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How to Beam Photos Between iPhone and iPad

Geek Tip: Beam Photos Between iPhones

Sending a picture to a friend is now as easy as a beam between iPhones, no email or Facebook login required. First step in getting the WiFi wavelengths to work their magic is to have both Apple devices, whether it's an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch upgradde to iOS 5.1. Once the latest operating system is in gear, download the new iPhoto app for iOS ($5) to both gadgets. If you're transferring photos between your own iPhone and iPad, the app should be loaded on to both devices, granted the same iTunes account is used with each.

Once in iPhoto, select the Gear icon to change the settings and turn Wireless Beaming on within both phones. Both devices need to be on the same wireless network and have iPhoto open. Tap the image you want to send, then hit the Share icon. The Share screen will appear with a number of ways to send photos; since we're beaming a photo, select the Beam icon. Again, you'll be asked to select the image or images to share. Then, find your friend's iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch listed in the iOS Devices Found menu. Tap their device's name, and once they accept the transfer, your photos will wirelessly beam to their Apple product, as seamlessly as if you were aboard a Star Trek Transporter.

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