How to Sync Photos from iPhone to iPad Automatically

This guide shows you how to sync photos from iPhone to iPad automatically and gives you a flexible way to transfer and manage your photos.


By Dylan / Updated on June 7, 2023

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Do photos transfer automatically from iPhone to iPad?

iPhone has a great CMOS taking photos with great qualities. But compared with iPhone, an iPad comes with a larger screen and size. And it usually has a good chip to handle some complicated photo-processing job. For example, the iPad 10-th generation comes with A14, and iPad Pro 2022 uses M2 chip. So you want to automatically transfer photos from iPhone to iPad for better viewing, editing, and managing.  

So, are photos automatically synced from iPhone to iPad? In fact, iCloud is the official tool enabling user transfer files from iPhone to iPad automatically. Therefore, with the iCloud Photos option turned on, photos from the iPhone can be automatically synced to the iPad.

How to transfer photos from iPhone to iPad automatically with iCloud

Now, we will show you how to move photos from iPhone to iPad automatically with iCloud. iCloud is a cloud service from Apple that provides two ways to sync photos across iOS devices -My Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Library.

You can firstly refer to the table below to know the differences between them, and choose your desired way to get photos from iPhone to iPad automatically.


My Photo Stream

iCloud Photo Library


Stores up to 1,000 photos/Doesn't count against iCloud storage

No limit/Rely on iCloud storage


Stores photos for 30 days

Stores photos and videos indefinitely

File Format  

Supports JPEG, TIFF, PNG, and RAW file formats.

Supports HEIF, JPEG, RAW, PNG, GIF, TIFF, HEVC, and MP4 photo and video formats


Don't sync any changes

Automatically sync all changes


Works only over Wi-Fi connections

Works over Wi-Fi and cellular             



✍In short, My Photo Stream is for people who don't take a lot of photos, don't need to regularly access them on all their devices and use other cloud storage services to access photos, or don’t want to upgrade from the free 5GB iCloud storage.
✍However, iCloud Photo Library is for people who do take a lot of photos and want to be able to view them all on their devices or using the web browser.  It's also for those who want videos that can be accessed on all devices.

Way 1. Upload photos from iPhone to iPad automatically via My Photo Stream

Check that Wi-Fi is turned on and you have an internet connection. Tap Settings on your iPhone > [your name] > iCloud > Photos. Make sure Upload to My Photo Stream is turned on.

You can then repeat these steps on your iPad. After that, all photos will be synced from iPhone to iPad automatically.

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Way 2. Share Photos from iPhone to iPad automatically via iCloud Photo Library

iCloud only provides 5 GB of free storage for your data, if your iCloud storage is full, you'll need to update your storage plan.
With the iCloud photos turned on, adding or deleting a photo will be synced all your Apple devices. You can refer to the next part to send pictures to iPad flexibly.

Follow the steps to check whether you’ve opened iCloud Photos.

Step 1. Go to Setting and tap on your Apple ID account.

Step 2. Click iCloud, tap on Photos, toggle on the iCloud Photo Library option.

Step 3. Do the same above to turn on iCloud Photos on your iPad.

turn on icloud photos

Then, iCloud will automatically start syncing when your device is connected to a Wi-Fi /cellular network.

Tip: Why are my photos not syncing between iPhone and iPad?

If your photos stream isn't uploading or just failed to transfer iPhone photos to iPad. You can check if your Wi-Fi/network connection and your iCloud have enough space.

How to transfer and manage photos from iPhone to iPad flexibly

While iCloud, the official cloud storage service, is a good option to forward photos from iPhone to iPad automatically. But it use Internet connection to share data between iPad and iPhone, it is probably not the best choice to transfer a large photos if you don’t have a storage and stable Wi-Fi/Internet condition.

Besides, sometimes issues, like iCloud storage full can cause iCloud photos syncing failure. Then, you can let FoneTool flexibly help you transfer and manage photos from iPhone to iPad.

As an iOS data transfer tool, FoneTool can help you transfer files between iOS devices and computers. If you have a lot of pictures to copy, this tool will be the best choice.

Here are some of its highlights:

It can help you transfer photos from iPhone to iPad with different Apple IDs.
● It can transfer a large number of photos at an extremely fast speed.
● It does not need an Internet connection and gives you a much fast transferring speed.
● It will not erase any existing photos on the target device.
● It is fully compatible with all iPhone/iPad models, always compatible with the latest iOS and iPadOS.
● Besides photos, it also allows you to preview and transfer contacts, messages, music, videos, etc. from iPhone to iPad/iPhone or computer.

Click the download button to get FoneTool and install on your PC. Follow the steps below to learn how to quickly save photos from iPhone to iPad.

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Step 1. Launch FoneTool, connect your iPhone to computer via the USB cable, tap “Trust” on the home screen to let your computer access your iPhone.

Step 2. Click Phone Transfer on the left interface. Move the mouse to iPhone to PC. And click "Start Transfer".

transfer to computer

Step 3. Click the photo icon to select the photo you want to transfer, and tap OK.

choose photos

Step 4. Then you can select a storage path on Transfer Settings. click the Start Transfer button.


Step 5. Connect your iPad to the computer. Choose Phone Transfer, and choose PC to iPhone option. Click the “+” icon, choose the pictures you want to transfer, tap Open to continue.

choose photos

Step 6. Click the plus icon to browse your computer and select your saved photo, tap Start Transfer to add the photo to your iPad.


Tip: If you want to transfer other info, such as text messages, memos, calendars, Safari (history, bookmarks), applications (data files, preference), system settings, etc., you can choose the iPhone to iPhone Transfer option.

Besides, you can also opt for the FoneTool app - a fast and free data transfer tool for iOS devices, can help you easily transfer photo from iPhone to iPad. In addition to some commonly used photos, videos and contacts, it also supports you to selectively transfer PDF to another iPhone. It works without internet-no need to connect to WiFi or consume cellular data.

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This article mainly discusses how to sync photos from iPhone to iPad automatically using iCloud and provides an easy way to flexibly manage photos between iPhone and iPad/computer. If you want to share a lot of pictures from iPhone to iPad, PhoneTool can be your first choice.

What’s more, if your iCloud is full of duplicate photos, its Photo Deduplication feature can also help you find and delete duplicate photos to free up space.

Dylan · Editor
Dylan is an editor of mobile backup software. He likes to share the latest news about iPhone and iOS, write useful tips, and give solutions to help people solve all kinds of issues.