I recently purchased an iPad with plans to do my photo editing on it. I had been using my iPhone for this, but once you start using an iPad, the screen on your iPhone will seem miniscule. I had hoped to download my iPhone photos that were stored on my computer to my iPad, but discovered that you must either use iTunes to do this or you need to email your photos to your iPad. If you use iTunes to synch your photos from your computer, you will not be able to delete your photos directly from your iPad – you will need to delete them from your iTunes account, and then resynch your iPad to your iTunes account. Too many frustrating steps for me.
Enter Photo Transfer App. This app allows you to transfer photos from one mobile device to another, and also from your computer to/from your mobile device. It does this over your local Wi-Fi network, meaning the photos are not stored in an external server. You need to have the app installed on both devices. Both devices need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. The app is available for both Apple and Android devices.
The photos transfer in full resolution (maintains same quality) and the photo metadata (information on photo settings and location) is kept intact. You can also transfer videos.
The app is incredibly simple to use. To send photos from my iPhone to my iPad, I simply tap on “Send” from the app on my iPhone.
Then I select where I want to send them – I tap on “Another iPhone or iPad” to send it to my iPad.
I tap on “Select” and choose my photos. I can transfer up to 100 photos at a time!
Then I go to Photo Transfer App on my iPad, and select”Receive”.
Then I select receive from “iPhone or Ipad”.
The app on my iPad will search for devices, and then it will show the name of my sending device. I select “get photos” and the downloading starts. It took approximate 1.5 seconds per photo, so 100 photos transferred in a mere 2.5 minutes.
While Photo Transfer App is not technically a therapy app, it is my favorite app of the year because I am constantly using my iPhone to create educational material, home exercise programs, and presentations. If your clients’ leisure activity is photography, they will find this a very valuable app. I think this is an easier way to transfer photos than synching it with your computer. The iCloud can also transfer your photos automatically, but I prefer to have more control over my photo libraries. Photo Transfer App can also be used to share photos between friends’ mobile devices. The Android website says you can transfer photos (but not videos) from Android to iOS devices. I am not sure how well this works, but will post in the comment section when I get a chance to try this with a friend’s Android device.
For security, I would recommend that you transfer your photos over secure Wi-Fi where you know the other users. There is no password for the Photo Transfer App, so using Wi-Fi with a password adds extra security.
Price: $2.99 iTunes, $2.08 Google Play
Compatibility: iPhone,iPod, iPad. Requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. Separate app available for Android.
Do you know of any other easy ways to transfer photos? Let us know what works best for you.