How to Transfer Photos to iPad Without iTunes (Dropbox Guide)

July 26, 2012 |  by  |  Share

Transfer Photos to iPadiPad is an ideal device to view photos. Its touch-screen enables you to zoom pictures, flip them and move from one photo to another simply with a finger touch. iPad can collect and store your photos. All you need is to import ready pics from your computer. If you want to transfer photos from PC to iPad, you can use iTunes. However, its complicated file transfer method is a serious obstacle for many people. Fortunately, there is a much easier way to copy pictures from computer to iPad with the help of Dropbox and here’s our step by step guide about it.

How to Transfer Images to iPad with iTunes

iTunes is a free program developed by Apple for Windows and Mac computers that also transfers images to iPad. You need to:

  1. download iTunes software from the Apple website;
  2. plug a cable into the computer and your device;
  3. sync them both.

Aren’t there too many steps to go for copying several family photos?

Lots of people thinks so and search for a simpler and more elegant way to copy images from a computer to iPad without bulky iTunes. The best tool I can recommend for transferring photos from PC to iPad is Dropbox.

How to Transfer Images to iPad with no iTunes? Easily – Use Dropbox

Dropbox is a free app for Mac, Linux, and Windows computers (as well as netbooks). It stores a copy of your photographs in a cloud server and delivers your files to all devices including iPad, iPhone, Android etc. Dropbox is incredibly simply to use and doesn’t require any advanced configuration or tech skills from your side.

All you should have is an Internet access via Wi-fi or 3G. Dropbox will grant you 2 GB free space to copy your images such as JPEG, PNG, GIF, RAW, BMP and others. Here’s a guide how to transfer photos to iPad with Dropbox:

  1. Create a Dropbox account and install Dropbox app on your computer. If you already have Dropbox, just proceed to step #2;
  2. Drag and drop your photos to Dropbox folder on your PC;
    Dropbox for Windows
  3. Download and launch Dropbox app on your iPad. Wait till it syncs new photos from your computer;
  4. Open a photo, click the arrow sign in the upper right corner and save the photo to your library.
    Dropbox for iPad

You are done. Now all your images from computer are stored on your iPad. No need to deal with iTunes, learn how it works  (watch these Apple video guides) and read Mac forums. Just get Dropbox and enjoy your pictures on any device. As you see, photos are transferred to iPad easily and in a hassle-free manner.


13 Comments


  1. I have over 5000 photos to get onto my iPad… is there a way to get Dropbox to copy a whole folder at once?

  2. Hi Timothy,

    You can create a new folder inside Dropbox folder and place your photos there. Then, Dropbox will transfer all folder to iPad.

    But I have to say Dropbox has limits.

    First of all, it’s size. So if you 5000 photos exceeds your free 2 GBs storage space, Dropbox won’t sync them all.

    Besides, many things depend on your Internet connection speed. Once, I was on vacation with pretty slow Internet connection and I wanted to upload about 250 photos to my iPad, so the whole process took about 1.5 hours.

    So it’s not always possible to call file transfer to iPad via Dropbox with “at once” phrase.

    Thank you,
    Anna

    Editor, Photo Software & Design Blog

    • Hi,

      I followed instructions carefully but not ONE of my pictures went from Dropbox to the Photo Gallery on my iPad. Any possible reason?

      • Hi Mila,

        Do you want to transfer photos from Dropbox app on iPad to Photo Gallery on iPad?

        If you want to move photo from Dropbox app on your iPad to Photo Gallery you need:
        1) open a photo in Dropbox app (view it);
        2) on the upper blue Dropbox pannel click “Download” icon (the right icon);
        3) select save to photo gallery.

        I hope it helps.

        Thank you,
        Anna

        Editor, Photo Software & Design Blog

  3. i think that what timothy is asking is “if you can copy all pictures from one folder already sync by dropbox into your ipad” As far as I understand, the method above by clicking the arrow sign in the upper right corner, only aloud you to save ONE pic at a time into your ipad library (ipad photo app)

    I have google / forum search, and so far i have not found a way that lets you save ALL the picture from a dropbox folder into your ipad library…

    hence… faster way from your own pc to your ipad, still is copy your photo into a memory card and just copy / import them with the adapter into your ipad… few bucks extra to spend but TIME SAVER until they enable that on dropbox…

    thx

    • Hi Chang,

      Thanks a lot for your hint!

      You are right. You can save only one pic at a time from Dropbox iPad app into your iPad photo gallery.

      Unfortunately, Dropbox doesn’t offer a way to select all photos at a time and copy them all to iPad gallery :(

      Anna,
      Editor, Photo Software & Design Blog

  4. Hi,
    How do I transfer a pic to blogspot ?. The blog says insert image but when you go to choose file it is grayed out. My pics are in drop box

    • Hi Nia,

      Seems strange. Maybe the image wasn’t transferred completely by Dropbox onto your device. That’s why it’s not available for uploading to your blogspot.

      Thank you,
      Anna

      Editor, Photo Software & Design Blog

  5. Why won’t dropbox let you save a video file to your IPAD.
    No Save Video option that I can find. Have to email video to myself, then save it to photo gallery on IPAD. Can only do this with small videos due to email

    • Hi Jane,

      To save video from Dropbox to your iPad video gallery, you need to copy a video file from Dropbox onto your iPad being online.

      If you have no Internet access, your video won’t be copied to iPad from Dropbox.

      Thank you,
      Anna

      Editor, Photo Software & Design Blog

  6. When I select a photo from drop box and click on the button to export photo to iPad Photos, it takes a few minutes to export it but then a box appears that says the export failed. What should I do?

    • Hi Kate,

      First of all, while you are transferring photos make sure your are connected to the Internet.
      Once I was transferring photos from my Dropbox to iPad, I’ve got anerror message due to lack of the Internet access.

      Secondly, make sure you have enough free space for your photos on your iPad.

      Also check if you have the latest Dropbox app version on your iPad. Visit AppStore app on your iPad and see Updates section. If you see Dropbox update there, don’t hesitate to update it.

      I hope it helps,
      Thank you,

      Anna

      Editor, Photo Software & Design Blog

  7. Very fast at what it does – but a few things it just doesn’t seem to do that I’d expect it would. So it puts pictures up on Dropbox on iPad fine, but when I try to transfer them to the camera roll, I have to do them all individually. And though the vids look good and play wel, I can’t move them to anywhere else on iPad.

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