How to Transfer Pictures Onto an iPad Without Syncing

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How to Transfer Pictures Onto an iPad Without Syncing
Received pictures are automatically stored in the iPad's Camera Roll album. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

To send files arbitrarily to the iPad, you must first install an application that's compatible with the type of files you're sending. This is to ensure the files have somewhere specific to be stored upon arrival. The iPad has a built-in image library in its Photos application, however, so pictures can always be sent to the device without the need for additional third-party software. Computer image files can be transferred via the iTunes multimedia management software, or exported from an e-mail attachment if you don't have iTunes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • E-mail account

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  1. 1

    Attach your picture files to an e-mail and send it to an e-mail account that your iPad is currently set up to check. This could potentially mean sending the email to yourself.

  2. 2

    Launch the Mail application on the iPad by tapping its icon on the home screen. The iPad will automatically check for new messages when the application is launched.

  3. 3

    Tap the email you sent with the file attachments to open it. Scroll to the bottom of the message and tap the button containing the file name of the picture attachments. The files will be fully downloaded into the Mail application and displayed within the message, which could take a minute or two depending on their size.

  4. 4

    Tap one of the pictures in the email and press the "Save Image" button in the dialogue box that appears at the bottom of the screen. The image will be saved to the iPad's Camera Roll album and be accessible through the Photos application.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have alternate image manipulation software installed on the iPad, the dialogue box will give you the option of opening the picture file in that application, as well as saving it to the Camera Roll.
  • If you are transferring a lot of files, your e-mail server may have a limit on attachment size and require you to transfer the pictures to the iPad using multiple messages.

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