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No, iTunes was never ready to manage iPhone photos. Here’s how to do it the right way

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ctp icon It’s been six years since Apple introduced its new high-resolution “Retina Display” aptly suited to showing off crisp, lifelike images on iPhone and iPad alike. Nonetheless, iPhone and iPad users still cringe in horror when having to sync albums and photos with their PC.

It’s not just about iTunes. The entire process of moving albums from iPad to PC is flawed. Transferring photos to iPhone is limited too; not least that it results in reducing the quality of high-resolution shots. Add to all this the never-ending battle to free up iPhone space and you suddenly find yourself in the eye of the storm. Let me airlift you from there.

It’s time to manage your photos differently.

How to get iPad albums to show on your PC?

I care about my photos and have them organized on my iPad into dozens of albums. I thought it was a bad joke that iTunes can’t transfer the albums to my PC. I was wrong, it wasn’t a joke; it’s for real.

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The complete lack of a photo-import feature in iTunes is not what worried me most. The first time I realized there was something wrong, was when I connected the iPad to my PC. All I saw on the PC screen, was a bunch of oddly-named folders that had nothing to do with the albums I had on the iPad. ipad albums vs dcim folders

The Windows Import tool is no good either. I found out it can only copy photos into folders named by date; without a trace of my actual iPad album structure. ipad dcim folder mess

As if to finish me off, my PC showed many of the imported photos incorrectly rotated. iphone photo rotated on pc


Now that we broke the ice, let me show you how to easily replicate your iPad or iPhone album arrangement on any PC. Apple suggests using iCloud Photo Library. Don’t bother. See why iCloud Photo Library is a calamity in its own right in the related article.

How iCloud Photo Library took hostage of my iPhone photos

The right way to view and transfer iPad albums on PC

CopyTrans Photo is the easiest way to view and enjoy your iPad albums, photos and videos on your computer. Here’s why.

  1. You can see your iPad and iPhone albums on the PC exactly as they appear on the device, complete with their photo and video contents. All you need to do is run CopyTrans Photo and connect the iPad to the computer. The albums show on the left of the program window.

    Click here to download CopyTrans Photo ipad albums on pc in copytrans photo

  2. You can copy all albums to your computer with a single click of the orange “Full Backup” button. full backup button in copytrans photo The copied albums are as neatly organized on your computer, as they appear on the iPad. ipad photo albums in windows explorer
  3. You can alternatively transfer individual iPad albums with a mere drag-and-drop without even quitting the program window. transfer ipad albums to pc
  4. Bonus: You get to see your photos correctly rotated. 🙂
    correctly rotated iphone photos in main program window
  5. Finally, CopyTrans Photo helps you free up space on your iPad by allowing you to delete multiple unneeded photos at once in a snap.

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Next, see how to copy high-res photos to iPhone

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