Are you looking for a way to transfer files from PC to iPad without enabling automatic synchronization of all data with iTunes? Have you just bought your first iPad and would like a hand to copy videos, music or books to the latter? No problem: I'm happy to inform you that you've come to the right place at the right time!
Thanks to today's tutorial, in fact, we will discover together how to manage the files on the iPad thanks to the tools made available to us by Apple and some applications developed by third parties, both free and paid, able to simplify the transfer process. data between iPad and computer.
Whether you have a Windows-equipped PC or a Mac, whether you prefer to transfer files via cable or wirelessly, I assure you that you will find the solution that best suits your needs. You just have to take five minutes of free time and follow the directions I'm about to give you. Come on, let's not get lost in useless chatter and let's see together how to copy the data on the Apple tablet in the simplest and fastest way possible. I bet you will be amazed by the results obtained!
iTunes (Windows / MacOS)
iTunes is the official software for managing iOS devices from a computer. It allows you to synchronize music, videos and books between Apple's mobile devices and your computer but also - and not everyone knows this - to import and export files in individual applications installed on iDevices. It is included “standard” on all Macs, up to macOS 10.14 Mojave, while it is available as a free download on PC.
If you have a computer equipped with Windows but have not yet installed it, fix it now by opening the Microsoft Store of Windows 10 and downloading it from there. If, on the other hand, you are using an older version of Windows (eg. Windows 7), connected to the Apple website and download iTunes by clicking on the relevant button.
A download complete, apri il file.exe you just downloaded to your computer and finish the setup by clicking the button first forward, Then Install, Yes (for two consecutive times) e end. In case some steps aren't clear to you, check out my guide on how to download iTunes.
If this is the first time you connect the iPad to the computer, you must authorize the two devices to communicate with each other by clicking on the button first Authorize that appears on the tablet screen and then on the button Continue which instead appears on the desktop of the PC / Mac. Next, you will also need to type the PIN unlock button on the iPad.
Well: now you are ready for copy files to iPad from PC. Know, however, that there are two ways to do this: the first is to synchronize the files with the iTunes library (so all the changes made on the PC are also applied on the tablet, and vice versa); the second, on the other hand, provides for the direct transfer of files to the iPad memory (without synchronization with the computer).
To sync music, videos or books with iTunes, select theiPad icon that appears at the top left of the main iTunes window, then click on the items Music, Videos, Books o Photos located in the left sidebar (in the section Settings) and put the check mark next to the option Synchronize music / movies / books / photos.
If you don't want to sync ALL your library of music, movies, books or photos with iPad, but only certain contents, put the check mark next to the item Selected playlists, artists, albums and genres (for music), Selected books (for books) or next to the miniatures of movies or delle photo to move to iPad (for videos and photos). Then select the contents to synchronize and press the button Synchronize, which is at the bottom right, to complete the operation.
Do you prefer to transfer your files to iPad without activating automatic sync with iTunes? In this case, you need to select the item Music, Movies o Books from the left sidebar (in the section On the device instead of in the "Settings" section) and drag the files to be copied to the tablet in the iTunes window.
If dragging files doesn't seem to work, select the entry Riepilogo from the iTunes sidebar, put the check mark next to the box Manually manage music and videos (o Manually manage videos) and click on your button end (bottom right) to save the changes. Then repeat the file dragging operation, as explained above, and this should be successful.
It should be noted that, if a subscription to the Apple Music streaming service and / or the iCloud Photo Library function is active on the Apple ID associated with the iPad, it is not possible to "manually" copy music and videos to the tablet: you have to switch necessarily for the cloud libraries of these services.
As mentioned above, there are also applications for iPad (and iPhone) that allow you to export or import files into them via iTunes. To take advantage of this feature, click ontablet icon in the main program window (top left) and select the item File sharing from the sidebar.
At this point, scroll down the screen that opens up to the box File sharing, select the application you want to copy your files to and drag and drop them into the box Documents iTunes (located next to it).
To delete a file previously copied on the iPad, just act directly from the device, or you can use the iTunes menus (selecting the file to be deleted and pressing the Canc o Backspace on the computer keyboard). Easier done than said!
Please note: if the next time you want to synchronize or copy files to the iPad without physically connecting the tablet to the computer, select the device icon in the iTunes window (top left), click on the item Riepilogo present in the sidebar, place a check mark next to the entry Sync with iPad via Wi-Fi and click on the button Apply to save the changes. For wireless file copying or syncing to work properly, the iPad and computer must be connected to the same wireless network and iTunes must be running.
If you are using macOS 10.15 Catalina or a later version of macOS, instead of iTunes (no longer available), you must use the Finderby selecting theiPad from the left sidebar and going to the tab Fillet. The steps to be taken, then, are the same as I showed you earlier for iTunes.
iCloud Drive (Windows/macOS/iOS)
If, as highly likely, you have paired your iPad with a Apple ID, you can take advantage of the cloud storage space made available to you by Apple (iCloud Drive, whose free plan includes 5GB of online space) to exchange files between all your devices. In a nutshell, you can save a file in the iCloud folder on your computer - be it a Windows PC or a Mac - and find it automatically synchronized on the iPad, as well as on the iPhone and on all the other Apple devices in your possession (a provided that these are associated with the same account).
To begin with, go to the settings of your iPad (theicona dell'ingranaggio which is on the home screen) and check that in the screen that opens, at the top left, there is the you don't know. If not, click on the item for login on iPad and log in with your Apple ID (or create a new one, by tapping on the appropriate option and following the instructions on the screen).
Once you've paired an Apple ID with your iPad, you need to do the same thing on your computer. If you own a PC Windows, you have to install the iCloud client, which allows, in fact, to synchronize data between the Apple cloud storage service and the computer. If you use a PoppyInstead, you simply need to go into System Preferences and log into iCloud using the same ID configured on the iPad.
To download the iCloud client on Windows, connect to the Apple website and click on the button Download. Then open the file .exe obtained and, in the window that opens, put the check mark on the box for accept the terms of the license agreement. Then click on the buttons Install, Yes e end to finish the setup and restart the PC.
When Windows restarts, log in to the iCloud client using your Apple ID data (the same one configured on the iPad), make sure there is a check mark next to the item iCloud Drive and use theFile Explorer to copy the files you want to transfer to the iPad into one of the iCloud Drive folders.
If you use a PoppyInstead, you can enable data synchronization between your computer and iCloud without resorting to external software. All you have to do is go to System preference (the'icona dell'ingranaggio located on the Dock bar), select the item for iCloud from the window that opens and check that you are logged in to the same account configured on the iPad. If not, fix it.
At this point, make sure there is a check mark next to the item iCloud Drive (otherwise affix it yourself) and use the Finder to copy the files you want to transfer to iPad in one of the folders synced with iCloud Drive.
To access files synced with iCloud Drive on your iPad, launch the application Fillet of iOS (the blue folder icon on a white background that you can find on the home screen) and select the item relating to iCloud Drive from the side bar of the sinistra.
If you don't find the Files icon on your iPad home screen, you may have uninstalled the app: in this case, download it again from the App Store. If, on the other hand, you are using an iOS version earlier than 11, you cannot have the Files app: instead, you must use the iCloud Drive app.
For more information on how iCloud Drive works, please see the tutorial I dedicated to the service.
If you have a fairly recent Mac, you can copy files from computer to iPad using AirDrop, an Apple technology that uses Bluetooth and Direct Wi-Fi to share data from one device to another wirelessly.
AirDrop is available on all MacBook Pros made from 2008 onwards (except the 17 "MBP from late 2008), MacBook Airs made from late 2010 onwards, MacBooks made from late 2008 onwards (excluding the white MacBook from late 2008 2009) and iMacs produced from 7 onwards equipped with macOS Yosemite or later, fourth generation iPads and up, iPad Mini, iPad Air and iPad Pro with iOS XNUMX or higher.
To copy a file from Mac to iPad using AirDrop, make sure the connections Bluetooth e Wi-Fi are active on both devices (if you don't know how to do it, follow my dedicated guide). Click, then, with the right mouse button on the file to be sent to the iPad, select the items Share> AirDrop from the context menu and click on the iPad icon in the AirDrop menu. Once transferred to the iPad, you can decide with which apps to open the files received via AirDrop.
If you can't use AirDrop, make sure there isn't too much distance between your Mac and iPad (both devices must be within Bluetooth range) and make sure the tablet doesn't have the screen off. For more info about it, please also consult my guide dedicated to AirDrop.
Documents by Readdle (iOS)
Another solution you can resort to for transfer files from PC to iPad is Readdle's free Documents file manager, which allows you to have a sort of File Explorer / Finder on iOS, in many ways more complete than the File app included "standard" in iOS 11 and later.
Readdle's Documents supports file sharing in iTunes (the feature for importing and exporting files directly to apps, which we talked about earlier) and transferring data wirelessly. This means that, by connecting tablet and computer to the same Wi-Fi network, you can open the browser on the computer and copy files to the iPad without using other applications (using only the local Wi-Fi network).
To take advantage of wireless data transfer in Documents, select the item Wi-Fi Transfer from the left sidebar and allow the app to access the device's camera. At this point, open the browser on your computer, connect to docstransfer.com and frame the QR code that appears on the screen with the iPad camera.
Perfect: now all you have to do is click on the button Upload file in the browser (top right), select the files to upload to iPad and wait for the upload to finish. The file will then be made available in the Documents app on the tablet: more convenient than that?
Just remember, at the end of the transfer, to press the button Disconnect on the iPad: This will close the communication between the tablet and the computer.