How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Computer Easily

If you want to edit your photos or you want to use them with certain projects, you may need to transfer photos from your iPad over to your computer. Nothing replaces the capabilities of an actual computer and here we show how to bring your iPad photos to your computer.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 28, 2020

iPad is an amazing device and is useful for both personal and professional purposes. If you have been using it for a while, you have likely stored some photos on it. While the iPad has access to some really great photo editing apps, they are still far behind than their computer counterparts. To edit or use your iPad photos on your computer, you need to first transfer the photos to your Windows or Mac machine.

Here we cover some of the best methods for how to transfer photos from an iPad to a computer. You will be able to quickly get your iPad photos loaded on your machine with these methods.

Part 1. Transfer iPad Photos to Mac

If you are a Mac user, transferring photos from your iPad to your machine is easier and effortless than doing so on other operating systems. As both your iPad and Mac are developed by the same parent company.

Almost all the Macs come equipped with an app called Photos to help you organize the photos. You can actually use this very app to import your iPad photos to your computer. The app has a feature that allows you to load photos from external devices and this includes your iPad as well.

All you basically need to do is to connect your iPad to your Mac, select the photos you would like to transfer and click on a button. Your imported photos will be saved and available in the Photos app on your machine. The following are the steps on how to do it.

Step 1. Download and install the latest iTunes on your Mac if you do not already have it.

Step 2. Connect your iPad to your Mac using a USB cable. Make sure your iPad is unlocked or it will not work with your machine.

Step 3. Tap on the option that says Trust in the prompt on your iPad. This will allow your device to communicate with your Mac.

Trust Mac on your iPad

Trust Mac on your iPad

Step 4. On your Mac, click on Launchpad in the Dock, search for Photos, and launch the app.

Open the Photos app on Mac

Open the Photos app on Mac

Step 5. Click on your iPad in the left sidebar to view the photos stored on it. If you do not see your iPad listed, make sure the screen of your iPad is on and that it is unlocked.

Access your iPad in the Photos app

Access your iPad in the Photos app

Step 6. Choose the wanted photos and click on the button that says Import X Selected at the top. X is the number of photos you have selected to be imported to your machine.

Transfer iPad photos to a Mac

Transfer iPad photos to a Mac

When the transfer is finished, your photos will be transferred and continue to exist in the Photos app on your Mac.

Part 2. Transfer Photos from iPad to PC

If you are looking to transfer photos from your iPad over to a Windows computer, then you can use one of the built-in apps on your PC to perform the import process. The latest versions of the Windows operating system include an app called Windows Photos that works pretty much the same way as the Photos app for Mac. Windows Photos supports iOS-based devices as well which means you can easily and efficiently import photos from your iPad to your Windows computer.

If you want to transfer your iCloud photos, then make sure you have downloaded them to your iPad before you start the actual iPad to computer transfer process. Also, when the photos and videos are imported to your PC, you might need to use the iTunes app to fix the incorrectly rotated videos.

Step 1. Install the latest version of the iTunes on your Windows PC.

Step 2. Connect your iPad to your computer and make sure it is unlocked.

Step 3. Tap on Allow when a prompt appears on your iPad. This will let your computer connect and work with your iPad.

Allow sharing photos with your PC

Allow sharing photos with your PC

Step 4. Open the Start Menu on your PC, search for Photos, and launch the app. This will open the Windows Photos app on your computer.

Access the Windows Photos app

Access the Windows Photos app

Step 5. When the Photos app opens, you will find several options at the top menu bar. Find the option that says Import and click on it. Then, choose From a USB device as you are transferring photos from your iPad to your PC via USB.

Import photos from iPad to PC

Import photos from iPad to PC

Step 6. The app will automatically detect your iPad and load the photos on your screen. Select the photos you want and click on the Import items button at the bottom.

Select and transfer photos from iPad to PC

Select and transfer photos from iPad to PC

It will transfer all of your chosen photos from the storage of your iPad over to your Windows computer. This process can take quite a bit of time and depends on how many photos you are transferring between your devices.

Part 3. Transfer iPad Photos to Computer with Third-Party Tool

Apple provides you with many ways to transfer content from your iOS devices to your computer. However, those methods are not without issues and drawbacks. The methods we described above come with their own disadvantages.

When you use the above methods to transfer photos from an iPad to a computer, only the Camera Roll photos and videos are allowed to transfer. This leaves behind your other photos such as your screenshots and app photos.

That is where an app like AnyTrans comes into the picture. It allows you to selectively transfer photos from your iPad to your computer. You can choose both your screenshots and other photos to be transferred. Here are the features of AnyTrans.

AnyTrans – iPad Photo Transfer

  • Transfer all photos including screenshots and other app photos.
  • Support to export, import, and delete photos on your iOS devices.
  • No harm to the picture quality and existing photos.
  • Works well in all iPhone models and computer systems.

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Here we show how to use this app for your photo transfer task.

Step 1. Grab the latest version of AnyTrans and install it on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPad to your computer using a USB cable and launch the app, click Photos to start.

Connect iPad to Computer and Click on Photos

Plug-in iPad and open AnyTrans

Step 3. On the following screen, click on the photo category in the left sidebar you want to transfer photos from. Select the photos you want and click the Send to PC button.

Choose Photos and Click Send to PC

Choose Photos and Click Send to PC

Step 4. When your photos are transferred, you will see the transferred complete note like the following on your screen.

Transferring Completed

Transferring Completed

You are all done. All of your chosen photos should now be available on your computer. You can access them like the regular files on your machine.

The Bottom Line

Whether you want to free-up memory space on your iPad or you simply want to view your photos on the large screen of your computer, the above methods will help you transfer your iPad photos to your Windows or Mac computer so you can do what you want to do with them.

Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.