How to Upload Images to iPad Without iTunes

Ever wondered how to upload images to iPad without iTunes? Nick Corrigan writes:

I was wondering if you knew of any way that I could transfer pictures from my computer to my iPad mini. I don’t really like iTunes and would prefer to avoid using it if at all possible. Thanks in advance!

How to Upload Images to iPad Without iTunes

Do you know how to upload images to iPad without iTunes?

Thanks for writing, Nick! In fact, I do know of a very simple method that you can use to to upload images to iPad without iTunes.

Upload Images to iPad Without iTunes: Windows

This method is via iCloud. I know what you’re thinking: “I’ll have to install iTunes; I don’t like iTunes! Why are you making me install iTunes?” But trust me. You do not have to install iTunes to get the iCloud Control Panel. If you’re using Windows, you download iCloud Control Panel 2.1.1 for Windows and select the Photo Stream option. Once you’ve done this, you can go to your Pictures section and open up the Photo Stream folder. Inside that folder, although you may have to create it, there should be a folder named Uploads. Simply place all of the pictures you want to upload to your iPad mini, and job done.

Upload Images to iPad Without iTunes: OS X

I haven’t forgotten about those of you using OS X, but neither has Apple; for you, it’s even easier to upload images to iPad without iTunes.

Simply go to your Apple menu and select System Preferences. Once there, you may need to sign in to your iCloud account, but once you’ve done so, select every iCloud feature that you want to use. The rest should roll along similarly to the explanation set out for our Windows friends.

Upload Images to iPad with iTunes

For the sake of being thorough, let’s say that you are using — or get stuck with — iTunes. You can also upload images to iPad with iTunes by selecting your iPad mini on the left hand side tool bar, then selecting the Photos tab. From this point, you can sync the pictures you want using the options available. When you’re finished, click the Sync button and wait for iTunes to sync to your iPad mini.

One word of warning with regards to the iTunes method. If you haven’t synced your iPad mini before, then iTunes may completely wipe your iPad mini thinking that it’s a brand new device. So make sure that you back up your device before syncing with iTunes.

I hope this helps you upload images to iPad without iTunes!

Image: iPad 2 and iPad mini shared by brownpau via Flickr

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