4 Ways to Transfer Files Between iPads

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Katrin Updated on Jun 07, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Is it possible to transfer files between iPads?

Hello y'all! I have a question and I hope somebody can help me with it. Recently I got a new iPad Pro as my birthday present and I absolutely loved it. But I already have an iPad mini and I have stored plenty of files like photos, videos, notes etc on the old iPad mini. So my question is how to transfer all the content from my old iPad to the new one? Are there any methods to transfer files between iPads? Thanks in advance.

The answer to the question above is yes. As you all know that Apple products are updated so fast and many Apple fans will get the newest products without a doubt for sure, as soon as they are released. But how about all the data and files on the old device? iPhone data transfer became a serious issue for all the apple fans. So here in this article, we will show you 4 effective ways to transfer files between iPads without any data loss or obstacles.

Method 1. Transfer files between Apple devices using AirDrop

AirDrop for Mac OS and iOS enables wireless data exchange between Apple devices like iPhone and iPad. If there is a partner nearby, simply click or tap on the AirDrop and data transfer can begin. The data transfer works via the WLAN or Bluetooth modules of the devices. For the connection to work, the devices must not be more than ten meters apart.

AirDrop is available under at least iOS 7 and above. Compatible devices are the iPad 4, iPad Mini, iPhone 5 and iPod touch 5 as well as all subsequent devices. You can activate AirDrop from the Control Center and can also specify whether your device should be visible to everyone, only to your contacts or not at all. Also, make sure WLAN and Bluetooth are enabled. To transfer, tap "Send" or "Share" within an app. Then select AirDrop from the options list. Your device will now search for nearby AirDrop partners. Then select the desired receiver. In the case of mobile devices, this must also confirm the transfer before it begins.

When somehow you have the AirDrop not working problem, you can also try the following methods to transfer files between iPads.

Method 2. Transfer files between Apple devices using iOS data transfer software

You can find an effective and powerful iPhone data transfer to help you transfer files between iPads. Here we recommend EaseUS MobiMover Free. It is one of the best free iPhone data transfer software on the market and provides powerful data transfer functions. It can transfer photos from iPhone to iPad, or transfer other data from iOS devices to computers.

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Here we will show you how to transfer photos from one iPad to another as an example:

Step 1: Connect your iPads to your computer (Mac/PC), open EaseUS MobiMover, then choose iDevice to iDevice. (If you prefer to transfer photos from iPad to iPad selectively, go to [your device name] > Picture > Photo/Album instead.)

How to transfer photos from iPad to iPad - Step 1

Step 2: Check your source device and target device and select the genres you’d like to copy from one iPad to another.

How to transfer photos from iPad to iPad - Step 2

Step 3: Tap Transfer to start transferring photos from iPad to iPad. Depending on the size of the files, it may take seconds or a while to get things done. Wait patiently for the photos to be fully copied and check the items in Photos app on your iPad.

How to transfer photos from iPad to iPad - Step 3

It is also a professional iPhone manager and can manage your data and files on your iOS devices, i.g. you can use MobiMover to delete or add ringtones to iPhone.

Method 3. Transfer files between Apple devices using iCloud

You can use iCloud to make a backup copy of your files on the old iPad and then restore the backup on the new iPad through iCloud as well to make the file transfer between iPads possible.

Create an iCloud backup

  • 1. Connect your old iPad to WLAN.
  • 2. Select Settings >[Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup. If you are using iOS 10.2 or older, select Settings > iCloud > Backup.
  • 3. Make sure the iCloud backup option is on.
  • 4. Tap on "Create backup now".
  • 5.Do not disconnect the WLAN connection until the operation is complete.

Restore the iCloud backup on the new device

  • 1.Turn on your new device. A welcome screen should appear. If you have already set up your new device, you must delete it before you can perform the following steps.
  • 2. Follow the instructions until you reach your wireless settings.
  • 3. Tap a wireless network to connect. Follow the instructions until the Apps & Data screen appears. Then tap Restore from iCloud backup.
  • 4. Log in to iCloud using your Apple ID and password.
  • When prompted, select a backup. The date and file size indicate whether the backup is correct.
  • 5. If you purchased content from the iTunes Store or App Store with multiple Apple IDs, you will be prompted to log in with each Apple ID.
  • 6. Wait until the recovery process is complete. Then complete the setup by further instructions on the screen. You should not disconnect the WLAN connection or disconnect the power supply after installation. In this way, content such as photos, music and apps stored in iCloud can be automatically transferred back to the device.

Method 4. Transfer files between iPads using iTunes

Like iCloud, you can also create an iTunes backup of your existing device and install it on your new device.

Create an iTunes backup of your existing device

  • Connect your old iPad to your computer.
  • Open iTunes and make sure you have the latest version installed.
  • Select your device.
  • If you want your health and activity data to be backed up from your iOS device, you need to encrypt your iTunes backup: Enable the checkbox "Encrypt Device Backup" and choose a memorable password.
  • Once the process is complete, you can check if the encrypted backup has been successfully created in iTunes under Settings > Devices. It should display the name of your device and the time the iTunes backup is created. If you have encrypted the backup, the icon should appear next to the device name.

Restore the iTunes Backup on the new iPad

Like the restore process from an iCloud backup, you can tap Restore from iTunes Backup on the screen and follow the instructions.