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How to Connect iPad to PC/Laptop/Computer in Every Way

Jean updated on Jun 04, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Five ways for you to connect your iPad to a computer, be it a PC, Mac, or laptop.

When you attempt to transfer files like photos, videos, music, and more between your iPad and your PC or laptop, you will need to connect the iPad to the computer first. Depending on the tools you have in hand, you may need to connect iPad to PC via USB or connect iPad to computer wirelessly. No matter which way you prefer, you will know how to do it from the paragraphs below.

Method 1. Connect iPad to PC, Laptop, or Mac Using USB

Transfers photos and videos

The commonest way to connect an iPhone or iPad to a computer is to use the USB. With a USB cable, you are able to connect iPad to PC without iTunes and then transfer photos from iPad to PC via File Explorer (in Windows 10) or the Photos app. 

To connect iPad to PC via USB, you have two ways to choose from:

Option 1. Connect iPad to Computer via USB Directly

Step 1. When you connect your iPad to computer using USB, you should first choose a proper cable according to the USB port, be it a USB-C charge cable or lightning to USB cable.

Step 2. Attach the USB connector to a USB port on your PC, laptop or Mac.

Step 3. Attach the other end of the cable to the port on your iPad.

Step 4. Unlock your iPad and click "Trust" or "Allow" in the prompt on your iPad. If required, enter your iPad passcode.

Step 5. On your PC, a popup will appear asking you what to do with the device, choose "Import photos and videos" or "Open device to view files".

How to connect iPad to PC

Option 2. Connect iPad to Computer via Dock

If you are using an iPad dock, you can also choose to connect your iPad to computer via the dock. After connecting the iPad to PC, what you can do is the same as connecting your iPad to computer using a USB cable.

Step 1. Use a 30-pin to USB cable to connect the dock with the computer.

Step 2. Depending on your iPad generation, do one of the following:

  • For iPad mini and 4th-generation iPad and later: Insert a Lightning to 30-Pin Adapter into the dock cradle and connect your tablet to the adapter.
  • For 3rd generation iPad or earlier. Insert the iPad into the dock cradle.

Method 2. Connect iPad to Computer with EaseUS MobiMover

Transfers photos, videos, audios, contacts, messages, and more

Using a USB only helps you to import photos and videos from your iDevice to computer. If you want to copy music, books, contacts, messages, and other files from your iPad to your computer or transfer files from PC to iPad, you will need the iOS data transfer tool - EaseUS MobiMover.

With this tool, you are able to view and access your iPad content from computer, and transfer files to or from your device.

To connect your iPad to PC, laptop, or Mac and transfer files:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to your computer with a USB cable. Launch EaseUS MobiMover on your computer, and select the "Phone to PC" mode, which helps you export iPad data to the computer. Move your mouse to the right pane and click "Next" to start.

how to transfer data from iPad to the computer - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover allows you to transfer all the iPad data to the computer at one time at a fast speed. You can also select Contact, Messages, Note, Photo, Video, or Audio individually. You can change the default destination for exported files on your computer. If you don't set it on your own, MobiMover will download the iPad files to a desktop folder. Click "Transfer" to begin to transfer files from iPad to the computer without a hitch.

how to transfer data from iPad to the computer - step 2

Step 3. Wait for a while to let the transfer process finish. Please don't disconnect the iPad while transferring. When the process finishes, you can check the items on your computer.

how to transfer data from iPad to the computer - step 3

Besides, EaseUS MobiMover also works well as a free video & audio downloader. With it, you can freely download videos from YouTube to iPad or save music from SoundCloud to your computer or iPhone/iPad.

Method 3. Connect iPad to Computer Wirelessly

Shares videos

When you don't have a USB cable available, how can you connect your iPad to a laptop or desktop? If you want to connect iPad to PC without cable, the VLC app for iOS will help. The VLC media player enables you to connect your iPad with PC, Mac, or laptop wirelessly and allows you to transfer videos between the iPad and the computer. Whether you need to transfer videos from iPad to PC or vice versa, it works well to get it done.

To connect iPad to Windows PC wirelessly:

Step 1. Make sure your iPad and the computer are under the same network.

Step 2. On your iPad, go to the App Store to install the VLC mobile app.

Step 3. Open VLC, click the VLC icon in the top left corner, and enable the option "Sharing via WiFi".

Step 4. On your Windows PC, open a browser and enter the address shown under the "Sharing via WiFi" option in the VLC app.

Step 5. Now you can transfer videos between your iPad and computer

How to connect iPad to computer wirelessly

Method 4. Connect iPad to iTunes

Syncs music, photos, movies, TV shows, books; Backs Up iPad content to computer

On a PC or a Mac running macOS Mojave and earlier, iTunes is available for you to connect your iPad to the computer and sync data from your computer to the mobile device or back up the iPad to computer. What's more, iTunes supports both a wired connection or a wireless one.

In the beginning, you've already learned the steps to connect iPad to PC via USB. Given that, I will show you how to connect iPad to iTunes via Wi-Fi here. For the first time, you still need to connect your device to iTunes using a USB and finish the settings. Afterward, you will be able to connect your devices and share data without a wired connection.

To connect iPad to iTunes:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to your laptop or desktop.

Step 2. Click the device icon in the iTunes window and click "Summary".

Step 3. Enable the option "Sync with this iPad over Wi-Fi" and click "Apply" > "Done".

Step 4. When your computer and the iPad are under the same Wi-Fi network next time, data syncing will start automatically and wirelessly.

How to connect iPad to iTunes

You can apply the same steps to connect your iPhone to iTunes and sync your iPhone content with it.

Method 5. Connect iPad to Mac via AirDrop

Shares photos, videos, contacts, documents, and more

How to connect an iPad to a Mac? In addition to the ways above, there is one more workable solution for you to connect your iPad to your MacBook or iMac. That is to use AirDrop.

AirDrop is a file-sharing service that is only available on Apple devices. Therefore, it's only applicable when you need to connect the iPad to a Mac. After the connection, you can share photos, videos, contacts, websites, and more between the iPad and the computer.

To connect iPad to Mac via AirDrop:

Step 1. Go to "Settings" > "General" on your iPad.

Step 2. Choose "AirDrop" and click "Contacts Only" or "Everyone".

Step 3. On your Mac, go to "Finder" > "Go" > "AirDrop" and switch on "Bluetooth" and "Wi-Fi" to turn on AirDrop on your Mac. Then set the option "Allow to be discovered by" as "Everyone" or "Contacts Only".

Step 4. Now you can transfer files between your iPad and Mac freely

How to connect iPad to Mac

The Bottom Line

Now you know all the possible ways to connect your iPad to a Windows PC, laptop, or Mac. The best way for you varies according to the type of content you'd like to share between your mobile device and computer. Choose the way that suits your situation best to connect your iPad to computer with ease.