Transfer images and video between iPads

We recently learned a great tip when using the Camera Connection Kit. You can connect two iPads together to share videos and images. It’s very easy to set up and the images and video transfer within seconds!

The USB connector from the Camera Connection Kit needs to be plugged into the iPad you want to share the photos and videos to (see the iPad on left in the photo below). The Dock connector cord is used to connect the two iPads together. The connector kit works with iPad 1, 2 and 3 with the old style dock connector.



As soon as they are both plugged in, the photo app on your iPad you are “transferring to” will open immediately and shows an extra Camera tab at the top of the screen. The photos will start to populate the screen. You can then select individual photos and video OR choose to import them all.

This would certainly be a handy way to share video and photos between devices at school or in other settings!

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About Charlene Cullen

Charlene has worked as a speech pathologist, supporting people with complex communication needs and learning disabilities for the past 15 years. She has worked in a variety of roles within the Disability Services of Western Australia, including Senior Speech Pathologist, Rural and Remote Resource Therapist and Regional Team Manager.

Charlene is a trained Key Word Sign (formerly Makaton) presenter, certified Hanen It Takes Two to Talk presenter and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. Charlene is also an official Proloquo2Go / Proloquo4Text trainer, and TBoxApps Trainer for Therapy Box.

Charlene has developed strong skills in and a passion for, the area of AAC and assistive technologies. She enjoys presenting workshops and providing consultancy services to support and educate parents, teachers and therapists in the use and application of inclusive technologies.

Charlene is a full time member of the Professional and Consultancy Services Team at Spectronics.

AGOSCI State Representative for Victoria (2012-present); Key Word Sign Victoria committee member (2012-present).

7 Responses to Transfer images and video between iPads

  1. Doug woods says:

    I’d just like to point out that the camera connection kit does NOT work with the original iPad (iPad 1). Although the kit has the right connector and fits the iPad 1, it causes an error message to appear, saying the device is not supported.

    • Amanda Hartmann says:

      Hi Doug,
      Thanks for your comment… I tested the Camera Connection Kit in my iPad 1 this morning…and had no trouble importing images onto it, from another device.
      Hope it works for others! Let us know!

  2. kathy turley says:

    Thanks for this tip – it will be very handy.

  3. Luke Tay says:

    Thank you for your tip! Do you know if I can do the same thing with the “Lightning to USB cable” between an iPad2 and a 4th generation iPad?

    • Charlene Cullen says:

      Hi Luke,
      I have yet to test this with the Lightning cable but will follow this up and let you know what we find.

      • Charlene Cullen says:

        I tested this on the weekend. I was able to connect the iPhone5 (which uses the lightning cable) to 3rd generation iPad and the option to import photos came up. So in theory it should be fine to import from 4th generation iPad to an iPad 2. You would need the lightning camera connection adapter if you want to import photos from the iPad 2 to the newer iPad (that uses the lightning connector). Hope that makes sense.

  4. Dirk Cleeren says:

    Connecting two iPads to the same USB hub with the standard cable provided with the iPad allows you to share photo’s and video in exact the same way as described here.

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