Is there any way to force iTunes to sync full-resolution photos to iDevices?

Laga Mahesa May 26, 2012
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I feel this is a crippling factor in the Apple ecosystem. I want to take photos with my 4s, organize them on my PC then upload to my iPad for editing at leisure.

Instead, I’m forced to wirelessly sync between devices, fiddling around selecting photos on a a third party app. I’m not even considering iCloud – I use that only to sync reminders as the mobile provider speeds and overall reliability are, to be polite, sub-par.

Besides – I find the idea of sending my photos to a different continent and back just to transfer to a device in my other hand somewhat ridiculous.

Anyway. I hear there is a way via iPhoto on the Mac, but I’m on Windows. What’s the solution for us Redmond slaves?

  1. Theo Reisinger
    October 10, 2012 at 12:40 am

    The best option is to probably just mount it as a disk and organize from there. You could also use Dropbox to sync your photos to your computer. (But it does fill up quickly)

  2. Peter Gray
    July 16, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    From my casual testing PadSync (Shareware, $19.95) uploads images without "optimizing" them. I would download it and see if it meets your needs:

    • Laga Mahesa
      July 16, 2012 at 11:27 pm

      It seems to be dedicated to iTunes Sync for individual apps, rather than photo albums. I'll have a look, cheers.

  3. Mike
    May 26, 2012 at 10:26 am

    I’m not sure I understand the “Instead, …” part here.

    No one forces you to sync wireless, use a third party app or use iCloud.

    Your iPhone came with a docking cable, so did the iPad. Sync the pictures from the iPhone to the PC, sort them and then sync them to your iPad. Your application doesn’t even require them to be connected simultaneously although possible.

    The only time you need anything else than iTunes and a cable is for editing on your iPad ~ if you want iOS to come with editing options I suggest to write a feedback to Apple.

    As for the optimization and resolution that simply is how iTunes Photo sync works. The same thing happens once you view pictures using the default Photo app on your iOS device ~ they will be optimized. Even on a Mac with iPhoto.

    It’s a decision Apple made which I personally don’t blame them for. Most people don’t know or even notice the difference between a 3MB or 30MB photo. They will just sync them to their iOS device and then complain to Apple because those megapixel pictures take ages to load.

    A photographer's workflow for the iPad

    PhotoRaw (RAW viewer and developer for iOS)

    Photo Transfer (if you do want to transfer pictures wireless with ease)

    • Laga Mahesa
      May 26, 2012 at 6:52 pm

      Sorry, to clarify: by wireless I mean using apps to directly transfer via bluetooth or wifi to another device for editing or whatever. This is the only way that I have found to get the original photo, un-optimized by iTunes.

      I actually agree with that decision, but I was hoping there was a hidden setting in a plist somewhere I could toggle to enable full-resolution syncing.

      Thanks for the links, they look promising!

  4. ha14
    May 26, 2012 at 9:50 am

    Eye-fi card

    try other file transfert

    Syncing Photos to iPod
    5.If you want iTunes to also include the full-resolution versions of your photos, select the "Include full-resolution photos" checkbox. To access full-size photo files, be sure to enable your iPod for disk use.)

    Files Lite


    phone mounts as a folder in the Windows explorer or finder then drag & drop files/folders into it.

    • Laga Mahesa
      May 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks for the links. The apple support page is no longer valid for current iTunes builds, and only ever applied to iPods with disk mode.

      Eye-Fi looks good and I'll get one if I go back to a seperate camera.

      The others all require WiFi, which is what I'm trying to avoid. :p

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