12 Replies Latest reply: Mar 9, 2013 9:19 AM by yellowbek
Iain MacDonald1 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)

Sorry - this must have been asked before, but how can I get my iPad to see my iPhoto library stored on my iMac?


Using home sharing, the Apple TV sees music and photos OK, but I can only seem to get the iPad to see my music, but not the photos.


I'm assuming this must be possible somehow...



  • iCrizzo Level 3 Level 3 (840 points)

    It doesn't, you can only view what you have in PhotoStream, not any of your projects.  You could use a remote access app like SplashTop though, then use Dropbox to add them to your iPad.

  • Iain MacDonald1 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)

    Thanks - I was almost starting to think that might be the case.


    Given that the Apple TV can do it, and it would seem a natural and common use of an iPad, is there any good reason Apple haven't set this up to work? It seems a glaring omission of functionality.

  • BB623 Level 4 Level 4 (1,160 points)

    On all devices enable icloud and photo streaming in iPhote on your iMac.  Keep the iMac on so it can upload to the cloud.  Within iPhoto you will see your photo streaming populate with the last 30 days of photo.  Enable on you iPad (5.0 ios) required for icloud.  If you don't have 5.0 you won't be able to see the photos on the device. On all devices use the same username and password, enable icloud and photo streaming.  The photos on the device will appear in its own events folder.

  • Iain MacDonald1 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)

    Thanks - although I was hoping I could just see the entire photo library on the iPad, in the same way I can see it on the Apple TV.

  • rbatdorf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I am having the same gripe. I have 100's of GB in photos in my iPhoto Library on my iMac and really want to be able to view the library on my iPad at home. Due to the volume of data neither uploading to the iPad nor iCloud are suitable solutions. I really wish Apple would allow you to share the library between devices on your home network the way you can share your iTunes music libraries... hopefully the iPhoto and iTunes developers will have a chat and deliver this as standard functionality soon. Perhaps in the next release of the iPhoto iPad app? (hint hint)


    In the meantime is a remote desktop app the best solution? I have also seen some apps available just for photos, but none have a meaningful # of reviews... Any suggestions?

  • Ralph9430 Level 6 Level 6 (16,850 points)

    Connect your iPad to your Mac and sync those photos that you want to see or use often. This will place them on your iPad for rapid access. You just have to realize that the storage space on your iPad is minuscule compared to the storage you have on your iMac.

  • Iain MacDonald1 Level 2 Level 2 (405 points)

    Which is precisely the reason it makes sense to be able to view photos over the network on the iPad, in exactly the same way you can on an Apple TV. This is so obvious, its just plain odd that its not currently possible by default.

  • rbatdorf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't want to sync is the point... I want to use Home Sharing to view the entire library 100's of GB (that doesn't fit on the iPad) while they reside on my iMac. You can view the entire photo library via Home Sharing via Apple TV... The same functionality should be available for iPad. It would function the same way you can share and play music from another machine using Home Sharing via iTunes. iTunes only allows you to share your iPhoto library with Apple TV and not iPad = lame.

  • rbatdorf Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    could not agree more lain!

  • kingrack Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Completely agree with Iain. This seems like the perfect job for an iPad. If Apple won't sort it, are they expecting someone to write an App to do it?

  • dvdrums Level 3 Level 3 (715 points)

    I've been fooling with 3rd party workarounds on the iPad like Plex and StreamToMe and remain as stunned as everyone else that I can't stream my entire 468 gb iPhoto library (movies and all) to my iPad as I can my entire iTunes library.  StreamToMe is the closest--at least it can play the movies--but it has an ugly interface and it's slow going over my home WiFi.  Can't think of a good reason why functionality like that isn't built in with an Apple app.  I don't want to download to the iPad, there's no reason to--with everything on my home computer in the other room the iPad is a transparent device for streaming the information I want, not copying as much as it will hold.


    Aaargh, just needed to vent.

  • yellowbek Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hi Iain, rbatdorf, kingrack and dvdrums,


    We've just released AirPics v1.1 which streams your iPhoto and Aperture libraries to your iPad over your home Wi-Fi network, avoiding the need to sync photos or transfer them to 3rd party web services.




    Hope it helps!


    Dan Cutting

    Yellowbek Ltd


    (Full disclosure: I am a developer of AirPics and receive financial compensation from my recommendation.)