How to Insert an Image in Pages for the iPad

If you’re new to Pages on the iPad chances are that you are not familiar with the tools and options available to edit documents. This will be part of a set of articles that will help new iPad users become familiar with Pages.

In this guide I will show you how to add images from your iPad’s Photo Albums to a document in Pages for the iPad.

Software/Hardware used: iPad 2 running iOS 4.3.

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1. Tap the Add Media icon [small picture] on the top-right corner.

2. Make sure that Media is selected and tap the Album where the photo you wish to add is located.

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3. Tap to add the image you wish to add to the document.

Note: If the image is not added right away, give Pages a few seconds to process it. I’ve found that with larger images Pages may take a second or two before the image appears on the document. If you tap the image more than once, Pages will add multiple instances of the images.

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4. Once the image has been added to the document, you can use the handles found at each corner and side of the image to resize it to your needs. To resize, tap and drag the handles.

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A/B. If you tap on the image a second time you will see a small pop over with four options:

  • Cut – Cuts the image from the document and makes it accessible to another document.
  • Copy – Makes a copy of the existing image which can be used elsewhere in the document.
  • Delete – Removes the image from the document.
  • Replace… – Used to replace the existing image with another from your iPad.

Now that you know how to add, edit and remove images in Pages, do you have any comments or questions?

  • Mamalupi

    Thats great if you have an ipad2, I have the original iPad with all updates kept up. How do I place a pic in pages and be able to move it next to text. Because when I try the text moves and I can’t get the pic where I want it. I am basically trying to make labels, like Avery return address labels but not with an address. It is a label for candy boxes. Can you help me in any way to do that. I have labels apps I bought, which none of them work, and they don’t respond to contact emails. Thank you, Mama Lupi

    • I’ve had another user run into this problem…as far as I can tell making
      labels on the iPad is not very friendly. Regarding moving the image and the
      text shifting that takes a little practice to get it where you want, but
      again if the intended output is a label I caution you. Most likely it will
      not come out as intended.

  • Vic Nospam

    There is a lot more to working with Pages and imqges.I am a heavy user creating documents in iPad Pages. You can use the COPY option by resting your finger on images on the iPad. then switch to Pages and PASTE or REPLACE. You may have to wait briefly for the image to appear in Pages,but it will. You then can use the MASK and other advanced context sensitive options to enhance or change your image and how it appears.

    the mask command is very powerful as long as you stay in Pages or export to PDF, just don’t expect the proper image to export to the less capable Word format which does not understand MASK.


    You can liberally rip off uncopyable images and images from videos by using the print screen buttons then manipulating your saved images in Pages.

    You can liberally overlay images with SHAPES and TEXT for impressive documents that are difficult to create on other platforms. These are mind blowingly easy using the intuitive multi touch interface in Pages. Just remember one, two, or three fingers and one long or multiple taps activate different functions and features.


  • I love how intuitive Pages for iPad is. Resizing an image is so simple – you almost expect it to be harder than it is! Nice tutorial.

    • Thanks for the kind words…you are right it is very intuitive.

      Sent from my iPad