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Syncing photos from a Mac

From: iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

Video: Syncing photos from a Mac

In this video, we're going to look at how to copy photos from your Mac onto your iOS I still have my iPhone attached to my Mac, Now you can only sync your photos from one location Now the default setting is to copy all Maybe in this case I'll just chose the three most recent events.

Syncing photos from a Mac

In this video, we're going to look at how to copy photos from your Mac onto your iOS device, as well as how to copy the photos you shoot on your device onto your Mac. I still have my iPhone attached to my Mac, all this will work if you're using wireless syncing. But with my device selected, I'm going to go to the photos tab, and all I have to do here is check sync photos from and then select where I want the photos to come from. Now you can only sync your photos from one location on your Mac, so it matters where you store the photos you want to copy to your device. You can choose your pictures folder which is located in your home folder, or you can choose any other folder on your Mac if you have your photos stored elsewhere.

But if you have iPhoto on your Mac, and you use it to manage and organize your digital photos, select iPhoto from the menu. Now the default setting is to copy all photos, albums, events, and faces to your device. But if you have thousands of photos in your iPhoto library, you might not want to copy every single photo over. In that case, choose Selected Albums, Events, Faces, and Automatically Include, and then you can choose which events to include. So for example if you want to include all the events from the past month you could just select that. Maybe in this case I'll just chose the three most recent events. Now we also have the option to include any videos that are stored in iPhoto.

So if you've taken videos with your digital still camera and there in iPhoto, you can chose to have those copied over if they fall in one of the categories you select below. So here you can chose to copy the photos from albums, events or even based on faces. Let's go over to iPhotos to see where this information is coming from. So here in iPhoto, you can see I have a collection of photos that are organized into events as well as an album or two that I've created. And under Faces, I've taken advantage of iPhotos face recognition technology where you can find photos based on who appears in them. So back in iTunes, I can now choose to copy photos to my iPhone based on albums, events or faces.

So maybe I'll include my travel album, make sure to include certain events and I'll pick a couple of faces. I'll just choose them all. Notice iTunes keeps a running count of how many photos you're going to be copying to your device. But that's basically it. I can click Apply, and I can see the photos are being copied over to my iPhone. Let's switch over to the iPhone to see what happened. And here on my iPhone I can open photos, and now I can view the photos I just copied over. Now we'll look more at managing photos in the chapter on shooting photos and video.

But notice that we have the option to view the photos in the library in the categories labelled Photos, Shared, and Albums. Here under Albums is where I'll find things like my Camera Roll as well as Events and Faces, which mirror the Events and Faces that I copied over from iPhoto. Notice they say From My Mac under Events, Faces, and Travel. Travel is one of the albums that I copied over. And here's one event. Now if I tap photos, I'll find photos that were organized into collection by date and location. Right now I'm looking at Moments. I can tap collection up here in the upper left hand corner and again, you can see, these were organized by date and location. And I can tap years. See my photos broken down by year.

Holding down on any of these thumbnails magnifies the photo so you can slide around to find the photo you're looking for. Now it's important to keep in mind that synching photos through iTunes is only a one way trip, you're only copying photos from iPhoto or some other location to your device. If you shoot photos on your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch you're going to have photos on your device's camera roll that aren't on your Mac. So let's take a look at how to copy the images from your device to your Mac. So when you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch to your Mac in addition to iTunes opening, if you have it set to do so, the other application that probably opens is iPhoto.

By default on your mac, iPhoto should open when you connect the camera and as far as iPhoto's concern, your iOS device is a camera. I'll show you how to turn that option off in just a little bit. But I should also mention here that this will only work when you connect your device to your mac via the USB cable. iPhoto won't open if you're connecting wirelessly. So here in iPhoto I can see my device's sitting in the source pane, when I select the device, the photo stored on it appear over here on the right. To copy these photos to my MAC I can either click import all to copy everything I see here or I can select individual thumb nails either by dragging or command clicking them to select non contiguous images, and then I can click import selected.

And now those photos have been copied to my iPhoto library. You're given the option to delete the photos off your device if you want, or you can keep them on both your device and your Mac. I'll choose to keep the photos. So now I'm seeing the photos I just imported in my last import album, but they're still sitting safely here on my device. Now, if you don't want to see the thumbnails for the images you already imported, the next time you copy your photos to iPhoto, you can check hide photos all ready imported. So that's how you get images from your iPhone or iPod Touch onto your Mac. And again, we'll talk about shooting photos and videos with your device in an upcoming chapter.

So what if you don't want iPhoto opening up every time you plug your device into your Mac. It can get a little annoying if all you want to do is put some songs onto your device and iPhoto keeps opening up. As I mentioned, iPhoto sees your device as a camera and the default behavior on a Mac is to open iPhoto when a camera is attached. To turn this off, you need to go into your Applications folder and locate and open the application called Image Capture. Your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch should appear under Devices here as well. And down below, under Connecting this iPhone Opens, select No Application. And you have the same option available if you have another device selected.

So if I wanted I could select my iPad Mini and do the same thing, which I already have in this case. Then you can quit Image Capture. And now, when you plug that device in, iPhoto won't automatically open. But you can always open iPhoto manually, yourself and your device will show up here under devices. Incidentally, you can do this with any other camera or memory card reader you connect to your Mac. So from now on, iPhoto won't automatically open when I connect my iPhone, and I'll need to open iPhoto myself in order to copy photos into it.

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iOS 7: iPhone and iPad Essential Training

127 video lessons · 20550 viewers

Garrick Chow
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  1. 4m 46s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. What's new in iOS 7?
      3m 40s
  2. 55m 0s
    1. A tour of the device
      5m 29s
    2. The Lock and Home screens
      2m 39s
    3. Accessing and using Control Center
      4m 37s
    4. Choosing and controlling your sounds
      5m 24s
    5. Learning finger gestures
      4m 1s
    6. Connecting to Wi-Fi networks
      3m 31s
    7. Using the Notification Center
      5m 41s
    8. Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo integration
      4m 59s
    9. Setting up an Apple ID with your iOS device
      4m 21s
    10. Customizing your wallpaper
      4m 40s
    11. Multitasking
      2m 48s
    12. Sharing files with AirDrop
      2m 53s
    13. Enabling and using Touch ID
      3m 57s
  3. 20m 58s
    1. Understanding the keyless keyboard
      4m 24s
    2. Fixing typos and using autocorrection
      6m 39s
    3. Exploring Select, Cut, Copy, and Paste
      3m 3s
    4. Accessing hidden shortcuts
      1m 40s
    5. Syncing a Bluetooth keyboard
      1m 53s
    6. Adding international and emoji keyboards
      3m 19s
  4. 39m 52s
    1. Connecting your device to your Mac or PC
      5m 37s
    2. Syncing music, movies, and ringtones
      7m 30s
    3. Syncing photos from a Mac
      6m 5s
    4. Syncing photos from a PC
      3m 25s
    5. Syncing contacts and calendars from a Mac
      3m 54s
    6. Syncing contacts and calendars from a PC
      3m 13s
    7. Understanding your backup options
      3m 50s
    8. Using wireless syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Using iTunes Match
      3m 54s
  5. 56m 16s
    1. Basic phone activities
      3m 9s
    2. Adding and managing favorites
      3m 11s
    3. Accessing voicemail
      3m 12s
    4. Receiving calls
      5m 44s
    5. Blocking numbers
      2m 45s
    6. Using the iPhone during a call
      5m 10s
    7. Using FaceTime
      5m 50s
    8. Making conference calls
      3m 1s
    9. Adding recent calls to your contacts
      1m 35s
    10. Sharing contacts
      2m 51s
    11. Assigning photos and ringtones to specific contacts
      3m 34s
    12. Using the included headset
      2m 47s
    13. Using a Bluetooth headset
      3m 34s
    14. Texting and using iMessages
      9m 53s
  6. 39m 0s
    1. Importing email accounts from your computer
      1m 50s
    2. Setting up Exchange, iCloud, Gmail, Yahoo!, or AOL email accounts
      4m 20s
    3. Setting up other types of email accounts
      2m 30s
    4. Keeping your iOS device email synced with your computer
      4m 32s
    5. Composing email
      4m 47s
    6. Receiving and reading email
      9m 22s
    7. Assigning VIPs
      2m 44s
    8. Searching your mailboxes
      1m 51s
    9. Setting mail options
      7m 4s
  7. 33m 34s
    1. Web browsing with Safari
      8m 11s
    2. Saving bookmarks and viewing the History list
      6m 29s
    3. Saving images
      2m 28s
    4. Completing forms and using AutoFill
      4m 34s
    5. Using Reader and the Reading List
      2m 11s
    6. Getting some privacy
      1m 54s
    7. Using iCloud tabs
      3m 43s
    8. Using iCloud Keychain
      4m 4s
  8. 35m 41s
    1. Browsing your library
      3m 6s
    2. Playing and controlling music
      7m 17s
    3. Playing and controlling video
      2m 37s
    4. Using the included earbud controls
      3m 0s
    5. Playing and controlling video
      6m 7s
    6. Adjusting your Music settings
      6m 26s
    7. Browsing and buying with the iTunes app
      4m 8s
    8. Using AirPlay to stream content from your device to an Apple TV
      3m 0s
  9. 51m 12s
    1. Shooting still photos with your device
      6m 48s
    2. Shooting in HDR
      2m 7s
    3. Shooting panoramas
      2m 34s
    4. Viewing, organizing, and editing photos
      9m 45s
    5. Shooting video
      2m 47s
    6. Shooting slow motion (iPhone 5s)
      3m 23s
    7. Shooting in burst mode (iPhone 5s)
      1m 38s
    8. Viewing and editing video
      2m 33s
    9. Taking screenshots
      1m 23s
    10. Sharing photos and video
      6m 27s
    11. Creating albums
      2m 57s
    12. Syncing your photos with a photo stream
      4m 9s
    13. Creating a shared photo stream
      4m 41s
  10. 22m 39s
    1. Getting your location with Maps
      3m 57s
    2. Finding addresses and nearby businesses
      3m 37s
    3. Bookmarking locations
      3m 12s
    4. Getting directions
      4m 15s
    5. Showing traffic and alternative maps
      2m 48s
    6. Using 3D and Flyover views
      2m 34s
    7. Using the Compass app
      2m 16s
  11. 28m 17s
    1. Adding events to your calendar
      10m 55s
    2. Subscribing to calendars
      2m 34s
    3. Setting Time Zone Support
      2m 21s
    4. Using the Clock app
      7m 4s
    5. Setting reminders
      5m 23s
  12. 6m 11s
    1. Using the Notes app
      3m 4s
    2. Using the Voice Memos app
      3m 7s
  13. 11m 48s
    1. Passbook
      6m 6s
    2. Stocks
      2m 32s
    3. Calculator
      50s
    4. Weather
      2m 20s
  14. 20m 51s
    1. Browsing the App Store through iTunes
      6m 3s
    2. Browsing the App Store on your iOS device
      6m 15s
    3. Purchasing apps
      7m 24s
    4. Finding app settings
      1m 9s
  15. 25m 38s
    1. Airplane mode
      2m 25s
    2. Wi-Fi
      3m 2s
    3. Do Not Disturb
      4m 7s
    4. The About section
      2m 27s
    5. Usage
      4m 10s
    6. Date & Time settings
      1m 25s
    7. Restrictions
      3m 21s
    8. Privacy
      4m 41s
  16. 14m 28s
    1. Using Auto-Lock
      1m 22s
    2. Using Passcode Lock
      6m 1s
    3. Using Find My iPhone and Activation Lock
      7m 5s
  17. 17m 52s
    1. Introducing Siri
      9m 26s
    2. Listening and responding to messages
      4m 1s
    3. Setting reminders
      2m 51s
    4. Dictating in apps
      1m 34s
  18. 16m 33s
    1. Begin by restarting
      1m 6s
    2. Force-quitting apps
      1m 3s
    3. Rebooting
      43s
    4. Resetting
      1m 47s
    5. Erasing and restoring
      4m 32s
    6. Checking for updates
      1m 41s
    7. Optimizing battery life
      5m 41s
  19. 32s
    1. Goodbye
      32s

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