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How to AirDrop Photos from iPhone to iPad in iOS 11


Updated on Jan 11, 2021 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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What is AirDrop? AirDrop is a built-in feature in Mac, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch that makes the data transfer between two AirDrop-supported devices possible. With AirDrop on, you can send photos, videos, contacts, locations, documents, and more from your iPhone/iPad/Mac to another AirDrop-supported device nearby.

If you want to share the contacts on your iPhone, you can AirDrop contacts from iPhone to iPhone. Or if you want to sync photos from your Mac to your iPhone, you can use AirDrop to send photos from Mac to your device. As you may know, you can also AirDrop photos between two iOS devices. Follow the steps below to learn how to AirDrop photos from iPhone 11/XR/X/8/8 Plus to iPad in iOS 11/13.

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Part 1. Preparations How to turn on AirDrop ...Full content
Part 2. AirDrop Photos Open "Control Center" > Tap...Full content
Part 3. Transfer Photos Without AirDrop Download iOS data transfer tool...Full content
Part 4. Fix "AirDrop Not Working" Issue Five troubleshooting tips to fix ...Full content

Part 1. Preparations Required to Use AirDrop

First and foremost, you need to know what kind of hardware specifications you'll need to use AirDrop. According to the Apple website, only the following listed devices are allowed to use AirDrop.

  • iPhone 5 or later.
  • iPad (fourth generation or later).
  • iPad mini.
  • iPad touch (fifth generation or later).
  • Mac running OS X Lion.

To airdrop files between iOS devices, you need to ensure both devices are running iOS 7 or later and have both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi enabled. If you have no idea how to turn on AirDrop on your iPhone, here's how to do it.

Step 1. Launch Control Center by swiping up/down (iPhone X/XS/XR) on your iPhone or iPad > Long press on the Wi-Fi button.

Step 2. Tap AirDrop > Tap the "Contacts Only" or "Everyone" button to turn on AirDrop.

If you are encountering the problem "WiFi not working" or "Bluetooth not working" on your iPhone in iOS 11, you need to fix it first before you AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPad.

Part 2. How to AirDrop Photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus/X to iPad in iOS 11

If everything is ready, follow the steps below to learn how to airdrop photos from iPhone 8/8 Plus/X to iPad or from iPad to iPhone within minutes.

Step 1. Go to the Photos App on your iPhone and select the photos you'd like to send to your iPad.

Step 2. Tap on the "Share" button, click "AirDrop" and choose your iPad.

Step 3. On your iPad, click "Accept" when a prompt asking you whether to accept the photos from your iPhone.

You can also apply the steps above to AirDrop photos from iPad to iPhone 8/8 Plus/X.

How to AirDrop photos from iPhone to iPad

You may lose files while airdropping files between iPhone and iPad due to any reason. If that happens, you can use a trusted data recovery tool to restore lost files on the iPhone efficiently. Or, you can also directly jump to Part 3 to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad without data loss. 

Part 3. How to Transfer photos from iPhone to iPad in iOS 11 in an alternative way

In addition to using AirDrop to transfer photos from one iDevice to another, you can also use EaseUS MobiMover Free to sync photos between two iOS devices. What's more, this completely free iOS data transfer software can help you with many other things AirDrop can't. For example, you can transfer all contacts from iPhone to iPhone 8 at once, back up iPhone messages to computer, and more. In a word, you can use MobiMover to transfer files like photos, videos, audios, contacts, notes, messages, and more between computer and iOS device or between two iOS devices without any cost and limitation.

Sounds great? Now, click the button below to safely download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Mac or PC, then follow the steps to learn how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad quickly.

Step 1. Connect both of your iOS devices to your computer (Mac/PC). Launch EaseUS MobiMover, and choose "Phone to Phone" on the screen. Correctly set the source device and target device, and click the "Next" button to continue. 

How to back up iPhone photos to computer - Step 1

Step 2. Check the category/categories you want to transfer from your iPhone to iPad or from iPad to iPhone. As you can see, in addition to photos, you can also copy videos, audios, contacts, messages, and more between your iPhone and iPad.

How to back up iPhone photos to computer - Step 2

Step 3. After checking the settings, click the "Transfer" button to start transferring photos from your iPhone to iPad or iPad to iPhone. When it has completed, go to the "Photos" app on your target device to check the newly imported items.

How to back up iPhone photos to computer - Step 3

Part 4. Tip to Fix the "Airdrop Not Working" Issue

There are a lot of factors that may result in the "AirDrop not working" issue. Whatever the factors, we will show you some troubleshooting tips to fix the problems you may encounter while using AirDrop. 

1. Update your operating system

Go to Settings > General > Software Update.

2. Restart both devices

Press and hold either volume button and the side button until the power off slider appears > Drag the slider, then wait 30 seconds for your device to turn off > Press and hold the side button until you see the Apple logo.

3. Disable Personal Hotspot on your iOS devices

Go to Settings > Personal Hotspot on your iOS device to turn off that feature.

4. Turn off AirDrop restrictions

Go to Settings > Screen Time > Content & Privacy Restrictions > Make sure AirDrop is turned on.

5. Re-start Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both devices

Open Control Center > Tap the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons to turn them off and on.

If AirDrop still isn't working, you can move to Part 3 to use an alternative transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover to transfer files instead.

In Conclusion

We hope the two methods mentioned above can help you airdrop photos from iPhone to iPad without a hitch. If you have any issues with AirDrop or any additional questions, contact us to help you solve it!

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