How to Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad: A Step-by-Step Guide

Transferring photos from your iPhone to your iPad can be a breeze if you know the right steps. The process involves using Apple’s built-in features like AirDrop or iCloud Photo Library. Once you’ve completed the transfer, you’ll be able to view and share your photos on a larger screen. So, let’s dive in and get those photos moving!

Step by Step Tutorial: Transfer Photos from iPhone to iPad

Before we get into the steps, it’s important to understand what we’re aiming to achieve. Transferring photos from your iPhone to your iPad allows you to enjoy your pictures on a larger display, back them up, or free up space on your iPhone. Let’s get started.

Step 1: Enable AirDrop on both devices

Turn on AirDrop on your iPhone and iPad to make them discoverable to each other.

To enable AirDrop, swipe down from the top-right corner of your screen to open the Control Center. Press and hold the wireless control box (the box with airplane mode) and tap on AirDrop. Choose ‘Contacts Only’ or ‘Everyone’ to make your device discoverable. Remember, ‘Everyone’ will allow any nearby Apple device to see your device, so use this option with caution.

Step 2: Select the photos to transfer

Choose the photos you want to transfer from your iPhone.

Open the Photos app on your iPhone, tap ‘Select’ in the top-right corner, and then tap on each photo you wish to transfer. You can select as many or as few as you like.

Step 3: Tap the share button

After selecting the photos, tap the share button (a square with an upward arrow) to bring up the sharing options.

The share button is usually located in the bottom-left corner when viewing photos. After tapping it, you’ll see a range of sharing options including AirDrop, Messages, Mail, and more.

Step 4: Choose your iPad from the AirDrop section

Under the AirDrop section, tap on your iPad’s name to start transferring the photos.

Your iPad’s name should appear in the AirDrop section if it’s close enough and AirDrop is enabled. If you don’t see it, make sure both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on and are in range of each other.

Step 5: Accept the transfer on your iPad

Accept the incoming photos on your iPad to complete the transfer.

A notification should pop up on your iPad asking if you want to accept the photos. Tap ‘Accept’, and the photos will start transferring. Depending on the number of photos, this may take a few seconds to a few minutes.

After completing these steps, the photos you selected on your iPhone will now be available on your iPad. You can find them in the Photos app, under ‘Recents’ or in the ‘Imports’ album if you’re using the latest version of iOS.

Tips: Easier Photos Transfer from iPhone to iPad

  • Make sure both devices are signed in with the same Apple ID to use iCloud Photo Library.
  • Ensure both devices are connected to Wi-Fi to speed up the transfer.
  • Keep the devices near each other during the transfer to avoid any interruptions.
  • Consider using iCloud Photo Library if you’re transferring a large number of photos regularly. It syncs photos across all your devices automatically.
  • Regularly back up your photos to prevent any data loss in case of device failure.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if AirDrop isn’t working?

If AirDrop isn’t working, make sure both devices have Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, and that ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode is turned off as it can prevent AirDrop requests.

Can I transfer photos without Wi-Fi?

Yes, AirDrop uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, but it doesn’t require an internet connection. As long as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are enabled on both devices, you can transfer photos without an internet connection.

How do I enable iCloud Photo Library?

Go to ‘Settings’ on your iPhone or iPad, tap on your Apple ID, then ‘iCloud’, and ‘Photos’. Switch on ‘iCloud Photos’ to enable it.

Will the photos remain on my iPhone after transferring?

Yes, the original photos will stay on your iPhone unless you delete them manually after the transfer.

Can I transfer videos the same way?

Absolutely! The process for transferring videos is the same as for photos. Just select your videos instead of photos in Step 2.


  1. Enable AirDrop on both devices.
  2. Select the photos to transfer.
  3. Tap the share button.
  4. Choose your iPad from the AirDrop section.
  5. Accept the transfer on your iPad.


Transferring photos from your iPhone to your iPad shouldn’t be a hassle. With the simple steps we’ve gone through, you can quickly and easily move your cherished memories from one device to another. Whether it’s to free up space, back up your photos, or simply to enjoy them on a bigger screen, the process is straightforward.

Remember, you’ve got options like AirDrop for quick transfers or iCloud Photo Library for automatic syncing. Whichever method you choose, ensure your devices are prepared—Wi-Fi and Bluetooth turned on, signed in to the same Apple ID, and physically close to each other. Once you’ve done that, it’s just a few taps away.

And there you have it—your guide on how to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad. Now go ahead, give it a try, and bask in the glory of your beautiful photos on a larger display. Happy transferring!

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