In iTunes, from the Advanced menu, I selected Photos to Share. I then picked a folder and the hard drive cranked at full speed for good 5-10 minutes.

I do not see any of the photos on the iPad. So, who did I actually share the Photos with?

  • can you add screen shots of the steps you took, I think you may have missed something along the way. – Graeme Hutchison Mar 22 '12 at 9:28

Mathias is correct about the proper way to sync photos to your iPad. Sharing photos from iTunes approves them for Home Sharing, a system designed to share iTunes Store purchases and media amongst family members.

Apple Knowledgebase: iTunes: Setting up Home Sharing on your computer

Home Sharing can also be used to allow access to photos from an AppleTV.

Apple Knowledgebase: Setting up Home Sharing for Apple TV (2nd generation)

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  • So just that I have this right. I can share video and audio from iTunes to the iPad (without having to sync or take up space on the iPad), but not Photos? – AngryHacker Mar 22 '12 at 18:55
  • So long as you're on a shared network you can access songs or videos in a Mac's (and maybe a PC's) iTune's Library using the iPad. Photos aren't stored in the iTunes Library and while you can Home Share for access from an AppleTV (2g), I don't believe they're any mechanism for doing the same on an iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch. – jaberg Mar 22 '12 at 20:46

You don't copy Photos to an iPad using the Advanced menu…

Here’s how I do it: go to iTunes → Devices → Your iOS Device → Photos → enable “Sync Photos from…” and choose either iPhoto album(s) or a folder on your hard drive. Then press the Sync button in the bottom right corner.

See Apple Knowledgebase: iOS and iPod: Syncing photos using iTunes for more details.

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It seems that Advanced > Choose Photos to Share uses iTunes' Home Sharing feature to share photos with Apple TV devices.

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If you want to sync photos from your computer to the iPad, you can either use PhotoStream or enable photo syncing when you connect the iPad.

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