[Solved] Duplicate Photos on iPad After Syncing

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By Demi / Updated on May 25, 2023

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iPad duplicate photos after syncing

After synchronizing photos from iTunes to iPad, they look OK but later some albums are partially duplicated on the iPad or messed up. Never had this problem before. What to do?

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For any purposes like browsing or editing photos on iPad, you may use iTunes to sync photos between iPhone/iPad and PC. However, when you disconnect your iPad from computer and head to the Photos app on iPad, you may find you got multiple duplicate photos on iPad after syncing.

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What’s worse, it seems that you can do nothing to duplicate photos but share them, which means you may fail to delete them from your iPad. What can you do to delete them and prevent iPad from duplicating photos? Hope you can find answers in the following guide.

Why iPad duplicate photos after syncing

The most possible reason why iPad duplicates photos after syncing is that the Photo Stream function is enabled. If the Photo Stream is enabled when you sync photos, iTunes will send pictures to your iPad in all or selective albums.

To prevent it from happening again, you’d better turn it off by going to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos > Toggle off My Photo Stream.

Turn Off My Photo Stream

Besides, chances are that some of the duplicate photos have been saved on your iPad or computer before but you fail to notice them.

How to delete duplicate photos on iPad after syncing

As is mentioned, there is no delete option for the duplicate photo copy on iPad. You cannot delete these duplicate photos on iPad directly like you used to do before. You can try the following method to know how to remove duplicate photos from iPad after syncing.

Method 1. Delete duplicates with a powerful tool

To save your time, you can rely on a professional tool to automatically filter and delete all duplicate photos on iPad without effort. It is recommended to try FoneTool. Besides duplicates, all the similar photos on iPad can also be scanned. You can decide to delete them or not to manage your iPad photos. It supports most models of iPad, including the latest iPad/iPad Pro 2022, as well as iPhones and iPod.

Step 1. Download and install FoneTool to computer by clicking the icon below.

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Step 2. Connect your iPad to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Toolbox > Choose Photo Deduplication.

Click Photo Deduplication

Step 3. Click Scan iOS Device > Click Start Scanning and wait for it to scan all duplicate and similar photos on iPad.

Start Scanning iOS

Step 4. When all duplicates are listed in groups in the left pane > Click Delete to clear these duplicates.

Delete Duplicate Photo

What if the duplicate photos were saved on computer and are synced to iPad later? Let FoneTool delete duplicate photos on computer with the same steps above.

Method 2. Turn off Sync Photos from iTunes

Since the iPad duplicates photos after you sync them between iPad and computer, you can turn off the Sync Photos function to delete photos synced from iTunes.

Step 1. Launch iTunes on your computer >Plug in your iPad.

Step 2. Click the Device icon > Locate and choose Photos.

Step 3. Uncheck Sync Photos > Click Remove Photos when a window prompts > Click Apply to confirm.

Delete Synced Photos

How to sync iPad without duplicating photos

Besides iTunes, there are many other tools that enable you to sync photos between iPad and computer. Both tools below are nice to try if you want to transfer photos from computer to iPad.

Tool 1. FoneTool

FoneTool is not only a powerful tool to delete duplicate photos. Actually, it works as professional transfer software for iOS devices.

✓ Multiple types of files supported. Besides photos, you can also transfer music, videos, etc. from computer to iPad.
✓ Simple and fast transfer process. With a few clicks, you can transfer 100 photos within 3 seconds via FoneTool.
✓ No data loss. The photos will be transferred with their original quality without any compression.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer with USB > Launch FoneTool and choose Phone Transfer. Go to PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To iPhone

Step 2. Click the add icon > Locate and choose the photos on your computer that you’d like to transfer to iPad > Click Open.

Choose Photos

Step 3. Browse all the photos and click Start Transfer to begin the task.

If needed, you can also rely on FoneTool to transfer files from iPad to iPad/iPhone or iPad to computer.

Tool 2. iCloud Photos

You’re also allowed to sync photos by enabling iCloud Photos on iPad. Please be noted that since iCloud Photos will upload your iPad photos automatically, you may also need to check and delete duplicate photos on iCloud from time to time.

>> On your iPad, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > Photos to enable iCloud Photos.

>> On your computer, Go to iCloud.com > Sign in with your Apple ID and password > Click Photos option > Click Upload Photos to sync photos from computer to iPad.

View Photos on iCloud


That’s all for how to deal with duplicate photos on iPad after syncing. Since you can not delete duplicate photos on iPad directly, you can rely on FoneTool to delete them.

To prevent your iPad from syncing duplicating photos, it is suggested to try FoneTool to sync files between iPad and computer. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Doris is an editor of AOMEI Technology as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.