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In this video, we're going to look at how to copy photos from your Windows PC onto your iOS device, as well as how to copy the photos you shoot on your device onto your PC. I have my iPhone attached to my PC via the USB cable. Although this will also work if you want to use wireless syncing as well. With it selected, I'll click the Photos tab, and here all I have to do 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 does matter where you store the photos you want to copy to your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.
You can choose the default My Pictures folder. But you can see if you go to your Start menu, into Pictures, and in here I have three folders of images from my trip to Australia southern Nevada and Taiwan. If I go back in iTunes, you can see I can choose to sync All Folders in the my pictures folder, or I can choose Selected Folders and now let's me choose which folders I want to copy to my device. Maybe I want to copy my Australia and Taiwan photos over. Now you can also choose any other folder on your computer if you have photos stored elsewhere just by going to Choose Folder.
But bear in mind that you can only choose one location for your photos to come from. So make sure all the photos that you want to copy to your device are in the same place. But that's basically it. I click Apply. And now my photos are being copied over to my iPhone. And now, my iPhone, I can navigate to and view the photos I just copied over by going into the Photos app. And here, under Albums, you can see my Australia folder and the Taiwan folder. Now, it's important to keep in mind that syncing photos through iTunes is a one way trip. You're only copying photos from your PC to your device.
If you shift photos on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, you're going to have photos on your device that aren't on your PC. So let's take a look at how to copy the images from your device back to your PC. Now this only works if you have your device connected via the USB cable, it won't work wirelessly. So, I'll connect my phone to my PC again. When you connect your device to your PC in addition to iTunes opening, if you have it set to do so, a dialogue opens up asking you what you want to do with the device you just connected. Your PC sees the iOS devices as a camera containing images. You have the choice here to import the photos using Windows, or you can use any image editing software you may have installed that will be listed here.
Now before you click an option you can check, Always do this for this device. So you don't have to use this dialogue box every time you connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod to your PC. Then click your selection of how you want to import your images. And you can see it's now importing the images from my device. And here I can see the images we just brought in. Now if you change your mind on how you want your computer to handle images from your device go to the Start menu > Control Panel, and here I'm going to switch the View By to Large Icons and I'll select AutoPlay. Now this control panel determines what happens when you insert different types of media or devices to your PC.
Down here at the bottom under Devices, I can see I have an Apple iPod and my iPhone, and I can use the menu next to it to select a different action to occur when I plug it in to my computer. Incidentally, you can do this with any other camera or memory card reader you have connected to your PC if you need to adjust how your computer works with your photo devices. So that's how to sync photos from your PC to your iOS device, and how to get photos off your device back into your PC.
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