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Move Pix/Vids from Drive to iPad

Sometimes you need to move a picture or video that you’ve stashed in Drive, so you can use in on your iPad [in iMovie, for example].

Here’s how:

  • Open up Drive and naviagate to the picture or video you want to use.
  • Click on it – it should open up so you can view it
  • Hold your finger on it. A window should popup that will give you the option to save it to your Photo Album.

From there you can import into iMovie, Textilus, etc.


So what happens when you copy the photo from Drive to your Photos, and then Drive copies all your Photos back up to Drive because of the setting. Do you get 2 copies of the photo? Hmmmm……….

Save Your Data! [what to do after your iPad gets wiped]

Here’s what you need to MAKE SURE gets setup after your iPad gets wiped – or better yet, BEFORE something happens  to your iPad.

The Short List

  1. iCloud signed in to your MDS email address
  2. iCloud Backup ON
  3. Google Drive – signed in, Pix auto-backup
  4. Notability – backing up to Google Drive
  5. Setup Email

The Detailed List


This will make it faster to setup your iPad in case of a disaster.

  • Settings –> iCloud
  • Make sure you are signed in. You should see YOUR MDS EMAIL at the top. If you have used a different email address, CHANGE IT NOW. If you want to know why, ask Mr. Rule.
  • Turn iCloud Backup ON – and start a backup.


Google Drive

Automatically backup your pictures and videos after you take them.

  • Sign in to Google Drive
  • Look for the 3 stacked lines, top left. [It’s called a “hamburger menu”].
  • Click it.
  • Select Settings…..
  • Select Photos
  • Turn ON both sliders at the top [Use Google Photos folder, Autobackup].
  • Sometimes the “Google Photos” option is grayed out. I don’t know why. Let me know if you figure it out.



Automatically back up everything in Notability to a folder on Google Drive.

  • Fire up Notability
  • Bottom Left corner – click the gear icon [settings]
  • AutoBackup
  • Google Drive
  • Login
  • Give it permission


Setup Email

  • Settings –>Email
  • Add new account
  • It’s a GOOGLE account
  • Fill in the fields – should be easy to figure out.
  • When you get to the screen with 4 sliders – turn all 4 of them green, then hit SAVE

iPad Backups- how and why

Scroll all the way down to fetch a PDF version of this info.
CLICK HERE for an update about Notability.

At the risk of stating the obvious, you should have your data backed up somewhere just in case, because you’d be surprised how often “just in case” happens with technology.

If you search the web for a how-to, you will see a lot of instructions that do not apply here at MDS because of how our systems are setup. Please, DO NOT attach your ipad to iTunes. That doesn’t work with the MDS iPads, and will actually create MORE problems for you.

Here’s what to do:

Step 1:  Make sure iCloud backup is setup.

Go into Settings –> iCloud, and make sure your AppleID is setup and your iPad is being backed up. If there IS no AppleID in the field, then you never set up iCloud. Come see the iPad Guy for some help.

Click the images for the larger version.

iCloud 1

After clicking the “Storage and Backups” button, you’ll see this screen. You can see if anything has been backed up, when the next backup will happen, and you can start a backup right now.
iCloud 2

Step 2: Get copies of your docs and pix onto Google Drive


Your version of iMovie may look different – NOT TO PANIC! Go the page where all of your imovie projects are listed. Look for the icon that’s circled below. Select it, and then send the movie to your Camera Roll. See below for moving Camera files to your Google drive.



You have a couple of options for saving Notability files – see the advice tips at the end of this section.

Click the “Sharing” icon, top left.


Select “All notes”, left side.

Click which notes you’d like to stash in Drive. Everything you select will have a blue checkmark.


Click the “Share” icon again.

Select “Google Drive”.


Pick a Destination [what folder], a format [ PDF, RTF, or Note – see advice below], and whether to save any audio notes you’ve recorded.

Then click “Send to Google Drive”.


noteability last

  • Save your Notability notes TWICE – once as a PDF, again as a Note.
  • RTF would only be good if you were to use the TEXT in a regular word processor on a laptop/desktop.


Set Notability to AUTOMATICALLY backup your Notes to Google drive by

  1. Firing up Notability
  2. On the “Library” screen [where you see all your categories and Dividers], get into Settings by clicking the Gear icon, bottom left.
  3. Accounts–> Setup–>Google Drive. It’ll ask you to login, and you’ll have to give permission for Notability to access this and that and the other. YES, give it permission.
  4. Auto-backup–>Google Drive. You’ll see a message about “now backing up to Google Drive as a PDF”. Click out of it.
  5. Click the Gear icon to the right of Google Drive in the list. Change the format to NOTE – you don’t want PDF, you want NOTE format.
  6. That way if something goes weird, you can IMPORT your notes directly into Notability from Google Drive, and you won’t have lost anything.

Camera [Pictures and Videos]

Fire up Google Drive

Hit the Upload icon [left side of screen]

Pix 1

Click the +, top right corner. Click “Upload Photos or Videos”

Pix 2

Click “Camera Roll”. Click what you want to upload, then click the Checkmark above the pictures.

Pix 3

After everything uploads, doublecheck in Google Drive that the pix are actually there.

Never trust a computer – especially when grades are involved!


How to backup ipad 2010108 – PDF version of this info.