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In this video, we're going to look at how to copy photos from your computer running Windows onto your iPhone or iPod touch, as well as how to copy the photos you shoot on your iPhone or iPod touch, back into Windows. I have my iPhone attached to my Windows machine, although this will work if you want to use wireless syncing as well. With it selected, I'll go to the Photos tab. 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 to one location on your computer, so it matters where you store the photos you want to copy it to your iPod or iPhone.
You can choose My Pictures and if I go to the Start menu and select Pictures, you can see I have some folders of photos in here. If your photos are stored elsewhere in your computer, you can select Choose folder to locate that folder. But in this case, I want to keep My Picture selected. You can see that I can choose to Sync All the Photos found in My Pictures folder or I can choose Selected folders, which then lets me select which folders of images I want to copy to my iPhone. Maybe I want a copy of my photos from Australia and Taiwan. But basically, that's it.
I click Apply and now my photos are being copied over to my iPhone. And now on my iPhone, I can navigate and view the photos I just copied over by going into My Photos App. We'll look more at managing photos in the chapter on shooting photos and video. Now it's important to keep in mind that syncing photos through iTunes is only a one-way trip. You're only copying photos from your PC to your device. If you shoot photos on your iPhone or iPod touch, you are going to have photos on your device that aren't on your computer, so let's take a look at how to copy the images from your device to your computer.
When you connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your PC, in addition to iTunes opening, if you have it set to do so, a dialog box will open up asking you what you want to do with the device you just connected. Your PC sees the iPhone and iPod touch as a camera containing images, you have the choice here to Import pictures and videos using Windows or you can Open the device to view the files using Windows Explorer. If you have any image or photo editing software installed in your computer, you may see the choice to open your photos in that program as well. Before you click an option, you can check Always do this for this device, so you don't have to use this dialog box every time you connect your iPhone or iPod touch to your PC.
Then you can click your selection of how you want to import your images. In this case I'll choose Import pictures and videos using Windows. I won't tag these pictures right now and I'll just click Import. And now my photos have been imported to my PC. Now if you change your mind on how you want your computer to handle images from your iPhone or iPod touch, you can go to the Start menu to Control panel and select Autoplay. At the bottom of this list of devices, you should find your device. I can see my iPhone here and you can use the menu next to it to select a different action to occur when you plug it into your computer.
If I want nothing to happen, I can choose to Take no action for example, and then save my selection. Incidentally, you can do this with any other camera or memory card reader you connect to your PC, if you need to adjust how your computer works with your photo devices. So, that's how to move photos back and forth between your Windows machine and your iPhone or iPod touch.
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