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How to backup photos from iPad- 4 ways to do it safely

It used to be that when you wanted to capture a moment in a picture, you pulled out a camera (if you owned one or had it with you!), snapped the photo, hoping it all would look good, and eventually got the film developed. All of it was on paper and the only way to get a new copy were the negatives that people lost almost immediately anyway. Now, to attain success or just get your daily to-do list checked off, that iPhone or iPad has to be with you, and that means the camera too.

How To Backup Photos From iPad

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More often than not, businesses trying to create new apps that make use of that camera, giving consumers options that make them more productive. You can pull it out for more than just selfies now! Want to paint your living room? Take a picture and try the colors on with almost any home improvement store or a paint brand’s app. Take a picture of the shirt you like and search online for a bargain option with a tap on your screen. No more trips to a 1 hour photo provider when you could be checking off another item on your list. Use some or all of these options, but remember the digital option can be lost, just like a physical copy. Learning how to backup photos from iPad is an absolute must.

How To Backup Photos From iPad

1) iTunes and iCloud

The most basic choice to backup your pictures is using iTunes to upload those pictures to a personal computer. First, unlock your phone and find, then open, iTunes. Now you just connect your iPad and right click on it, then choose backup from the list of options. iTunes can be used for manual backup even when you have iCloud enabled, which the next paragraph explains. If you want to know how to backup photos from iPad immediately, iTunes works very well. For instance, if you are on a road trip, away from wifi for hours but getting great shots, iTunes can give you some peace of mind.

How To Backup Photos From iPad

To access the included cloud storage for your iPad, go to settings and, look for iCloud, then choose storage and backup from iCloud’s list of options. At this point, you could perform a backup manually, but if you are using your data, I would advise against it. Just let your device backup on its own when you are on wifi. There are 2 big drawbacks to iCloud. First, users only receive 5GB of storage space. Luckily, they make the prices for more storage pretty reasonable. Second, you cannot restore your pictures or videos a la carte, it’s all or nothing. So, if you accidently delete the picture of you on the day you got the promotion, you have to restore every single photo and video on your backup. So, with those issues, you might be wondering why you should even bother with iCloud. Unfortunately, there are ways that you will lose everything and need to restore it all. Catch a virus, hit a button you thought did something else or lose your phone and you will be glad you used iCloud. However, if you also want a more adaptable option when deciding how to backup photos from iPad, or if you are a bit worried about security after recent events, then the next options may be a better fit for you, or you can make a combined system.

2) iPhoto/Picasa/Photos for OS

Until recently, iPhoto was not only your only option for a company photo app, it was actually a good one. The reason for this positive rating is it could backup all of your photos and videos automatically to your Mac every time you connect. This past year, however, brings a change. This new app promises to streamline the backup process even further, but until you buy a new Mac with Photos, you can still use iPhoto. The good point with iPhoto over iCloud is the ability to delete any pictures you choose after uploading them, store them in whatever files you choose and get around the bulk restore issues discussed above.


Now, if you are a Windows user, you have access to a program similar to iPhoto called Picasa. It is, of course, made by Google, and can be used not only for cloud storage, but to easily add photos to your Google+ page. Social media has immense effect on productivity. With Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn and many more, you can market yourself, looking for a new job or showcasing skills and talents to be promoted where you are currently employed.

3) Photostream

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As iPhoto becomes obsolete, one might be wondering, or hoping, if Photostream would follow. I am both relieved and dismayed to report that photostream shall remain independently. Now, there are some great parts to this backup option, but it has some issues and also can be confusing. Photostream automatically saves your last 1000 pictures and can be used in tandem with iPhoto, and hopefully with the new Photos app, to download all the photos in the stream and also to create an automatic backup of the stream a few times each month. Unfortunately, this leads to discussing the bad because it is vital you remember to open iPhotos a few times a month to create the backup, otherwise the pictures saved could be gone. Photostream does, as stated above, save the last 1000 pics, but the moment you take 1001, you just knocked a picture out of the stream. Also, those pictures have 30 days until they are automatically deleted. In the end, it can be useful, but you should not depend on it as your sole option.

4) Google/OneDrive/Dropbox/Amazon Photos Etc

If you are looking for free cloud storage, there are a variety of options to examine and, in the interest of time, only the 4 listed will be discussed. Each option has a free version, although the storage space varies widely. Google and OneDrive both offer 15GB free but Dropbox gives users a rather pathetic 2GB free. Amazon is a different animal altogether because its storage is free and unlimited, but only as long as you are a Prime member, which costs money. All 4 offer automatic backups, a better option than some of the above mentioned choices, and they allow users to share their pictures with friends.

How To Backup Photos From iPad

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Its easy to forget about backing up pictures, especially when taking them requires so little effort, but given the versatile ways these images can enhance your productivity, there is no excuse not establishing a system that will work for you. Everyone engages with technology for different reasons and has different priorities, so do not allow someone else to decide the best method for you. As long as you pick one, at least, you can enhance your ability to be productive and be certain it won’t disappear.

About the author

    Dean Duke

    Dean is a father of 2, working full time as an IT consultant. He is an experienced tablet user spending many years honing his skills and learning to be more productive while using his iPad. After meeting the founder of, Chris J. Lee in 2015, he has been a main contributor to the blog ever since.

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