The Easiest Way to Transfer PDF to iPad without iTunes

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Nathalie Updated on Aug 07, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

A friend of mine has a jailbroken iPad. He can drag-and-drop PDF files right into his iPad and don’t use iTunes. I don't want to jailbreak my iPad. Is there some similar way to transfer PDFs to iPad without going through iTunes (which I find to be a hassle).

There are so many people asking the question "how to transfer PDF to iPad without iTunes" at If you also have the same problem, you’ve come to the right place. In this post, we will offer you three approaches to put PDF to iPad without using iTunes, which is not user-friendly nor simple to use.

The three solutions are:

Each of these methods has its good points and is appropriate to different kinds of scenarios; you can choose the one meets your needs as perfectly as you want.

Part 1: EaseUS MobiMover Free iPhone Data Transfer Software

EaseUS MobiMover Free is an all-in-one iPhone data transfer and management tool to import/export videos, music, contacts, messages, photos, notes, books, Safari bookmark, and so on from computer (PC/laptop/Mac) to iPhone/iPad or in the vice versa, or from one iOS device to another. We're pretty sure you will like this easy-to-use software once you've tried it.  

Why is EaseUS MobiMover so popular?
  • It can seamlessly integrate with both Windows and Mac computer.
  • It is compatible with all the iPhone and iPad models running iOS 8 or any later version.
  • It is known as the only one 100% free data transfer tool between the iOS device and computer or between two iOS devices.
  • It is iTunes-free. You can use it to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes anymore.
  • It is clean and safe when transferring data. It won’t cause previous data wiping or lost.

Now, click the button below to safely download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your computer, then follow the steps to learn how to transfer PDF to iPad with MobiMover quickly.  (Go to MobiMover Free user guide to learn the information on another three data transfer type. For example, how to transfer text messages from iPhone to computer for free.)

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Step 1. Connect your iPad (running iOS 8 and later) to your computer (Mac/PC), and run EaseUS MobiMover. Click "Others" and choose "Books". You can also use the "PC to iPhone" feature to transfer PDFs from your computer to your iPad.

How to transfer PDFs from computer to iPad - Step 1

Step 2. Click the "Add Contents" option to copy books from the computer to your iPad. You can import one or more PDFs at one time.

How to transfer PDFs from computer to iPad - Step 2

Step 3. Then a new window will appear, in which you need to select the PDF files you want to copy to your iPad. After choosing the items, MobiMover will start transferring PDFs from the computer to your iPad immediately. When it finishes, go to check and view the books on the iPad in the "Books" app.

How to transfer PDFs from computer to iPad - Step 3

Part 2: AirDrop

If you want to sync PDF from Mac to iPad without iTunes, AirDrop is a wirelessly and direct way you can check. You can AirDrop photos, videos, contacts, books, and notes between Mac and the iOS device without a USB cable.

If you have both Mac and Windows computer and want to transfer PDF from Windows PC/laptop to your iPad, you can get back to the Part 1 and use MobiMover to do it possibly.

Step 1: Go to Settings on your iPhone and make sure AirDrop is switched on.

Step 2: On your Mac, go to Finder and click on AirDrop. Pick your iPhone from the list of devices with  AirDrop nearby.

Step 3: Choose PDF and begin to transfer with AirDrop. When the process finishes, the PDF will show up in the iBooks app on your iPad.

Part 3: iCloud

If you have set up the iCloud for Windows or iCloud on Mac, you can share the PDF on the computer to iPad without using iTunes.

Step 1: Run iCloud on your Windows or Mac computer, and sign up with your Apple ID.

Step 2: Find iCloud Drive and open it.

Step 3: Drag & drop your PDF files in there.

Step 4: Go to Settings on your iPad, tap Your Name, go to iCloud and enable it. After a while, open the iBook app on your iPad to check the PDF.

The final words

As you can see, if you want to share PDF from Windows PC to iPad without iTunes most efficiently, you are highly recommended to use MobiMover Free iPhone data transfer in Part 1. For sharing PDF from Mac to iPad without a USB cable, you’d better use AirDrop in Part 2. Of course, iCloud is a good choice in Part 3, but if the PDF size is over 5 GB, this one is unavailable due to space limits. In general, EaseUS MobiMover is the best one to meet the needs after many comparisons. Don’t hesitate and give it a try. 

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