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Import Photos and Video From PC to iOS Camera Roll

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Camera Roll in iPhone is a place where all your clicked pictures or photos and videos will be stored automatically. This is same with iPad or any other iOS running device. However, when you try to transfer photos and videos from your PC or Mac, they are stored in a different location other than Camera Roll. In today’s round, we will see how to save imported photos and video from PC to iOS Camera Roll.

Transfer and Save Photos and VIdeos to iOS Camera Roll from Computer

You can sync your iPhone with a computer using iTunes. You can also save photos and videos from your PC to your iPhone. However, since by default the moved photos and videos get saved in separate location instead of your iPhone’s Camera Roll, you cannot view them from the Camera Roll.

Now, what if you want to save photos and videos in iOS camera roll? Here is how you can do it in iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Now there are three methods to save photos and videos to Camera Roll. The first  and the second method is to use a third-party app called Documents and its ability to share files wireless over WiFi. The third method requires to have a Mac running on  OS X Yosemite with AirDrop installed and a device running on iOS 8 or above.

#1: Save Photos and Videos to iOS Camera Roll with Mac

We will begin with the easiest method. If you have an  OS X Yosemite running Mac you can move the photos and videos to iOS camera Roll using AirDrop. Do note that your iPhone and iPad should be running iOS 8 or above. We will be using Apple’s built-in AirDrop feature to send our files to Camera Roll. Here is how to do it.

Step 1: Turn on AirDrop on Mac and iPhone or iPad

Go to your iPhone or iPad’s control center and enable or turn on AirDrop. On your Mac, first turn On Bluetooth and WiFi and then turn on AirDrop from the Finder sidebar. Also, make sure that you have set AirDrop discovery to “Everyone” on both Mac and iPhone.

Step 2: Transfer Photos to Camera Roll

Now that you have turned On AirDrop on both Mac and iPhone, it is time to send them. By now your iPhone or iPad should be showing in your Mac’s AirDrop section.

In a new Finder window on your Mac, select all the photos and videos that you want to transfer and drag them to your iOS device in the AirDrop section of Mac. If the app asks to authorize the file transfer, simply accept it.

Once the photos and videos have been transferred to  your iPhone or iPad, go to your phone’s Camera Roll and there you have them all.

#2: Import Photos and Videos to iOS Camera Roll with iTunes and Document

Here we will be using an app called Document. You can download it from iTunes. The app allows you to import photos and videos from computer to your iPhone using iTunes and later move them to Camera Roll. Here is how to do it.

Begin with downloading and installing the document app on your iOS device from iTunes and then proceed with these steps.

Step 1: Import Files from Computer to Document App

Once you have installed the Document app in your iOS device, you have to import photos and videos from computer to Document app using iTunes.

Connect your iPhone or iPad to the computer using Lightning cable. Open iTunes and allow your device to show up in the iTunes.

From the top right corner, click on iPhone or iPad button. From Apps tab, scroll down and under File Sharing Section, select Documents from the apps list.

Drag all the video and photos that you want to transfer to iOS device  and drop it to the right pane containing the list of all files in your iOS device. If not, click on Add file button and select the photos and videos you want to save.

Step 2: Transfer Files to Camera Roll

 Now that, all the photos and video have been transferred to your iOS device Document app location, you can move them to Camera Roll.

Tap and open the Documents app in your iPhone. Next, navigate to the location where you have saved your  recently moved files.

Tap on edit button from the top right corner, and select all the photos and videos you want to transfer to Camera Roll.  Tap on Copy from the bottom-left corner. This will open the all the available folders in your iOS device to which you can transfer the files.

Tap on the Photos folder and finish it by tapping on Copy button again (top right corner). Wait until the files are transferred or copied, and when the transfer is finished, open your camera app and find the photos and videos saved in Camera Roll.

#3: Import Photos and Videos to Camera Roll without iTunes

Don’t want to use iTunes? Never mind, as we can also save photos and videos to Camera Roll without iTunes. However, one thing which we will borrow from the  2nd method would the Document app. Here we will be using Document app’s, file sharing over WiFi ability to save the photos and videos to iOS camera roll.

So, begin with connecting your iPhone or iPad and your computer to the same WiFi network.

Tap and open the Document app on your iPhone and iPad. Tap on Menu (three dots) and select Settings.

Navigate to WiFi Driver and enable WiFi Drive by tapping on “Enable Drive”. This will pop up a screen showing an IP address. Note down the IP address and leave the page as it is.

Now open any web browser on your computer and type in the IP address you saw in the previous step. Now you will be asked to confirm whether you want to connect both the devices. Tap on OK and proceed.

Click on Choose File button from the bottom of the browser and select all the files from your computer that you want to move to the iOS device. Click on Upload button to transfer the files.

Now from the Document folder you should transfer the files to your iOS Camera Roll.

Open Document app and navigate to the location where you have transferred your files. Tap on Edit button and select the files you want to transfer to Camera Roll.

Tap on Copy icon, go to Photos folder and tap on Copy button to begin the transfer. Once the files have been transferred, you can view all your Photos and Video in the iOS Camera Roll.

So, this was about how to save photos and videos from PC to iOS Camera Roll. Do let us know your thoughts or other alternative methods in the comments below.

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