4 Free and Easy Methods to Sync Photos from iPad to iPhone

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Myra Updated on Jun 26, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

If you have more than one iOS device, it's quite a normal need for you to sync or transfer data between your iOS devices. Syncing photos from iPad to iPhone is one of the things you may find yourself need to do. Here in this blog post are 4 completely free ways about how to transfer photos from iPad to iPhone without iTunes, namely using MobiMover, iCloud, AirDrop or email. Can't wait to know more? Read and compare the methods below and choose one that you think is suitable to apply to your devices.

How to sync photos from iPad to iPhone

Tip 1: Sync photos from iPad to iPhone for FREE using MobiMover

Want to transfer the photos in Camera Roll, Photo Stream and Photo Library on your iPad to your iPhone? Want a time-saving way to sync your iPad photo to your iPhone? Want a free alternative to iTunes to manage your iOS content? If these things are what exactly you want, then using MobiMover can perfectly meet all your needs. As a free iOS data transfer tool, MobiMover Free can be used to transfer files from one iPhone/iPad to another, back up iPhone/iPad to PC and export data from PC to iPhone/iPad. What's more, you can enjoy all the features for absolutely free. Sounds great? Then follow the steps below to have a try.

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Step 1: Connect your iPad and iPhone 8/X to your computer with USB cables, Once connected, tap on Trust on your devices to continue. Run EaseUS MobiMover for Mac and go to the main screen. 

MobiMover main screen for Mac

Step 2: Click boxes to set the source and target devices as your iPad and iPhone X/8 respectively. 

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Step 3: Tap Next and move to the following interface. Uncheck Select all and choose Photo only. You can also choose several data categories and sync them at one time. 

choose photos to be synced to iPhone 8/X

Step 4: Now, click Transfer to begin to sync pictures from iPad to iPhone 8/X at fast speed. When the transferring finished, go to open the Photos App on your iPad to check the synced files. 

begin to transfer photos from iPad to iPhone 8/X

As mentioned above, you can transfer files not only between two iOS devices but also between iOS device and PC with MobiMover. For example, you can import videos from iPhone to computer, transfer music from computer to iPad, back up text messages on iPhone to computer and more using this tool. Don't hesitate to make MobiMover your useful tool.

Tip 2: Sync photos from iPad to iPhone using iCloud

With iCloud, you can copy photos from iPad to iPhone wirelessly. Using iCloud to sync photos between your iPad and iPhone needs you to turn on Wi-Fi on both of your devices, sign in the two devices with the same iCloud account and perform the steps on your iPhone and iPad. (If you find Wi-Fi not working on your device, learn what to do in the blog post.)

Step 1: Go to Settings App on your device.

Step 2: In iOS 10.3 or later, tap on your name and choose "iCloud". While in iOS 10.2 or earlier, choose "iCloud" directly.

Step 3: Choose "Photos" under iCloud.

Step 4: Turn on "Upload to My Photo Stream" in iOS 10.3 or later. Switch on "My Photo Stream" in iOS 10.2 or earlier.

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Tip 3: Transfer pictures from iPad to iPhone using AirDrop

Another way to add photos from iPad to iPhone wirelessly is using AirDrop. Similarly, to use AirDrop, you need to turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both of your iPad and iPhone. Then follow the steps below to continue. (If you are also interested in how to use AirDrop on Mac, read the blog post about how to turn on AirDrop on Mac for reference.)

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop in Control Center on your devices and set your device to be discovered by "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 2: Open Photos App on your iPad and select the photos.

Step 3: Click Share button and tap on the name of your iPhone.

Step 4: Click "Accept" on your iPhone to receive the photos from your iPad.

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Tip 4: Send photos from iPad to iPhone using Email

You can also use Email to add photos to your iPhone from iPad.

Step 1: Go to Photos App on your iPad.

Step 2: Select the photos you'd like to transfer and tap on the Share button.

Step 3: Choose "Mail" and then send a mail to yourself.

Step 4: Check the email on your iPhone and download the photos on it.

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