I have enabled Home Sharing on a PC (Windows 7). I am successfully streaming Video and Music to my iPad.

Now the fun things is that I have found out that I can't stream photos from PC to iPad normally. I have the way for it via DropBox but that's not a WiFi. It could take sometime for me to normally stream photos.

I can't belive that I can stream Video and Music but I can't stream Photos.

There was a menu item on iTunes -> Advanced -> Choose Photos to Share...

But this seems not what I want (it works great but with Apple TV, but not with iPad)

How is that possible???

Alright, that's possible. But is there a way to stream photos in a such simple and logical way?

P.S: Similiar looking question "http://apple.stackexchange.com/questions/26250/can-you-stream-photos-from-a-pc-to-an-ipad" is not really similiar.

  • Apple TV > Computer > iDevice. Apple considers devices with smaller displays to be ‘lesser’ devices when it comes to streaming.
    – duci9y
    Nov 12, 2012 at 12:10
  • @duci9y but you can stream videos
    – bakytn
    Nov 12, 2012 at 12:11
  • Oh I’m sorry. You had written “stream” in the title and I automatically assumed that you meant AirPlay but now I see you meant Home Sharing.
    – duci9y
    Nov 12, 2012 at 13:03

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I don't believe you actually can. Home Sharing does have photo sharing support (as you've discovered with your Apple TV), but I don't believe you can stream photos from a computer to an iPad. Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts and the rest, but I don't remember photos from a computer to an iPad were ever supported.

The only way to do it would be to use a third-party app or use iCloud with Photo Stream, if you can work within its limitations.

  • I find this thing ridiculous. Being able to stream video, music, etc. and not being able to stream Photos O_o. Apple way? :D ah...it's sad ;(
    – bakytn
    Nov 12, 2012 at 11:34
  • It does seem a bit bizarre, but if we're being charitable, I suppose it wasn't as big a use case. Streaming from iOS devices or streaming photos to an Apple TV is pretty handy because chances are the TV is the biggest display you have. Whereas your computer is probably bigger-screened than your iPad, so why not view photos on that? Of course, this theory falls down a little when you can stream video but not photos. I guess they want you to use Photo Stream, which isn't too bad. You can get the iCloud Control Panel for Windows (support.apple.com/kb/DL1455) which is worth a look. Nov 12, 2012 at 11:53
  • I'd rather use DropBox for that. And iCloud is Computer -> Internet -> your device and now Computer -> your device
    – bakytn
    Nov 12, 2012 at 12:10
  • That works too, though Dropbox for iOS doesn't come with LAN sync unlike the desktop clients so it's still Computer -> Internet -> Device. Nov 12, 2012 at 15:53
  • I don't know what I was thinking about when typing "and now Computer -> your device". I meant that I want to achieve that "Computer -> your device"
    – bakytn
    Nov 13, 2012 at 5:10

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