How to Move a Lot of Photos from iPad/iPhone to Mac or PC

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// June 20, 2015
How to Move a Lot of Photos from iPadiPhone to Mac or PC

There are several options to choose from if you are looking for moving a lot of photos from iPad/iPhone to your Mac or PC. You can use iPhoto, image capture, or Aperture to do that, but if you like to update all your devices, including your Mac and PC, then My Photo Stream should be the best option for you. However, in order to use My Photo Stream, you need to meet some certain criteria, they are:

How to Move a Lot of Photos from iPadiPhone to Mac or PC

  • You must have an iCloud account.
  • Compatible devices
  • An up-to-date software
  • You must have iOS 5.1 or later running on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
  • For Mac, OS X Lion V10.7.5 or later preferred.
  • For Apple TV, the 2nd generation is preferred with software update 5.0 or later.
  • For PC, windows 7 is the minimum requirement, including iCloud for windows or iCloud control panel 3.1.

After meeting all these criteria, you can just simply go to settings on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch and tap on iCloud>Photos> tap on turn on My Photo Stream. Make sure you have already set up your iCloud account, otherwise you may not be able to use this feature.


If you want to enable it with your Mac, then choose system preferences from the Apple menu and click on the iCloud icon. Now, select the checkbox for Photo Stream and make sure My Photos Stream is enabled. You can pick the app that you want to use with Photo Stream, make  any necessary adjustments with Photo Stream on the App preferences if required.

For a  PC, select the checkbox for photos after opening the iCloud control panel for your Windows. Adjust the settings under My Photos Stream as needed and make sure it is on. Just simply click apply when you are done.

This should take care of all your photos on the go, and interestingly, it is not going to eat up the iCloud space available with your iCloud storage. However, the photos will not be stored more than 30 days, so don’t think it as of your backup. In addition to that, you can only upload image files like JPEG, PNG, TIFF and other RAW photo formats. Unfortunately, you can only upload images, no other files like video can be uploaded.

Nevertheless, this feature is very handy when you do not want to bother to plug in your device with your PC or Mac with a USB cable to transfer data on day to day purposes. So, it is ideal for you if you always stay active on your Mac, PC or all the compatible Apple devices you use for sharing your photos.

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