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How to Share Photos in iPhoto Between iPhone and iPad



With it being the summer season it is common for people to go on vacation. Taking photos is always a great way to remember the sights and memories from your vacation. More than likely the photos could use some editing and iPhoto is great for that.

Editing photos in iPhoto for the iPad is much nicer than on the small iPhone screen.

Luckily Apple has built into iPhoto a way to transfer photos without the need for an internet connection. That way you can transfer pictures even if you are in a bad signal area or your iPad is WiFi only. This method shares photos between the iPhone and iPad directly not with the Photo Stream.

How to Share photos with Beam

To be able to share photos between the iPad and iPhone be sure to have iPhoto installed on BOTH the iPhone and iPad.

Once iPhoto is installed Open iPhoto on your iPhone and iPad.

Tap on Settings and set Wireless Beaming to ON for both the iPad and iPhone.


How to Select the Photos you want to Beam

Tap Share.


Tap Beam.


Next select Choose.


Select the images you want to beam and Tap Next.

AllowOn the next screen Tap Allow.

Make sure both devices have iPhoto open so that the iPhone can find the iPad.

iPadSelect your iPad and then hit Beam Photos.

Accept Transfer

Tap Yes on the iPad to accept the transfer,

Your Beamed photos will appear in the Beamed album shown below

Beamed Pictures Album

Beaming photos between the iPhone and iPad can be very convenient especially in a place with no WiFi or poor 3G. This way vacation photos can be transferred and edited with very little hassle.



  1. Marawan Alwaraki

    08/05/2012 at 5:34 am

    So no Wi-Fi or 3G, how do the devices connect?

  2. Tushar Agarwal

    08/06/2012 at 7:28 pm

    Awesome I dint know about this iphone app features. I use to send photos via iMessage to other iPad user.

  3. Linda Christie

    11/06/2012 at 7:54 am

    Just came across this this website and advice today. Both excellent and works a treat…thanks.

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