[Guide]How to Transfer Files from Mac to iPad with/without iTunes

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Myra Updated on Jun 05, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

As you know, you can surely transfer files from Mac to your iPad without the help of third-party software, because the iTunes installed on your Mac enables you to make it. However, using iTunes to sync files from Mac to your iPad will inevitably cause data syncing on your iPad. I guess that why so many users are searching for "how to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes" or "how to transfer files from Mac to iPad wirelessly". If you are one of them, no worry, you will learn how to import files from Mac to iPad with or without iTunes after reading this article. Read on to get the details.

Part 1: How to transfer files from Mac to iPad with iTunes

To make the transfer process smooth, you'd better update the iTunes on your Mac to its latest version to avoid problems like "iPhone not connecting to iTunes". Go to App Store > Updates and your Mac will check for updates automatically. If there is a new version of iTunes or macOS available, click Install to update your iTunes to the latest version. Then follow the steps below to sync files from Mac to your iPad with iTunes. (Here transferring photos from Mac to iPad is set as an example.)

Step 1: Connect your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable and run iTunes if it doesn't open automatically.

Step 2: Tap on the Device button and choose Photos.

Step 3: Click the checkbox next to Sync Photos and choose one option from the drop-down menu of Copy Photos from.

Step 4: The click Sync to start to import photos from Mac to your iPad.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad with iTunes

Part 2: How to transfer files from Mac to iPad wirelessly without iTunes

While if you want to sync data from your Mac to iPad without iTunes to avoid data syncing or want to copy files from Mac to your iPad wirelessly, there are also the ways to make it by using EaseUS MobiMover Free and AirDrop. EaseUS MobiMover Free is the top one and completely free iPhone data transfer program in the market. And AirDrop is the built-in feature in Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch that can help you transfer photos, videos, websites and more between two AirDrop-supported devices. Follow the steps below to learn how to make it. (If AirDrop is not working on your device, fix the issue first.)

Transfer files from Mac to iPad with EaseUS MobiMover Free

EaseUS MobiMover is a comprehensive iOS transfer tool developed to transfer files from iPhone/iPad to Mac, import files from Mac to iPhone/iPad, copy files from one iPhone/iPad to another and manage iPhone/iPad content. The files can be transferred include photos, music, ringtones, playlist, movies, TV shows, home videos, contacts, notes, messages and more, which vary according to the feature used.

Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Mac by clicking the download button below.

Note: Although you don't need to use iTunes during the transfer process, it's necessary for you to install iTunes on your computer to help MobiMover identify your iOS device and access its data, which is the first step to make data transfer possible.

Step 1: Connect your iPad to your Mac, run EaseUS MobiMover Free, and click Trust when a prompt appears on your iPad asking you whether to trust this computer.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 1

Step 2: Click the select box to set your Mac as the device to transfer files from, then click More to choose to transfer files from Mac to your iPad by folder or by file.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 2

Step 3: Choose the folder or files that you need to import from Mac to your iPad. 

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 3

Step 4: If you choose a folder that contains other transferable files, MobiMover will automatically select all the supported items for you.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 4

Step 5: Keep the category/categories you want to copy selected, then click Transfer to start transferring files from Mac to your iPad without iTunes.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes - Step 5

Transfer files from Mac to iPad with AirDrop

Step 1: Switch on AirDrop on your Mac.

  • Go to Finder > Go > AirDrop and then turn on Bluetooth and WiFi. After that, AirDrop will be switched on automatically. (AirDrop requires WiFi and Bluetooth to work, make sure you don't get the problem "WiFi not working" or "Bluetooth not working".)
  • Set the option Allow to be discovered by in the AirDrop window as Everyone or Contacts Only.

Step 2: Turn on AirDrop on your iPad. (Don't forget to switch on Bluetooth and WiFi at the same time.)

  • In iOS 10 and earlier: Swipe up from the bottom of your iPad screen to open Control Center and then click the AirDrop icon to switch on AirDrop.
  • In iOS 11: Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to open Control Center. Press deeply on the module where Airplane Mode locates in, tap on AirDrop and set your iPad to be discovered by Contacts Only or Everyone.

Step 3: Transfer files from Mac to iPad. Here transferring photos from Mac to iPadis set as an example.

Drag the photos you want to send from Mac to iPad to the image of the recipient and click Send.
Or you can click the Share button in an App, choose AirDrop, choose the recipient and then click Done.

With AirDrop, you can also transfer files from iPhone to Mac wirelessly without iTunes or share content between two iOS devices freely.

How to transfer files from Mac to iPad without iTunes