December 12, 2011

Get Photos And Videos Off Your iPad 2 [Tips]

iPad 2

I am iHole, hear me roar

The iPad 2 is a very nifty device, and is a genuine upgrade to the original iPad. Not only is it thinner and more powerful, it has cameras. But how do you get photos and videos off of your iPad 2? It’s not hard, but it’s not as obvious as it should be. DaddyTips will show you how. I am iHole, hear me roar.

The best thing about the Interwebs is that when it comes to stuff like this, the truth is out there. Getting photos and videos off my iPad 2 seemed like a no-brainer, but when I fired up iTunes, I noticed something missing.

iTunes has no Photos Option

Look ma! No Photos!

See what’s not there? Something that says Photos. Or Videos. Or Camera. Or anything that would indicate there is a way to simply drag and drop the lovely photos and videos you took with you shiny iPad 2 onto your computer.

Actually, according to the Interwebs, specifically a forum post at, which is where I usually get my Mac tips, you can do this in Windows, where the iPad shows up in Windows Explorer like a USB drive. (Aside: is it still called Windows Explorer? I haven’t used Windows since XP. Ah, youth.) On OSX, however, this is not the case.

I can neither confirm nor deny if you can drag and drop photos and videos from your iPad 2 to your computer. I can indeed confirm that you cannot do this on a Mac. Which is annoying, because my photos and videos are incredibly amusing. For example:

SHIELD t-shirt

A SHIELD t-shirt! I'm a nerdy iHole!

This is my S.H.I.E.L.D. t-shirt, recently purchased from Thwipster, a site I both love (because they have cool stuff for me to buy) and hate (because buying cool stuff means spending money). But I digress.

Actually, I do not digress. The fact that this photo is appearing on this blog post proves that I was able to extricate it from my iPad, transfer it to my laptop, upload it to the DaddyTips server farm (ahem), and share my nerdy iHoliness with the world.

So how did I do it?

Glad you asked.

It’s actually quite simple. There is a program that came with your OSX equipped Mac called Image Capture (not sure which version). Fire it up, and watch the magic happen.

Image Capture iPad 2

See that? You can now select the photos and video from your iPad 2 that you want to transfer, pick a folder for them to move to, click Import, or Import All if that’s what you want, and voila. Happy happy joy joy. Sing it with me now, you know the words.

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That, dear reader, is how you get photos and videos off of your iPad 2. Use Image Capture. Why Apple doesn’t tell you this up front, I have no idea. But we told you. Or more accurate, we read it on MacRumors and told you. Which is sort of the same thing.

How to transfer photos from iPad – MacRumors Forums.

iPad 2 image via Amazon