Sharing Video and Photos Between Devices (PC)

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About this article

This article describes two processes for sharing videos and photos from the Photos app on the tablet to a laptop computer. This article includes the PC version. This article is intended for all PC and iPad users.

Sharing Photos/ Videos

There are several different ways to share videos and photos from your Photos app on a tablet to your laptop computer. Enabling the iCloud and Photo Stream on all of your devices is one way to share that information through the cloud. This option does not require any physical connection between the devices. A second option is to manually connect your device to your laptop by using your tablet’s charging cord and importing items. The two options are described below.

Option 1:Photo Stream

Complete the following steps to share photos and videos through the Cloud. NOTE: You will want to complete the following steps before capturing your photos or videos.


1. First you will need to make sure your iCloud account is set up. From your device open Settings > iCloud > Photos. From Photos tap the My Photo Stream button to turn it on. It should appear green.

2. There are also a variety of other photo settings to choose from in the settings. Selecting iCloud Photo Library will upload your entire library and store it in the iCloud. Apple automatically provides 5 GB of storage in the iCloud. This is a great option if you would like to share photos or videos you have already captured and would like to share between devices. The My Photo Stream only share images that were captured after this option was turned on.

3. There is also the iCloud Photo Sharing option in Settings. This allows you to create albums and share items with specific people by creating a Shared album.

4. You will now see an album title My Photo Stream in your photo albums in the Photos app. This album will automatically upload new photos and send them to all of your iCloud devices. You will not need to plug in your tablet to your laptop to share pictures or video. Any photos or videos in the Camera Roll photo album are photos that were taken on that particular device.

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Laptop (PC)

1. First you will need to download iCloud from Apple onto your laptop. Go to iCloud Download and select Download at the bottom of the screen.

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2. Once downloaded open iCloud on your PC. You will then be prompted to enter your Apple ID.

3. Once you have entered your Apple ID the iCloudhome-screen will launch. Check the box next to "Photos" and select "Options"

4. Check the "My Photo Stream" box to enable My Photo Stream on your PC. You will want to also select "iCloud Photo Sharing" if you have shared photo albums on your tablet.

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5.To access My Photo Stream open Pictures > iCloud Photos and select the My Photo Stream album.

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Option 2 :Connecting Devices

Complete the following steps to share photos and videos through physically connecting devices.

Laptop (PC)

1. Connect your tablet to your laptop using the charging cord.

2. If this is the first time connecting your device you will want to select "Trust This Device" when prompted

3. Make sure that you have entered your pass code and your tablet is unlocked.

4. Open This PC. At the bottom of the window under Devices and drives your iPad will be listed.

5. Select your device from the devices list and select Internal Storage

6. Your photos will be within the Internal Storage in the DCIM folder.

7. Within this folder will be folders titled with letters and numbers. Your photos and videos will be within these folders.

8. Once you have located your photos and videos you can drag them into a folder or copy and paste them where you would like them. Make sure your settings are set to open the items in "Windows Photo Viewer".

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