iPad Photo Backup (2019) - How to Backup iPad Photos

Somei Liam

August 8, 2019 09:00 / Posted by Somei Liam

Backing up iPad is easy to do and it's also incredibly important. Backing up the photos from iPad to somewhere is an effective way to avoid photo loss against theft, damage or leave iPad behind on the back seat of the taxi.

How to Backup iPad Photos

1. How to Backup iPad Photos to Computer via iCloud

The easiest way to backup iPad Photos is to use iCloud. To turn on iCloud backup feature, go to Settings on your device, tap on [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup towards the bottom.

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Turn it on and then either let the device backup on its own or you can manually perform a backup to iCloud if you don't want to wait. Make sure your device is connected to a power source and WiFi before starting the backup.

Note: The only thing about backing your devices up this way is that if you delete a single video, for example, and want to restore that, you have to do a complete restore of the device. Now it's great if your device gets wiped completely, then you can restore the whole thing from backup and you'll have all your photos and videos plus everything else.

After turning on the iCloud backup, we can open our iCloud and download the back-up images.

To download your Photos and Videos from iCloud to your PC/Mac, for Mac users, open File Explorer window (on the Menu bar at the top of the screen) > iCloud. Click Options next to Photos, check iCloud Photo Library, select Download Originals to this Mac.

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For Windows users, launch iCloud which you can download from iCloud.comLink out icon, click Options next to Photos. Check iCloud Photo Library and then check Download Photos and Videos to my PC. After that click Done to finish.

How to Backup iPad Photos download windows

No matter what system you use, you can log in to iCloud.comLink out icon to upload or download images. Just login you iCloud account, then you can go to Photos to download or upload your photos.

Tips: If you want to know how to access iCloud, you can refer to how to view iCloud backup.

2. How to Copy Photo to iPhoto Library/iCloud Photos on Mac

If you are using a Mac computer, there is a free backup option for you known as iPhoto. It can be set up to automatically backup/import iOS device pictures whenever you are connected to your device.

iPhoto is free and offers a good way to organize your photos and videos on your Mac. However, for Mac owners with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, your Mac will support Photos and not iPhoto app. You may need to update your iPhoto Library to Photos app to keep enjoying its features. However, if you're still using other versions of macOS, then follow these steps to manually backup iPad pictures on your Mac.

Steps of using iPhoto Library

Connect your iPad to your Mac using a USB cable.

Launch the iPhoto Library app, and select your iPad in the sidebar under device list.

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Click Import Photos button. You can choose to erase the photos from your iPad after importing by clicking Delete.

Steps of using iCloud Photos

For Mac owners with OS X Yosemite 10.10.3, you can just use the iCloud Photos app. The steps of the operation are also the same as following.

Connect your iPad to your Mac using a USB cable. Go to System Preferences > iCloud.

Click Options next to Photos, then select iCloud Photos. Check iCloud Photo Library and click Done, then click Apply.

How to Backup iPad Photos iCloud setting

When you turn on iCloud Photos, your photos and videos automatically upload to iCloud. They're not duplicated in your iCloud backup, so you should keep backup copies of your library.

You can download your photos and videos from iCloud.comLink out icon to your computer and store them as a separate library, transfer them to another computer with Image Capture or Photos, or store them on a separate drive.

After the steps above, navigate to iCloud.comLink out icon and log in with your Apple ID and password.

Click on Photos. If this is your first time viewing your Photos on iCloud.comLink out icon, it may take some time to prepare your iCloud Photos.

Then we can press on the icon Upload in grey in the upper right hand corner and select the photos you want to upload and press the word Choose in blue in the lower right hand corner. Or drag and drop the photos onto iCloud.comLink out icon to upload them.

How to Backup iPad Photos iCloud Photos

Tips: How many pictuers you are uploading at a time will determine how long it will take to upload to iCloud Photos. You can keep an eye on the status in the bottom center of the browser window.

To know more about Photos app, you can refer to Set up and use PhotosLink out icon.

3. Use FoneLab iOS Data Backup & Restore to Backup iPad Photos

iOS Data Backup & Restore is a convenient and effective tool, which can help you backup and restore your iOS Data selectively.

  1. More easy to backup and restore iOS data to your PC/Mac.
  2. We can preview your data before backup or restore your data or preview data in detail before you restore data from backups.
  3. Backup & Restore your data selectively and we can select iPhone, iPad and iPod touch data to backup and restore

Download and install iOS Data Backup & Restore to your computer with the above link accordingly. The software will launch automatically once the process complete. Choose iOS Data Backup & Restore from the interface.

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Connect your iPad to the computer. Then tap Trust on your device home screen if it pops up.

Choose iOS Data Backup, and then choose Encrypted backup if you want to protect your backup files with password. Or just select Standard backup to move on. Then click Start.

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It allows you to select the type of data you want to backup. If you want to backup all data, just tick the box next to the Select All option on the bottom-left. To backup photos, only tick the box in front of Photos. Then click Next to begin.

How to Backup iPad Photos content

Tips: If you want to backup your iPhone photo, you can refer to iPhone photo backup.

4. How to Backup iPad Photos to PC with iTunes

iTunes is a common program which iPad users installed on computer to manage iPad data when they connect iPad to computer with USB cable.

It won't store iPad data on iCloud service but the computer local folder.

Let us walk through the process of backing up iPad photos with iTunes.

Download and install iTunes on your computer.

Launch iTunes and connect iPad to computer with USB cable. Tap Trust on iPad screen if it is the first connection with computer.

Click device icon and then Summary in the left pane.

Click Back Up Now in the Backups section.

How to Backup iPad Photos itunes

5. Backup iPad Photos to Mac with AirDrop

With AirDrop, we can instantly share your photos, videos, documents and more with other Apple devices that are nearby. It also can share a photo from iPad to Mac for backing up photos.

We can use AirDrop to share content from apps like Photos, Safari, Contacts and more.

Choose Go > AirDrop from the menu bar in the Finder. Or select AirDrop in the sidebar of a Finder window on your Mac. On iPad, swipe upward from the bottom of any screen to open the Control Center and turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Then enable AirDrop and select Everyone.

How to Backup iPad Photos airdrop

Open the file that you want to send, tap Share or Share icon. Or control-click the file in the Finder, then choose Share from the shortcut menu. To share more photo from the Photos app, we can swipe left or right and select multiple photos.

Tap Share button, choose AirDrop. Tap the intended recipient's avatar when it appears in the AirDrop row. The content is automatically sent to that device.

How to Backup iPad Photos airdrop share

If you AirDrop content to other people, they will see an option to Accept or Decline. After they have accepted and the file has been sent, click Done.


These 5 methods can help you backup iPad photos, if you want to backup other files such as audios, videos, documents, you can use iOS Data Backup & Restore.

To know more iPhone or other iOS devices data backup methods, you can refer to how to backup iPhone.

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