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In this video, we're going to look at how to copy photos from your Windows PC onto your iPhone or iPod , as well as how to copy the photos you shoot on your iPhone or iPod touch onto your PC. I have my iPod touch attached to my PC, although this will also work if you want to use wireless syncing as well. I've got it selected and I'm going to go over 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 to one location on your computer, so it does matter where you store the photos you want to copy to your iPod or iPhone.
You can choose your My Pictures folder, which you can see if you go to the Start Menu, Pictures, and you can see in here I have a folder of pictures from Australia, Southern Nevada, Taiwan, as well as the Sample Pictures and Slideshow folders that were in here by default. So, if I go back to iTunes, you can see that I can choose to sync all the photos in My Pictures folder, or I can choose selected folders, which then lets me choose which folder of images I want to copy to my iPod. So maybe I want to copy over my Australia and Taiwan folders over.
Now, you can also choose any other folder from your computer if you have photos stored elsewhere, but bear in mind that you can only choose one location for your photos to come from. So, make sure all of the photos you want to copy to your iPod or iPhone are in the same place, but that's basically it. I click Apply. Now, in this case, I already had photos on my iPod , so I'm being asked if I want to replace those photos. In this case, I can say Replace Photos. And now, my photos are being optimized and copied over to my iPod. Once that's done, I can go to my iPod, and I can now 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 take photos on your iPhone or iPod , 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 to your PC. Now, this only works if you have your device connected via the USB cable; it won't work wirelessly. When you connect your iPhone or iPod to your PC, in addition to iTunes opening, if you haven't set up to do so, you'll see a dialogue opening up asking you what you want to do with the device you just connected.
Your PC sees the iPhone or iPod as a camera containing images. You have the choice here to import the pictures and videos using Windows. If you have image editing software installed, you'll see that software listed here so you can open your images directly in those programs. Now, 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 click your selection of how you want to import your images. So, maybe I'll click Import pictures and videos using Windows. I have the option here to tag these pictures, I am just going to skip that step for now, and click Import.
So, you can see here I just had a couple of screenshots that I took, an album cover, and a video, but they have all now 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 , you can go to the Start Menu, to Control Panel, and do a search for Auto Play. At the bottom of this list under Devices, you'll find your device, and you can use the menu next to it to select a different action to occur when you plug in your computer. For example, maybe I want to be asked every time, so I'll keep that selected, and click Save.
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 photo devices, but that's how you move photos to and from your iPhone or iPod .
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