I am all for taking photos with the iPhone and iPad native cameras, so you will rarely see me using pictures taken with a DSLR to illustrate what iPhone and iPad apps can do. This is because I think using non-native photos to show what the iPhone can really do is totally pointless and deceiving. I am not a so-called pixel-peeper either, but if there is something that really bothers me is a low quality image. If the photos I can take with an app are not much to look at in terms of quality, I do not care if it features the most unique concept or one billion filters. Evident aliasing issues, jagged borders, banding, interpolated pixels: all of them usually drive me crazy and I try to avoid these deficiencies at all costs. You can understand very well then that transferring full resolution images from the computer to the iPhone and iPad can be a serious problem for people like me.
It happened several times that, for a reason or another, I needed to transfer photos taken with a DSLR to one of my iDevices; a number of times I was horrified to discover noticeable quality issues after the transfer. If I have a clear and sharp 4200 pixel photo at 300 DPI I do not want to see it turn into a blurry 960 pixel image at 72 DPI after import to either the iPad or the iPhone, do I? Unfortunately, this kind of outcome is not uncommon, and for the longest time importing photos from a device to the other has been for me an endless source of frustration. Even if everything looks fine at first glance, on bigger screens you may find out that you are working with a low quality image that looks like your dog has been chewing on it, instead of your beautiful and sleek original.
Today I am going to share a very simple trick to bring your photos at their full resolution to all your iDevices. You only need your Dropbox account and your iPhone or iPad. This is a very simple method lazy folks will appreciate, as it requires no connection kits, no iTunes, no fancy add-ons… nothing of the sort. I have chanced upon it once, after losing my own Dropbox login. Yes, I am one of these people that always forget their passwords, even after they have been using them for ages. I should add that I had been looking for something as straightforward as this for a long time, but in tech forums I was always redirected to “download app X” or “buy kit Y”.
Perhaps you do not have a Dropbox yet, and in this case I suggest you to get it. Even if you think you do not need it now, you never know when it could come in handy. Having the files you care for always with you is not a luxury, but a requirement. Every account is free up to 2 GB, so you have nothing to lose even if you do not really need this service right now. If you already have a Dropbox account, there is the chance you have tried the iPhone and iPad app. Moreover, if you used the said app to download any photo, you have probably noticed that Dropbox downsizes large images when you try to save them from your account to your iDevice from within the app. Why this should happen is beyond me, but that’s exactly how it is.
To have your original high-resolution image files transferred from your Dropbox to your iDevice, just follow these easy instructions:
- Open Dropbox.com from your iDevice’s browser. I used Safari or Opera, but of course you can pick the one you prefer;
- Log in to your account (I know, this might be tricky if your memory as bad as mine);
- Browse your folders and go to the one that contains your photos. It can be the default Dropbox “Photo” folder or the one that you have created;
- Tap on the name of the file you want to download, wait for it to load and then tap and hold/save image;
- Ta-da! Your full resolution image is saved to your album and you didn’t have to use anything beyond your browser!
As I stated above, this is one of the simplest and cheapest methods to have your full resolution photos on your iPhone and iPad. Be warned that this is not the quickest way to transfer dozens of photos at once. If you have whole albums to import this approach is too long and elaborate, but if you just have a bunch of images it works just fine.
More on this same topic soon.