An iPad, photos of grandchildren, and total confusion
May 12, 2014 4:54 PM   Subscribe

My wife has an iPad Air. WiFi is enabled, but there is no cell-phone type connection. She would like to be able to move pictures of our grandchildren to the iPad so she can show them off even (or especially) where/when she has no connectivity. How?

The lady is smart, but not particularly computer savvy, and this is the first Apple device either of us has ever had. iTunes and the iCloud seem complicated and obscure, and the need for additional accounts, user names and passwords seems gratuitously entangling. The pictures can be sourced from a blog (with connectivity, the blog itself would fill the need), or as email attachments.

So, what is the simplest way to get a few pictures stored the device and available for easy viewing?
posted by SemiSalt to Computers & Internet (5 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: go to page, select picture by tapping it AND holding, select save image and you're done. The picture ends up in your photo album, where you can rearrange them into different sets.
posted by ouke at 5:12 PM on May 12, 2014 [1 favorite]

When you are connected, find the pictures you want. Touch & hold until you see save image or save to camera roll, choose that. Pics are now in the Photos icon on your ipad.
posted by peep at 5:13 PM on May 12, 2014

The tap-and-save method is definitely the easiest, but it's no good for large photo collections. In case there's a future point in which your wife wants to copy dozens of photos to her iPad, here's a quick way to set up photo syncing without using iCloud:

- Put the pictures in their own folder somewhere on your computer. If the computer isn't on the same network as the iPad, you'll need to connect the iPad to the computer with the usb cable.

- Open iTunes. Click the button that says 1 Device. This will open the settings for the iPad.

- Along the top of the window will be a series of small subheadings. Choose Photos.

- Tick the box that says Sync Photos From and choose "folder" from the dropdown. Navigate to the folder of photos you created and select it.

- Click Apply. The photos will be copied over.

After that, it's automatic. Any time the iPad is synced, it will check that folder for new photos and copy them across.
posted by Georgina at 5:39 PM on May 12, 2014 [2 favorites]

The easiest way to do this is to get one of the grandchildren to do it for her. That being said, I love icloud because my pictures are available on all of my computers or, they will be, once I have it all the way figured out.
posted by myselfasme at 4:46 AM on May 13, 2014 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Thanks for the help. We have learned to tap and save. The pictures show up in Photos as well as the camera roll. 😃
posted by SemiSalt at 3:41 PM on May 13, 2014

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