PhotoSync is Best Way to Transfer iPad 2 Pictures to PC

Now that the iPad 2 has a camera, you will want to transfer photos to your computer taken on the tablet. PhotoSync ($1.99) is one of the best apps for transferring them to other iOS devices or to a computer. It does it all over Wi-Fi so long as the two devices are on the same network. It is fast and easy to use. So, we decided to make it our iPad App of the Week.


When you open PhotoSync on the iPad it shows your camera roll pictures. There are two main views. The one you see above is the camera roll. From here you can sync photos. The other view is a slideshow. Tap the file cabinet icon in the upper left and it shows your pictures but lets you display them as a slideshow.

You sync one of five ways. Tap the sync icon (the red circular arrows in the upper right). A menu will pop up showing the various sync methods.

PhotoSync Sync Menu

Here are the five menu items and what they mean:

  • Sync New – syncs all new photos since the last time you synced
  • Sync Selected – only selected photos will sync
  • Sync All – ignores whether they’ve been synced in the past and re-sends all the photos in the camera roll
  • Mark all as synced – marks all photos so they won’t be synced again in a Sync New synchronization
  • Receive Photos/Videos – this shows how you can upload videos or photos to the iPad from a web browser or this app installed on another device

Once you begin the sync by tapping one of the menu items, a new window pops up showing options. You can sync to a computer, another iOS device, or to a Flickr account.

PhotoSync Device Menu

To sync to a computer you will have to install a free program on the computer. It runs in the menu. Once installed if the computer and iPad or iOS device are on the same network, the computer will show up in the list of computers when Computer is tapped in the above menu. Notice below the menu only has my MacBook Pro because that is the only computer on which I have with the software installed.

PhotoSync Device Menu - MacBook Pro

Only computers or iOS devices with PhotoSync installed and on same network will show up

Select the computer from the list and it starts the sync process immediately. It moves pretty fast.

PhotoSync Transfer box

Files transfer quickly

After the sync is over the computer will open a Finder window on a Mac or an Explorer window on Windows.

PhotoSync Finder Folder

Files show up in Pictures folder in Mac or Photos folder in Windows

All the files you sent will be in either the /Pictures/PhotoSync/ on a Mac or /Photos/PhotoSync/ on a PC under your user folder.

Sending files to another iOS device is just as simple. You can send to another iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone from the menu that pops up after hitting the red sync button. The app is a universal, so you can install it on all your iOS devices for one price. Open the program on the other device. It has to be installed for it to work. Then choose the device from the list. The photos will be sent and displayed in PhotoSync on that device. Below is the app running on my iPhone.

PhotoSync on the iPhone

PhotoSync on the iPhone

To send photos to Flickr you will have to enter your Flickr user name and password in the Info screen. Access it by tapping the Info button in the lower right corner.

PhotoSync Info Box

PhotoSync Info Box

If you would rather email pictures you can do so by going into the slideshow view (the green button in the lower left corner). Tap the share button in the lower right on any photo that is displayed in the slideshow. From there you have the option to Send as E-mail or to Copy the picture for pasting elsewhere.

PhotoSync Share Menu

Below is our video review of PhotoSync:

Our only complaints are really ideas for future versions. First, we wish that you could rotate the images inside the app. Second, we wish that we could set one sync method, like sending new photos to a computer, as the default method. That way we could sync with the tap of one button instead of tapping the sync button, the sync method option, then the device from the list. One tap would be faster than three.


  • Simple to use
  • Fast
  • Makes syncing easy
  • Uploading to Flickr
  • Runs on all iOS devices


  • Would like to rotate photos from within the app before sending
  • Would like to have default sync method so you could set it and not have to tap so many buttons

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