step 3: Click the "Attach files" icon to select the photos that you want to transfer from the Mac as attachment, and then send the email.
Step 4: After the email is successfully sent, you can log in your email account on your iPad to receive the mail you sent from your Mac.
Step 5: Tap the attached photos and download them to your iPad.
Send photos from Mac to iPad via email is very simple, but it is only suitable for transferring a small amount of files. If you have a lot of photos to send, then the way of sending email is not suitable for you, because it will consume you a lot of waiting time.
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AirDrop is an iOS data transfer application provided by Apple. It helps users to transfer data and files between Mac and iOS devices like iPad, iPhone and iPod. No need to use a USB cable, it can be shared wirelessly to transfer photos from Mac to iPad. This application is not known by many people, but as long as you have used it, you will agree that it is a very convenient and good tool.
Step 1: Open AirDrop on your iPad: Turn on your iPad and swipe up from the bottom of the screen to call out the "Control Center". Long press and hold your finger on the box featuring the airplane button, and then press the "AirDrop" button on the newly popup screen. Then you are allowed to choose to set your iPhone to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone. Here, you could choose Everyone.
Step 2: Open AirDrop on your Mac: Navigate to "Finder" > "Go" > "AirDrop", or you could choose AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window. The pop up Airdrop window will then show you all AirDrop users that are nearby.
Step 3: Once the Mac and iPad are connected successfully, you can drag one or more photos to the recipient shown in the window to start to transfer photos to selected recipient (your iPad).
Or, you can also open the photos app on your iPad, select the photos you want to transfer from Mac to iPad and then click the "Share" icon to choose "AirDrop" option. Then, choose your iPad as the recipient and start to send the selected photos from Mac to your iPad.
The Bottom Line
The above five solutions can help you easily transfer photos from Mac to iPad, you can choose any method to help yourself. In fact, these methods can transfer other data and files besides photos. Of these five methods, iOS Transfer for Mac not only supports transferring files between Mac and iOS devices, but also allows you to simply manage your iPad content on Mac. It is a one-stop strong compatible iOS transfer and management tool for Windows, Mac and iOS. Download it now and try it out.