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Best Ways to Transfer Files from PC to iPad

Question 1:
I am buying a new iPad soon and giving my current one to my sister. But before that, I need to save some of my files onto my computer. How to transfer files from iPad to pc?

Question 2:
I'm new to the Apple world and haven't managed to transfer a large volume of files (music, videos, photos, etc) from a PC to my new ipad mini. What is the easiest way to transfer files from PC to iPad?

Though Apple provides ways to transfer files from PC to iPad, that doesn't mean they are always convenient. If your iPad is new, you can transfer files to it by just syncing iTunes with it. But if you have had this iPad for some time, If you still do that, you will lose anything on your iPad. It’s annoying, especially when the files on your iPad are original.

Want to know the best ways to transfer files from PC to iPad? Read this start-to-finish tutorial on how to transfer files from pc to ipad, then you can transfer them freely.

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Method 1: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iOS File Transfer Tool without iTunes

Method 2: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iTunes

Method 3: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iCloud

Method 4: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using Email

Method 1: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iOS File Transfer Program without iTunes

We will start with the easier solution, and probably even better than you you think. Follow the next few steps on how to transfer files from pc to ipad with TunesGo. It is fully compatible with iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, The New iPad, iPad 2 and iPad.

Step 1: Run this program

Download and install TunesGo on your computer, then start it. Now connect iPad to computer with the USB cable, and the software will automatically recognize your iPad.

Step 2: Transfer files from PC to an iPad

Choose the category at the top middle of the software window, and different file types will display in the left sidebar.

Take transferring music for example, choose Music category at the top of the main interface, and you'll see different sections of audio files in the left sidebar, along with the contents in the right part. Now click the Add button, and select Add File or Add Folder to add music files from your computer. If the music files are not compatible with iPad, the program will help you to convert them.

Method 2: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iTunes

Step 1: To start the process, you have to connect your iPad to your computer via USB cable. In the menu, select iPad the iPad icon.

Step 2: After doing so, on the left side will be listed all the files available for transfer. Click on Music and select the ones you wish to transfer

Step 3: Check Sync music which will make iTunes synchronize music to iPad. Here, you can select a category in which you want to transfer files. Simply enter it and select files for transfer.

Step 4: When done, click Apply or Sync in order to finish the process once you selected all the files you wish to transfer.

Method 3: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iCloud

For those who want to transfer their files with iCloud drive, here is how to transfer documents from PC to iPad.

Step 1: First, you need to have iCloud. In order to work, you will have to install Windows 7 or later version. Next, you can download iCloud from Apple website and you should have Apple account

Step 2: Open iCloud on your PC

Step 3: In order to share files with your iPad, you have to drag files to iCloud Drive Folder. Keep in mind that free accounts are limited to 5GB

Step 4: When you are done with transfer, enter the files through the applications that are used to enter them, as there is no iCloud drive or similar storage

Method 4: Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using Email

Using Email for file transfer is not demanding as you are sending an email to yourself. In next steps, we will show you how to email files from one to your another account. Also, if you do not have two accounts, you have to create one extra.

Step 1: Depending on the program you use, the interface can vary, but they all have the Attach button. Find it and press it in order to select files you wish to transfer. Small disadvantage to this procedure is that they are limited to max. 30MB

Step 2: Send the message to yourself

Step 3: Open the message and simply download the attached files

After you read all the methods we presented you for transfering files to your iPad from your PC, it is up to you to choose the one that best suits your needs.

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Lincoln Spector, is a senior editor for giveumore studio and is enjoying discovering most useful Tips and Tricks in the iOS world.

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