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How Do I Transfer Photos From iMac To iPad Without iTunes or iCloud?

I checked the video archives, but didn’t find an answer. I want to get about 100 images and around 10 short videos currently on my iMac Photos sent to my iPad Pro. I have adequate storage on the iPad and I don’t use iCloud for photos. What is your suggestion for a direct way to do this? I prefer not to sync photos, since there are way too many photos on the iMac and I don’t want the hassles of being unable to delete photos from the iPad after the sync. My goal is to use Luma Fusion on the iPad to create a project using the photos and videos (a gift for a child). After completion of the project, I would want to delete the images and photos to save space on the iPad and repeat the process. I prefer using the iPad to do this work.
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Mike W

Comments: 10 Responses to “How Do I Transfer Photos From iMac To iPad Without iTunes or iCloud?”

    4 weeks ago

    How about using iCloud Drive? Not iCloud Photos, but iCloud Drive. So you are saving the photos at files in iCloud Drive, you can see them on both devices, then edit them in Luma and save. Then you have the saved versions of them on your Mac already. That would be my best suggestion.

    I suppose you could also use AirDrop to send them from your Mac to your iPad, then back again when you are done. But iCloud Drive would be simpler.

    Mike W
    4 weeks ago

    Thanks. I considered iCloud Drive, but I assumed that counts against my free 5gb amount. I cloud drive is very convenient.

    Mike W
    4 weeks ago

    Easy peasy with iCloud Drive. I just did a quick check and it worked fine. Thanks for the suggestion. As far as the limit on storage, I can use iCloud Drive, and when done with the images, remove them and gain back the storage.

    4 weeks ago

    Mike: Yes, it will count against your storage. But why not get a storage plan? 50GB costs $12/year. If you already have an iMac and an iPad, $12 to make them both more useful seems like a bargain.

    Mike W
    4 weeks ago

    Would that I could (buy more storage). It is a bargain, absolutely. I have an Apple ID that uses only Apple credit. No credit card on file, so no way to set up a payment.

    4 weeks ago

    Mike:Why not just buy an iTunes gift card (with cash or whatever) and then add that to the account?

    Mike W
    4 weeks ago

    This is how I use my account. I use gift cards, load them into the account and freely buy apps. The problem comes in when buying recurring items such as a monthly fee for added storage. To do that, a credit card is required, in the name of the account holder and issued in the country of the account. I have spent thousands of dollars for apps and music. The rules for payment for recurring items excludes my situation. I do have a separate Apple ID with a credit card for a different country.

    4 weeks ago

    Mike: I didn’t think it worked that way. I put $200 into my account a while back and my iCloud storage fees have come from that amount. I haven’t been charged since I added that $200 because I still have a balance. Maybe the rules have changed? Or, maybe they are just different depending on the country.

    Mike W
    4 weeks ago

    IT WORKED! I had attempted to upgrade a while back, and was rejected since no credit card was on file. Not sure what the notice said, but it was clear. I just continued under that assumption. I just now went to my iCloud storage, requested an upgrade and in less than a minute have increased my storage. I typically have $200 or more on the account (just in case a new Taylor Swift album comes out). Thanks for your encouragement to try. Bottom line, Apple is willing to accept use credit.

    4 weeks ago

    Mike: Great!

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