How to transfer photos from PC to iPhone or iPad

If you want to transfer photos from a PC to your iPhone or iPad, it is best to do this via iCloud. We explain how that works.

iCloud is typically used to automatically sync photos from your iPhone or iPad to your computer, using what Apple calls Photo Stream. Photo Stream contains the latest 1000 photos, but once those photos are in the Photo Stream folder within My Pictures on your PC or laptop, they will not be deleted. So that’s a great way to automatically back up photos on your iOS device without connecting it to your computer with a cable.

However, you can also use the Photo Stream folder in combination with iCloud Control Panel to send photos from your PC to your iOS device. To use iCloud under Windows, you do need additional software from Apple. Learn what to do to install and configure iCloud Control Panel for Windows.

Here you can download the newest version from iCloud Control Panel.

Once set up, photos you take with your iPhone or iPad are saved to your Photo Stream and uploaded to iCloud, then downloaded to your computer the next time you turn it on.

Upload photos from your PC to your iPhone

There are several ways to transfer photos to an iPhone or iPad, but here we do it via iCloud Control Panel and the Uploads folder within the Photo Stream folder.

pay attention: If you just want to import photos from your digital camera without using a computer, you can purchase Apple’s Camera Connection Kit if your device has an older 30-pin connector, or the Lightning to SD Camera Reader if it has the dock connector .

Step 1

On your computer, open an Explorer window and go to the folder where the photos you want are stored. Select the photos you want, right click on them and choose Copy.

Step 2

Go to the Pictures folder. Locate the Photo Stream folder created when you install the iCloud Control Panel, and double-click it to display its contents. (Do not click the Photo Stream shortcut in the Windows Explorer favorites list, as you cannot access the Uploads folder that way.)

Step 3

Open the Uploads folder in Photo Stream, right click and Paste your copied photos to this folder.

Step 4

Your photos will soon appear in your Photo Stream on your iPhone (within the Photos app). The Photo Stream is arranged by date (the date the photos were taken), so it can be a bit tricky to find if you already have the maximum number of photos (1000) in your stream. But it is also possible that Windows has given the files today’s date. Then the photos are at the back of your Photo Stream.

A common source of confusion is the fact that Photo Stream does not support videos, so you cannot upload videos to your iPhone or iPad this way. To add videos to your camera roll, you need to use iTunes and sync them with the tab Photos (make sure you check the box Include videos check box), or you can install an app that allows you to add files via File Sharing in iTunes.


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