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iPhoto '11: Import photos from iPad

Import photos from iPad

iPad 2 has a Camera Roll that holds photos you’ve taken with the camera on the device, synced from your computer, imported from iPhone or a digital camera, or saved from an email message or a webpage. Photos you import to iPad 2 using the Apple Camera Connection Kit appear as Events in the Photos app.

iPad (1st generation) has a Saved Photos album that holds photos you’ve synced from your computer, imported from iPhone or a digital camera, or saved from an email message or a webpage.

After you connect your iPad to your computer, you can import one or more of the photos on your iPad into iPhoto.

Note:   If you’ve turned on Photo Stream on your iPad, and Automatic Import is selected in the Photo Stream pane in iPhoto preferences, the photos on your iPad may have already been imported into iPhoto.

To import photos from iPad:

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer using the Dock Connector to USB cable that came with your iPad.

    If iPhoto wasn’t already open, it opens for you (unless you changed this preference in iPhoto or your iPad is locked).

    After your iPad is connected and turned on, iPhoto opens in import view and your iPad appears in the Source list.

    Image of import view with an iPad connected

    iPhoto displays photos you’ve already imported in a separate area from new photos.

    If you’ve already imported all the photos on your iPad, a message appears. To delete the photos from your iPad, click the Remove Photos button.

  2. By default, iPhoto divides photos into separate Events during the import process.

    You can optionally enter a description in the Event Name field.

    If you don’t want iPhoto to automatically create Events, deselect the Split Events checkbox.

    If you want to change the time frame used to sort your photos into Events, you can change it in iPhoto preferences.

  3. Do one of the following:

    • To import all new photos shown in the iPhoto window, click the Import button that displays the number of photos.

    • To import a selection of photos, press the Command key while clicking photo thumbnails, or drag to select a group of photos, and then click Import Selected.

  4. To cancel photo transfer at any time during your import, click Stop Import. Then, in the dialog that appears, choose to continue importing the photos, keep the photos that have been imported and stop importing the remaining photos, or delete the photos that have been imported.

  5. After the import process is finished, drag the device icon to the iPhoto Trash, and then disconnect your iPad from your computer by unplugging the Dock Connector to USB cable.

    Important:   Before you disconnect your iPad, wait until all photos have been imported into iPhoto (or until you click Stop Import).
Last Modified: Apr 23, 2013
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