How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad

Want to transfer photos from SD card to iPhone/iPad but don’t know how? Guiding by this tutorial, you will know the method about how to get photos from SD card to iPhone/iPad.

By Stephen Wilson | Posted on: Sep. 19, 2018, Last Updated: Dec. 28, 2018
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After getting an iPhone/iPad, you really want to transfer photos from the SD card in camera or your old Android phone to the new device, so how can you do it with ease? You can copy the photos from SD card to computer, and then sync the photos from computer to iPhone/iPad via iTunes. As for Apple newbies who just get the new iPhone XS/XR may be confused about the complicated process. But the real problem troubling you is the previous photos you synced to your iPhone/iPad will be erased during the time-consuming process.

Therefore, is there any way for meeting your needs without erasing previous data? Absolutely YES, in this tutorial, we will introduce a nice iOS content transfer named AnyTrans for iOS, which will help you a lot in transferring data.

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Part 1. How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Considering importing photos to iPhone/iPad, iTunes is a good tool for us to transfer photos. However, as we all know,  iTunes only supports one-way synchronization, which means that once you sync photos to your iPhone, the current media data on your iPhone may possibly be erased and replaced.

And if you have already turned on iCloud Photos on your new iPhone, to sync photos with iTunes, you have to turn the iCloud Photos off. Once you turned off iCloud photos, all your iCloud photos on your iPhone would be erased. You can also choose to download them all to your iPhone, which would take a lot of storage on your iPhone. Don’t want to let this happen? You can check Part 2 out.

Step 1. Insert the SD card into the card reader on computer > Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer via USB cable > Launch iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Click on the Device icon > Select Photos under Settings section > Check the box next to “Sync Photos”.

Step 3. Select the folder where you want to sync photos on your Mac/PC > Click Apply to transfer SD card to iPhone.

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad with iTunes

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad with iTunes

Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad with AnyTrans for iOS

AnyTrans is an all-in-one iOS content manager that can always put your important iPhone/iPad/iPod data in the right place, with 100% Safe & Security.

Step 1. Insert the SD card into card reader on computer. Download AnyTrans for iOS and launch it on computer > Connect your iPhone/iPad to computer with USB cable > Choose Device Manager > Click Add Content.

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How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad – Step 1

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad – Step 1

Step 2. Choose the photos you want to transfer from the SD card. Then Click Open to transfer them to your iPhone/iPad.

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad – Step 2

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad – Step 2

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Bonus Method. How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad Wirelessly with AnyTrans App

If you can’t find a USB cable at hand or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, then you can try the AnyTrans app on your iPhone to transfer photos from SD card to iPhone or iPad wirelessly.

Make sure your iPhone/iPad and the computer are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and cellular data would not work in the following steps.

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPhone/iPad.

Step 2. On your computer: Insert your SD card to the card reader on the computer > Go to anytrans.io from your browser and you will see a QR Code.

On your iPhone/iPad: Open AnyTrans app, and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your computer.

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad Wirelessly - Step 2

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. Then all your iPhone photos will show up on your computer > Click on the “Upload” button > Select the photos you want to transfer from the folder of SD card > Click “Open” to transfer photos from SD card to iPhone/iPad.

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad Wirelessly - Step 3

How to Transfer Photos from SD Card to iPhone/iPad Wirelessly – Step 3

The Bottom Line

As you can see, AnyTrans can help you move pictures from SD card to iPhone XR/XS (Max)/8/X/7/6s and iPad with just a few clicks. So Why Not Have a Free Try on AnyTrans? If you have any other questions on this guide or AnyTrans, please feel free to leave a comment or to contact us via email.

Stephen Wilson

Member of @iMobie_Inc., a die-hard fan of Apple and MOBA games, is always passionate about offering and sharing solutions to any Apple related problems, as well as Android.