By Nick / Last Updated September 17, 2020

How do I stop photos sharing between iPhone and iPad?

Hi, all! I come here because I find that when I take a picture with my iPhone X and it appears on my iPad Pro immediately. These photos take really a lot of storage of iPad so I want to stop syncing photos from iPhone to iPad. Any useful tips?

- Question from Apple Community

Taking photos to make your moments stay should be the pleasure but it would also be annoying to see them appearing at where you don’t want them to be.

Photos Icon

You might be sharing the iPad with your friends or family so that the data on your iPhone could be very private. You might have taken a lot of photos and videos during the journey but find that all of them are synced to iPad after returning home, and the iPad storage is going to be used up.

That’s why you need to stop sharing photos between iOS devices, to protect your privacy or rescue iPad storage. The following section will tell you how iCloud Photos works and how to unsync photos from iPhone to iPad.

How to stop syncing photos from iPhone to iPad?

iCloud is the feature for Apple users to safely store iPhone data or backup to the cloud. It could also be used to sync data among devices that have been signed in with the same Apple ID. Without a paid plan, every Apple ID will be allocated with 5GB of free storage which is sharing with all of your devices.

Although there are some limitations about iCloud, you still need to save iPhone photos to somewhere because iOS update might cause data loss. Users reported that they lost photos after iOS 13 update.

Why are photos going from iPhone to iPad?
If you turn on iCloud Photos on your iPhone, all the photos will be uploaded to iCloud and the copy will still stay on your iPhone. When you turn on iCloud Photos on your iPad later, photos on iPad will be uploaded to iCloud, too, and merged with those iPhone photos in iCloud. Then, you find iPhone photos on iPad and iPad photos on iPhone.
In a word, it is because that iPhone and iPad automatically download all the photos from iCloud.

If turn off iCloud Photos on iPhone now, all the photos you took before will be removed from iPhone but still saved in iCloud and on you iPad. If you really want to stop sending photos from iPhone to iPad, the first step is turning off iCloud Photos on iPad. It is usually automatically enabled after iPad is set up or update.

1. Go to Settings app on your iPad.

2. Tap [your name].

3. Select iCloud.

4. Find and select Photos.

5. Turn off iCloud Photos to stop sync photos from iCloud.

Turn on iCloud Photos

If want to use iCloud Photos on iPad later, but want to stop Apple devices syncing with each other, you need to prepare another Apple ID to completely separate iPhone and iPad data.

How to share photos between iPhone and iPad in a proper way?

iCloud is a good way but not the best way to save and sync photos. You can save only 5G of pictures to iCloud because of the limited storage and even if you paid for extra storage, too many pictures will eat most of iPhone storage.

In fact, you need AOMEI MBackupper to manage your iPhone photos. It is the best iOS photo backup software and transfer and is far more convenient then iCloud photos to sync photos between iPhone and iPad. It would also a perfect plan when you have problem syncing photos between iOS devices.

What can AOMEI MBackupper do for you?
●Backup and transfer unlimited photos for free.
●Preview photos to save or transfer.
●Support incremental backup to save new photos.
●Support exporting photos to external HDD.
●Support all iOS devices including iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch.

Step 1. Download AOMEI MBackupper and then connect iPhone to computer with lightning cable.

Step 2. After AOMEI MBackupper recognizes your iPhone, select Photos Backup.

Photos Backup

Step 3. Click the icon of Photos to select photos from iPhone.

Click Photos Icon

Step 4. Preview all the photos on iPhone and select the photos you want to save or transfer. Click OK.

Select Pictures

Step 5. Select the storage path in the lower-left corner. If you have external HDD plugged, you can save them to external hard drive. Click Start Backup.

Click Start Backup

Step 6. Disconnect iPhone from computer and connect iPad to computer.

Step 7. Select the task in Backup Management and click Restore to import photos from iPhone to iPad. You can select photos again before you click Start Restore.

Restore to Device

Tips: How to transfer photos from one iCloud to another iCloud?

If you follow the suggestion to register a new Apple ID for your iPad, you might want to know the way to share photos between different accounts of iPhone and iPad. You just need a computer to do that.

1. Upload iPhone photos to iCloud in Settings.

2. Open the browser on computer and go to icloud.com. Sign in the Apple ID of iPhone.

3. Select Photos. Then select the photos you want to transfer to iPad and download them to computer.

4. Sign out this Apple ID and sign in the Apple ID of iPad.

5. Select Photos and upload the photos you just download.

View Photos on iCloud

If you want to use iTunes to import iPhone photos to iPad, you need to know that photos synced from iTunes will be removed when you enable iCloud Photos on iPad.

Conclusion

iCloud is convenient for Apple users but sometimes it works not the way you like. If you want to know how to stop syncing photos from iPhone to iPad, you can follow the suggestions in section 2.

AOMEI MBackupper would be a better choice for you to share iPhone photos to iPad, because it won’t merge iPhone photos and iPad photos.

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