How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad

Want to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad but do not know how? This guide will tell you 5 methods about how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad. All iPhone and iPad models are supported.

Roger Smith Last Updated: Dec. 11, 2019

I have an iPhone XR and I love taking photos. Now there’s a problem, the photos have taken over half of storage space of my iPhone. I just want to move these photos to my iPad. How do I transfer photos from iPhone to iPad? Any ideas?

With the advanced built-in iSight camera, the iPhone could be the most ideal alternative to a professional camera. However, it also takes a lot, even most of the iPhone storage space. In this case, how to clear Ram on iPhone matters mobile performance. Or, if you own an iPad, it can be the best solution for you to free up storage space on your iPhone, moving photos from iPhone to iPad.

So here comes the question: How to move photos from iPhone to iPad, especially when you have hundreds of photos to transfer? In this guide, we will work you through 5 methods to complete the job, including the traditional AirDrop, iTunes, iCloud, Photo Stream ways, and a simpler and quicker method.

Method 1. Transfer iPhone Photos to iPad Using AirDrop

AirDrop allows you to locally transfer files to your Apple devices wirelessly. It does allow transferring photos between your iPhone and iPad. All you have to do is enable the feature on both the devices and then share photos from one device and those will instantly be available on the other. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1. Open Control Centre on your iPhone and iPad and enable the AirDrop feature.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop

Step 2. Tap on Photos in the springboard of your iPhone to launch the photos app. Then, tap on Select at the top-right corner and select the photos you want to transfer to iPad.

Step 3. Tap on the share option and choose AirDrop as the medium to share the selected photos. Your iPad will appear and you need to tap on it to move photos from your iPhone to iPad.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via AirDrop

Method 2. Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

To send pictures from iPhone to iPad with iCloud, please make sure that you have both your iPhone and iPad connected to a stable Wi-Fi, as it needs a network connection to access photos or upload photos. Also, there are some preparations you need to make:

  • Your iPhone and iPad need to be iOS 8.3 or later.
  • You have to enable iCloud Photo Library on both your iPhone and iPad.
  • Your iPhone and iPad should log into the same Apple ID.
  • Make sure that you have enough iCloud storage space.

Step 1. Go to Settings > Tap on your Apple ID’s profile part > Click iCloud.

Step 2. Tap on Photos > Toggle the “iCloud Photo Library” ON. Wait for the photos on iPhone syncing to your iPad.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad with iCloud

Method 3. Photos from iPhone to iPad Using iTunes

iTunes is also an official way that Apple offers for users to transfer and backup data on iDevices. If you have made an encrypted backup of your iPhone using iTunes, then follow the steps here. 

1. The iCloud Photos, shared photos can’t be transferred with iTunes, you can only transfer photos from Camera Roll.

2. Syncing photos via iTunes will wipe all data on your iPad and replace it with the files in the iTunes library.

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad to a computer  > Open the iTunes. Make sure that you have the latest version of iTunes.

Step 2. Choose your iPhone and click Photos > Select Sync Photos option > Click Apply button to sync your iPhone.

Step 3. Unplug your iPhone and plug in your iPad to the computer > Choose your iPad in iTunes and click Photos.

Step 4. Check Sync Photos option > Click Apply to sync photos to your iPad (the screenshot takes iPhone for an example).

Sync iPhone Photos to iPad with iTunes

How to Sync iPhone Photos to iPad with iTunes

Method 4. Move iPhone Photos to iPad without iCloud/iTunes

Since iTunes and iCloud have so many limitations, many users are searching for other ways to move pictures from iPhone to iPad. AnyTrans for iOS is one of the most recommended ways to do the task. And below are the reasons why:

AnyTrans for iOS – iPhone Photo Transfer

  • Transfer all photos from iPhone to iPad in 1-click.
  • Fast speed to move hundreds of photos in a few minutes.
  • Transfer all kinds of photos: Camera Roll, Photo Stream, Photo Library.
  • Guarantees you 100% Security: keep your data safe and no data loss.

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Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer firstly, and then follow the simple steps below to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad selectively or wholly.

Option 1. How to Transfer Pictures from iPhone to iPad Selectively

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad.

Launch AnyTrans on your computer > Connect your iPhone and iPad to computer with USB cables > Click Photos on the right side to select the photo album you want to transfer.

Connect your iPhone and iPad

Connect your iPhone and iPad

Step 2. Transfer photos from iPhone to iPad.

Select the photos you want to transfer > Click To Device button on the upper right corner to transfer selected photos to your iPad.

Select the photos you want to transfer

Select the photos you want to transfer

Option 2. How to Transfer All Photos from iPhone to iPad

Step 1. Connect your iPhone and iPad.

Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your computer and open it > Plug in your iPhone and iPad to the computer via USB cables > Click Phone Switcher option.

Connect your iPhone and iPad

Connect your iPhone and iPad

Step 2. Choose Transfer Mode.

Click Phone to iPhone to send data to the iOS device.

Click Phone to iPhone

Click Phone to iPhone

Step 3. Send the Photos from iPhone to iPad.

Confirm the source device and target device, select the photo albums you want to transfer. You can choose to skip the duplicates photos or hide empty categories. Click Next to start transferring.

Choose the categories you want to transfer

Choose the categories you want to transfer

Bonus Part. How to Send Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly

If there is no USB cable available or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your computer, then you can try the AnyTrans app to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad wirelessly.

Now connect your iPhone and iPad with the same Wi-Fi and install AnyTrans app on both your iPhone and iPad. You can download it by clicking the below button or directly search AnyTrans on App Store.

Step 1. Open AnyTrans on your iPad, tap on My QR code on the top-right corner of your iPad.

Step 2. Open AnyTrans on your iPhone, and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your iPad.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly - Connect iPhone and iPad

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly – Connect iPhone and iPad

Step 3. Choose Photos category on your iPhone > Choose the album contains the photos you want to transfer to your iPad > Tap on Select button.

Step 4. Select the photos you want to transfer > Tap on Send to iPad to transfer selected photos from iPhone to your iPad.

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly

Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad Wirelessly

– Besides photos, AnyTrans also lets you transfer videos, music, ringtones, contacts, messages, notes, calendar, etc.

– Except for iDevice to iDevice transfer like iPhone to iPad, AnyTrans for iOS also lets you transfer photos from iPhone to computer/iTunes.

Method 5. Photos from iPhone to iPad Using Photo Stream

Photo Stream uploads your photos to iCloud so that they can be accessed from any connected iOS and OS X devices that sign in with the same Apple ID, for iOS 7 and later users (iPhone 5/iPad 4 later). In addition, this way only works when your devices are connected to Wi-Fi.

Open the Settings app on your iPhone > Tap Sign in to your iPhone > Log in with your Apple ID > Tap “iCloud” > Select “Photos” > Toggle “My Photo Stream” on. Repeat the same process on your iPad.

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via Photo Stream

How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad via Photo Stream

The Bottom Line

That’s all about how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad. And no matter you want to transfer all photos or selected ones, AnyTrans for iOS would be the best assistant. Just give it a try by yourself! It can help you always put your lovely pictures in the right place: move photos among iPhone, iPad, and computer.

Roger Smith

Work for iMobie team for 5 years as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS or Android related issues.