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Synchronize Photos from Your Computer to Your iPad

By Edward C. Baig, Bob LeVitus

If you’ve downloaded photos to your Mac or PC, you can download them to your iPad by syncing. If you chose to let iTunes manage synchronizing your data automatically, you can still manage your automatic syncing options. Make sure that your iPad is selected in the source list.

The iPad syncs photos with the following programs:

  • Mac: iPhoto 9.2 or later or Aperture 3 or later

  • PC: Adobe Photoshop Elements 8 or later

You can also sync photos with any folder on your computer that contains images. To sync photos, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Photos button and select the Sync Photos From check box.

  2. Choose an application or folder from the pop-up menu (which says iPhoto in the figure).


  3. To further refine what photos are synced, you may have any of the following options:

    • Select albums, events, and more: If you choose an application that supports photo albums, events, and/or facial recognition, as in the figure, by choosing iPhoto, you can automatically include events by making a selection from the pop-up menu or select specific albums, events, and/or faces to sync by selecting them in the areas below.

    • Search for photos to sync: If you’re using iPhoto, you can also type a word or phrase into the Search field (the oval with the magnifying glass) to search for a specific event(s).

    • Select a folder of images: If you choose a folder full of images, you can create subfolders inside it that appear as albums on your iPad.

    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.

    Because iPhoto ’09 and ’11 — the two most recent releases — support events and faces in addition to albums, you also have the option of syncing events, albums, faces, or all three.

  4. Click the Sync or Apply button in the lower-right corner of the window.

    Your photos are synced to your iPad.