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How to Transfer Photos from iPad to Mac in Different Ways?

Transferring photos from iPad to Mac is not only a way to keep your iPad files safe to avoid data lost but also a good way to free up storage space on iPad. This article is about to show you different ways to transfer pictures from iPad to Mac computer. You can compare and choose one of them according to your needs.

Method 1. How to Sync iPad Photos to Mac via AirDrop

Method 2. How to Selectively Transfer iPad Pictures to Mac (HEIF Images Included)

Method 1. How to Sync iPad Photos to Mac via AirDrop

You can use AirDrop to transfer pictures and other files from your iPad to Mac wireless. Before transferring, please make sure both your iPad and Mac are supported by AirDrop. iPad needs to be running iOS 7 or later and Mac needs to be running Mac OS X Lion (10.7) or later. Then you might use AirDrop to transfer photos between iPad and Mac.

Here is how:

Step 1. Turn on both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on your Mac and iPad device.

Step 2. On your Mac, please open "Finder" and click "AirDrop" in the Sidebar. Then select either "Contacts Only" or "Everyone" from the drop down menu to decide who can discover your Mac device. If it is not set up properly, AirDrop might not work as expected.

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Step 3. On your iPad, please open Photos app and select the photos you want to share in the iPad album.

Step 4. After selection, please tap Share icon at the bottom of screen, and select your Mac from the list of available devices on AirDrop option.

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Step 5. Then the selected photos will appear on Mac soon and it reminds you to "Save" or "Decline" the contents being sent. Simply click "Save" option to start transferring photos from your iPad to Mac.

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Method 2. How to Selectively Transfer iPad Pictures to Mac (HEIF Images Included)

Besides AirDrop, there is another effective way to transfer or manage iPad photos, that is, using the iPad Photo Manager - Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac to transfer photos from iPad to Mac selectively or wholly without any image quality loss and any restrictions. And this Photo Manager is fully compatible with iOS 11 and enables you to transfer HEIF images from iPad to Mac easily. And it works well with all generations of iPad/iPhone/iPad, including iPhone 8/8 Plus/X/7 Plus/7/6/6 Plus/5S/5C/5, iPad Pro/Air/mini, iPad with Retina display, The new iPad, iPad 2/1 and iPod touch/Shuffle/Nano/Classic.

If you are a Windows PC user, here is a Windows version of Coolmuster iOS Assistant for you to transfer files between iOS device and computer.

Please don't hesitate to download the free trail of the tool to transferring photos from iPad to Mac for backup for share now.

Here is how to backup iPad photos to Mac:

Step 1. Please launch the Mac version of Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your Mac computer, and connect your iPad to Mac with a USB cable. For better detecting your iOS device, please install the latest iTunes on your Mac.

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Step 2. When Mac detects your iPad, please click "Photos" tab on the left to load all the photos from your iPad. While previewing, please select the desired pictures you want to transfer to Mac and then click "Export" button to save them on your Mac all at once.

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