iOS 12 Guide | How to Transfer Files from PC to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR

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Myra Updated on Sep 14, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

Applies To: iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, iPhone XR

Transferring files from PC to iPhone is always in great need, especially after the release of the new iPhone. In this article, we'd like to show you four workable ways to transfer files from PC to your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR, with all of them free of charge. Read on to get the details and choose the one best suited to your needs to carry out.

All the four methods detailed in this article enables you to transfer files from your PC to your iPhone. However, depending on the file types you want to copy, you may need different ways to get things done.

Part 1: How to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes

Method 1: Transfer files from computer to iPhone using EaseUS MobiMover

Do you want to transfer files, including photos, videos, music, ringtones, voice memos, books, and more from your PC to your iPhone all at once?

If so, using EaseUS MobiMover, the free iTunes alternative, is a good choice for you.


The Introduction to the main features of EaseUS MobiMover

# Data Transfer★★★

With this feature, you can:

  • Transfer to This Device: Transfer files from PC to iPhone without using iTunes. Whether you want to copy data from computer to your iPhone all at once or selectively, you can get the needs met with this feature.
  • Transfer to Other Device: You can share all the supported files between your iOS devices. For example, you can transfer contacts from iPhone to iPhone, sync photos from iPad to iPad, or import music from one iPhone to another.
  • Transfer to Computer: You can not only transfer files from PC to your iPhone but also import content from your iDevice to the computer. With this option, you can transfer photos from iPhone to PC easily for free.

# File Management★★★

To enjoy your iPhone to the best, it's necessary for you to manage your device content by deleting, editing, or adding items. Thus, MobiMover is also equipped with the file management feature to help you freely manage your iPhone/iPad from computer.

# Video Download★★

With EaseUS MobiMover installed, you can download videos from websites, including YouTube, Vimeo, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Break, Metacafe, Dailymotion, and more, to your computer or iPhone/iPad. Want to download Vimeo videos to your iPhone for offline watching? Learn how to do it in four steps.


As you can see, MobiMover can bring you great convenience when it comes to iOS data transfer, file management, and video download. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

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Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable and tap Trust This Computer on your device if you are asked.

Run EaseUS MobiMover and click "PC to iDevice" on the main interface like the sample image below.

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone without iTunes - step 1

Step 2: Click "Add Files" or "Add Folder" to select files and transfer from your PC to iPhone. 

Or you can directly drag files from your PC to the "Drag & Drop" area in EaseUS MobiMover for transferring.

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone without iTunes - step 2

Step 3: Click "Edit" to check or uncheck the files that you want or don't want to transfer to iPhone.

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone without iTunes - step 3

Step 4: Click "OK" to confirm and click "Transfer" to start transferring the selected files to your iPhone.

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone without iTunes - step 4

Step 5: Wait for the transferring process to complete, and you can go to the corresponding location on your iPhone to check the downloaded contents, such as images in Photos, videos/movies/TV shows in Videos, music/playlists in Music, ringtones in iPhone Settings.

how to transfer data from PC to iPhone without iTunes - step 5

Method 2: Copy files to iPhone XS/XS Max/XR with iCloud Drive

With the help of iCloud service, you can sync data from computer to your iPhone wirelessly. However, iCloud only provides to the first 5GB of iCloud storage for free, which is always not enough for you to store the important content on your devices. But if you prefer to wirelessly transfer files from PC to your iPhone without iTunes, using iCloud Drive is a good choice for you. (If your iCloud storage is almost full, learn how to free up iCloud space or buy more iCloud storage from Apple.) Here are the steps to copy files from computer to your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Max, or iPhone XR.

As you will see from the steps below, transferring files from PC to iPhone using iCloud Drive is a process of uploading and downloading files, which means it could be more time-consuming compared to using Method 1.

Step 1: Download iCloud for Windows on your computer.

Step 2: Run iCloud and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step 3: Click the checkbox next to iCloud Drive and tap Apply. Then iCloud will create a folder named iCloud Drive on your PC.

Step 4: Copy the documents and files you want to transfer to your iPhone in the iCloud Drive folder and wait for the content to be uploaded.

Step 5: On your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR, go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and turn on iCloud Drive.

Step 6: Go to the Files app on your iPhone and choose Browse.

Step 7: Select iCloud Drive under Locations and you will see all the documents and files you have just copied to the iCloud Drive folder on your computer.

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes

Method 3: Transfer files from PC to iPhone using Email

Another way to transfer files to iPhone without iTunes is to use Email, which is quite simple and fast. The disadvantage of this tip is that it's not suitable for transfer files in big size from PC to your iPhone. As you know, There are always the limitations on the size of the email. Although there are no limitations on how many emails you can send, it's still not a good choice to transfer multiple files from PC to your iPhone XS/XS Plus/XR because sending many emails to your iPhone is unwanted. However, it could a prefered choice for users who want to copy a few items to iPhone from the computer.

Step 1: Write an email on your computer with the files you want to copy to your iPhone added as attachments.

Step 2: Send the email to yourself.

Step 3: Check the email on your iPhone and download the items to your device.

Part 2: How to transfer files from PC to iPhone using iTunes

With iTunes, there are two ways for you to import files from PC to your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR. One is to use iTunes syncing, the other is to use iTunes File Sharing. You can choose one of them according to the file types you'd like to transfer. (If you encounter the iPhone not connecting to iTunes issue, learn how to fix it from the related article.)

Method 1: Sync files from PC to iPhone (with data loss)

Take transferring photos from PC to iPhone as an exmaple:

Step 1: Connect your iPhone XS/XS Max/XR to your PCMac 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 PC to iPhone with iTunes

Method 2: Transfer files from computer to iPhone via apps

You can share files between your computer and iPhone via apps that support file sharing. To check whether an app supports this feature, go to see the documentation of it.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone to your computer.

Step 2: Click the Device icon and choose File Sharing.

Step 3: Select the app you want to transfer a file to from the list on the left.

Step 4: Click Add, choose the file and click Add again.

How to transfer files from computer to iPhone using iTunes

The final words

With EaseUS MobiMover, you can import files in multiple file types all at once or copy specific items in a type from PC to your iPhone XS, iPhone XS Plus, or iPhone XR, like putting music to iPhone. Unlike using iTunes that will cause data syncing on your device, iCloud Drive that requires enough space and Wi-Fi network to function, and Email that can't transfer large files, using EaseUS MobiMover will eliminate your worries about space, network, and item. Don't hesitate to give it a try.

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