How to Quickly Transfer Images from an iPad to a PC

Though iTunes is great for copying individual music tracks and videos to and from the iPad, getting individual images you’ve saved on the iPad from the Photos app isn’t as easy. E-mailing each image gets tedious if you have more than two or three, and you might not want to sync your entire My Photos library to the device if you just want a few. Thankfully, there’s a faster way.

Windows 7/Vista

  1. Connect the iPad to a computer via the USB cord.
  2. Windows will recognize the iPad as a hard drive and AutoPlay may prompt you with Device Options. Choose “Open device to view files,” if so. Otherwise, find the iPad in Windows Explorer.
  3. Open the disk, then navigate to DCIM > 100APPLE.
  4. Here you’ll find all images from the Saved Photos folder.

Windows XP

  1. Connect the iPad to a computer via the USB cord.
  2. Windows XP recognizes the iPad as a camera. Click X to dismiss the AutoPlay options and look for the iPad under “Scanners and Cameras” in My Computer.
  3. When you open the iPad here you’ll find all images from the Saved Photos folder.

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  1. Duncan Opiyo Says:

    Well this works only on the saved photo album, what about the other individual Albums which cannot be viewed in the DCIM foulder?

  2. anna Says:

    not able to find ipad from my computer

  3. kathy Says:

    Awesome it is!

  4. Ed Ward II Says:

    That is great. You can also find it under My Computer.

  5. Larry Says:

    I downloaded photos on my iPad from my camera then accidently DELETED these pics from the camera. They are important photos from Europe. I am not real computer literate. Will these instructions help me get these pics from the iPad to my computer? Will they be the same size they were on the camera card?

  6. Frazry Says:

    I think for your Europe pics, ipad would’ve made a separate folder, outside ‘Camera Roll’. Try installing ‘PicsAid’ on your PC then connect the ipad. It’ll pull out the pictures in a minute.

  7. Glynis Cartin Says:

    What if my itunes name is different than name it shows in printers and devices? Has my name on itunes but when plug in USB cable to computer and look by drives it has my Moms name. She charged ipod at my house before is only thing I can think of. Is there any way to change it back on Windows? I am running windows 7. All good on ipod, just having to see her ipod listed on my computer.

  8. elena direito Says:

    I got the pics onto my computer, no problem there. But they are sideways and I want to crop them. They won’t save after I edit them in windows live photo gallery. The error message says they are either in use or read-only, so I closed everything and opened it back up to make sure they were not in use. The properties say they aren’t read only. How can I flip these pics the right way? I can do this with pics from my iPhone without problems, but the iPad is being difficult. Please help.

  9. Dean Says:

    just what i was looking for! didnt have to download an app to get the hundreds of photos off my ipad, just plugged in and viola!
    PS – couldnt find the photos until i right clicked in the directory and hit refresh, then every photo showed up!
    Thank you.

  10. Peter Says:

    Actually looking for trick to transfer pictures from windows pc onto my ipad2. Any suggestion ?

  11. Pleistocene Drum Says:

    I have the same problem as elena direito – After transferring photos from iPad to a Win7 PC using Windows Explorer, the photos are somehow locked and uneditable, even when marked as read/write. Is this another sneaky trick by Apple? Does anybody have a way around this Apple roadblock.

  12. Ali Says:

    Exactly what I needed! Thank you so much. So glad I kept looking for a solution instead of giving up when I read copious numbers of “it’s impossible” replies. Just for the record, I was able to edit photos after copying them onto my computer. I found that they unlocked that way. Thanks so much again.

  13. Johnny Says:

    How can I transfer the photos on my ipad to my PC. And, will the photos in my ipad not remain in photos. If so how can I copy them without removing them from my ipad

  14. ayaz Says:

    my computer closes whenever i try to open ipad through My computer

  15. i_baby Says:

    Peter, I was looking for solution to transfer photos from PC to ipad too. You need to get itune and sync between the folder you selected to iPad. The disadvantage is photos sync from PC earlier will be replace.

  16. michael Says:

    Install the application called PICSAID onto your computer and it allow you to copy pictures from your ipad to the pc.

  17. Terry Says:

    Grrrr! Looked great at first and then CRASHED my PC!

  18. uzezi Says:

    pl. I want to download pictures sent from an Ipad to my mail

  19. uzezi Says:

    The pics cannot be seen or cannot be opened

  20. Jr_Chris Says:

    Has any one thought of using istick by softorino?

  21. Pat Says:

    I’ve heard that it is not good to sync your IPAD to more than one computer. I need to transfer pictures from my IPAD to a different computer other than the host computer with which I normally sync my IPAD. If I copy the given folder via USB connection to this new previously unknown computer will it confuse the IPAD when it comes to later syncing with the normal host computer?

  22. Sonja Says:

    Really big thank you. Deleted SD card before copying and I am new to the IPad

  23. mayjohnson Says:

    You can also send the photos of camera roll or other photo albums to your email on your iPhone then save the images there. Works great for those of us who choose not to use iTunes.
    Another iTunes alternative tool is FonePaw iOS Transfer, which easily help you transfer photos from iPad to PC or Mac computer.

  24. diane Says:

    Hi im diane”
    I followed instructions above 4 Windows Vista -done it many times this way with USB cord but still no download of photos from my Ipad to computer.!! I also used a Microsoft scan to detect problems and that went on for hours’ ‘but scan said no problems. What else can I try? I cannot incur any costs I must try and do it myself.

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