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iPhoto for iOS (iPad): Send photos to a device

Send photos to a device

You can beam photos, albums, events, journals, and slideshows directly to another iOS device with iPhoto installed. You can also use AirDrop to send photos and slideshows to another iOS device that has AirDrop.

When you beam photos, or send them using AirDrop, your photos are sent wirelessly and in full resolution.

Beam photos

  1. Open iPhoto on your device and on the receiving device (the one you want to beam photos to).

    Note:   For the best performance, make sure both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. If Wi-Fi isn’t available, connect both devices using Bluetooth.
  2. On the receiving device, in the main iPhoto screen, tap Gear (Action) button and make sure Wireless Beaming is on.

  3. On your device, tap a photo, album, event, journal, or slideshow and tap Share button > Beam.

  4. Tap Selected, or change the photos you want to share (if you’re sending a slideshow, skip to step 5):

    • Select different photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap up to 1,000 photos, and tap Next.

    • Select a range of photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.

    • Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.

    Important:   Beaming a large number of photos can take a while. If the receiving device goes to sleep, the photos won’t finish beaming.
  5. Tap an iOS device to select it, and tap Beam Photos or Beam Slideshows.

    Note:   If you don’t see the device you want to beam to in the list, make sure iPhoto is open and wireless beaming is turned on on the device (see step 2).
  6. On the receiving device, tap Yes to accept beamed items.

  7. On your device, tap Done.

Send photos using AirDrop

To use AirDrop to export items, you must turn on AirDrop on your device and the iOS device that's receiving the items. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center, then turn on AirDrop.

AirDrop is available on iPhone 5, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation) and requires an iCloud account.

  1. Tap a photo, album, event, journal, or slideshow and tap Share button > AirDrop.

  2. Tap Selected, or change the photos you want to share (if you’re sending a slideshow, skip to step 3):

    • Select different photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap one or more photos, and tap Next.

    • Select a range of photos: Tap Choose Photos, tap Range, tap the first and last photos in the range, and tap Next.

    • Select all the photos in an album or event: Tap All.

  3. Tap the device name you want to send the items to.

  4. On the iOS device receiving the items, tap Accept.

Last Modified: Oct 25, 2013
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