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How to Transfer Photos from Mac to iPad in 2020 [Validated]

If you have so many photos stored on your Mac PC, in order to save memory or find a tool to back up, you may put these photos in another iDevice (such as iPad). The first method you may think of is getting help from iTunes or iCloud, but some Apple users may not like to use these two tools. So how to transfer photos from Mac to iPad easily?

The following will show you a safe and easy-to-use program, and of course, some other useful solutions you are not familiar with. Stay tuned and you will learn more tips.

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Part 1: How to Transfer Photos/Pictures from Mac to iPad with Mac to iPad Transfer
Part 2: How to Import Photos from Mac to iPad with AirDrop
Part 3: How to Transfer Pictures from MacBook to iPad with Dropbox
Part 4: How to Send Photos from Mac to iPad with iTunes
Part 5: How to Put Photos from Mac to iPad with iCloud Photo Library
Part 6: How to Sync Photos from Mac to iPad with Photo Stream

Part 1: How to Transfer Photos/Pictures from Mac to iPad with Mac to iPad Transfer

At the thought of transferring photos from one Apple device to another, the first reaction for many people is to use iTunes. Yes, this is indeed a conventional means, but as iTunes does better in music management, many people prefer to use third-party software in terms of photo management. So, I'll show you an outstanding program - Mac to iPad Transfer first, which can make it easy and convenient for you to transfer photos from Mac to iPad. Let's see what it is.

Here's the merit Mac to iPad Transfer boasts:

* Run smoothly on almost all iDevices such as Mac MB402CH/A, MB403CH/A, MB404CH/A, MB062CH/B, MA699CH/A, MB061CH/B, iPad Pro, mini, Air, 7/6/5, etc.

* Be qualified for transferring photos, contacts, ePUB, PDF, music, movies, TV Shows, ringtones, audio books, and other data from Mac to iDevice (iPad, iPhone or iPod).

* Send files from iPad to Mac and manage your iPad and other Apple devices.

* Save iPad photos and other data with proper formats. 100% read-only.

Download this program to perform your photo transfer now?

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How to transfer photos from Mac to iPad:

1. Plug your iPad into MacBook with a USB cable after downloading and installing this tool on Mac. After the automatic detection, several data categories will show on the interface below.

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2. Hit "Photos" and touch "Add" icon to choose the photos you wish to transfer. Then check them and press "Export to" to transfer from Mac to iPad.

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Tips: After you complete photo transfer from Mac to iPad, do you want to know how to transfer files from iPad to Mac? Click here >>

Part 2: How to Import Photos from Mac to iPad with AirDrop

Android mobile harbors a feature of Bluetooth, which can be used for Android transfer. However, this feature is called AirDrop when it comes to iDevices. To use AirDrop, you will need to open Wi-Fi beforehand, and make sure the two iDevices are in the same network.

Now, let's see how to import photos from Mac to iPad with AirDrop:

1. On your Mac, navigate to Finder > Go > AirDrop to enable WiFi & Bluetooth to switch on AirDrop on Mac. Then opt for Allow to be discovered by as Everyone or Contacts Only.

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2. On your iPad, slide up from the bottom of the device screen to enter into Control Center. Next, hit AirDrop and set iPad to be discovered by Everyone or Contacts Only as above.

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3. When connected, press and hold the pictures you wish to move from Mac to iPad to the recipient and press Send button to conduct this wireless transfer.

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Part 3: How to Transfer Pictures from MacBook to iPad with Dropbox

Dropbox can automatically sync files stored locally to cloud server for storage as your operation. Actually, this software allows you to copy photos to iPad from Mac, providing its users with free services and value-added plans. Of course, its free space is very limited with only 2GB. If you want to expand the storage space, you need to pay a certain fee.

When you transfer photos from Mac to iPad, you need to download Dropbox for Mac and set up an account at first. Additionally, you are required to log in with the same Dropbox account on both Mac and iPad.

How to transfer pictures from MacBook to iPad with Dropbox:

1. Download, install and start Dropbox for Mac on your MacBook. Then choose the Public folder and press and hold your needed photos into it.

2. Install Dropbox on your iPad to enter the Public folder, and then download photos you've just uploaded from Dropbox to your iPad.

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Tips: you can also move pictures from iPad to MacBook in the similar way.

Part 4: How to Send Photos from Mac to iPad with iTunes

As for how to transfer music from iPad to computer with iTunes, you might have some personal insights if you're a veteran. Nevertheless, as I mentioned above, in general, regular Apple users do not like to use iTunes to manage mobile photos because iTunes is not very smooth to use, for example, in need of iOS configuration for permission, or checking user's information, etc. For some new iDevice owners, iTunes is unwillingly a choice if they do not manage too many iDevice data.

Here's how to send photos from Mac to iPad with iTunes:

1. Before we start, you should make sure you are using the latest iTunes version. To do this, just check for updates on the upper-right corner on iTunes to ensure that it goes well with iDevices. Then start the latest iTunes. Plug your iPad into Mac with a USB cable.

2. Choose "Photos" on the left sidebar to tick the "Sync Photos". Then set or create a folder to export photos to iPad.

3. You are required to choose "All photos and albums" or "Selected albums". Next, press "Apply" to transfer pictures from Mac to iPad.

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Part 5: How to Put Photos from Mac to iPad with iCloud Photo Library

With 5GB of free storage, iCloud is another tool for data synchronization or transfer. If your Mac has a lot of photos to upload to iCloud Photo Library, you also need to pay a certain fee to this service. You can see these photos on iPad as well as on other Apple devices after photos transfer. Usually, users with small iPad storage space can try iCloud.

Guide on how to transfer pictures from Mac to iPad with iCloud Photo Library:

1. Navigate to "Settings" > "Photos" > "iCloud Photos" on your iPad to turn on iCloud Photo Library.

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2. On your Mac, open the Photos app to do the similar operation to prepare for photos transfer. That is pressing "Photos" > "Preferences" on the menu and tick "iCloud Photos" on the iCloud interface.

3. Your Mac will automatically export photos to iPad, and you'll be able to view the synchronized photos on your iPad after a while and you can view these images on other iDevices in the same way.

Note: If you need to save iPad or Mac internal storage, please choose Optimize iPad or Mac storage after you check iCloud photos.

Part 6: How to Sync Photos from Mac to iPad with Photo Stream

Users who have used iCloud know that there is a small item in iCloud's sub-service called Photo Stream, which differs from iCloud Photo Library as above though both of them are related to iCloud. Certainly, you can also use it to copy photos to iPad from Mac. Unlike iCloud, the maximum number of photos that can be synced through Photo Stream is 1,000, and you need to sync photos manually.

If you need to transfer a lot of photos. It is recommended that you turn to the first method - Mac to iPad Transfer. But before that, some deactivation are required on the Apple devices.

How to copy photos to iPad from Mac with Photo Stream:

1. Go to Settings > Photos to enable "Upload to My Photo Stream" or "My Photo Stream" on your iPad.
On the Mac, open the Photos app to press "Photos" > "Preferences" and select the "iCloud" > "My Photo Stream".

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2. Opt for the pictures you want to transfer on Mac and then press Share icon.

3. Scroll down to check the selected photos at a time when the copy process is in progress. Shortly, you can find the photos in camera roll album of your iPad.

Notice: Once photo transfer completed, you may want to delete the photos from Mac. But if you make the wrong deletion, do remember to find it back in "Other Albums" within a month.

Final Thoughts

The above 6 methods aim at how to transfer photos from Mac to iPad, have you get the point? These solutions are summed up from the most commonly used ways of transferring photos between iDevices by Apple users. I believe you must be able to try them with ease. After all, sending photos and other files between Apple devices is relatively simple. Of these methods, personally, I prefer the first method - Mac to iPad Transfer. It supports the transfer for many files other than photos, and it is easy to operate and there is almost zero negative feedback.

Now, you might say, I'm transferring files from Mac to iPad or iPhone often, and there's so much data in my iPad, is there any tool that can back up the precious stuff? Well, here's an article on how to sync iPad and iPhone? You can get the answer there.

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