How can I share pictures to my mom’s iPad from my Windows PC?

Vampie C. March 18, 2013
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Hi all,

Here’s the situation:

My mom got an iPad and I want to set up an easy way to share pictures of my children with her. So I share pictures to her and she can see them easily on her iPad. Easily is the keyword here!

What should I use to accomplish this? Is there a good Dropbox app? Is Flickr the way to go? Picasa?

It would also be cool if I could manipulate the background of her iPad, so that shared pictures appear as her background. I have no iPad or OS X experience, so I cannot think of a solution myself.

Thanks a lot! :-)

  1. Robert Forcier
    April 29, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    If you have upgraded to IOS 6 or higher then the iCloud photo stream feature is there for you, it will allow you to share your photo's by just tapping share and selecting the contact (your mother) to share with.

  2. Nitesh Badala
    March 20, 2013 at 10:03 am

    you can use cloud computing technique like dropbox or skydrive to share pics.

    • Tina Sieber
      March 20, 2013 at 12:53 pm

      Yes and if you really wanted to be helpful, you would add a link to those services and maybe an article explaining how to use them to share files with friends, e.g. how to share a folder etc.

    • Nitesh Badala
      March 21, 2013 at 11:23 am

      go to link - and take a tour how dropbox works.

  3. Cindy Young
    March 20, 2013 at 9:50 am

    install itunes on you pc, and sync pictures to ipad through itunes;
    upload files to your blog or online backup services ( such as icloud), and then you mom can view your pictures.

    • Cindy Young
      March 20, 2013 at 9:53 am

      as your mom lives far away, you can only take the second method.

  4. susendeep dutta
    March 19, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Since Picassa web albums is not a good solution because of its existence,then Flickr and Dropbox are good solutions.

    Now,install Dropbox app and a DropPics app for it in iPad -

    Also,if you like to use Flickr(assuming you know its limitations and its paid service) -

    Flickpad HD is also good -

    You can also get to know some of the good Flickr iPad apps from the link below and choose what suits you the most -

  5. Junil Maharjan
    March 19, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I would recommend dropbox which is easy to use and has a simple interface.

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      March 19, 2013 at 9:29 am

      Voted down because the user already asked "Is there a good Dropbox app?", I don't understand what value your answer is adding here.

    • Junil Maharjan
      March 20, 2013 at 6:08 am

      I meant the dropbox app itself. Mr. Vampie C asked "Is there a good dropbox app?" and i just wanted to tell him about the dropbox app. sorry for phrasing my answer in a way that came out in a negative sense.

  6. Tanmay M
    March 19, 2013 at 3:33 am

    If you have a wifi connection you can use that to share your files by setting up a share from your iPad but you need to be on the same network.

    • Vampie C.
      March 19, 2013 at 9:38 pm

      My mom lives 100 km further. SO no, my WIFI is not strong enough. ;)

  7. Anish P
    March 19, 2013 at 12:25 am

    Although Dropbox can be used for this, I'd recommend using the iPad's built-in Shared Photo Streams option.
    The instructions to using Shared Photo Streams can be found at this apple support page -

    It requires some basic set up on both the iPad and your Windows/Mac computer. However, once you have it set up, the moment you add a picture to your shared Photo Stream, your mother will be able to see it on her iPad, 'like' it, and even comment on it.

    Unfortunately, there isn't a way for you to remotely change her wallpaper. However, the iPad does allow for a lockscreen slideshow to be used, though I'm not 100% positive that it will include photos from the Photo Stream in the slideshow. For more information on the lockscreen slideshow, see this site (

    • Vampie C.
      March 19, 2013 at 7:12 am

      Thank you.

      I will soon try that out. :-)

    • MakeUseOf TechGuy
      March 19, 2013 at 9:28 am

      This would of course also necessitate that you use the same iTunes account, which may not be desirable.

    • Anish P
      March 19, 2013 at 4:32 pm

      @ MakeUseOf TechGuy - You don't need to use the same iTunes account for Photo Stream Sharing. What you may be thinking of is traditional photo stream. However, in iOS 6, photo stream sharing allowed for one Apple ID to create and share a photo stream album with multiple other Apple IDs.

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