How to Sync iPhone Photos to iPad in 3 Ways

Photos on iPhone not showing on iPad? How do I get my pictures from my iPhone to my iPad? If you are stuck in the same problem, read the post to know how to sync iPhone photos to iPad in 3 ways.

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Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad

Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad

Apple attaches 8 megapixels built-in camera to iPhone since the release of iPhone 4s, which makes iPhone one of the best devices to take photos. With iPhone, people take more photos than ever. But for photo display, iPad may be better than iPhone because of its large screen. If you also have an iPad, you may want to sync iPhone photos with iPad.

In this post, we will show you the details about the methods of syncing iPhone photos to iPad using iCloud, iTunes, and offer you one iPhone to iPad transfer app as an alternative way when iCloud Photo Stream not working or iTunes don’t sync.

Part 1: Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad without iCloud/iTunes

When meeting issues that stop you from syncing photos from iPhone to iPad, just like Photostream not working or iTunes don’t sync, some data transfer apps could be good alternatives. And AnyTrans for iOS is one of these apps that you can use to easily transfer files between iOS devices. It is compatible with any iPhone, like iPhone XS/XS Max/XR/X/8/7/6s, iPad in iOS 8/9/10/11 and recent iOS 12 update. Here are the main features:

  • Support both photo types of JPG photos and HEIC photos, also support almost all albums like Camera Roll, iCloud Photo Library, Live Photos, Panoramas, Screenshots, Videos, Selfish, etc.
  • Offer two transfer options. Allow you to sync photos from iPhone to iPad in one click, or you can preview the pictures first and then selectively choose some to transfer.
  • Ensure fast transfer speed, which enables you to transfer 3000 photos within 5 minutes. Besides, it keeps the original picture quality.
  • Guarantee 100% Safe & Security. During the transferring process, all contents on your two devices will be kept safe. No iCoud/iTunes restore, namely, no any data coverage and data loss.
  • Besides the iPhone to iPad transfer, it also supports transferring photos from iPhone to iPhone, from iOS devices to computer, or from computer to iOS devices.

Now download and install AnyTrans for iOS to start a free trial.

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Step 1 Open it and connect both your iPhone and iPad to computer via USB cables. Scroll down to the category management page.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 1

Step 2 Select Photos > Select the type of photos you want to sync (Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library, Photo Share, and My Albums photos).

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 2

Step 3 Choose the photos you want to sync to iPad > Click To Device button to start transferring. You will soon have these photos on iPad.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AnyTrans for iOS – Step 3

Bonus Part: How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly

When you do not have a USB cable at hand, your iPhone/iPad cannot be recognized by your computer or you just simply want to connect your iPhone/iPad with computer via Wi-Fi, you can try this tool – AnyTrans app. You just need to install it on your two iOS devices, then you can directly transfer files from one device to another wirelessly via this app.

More than transferring photos between two iOS devices, with AnyTrans app, you can directly manage files on your device, and transfer files from Android to iOS device, from Android to Android, or from one device to computer and vice versa.

Make sure your iPhone and iPad are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and cellular data would not work in the following steps. Now follow the steps below to sync photos from iPhone to iPad.

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

Step 2. On your iPad: Open AnyTrans app > Tap the transfer tab > Tap on the QR Code button.

Step 3. On your iPhone: Open AnyTrans app > Tap on the Scan button on the top right corner > Then scan the QR code on your iPad.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly - Step 3

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly – Step 3

Step 4. On your iPhone, select the photos you want to transfer > Click Send to iPad to start transferring photos from iPhone to iPad.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly - Step 4

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly – Step 4

Part 2: Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Using iCloud

We know that iCloud Photo Stream can be used to share photos between iPhone and iPad. All we need to do is to turn on My Photo Stream on both of your devices. Then all the iPhone camera roll photos will be uploaded to iCloud automatically when your iPhone and iPad are in a Wi-Fi network. Follow the steps to turn on My Photo Stream.

Before we start, please pay attention to the following points:

  • Your iPhone and iPad should be in iOS 8.3 or later.
  • iCloud Photo Library should be enabled in both devices.
  • Your iPhone and iPad should log in the same Apple ID.
  • iCloud only gives users 5GB storage for free, please make sure there’s enough iCloud storage space.

Tap on both of your iPhone and iPad: go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > Turn on My Photo Stream.

For users running iOS 10.3 and later, please go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos > Toggle the switch of My Photo Stream.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via iCloud

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via iCloud

iCloud Photo Stream only saves the last 1000 photos for 30 days, so remember to save those photos to other albums on your iPad, or they will be removed automatically if your photos exceed 1000 or the storage time is longer than 30 days.

Part 3: Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Using iTunes

iTunes only allows us to sync photos from computer to iPhone/iPad, but not vice versa. If you want to sync iPhone photos with iPad, you need to transfer photos from iPhone to computer firstly, and then sync photos from computer to iPad again.

Step 1: Import photos from iPhone to computer

If you are Windows users, you can copy photos from iPhone to PC easily by following this guide: How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to Windows Computer >

If you are working with Mac computer, read this post to import photos from iPhone to Mac: 6 Ways Help You Transfer Photos from iPhone to Mac >

Step 2: Sync photos from computer to iPad with iTunes

Connect your iPad to computer with USB cable > Run iTunes if it doesn’t open automatically > Click Device button > Click Photos tab > Select Sync Photos from Application or Folder > Click Apply.

How to Sync iPhone Photos to iPad with iTunes

How to Sync iPhone Photos to iPad with iTunes

1. When syncing photos from iPhone to iPad with iTunes, ONLY Camera Roll photos can be transferred. Also, iTunes will erase the existing photos in Photo Library when you sync iPhone photos with iPad.

2. If you have enabled iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone, you’ll see a popup menu saying, “iCloud Photos is On. XXX can access photos in iCloud. Photos can be downloaded to your device via Wi-Fi or cellular network” when you transferring photos with iTunes. If you still want to finish the sync process via iTunes, you have to turn off iCloud Photo Library on your iPhone. But you must clear that once you turn off iCloud Photo Library on your device, all the photos stored in iCloud but not on your device will be wiped.

Above all, if you want to keep all your photos safe, move to Part 1 to learn how to share photos between iPhone and iPad directly, more importantly, with no data loss.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, it is easy enough to sync iPhone photos with iPad with AnyTrans for iOS. xcept transferring photos, AnyTrans for iOS also features you the ability to manage photos on your device to keep them organized by removing, renaming, editing, deleting, etc. More than anything, except photos, many other iOS contents also are in the supportable range, such as music, notes, contacts, messages, calendar, apps, etc. Click here to download AnyTrans for iOS to start a free trial >

Joy Taylor

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