How to Transfer Pictures Between iPhone and iPad Using iCloud

One of the best reasons to use only Apple products is the simple integration that you gain access to because of their integrated environment. Whether it involves the ability to access all of your purchases made in iTunes across all of your devices, or easily backing up all of your data through iTunes, Apple has simplified the otherwise complicated task of syncing all of your information. But perhaps the best aspect of this integration exists with iCloud. You can use iCloud for free on your iOS devices by signing into iCloud on each of your devices with your Apple ID. You can then take advantage of the 5 GB of free storage to sync Notes, Reminders, Messages and other data across your iPhone and iPad. You can also use the Photo Stream feature to upload all of your images to iCloud and seamlessly view all of the pictures that you have taken with your iPhone or iPad on either device.


Configure Photo Stream Settings on Your iPhone 5


You can start with either device, but we will start with your iPhone, because the majority of your pictures have probably been taken with that camera.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on your phone.

open the iphone settings menu

Tap the iPhone Settings icon


Step 2: Scroll to the iCloud option, then touch it once to select it.

open the iCloud menu on the iPhone

Open the iPhone iCloud menu


Step 3: Scroll to the Photo Stream option and select it.

open iPhone Photo Stream menu

Touch the Photo Stream option on the iPhone


Step 4: Touch the button to the right of My Photo Stream to turn it on.

enable iphone photo stream

Turn on Photo Stream on the iPhone


Now that everything is configured on your iPhone, you can move over to your iPad.


Configure Photo Stream Settings on Your iPad


The process is nearly identical on the iPad, so you should be in familiar territory at this point.


Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on your iPad.

tap the iPad settings icon

Open the iPad Settings menu


Step 2: Touch the iCloud option at the left side of the screen.

open iPad icloud menu

Open the iCloud menu on the iPad


Step 3: Touch the Photo Stream option at the center of the screen.

touch the photo stream option on the iPad

Open the Photo Stream menu on the iPad


Step 4: Touch the button to the right of My Photo Stream to turn it on.

enable iPad photo stream

Turn on Photo Stream on the iPad


Your pictures will start uploading and syncing the next time you are connected to a WiFi network. It can take a little while for all of the pictures to sync to your Photo Stream, so you will need to be patient, especially if you have a lot of pictures on your devices.

You can access the Photo Stream from either device by launching the Photos app then touching the Photo Stream button at the top of the screen (iPad) or the bottom of the screen (iPhone).

If you choose to disable the Photo Stream setting at some point in the future you will lose the Photo Stream pictures that have been downloaded to your device. Note, however, that those pictures will remain in the Camera Roll on the device on which they were taken, provided that you have not already deleted them from the device.

If you do not like Photo Stream or you are looking for another alternative, you can also use Dropbox to automatically upload pictures from your iPhone or iPad.


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