6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 6, 2010 6:30 PM by greenthrash
theCollector Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Please, someone be merciful on me and help me. i don't want to sync my ipad. i want to choose what goes on and what doesn't. lets take it from the top.

1) i have my pictures in several folders across my computer and i want to pull all of them onto my ipad. the only way i can see to do this is with photo sync in itunes which works great! i sync folder 1 successfully, switch photo sync to target folder 2 and it replaces the folder 1 contents on the ipad with folder 2's contents. i just want to ADD to it, not replace it.

2) when adding apps, how do i add just new apps?? I have to resync which reloads all the apps and changes where they're placed on the pad. how do i stop this?! i just want to add ONLY my new apps!

please someone help me! thanks!

Windows PC, Windows XP Pro
  • 1. Re: i don't want to sync!!!
    Graham Outterside Level 4 Level 4 (2,910 points)
    2. Then just download them to the iPad directly. Syncing IS the process of adding Apps. You can manually manage music and video by drag and drop but not Apps.
  • 2. Re: i don't want to sync!!!
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
    If you manually manage photos on your computer, create a parent folder which will store the named folders of photos that you want transferred to your iPad. Place the folders of photos that you want transferred to your iPad in the parent folder followed by selecting the parent folder under the Photos tab for your iPad sync preferences followed by a sync.

    Want to add an additional folder to photos to your iPad, place the folder in the parent folder followed by a sync. Want to remove a folder of photos from your iPad, remove the folder of photos from the parent folder followed by a sync. To add additional photos to your iPad without creating a new folder of photos, place the photos in an existing folder of photos in the parent folder followed by a sync. To remove a photo or photos from your iPad without removing the entire folder where the photos are located, remove the photos from the folder in the parent folder followed by a sync.

    2) when adding apps, how do i add just new apps?? I have to resync which reloads all the apps and changes where they're placed on the pad. how do i stop this?! i just want to add ONLY my new apps!


    Keep Sync Apps selected under the Apps tab for your iPad sync preferences. To install an app that is not currently installed, select the app under the Apps tab followed by a sync, or drag the app to the home page where you want the app placed followed by a sync. To remove an app from your iPhone, deselect the app under the Apps tab followed by a sync.
  • 3. Re: i don't want to sync!!!
    Dov2000 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why don't you create a single folder?

    1. Create a main folder (example "My Ipad photos")
    2. Copy all your favorite photos to this main folder
    3. Create inside that main folder other subfolders with different names as
    relating your photos with certain places or subjects (example: school, Home, Friends, etc.)and just select pictures of each subject, copy and paste inside each folder
    4. Once you are finished with all the arrangements or setting your folders
    just Add to your library the Main Folder "My Ipad Photos" and through Itunes, you would be able to select specifically which subfolder you will like to add to your Photos section on Ipad.

    Hope this will help resolve your problem.

    Daniel
  • 4. Re: i don't want to sync!!!
    greenthrash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It seems this solution still involves syncing. I agree with the original poster that I don't want to sync. To me that puts too much wear and tear on your device removing the content and re-adding it all of the time. If I have a photo folder named "cars" and I take a picture of a new car some day and want to add it to that folder on my iPad, is there no other way other than completely removing the folder and then re-adding the folder again with the one additional photo added to it? You should be able to just drag and drop individual photos onto the iPad. I wish that were possible.
  • 5. Re: i don't want to sync!!!
    Allan Sampson Level 10 Level 10 (123,340 points)
    If I have a photo folder named "cars" and I take a picture of a new car some day and want to add it to that folder on my iPad, is there no other way other than completely removing the folder and then re-adding the folder again with the one additional photo added to it?


    You don't have to remove the entire folder to add a single photo. You place the photo you want to add in the folder of photos that has already been transferred and only the photo added to the folder is transferred when syncing. To remove a photo or photos without removing the entire folder, move the selected photo or photos out of the folder followed by a sync.

    I use iPhoto on my Mac for importing photos from a digital camera including from my iPhone's Camera Roll and for photo storage and management on my Mac. I make use of iPhoto albums for select photos just as I make use of iTunes playlists for select music. I select the iPhoto albums I want transferred to my iPhone followed by a sync. To add an additional photo, I can add the photo to an existing iPhoto album that I've selected to be transferred to my iPhone followed by a sync which will transfer just the new photo. To remove select photos, I remove them from the iPhoto albums or albums in iPhoto followed by a sync which removes those photos only. To remove an entire album, I deselect the album under the Photos tab for my iPhone sync preferences followed by a sync. To add a new iPhoto album, I select the new album under the Photos tab for my iPhone sync preferences followed by a sync which transfers the new album only without any other albums or photos being touched on my iPhone.

    To me that puts too much wear and tear on your device removing the content and re-adding it all of the time.


    All content does not have to be removed and re-added all the time - you obviously don't know how the sync process works. Wear and tear how, and how is this any different from manually dragging individual photos?

    If you don't want to transfer photos via the iTunes sync process, you purchased the wrong device. This is how it is done with all iPods, with the iPhone, and with the iPad.
  • 6. Re: i don't want to sync!!!
    greenthrash Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for setting me straight - I guess I don't understand the sync process. I guess I was under the impression that it deletes everything and re-adds it every time. I think I saw this one time when I was going to do a sync of my iPod (normally I manually manage my music).

    After I pressed the sync button it asked me if I was sure I wanted to lose all content on my device and replace it with what was in my iTunes library. Maybe this situation is different...I don't know...

    Do you know if I edit a photo on my iMac and then re-sync that folder/event to my iPad, will it recognize the newly edited photo and change it out on my iPad?