How to Sync Photos with Your iPhone 4S - dummies

How to Sync Photos with Your iPhone 4S

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

Syncing photos to your iPhone 4S is a little different from syncing other media because your iPhone has a built-in camera — two cameras, actually — and you may want to copy pictures or videos you take with the iPhone to your computer, as well as copy pictures stored on your computer to your iPhone.

The iPhone syncs photos and videos, too, with the following programs:

  • Mac: Aperture version 3.2 or later or iPhoto version 9.2 or later

  • PC: Adobe Photoshop Elements or Adobe Photoshop Album

You can also sync photos with any folder on your computer that contains images.

In the Photos pane, select the Sync Photos From check box, and then choose an application or folder from the pop-up menu (which says Aperture in the following figure):


If you choose an application that supports photo albums (such as Photoshop Elements, Aperture, or iPhoto), projects (Aperture), events (iPhoto), facial recognition (Aperture or iPhoto), or any combination thereof, you can automatically include recent projects, events, or faces by making a selection from the same pop-up menu.

If you’re using iPhoto, you can also type a word or phrase in the search field (an oval with a magnifying glass) to search for a specific event or events.

If you choose a folder full of images, you can create subfolders inside it that will appear as albums on your iPhone. But if you choose an application that doesn’t support albums or events, or a single folder full of images with no subfolders, you have to transfer all or nothing.

If you’ve taken any photos with your iPhone or saved images from a web page, an e-mail, an MMS message, or an iMessage since the last time you synced, the appropriate program launches (or the appropriate folder is selected), and you have the option of downloading the pictures to your computer.