EaseUS MobiMover

All-in-One iOS Content Manager & Free Video/Audio Downloader

  • An iOS data transfer tool to transfer files to or from iPhone/iPad
  • An iPhone manager to manage files on iPhone/iPad from a computer
  • A free video downloader to download online videos to a computer or iPhone/iPad

How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC With/Without iTunes

Five proven ways for you to transfer files from iPad to PC. You can also apply these tips to transfer files from iPad to laptop or Mac. (Supports: Photos, videos, contacts, messages, PDF files, documents, and more)

Why Do You Need to Transfer Files from iPad to PC

File transfer between an iPhone/iPad and a computer enables you to manage your files more flexibly. Apart from transferring files from PC to iPad/iPhone, some of you also need to transfer files from iPad to PC due to reasons like:

  • Your iPad is running out of space because of a large number of photos, music, videos, and contacts stored on your device and you want to make a backup before you delete them to free up space.
  • You want to avoid complete data loss of your iPad content caused by unexpected reasons through making a backup on the computer.
  • You need to view and manage some documents from the iPad on your computer.

If that's exactly what you want, read on and learn how to transfer files from iPad to a computer in Windows 10, Windows 8, or an earlier version.

How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC Without iTunes

If you prefer to transfer files from iPad to PC without iTunes, congratulations, there are many other ways for you to achieve the iPad to PC transfer. Each of the methods below has its own supported file types. Apply the one that fits your needs most.

Method 1. Copy Files from iPad to PC via a USB Cable

Applies To: Photos, Videos, Music, Contacts, Messages, PDF Files, and More

With the iPhone transfer software, you are able to copy files from iPad to PC via a USB cable. Unlike using cloud services which have limited space for you to use, data transfer via USB cables eliminates such kind of worries.

With EaseUS MobiMover installed on your Mac or PC, you can freely transfer files between an iPhone/iPad and a computer or between two iOS devices, without iTunes. 

To transfer a file/files from iPad to PC without iTunes:

Step 1. Connect iPad to your PC with a USB cable. Once connected, tap "Trust This Computer" on your device's screen. Open EaseUS MobiMover and select "Phone to PC" on the main screen. Click "Next" to start transferring data from iPad to your computer.

how to transfer files from iPad to PC - step 1

Step 2. MobiMover will read and load all the compatible files on your iPad automatically. Choose Contacts/Messages/Pictures/Audio/Video or other specific types of apps to transfer. The transferred content is kept on Desktop by default, so you need to change the default location before clicking "Transfer".

how to transfer files from iPad to PC - step 2

Step 3. MobiMover will immediately begin to transfer data from iPad to PC without iTunes. Don't interrupt the USB connection during the course. When it completes, you can open and check the transferred content. Some files, like contacts and messages, are kept as .html files, so you need to use a web browser to open such a type of file.

how to transfer files from iPad to PC - step 3

You can use the very same steps to transfer files from iPhone to computer if you need to.

Other than the data transfer features, EaseUS MobiMover also has an amazing function that allows you to download videos from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and many other sites to your PC, laptop, Mac, and iPhone/iPad, unlock your iPad/iPhone without needing a passcode.

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Method 2. Sync Files from iPad to PC with iCloud

Applies To: Photos, Videos, Contacts, and Documents

Depending on the specific file types you are going to send, you will need different iCloud features. If you want to transfer photos from iPad to PC without iTunes, use iCloud Photos. If you intend to share documents like Word/Excel/PPT/PDF files between your iPad and the computer, turn to iCloud Drive for help. No matter what you'd like to share, there are two universal requirements you need to meet:

  • You are using the same Apple ID on the devices
  • There is enough space in iCloud for you to store the content you are going to sync

If you are well-prepared, follow the steps below to learn how to transfer photos, videos, or documents wirelessly using iCloud.

Option 1. How to Transfer Photos from iPad to PC Without iTunes

Step 1. Turn on "iCloud Photos" on your iPad via Settings.

Step 2. On the Windows PC, go to iCloud.com and sign in with your Apple ID.

Step 3. Choose "Photos" and you will see your iPad photos in the gallery.

Step 4. Choose the items you want to transfer and download them to your computer.

How to transfer files from iPad to PC without iTunes

If you have installed iCloud for Windows, go to the iCloud settings to enable "iCloud Photo Library" and "Download new photos and videos to my PC". Afterward, you can access your iPad files from the iCloud Photos folder on the computer.

Option 2. How to Share Files Between iPad and PC via iCloud Drive

Step 1. On your iPad, go to the "Settings" app and select [your name] > "iCloud".

Step 2. Scroll down to enable "iCloud Drive".

Step 3. Open the "Files" app and select "Browse" > "iCloud Drive". Search for the files you attempt to copy to your PC and upload them to iCloud Drive.

Step 4. If you have downloaded and set up iCloud for Windows, go to the iCloud Drive folder in File Explorer to access the files from your iPhone. If not, go to iCloud.com, sign in with your Apple ID, choose "iCloud Drive" among the options and then select and download the files to your PC.

Transfer Files from iPad to PC without iTunes

Method 3. Share Files Between iPad and PC via Dropbox

Applies To: Photos, Word/Excel/PPT Files, HTML Files, Texts...

iCloud is not the only file-sharing service that you can use, other services like Dropbox, Google Drive, and One Drive also work well to sync files across your devices, including iPad and PC. According to the size of the files, you may need to pay for extra storage space to get things done.

Step 1. Download and install Dropbox on your devices (at least on the iPad).

Step 2. Upload the files you want to share to Dropbox via the app on your iPad.

Step 3. On the computer, if you have installed Dropbox, you can access the files you uploaded from your iPad and then download them to your Windows PC accordingly. If not, go to Dropbox.com to access and download the files.

Transfer files from iPad to PC using Dropbox

Method 4. Transfer Files from iPad to PC via Email

Applies To: Photos, Videos, Documents...

Basically, you can transfer any type of content that you can add to the email as the attachment using this method. Whether you want to transfer files from iPad to PC or vice versa, sending email attachments will help.

The general steps to send files from iPad to PC via email are:

Step 1. Create a new email on your iPad and add the files as the attachments.

Step 2. Send the email to your own account and check it from the PC.

Step 3. Download the attachments to your computer.

Using email is a free, quick, and wireless solution for iPad to PC data transfer. However, if the files are in a large size, using this tip will be time-consuming. Thus, it's only recommended when you attempt to transfer files in a small size.

How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC with iTunes

Applies To: Documents created by Keynotes, Numbers, Pages, or other apps that work with File Sharing

iTunes helps you share files between your iPad and the computer via a feature called File Sharing. iTunes File Sharing allows you to transfer files from iPad to PC using a USB cable or over a Wi-Fi connection. If you prefer to send files over Wi-Fi, you need to set up Wi-Fi syncing first according to the user guide provided by Apple.

To copy files from iPhone to PC with iTunes File Sharing using USB:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to your computer and open iTunes.

Step 2. In the iTunes window, click the "Device" icon and click "File Sharing".

Step 3. Select the app shown in the list from which you want to transfer files to PC.

Step 4. Select the files you want to move to the computer and click "Save to".

Step 5. Select a location to save the items and click "Save to" to start transferring files from your iPad to PC.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad using iTunes File Sharing

Extra Tip: How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad 

All the methods above are also applicable to send content from PC to iPad. In addition, there are two more ways for you to copy files from computer to an iDevice, including using Windows File Explorer and iTunes syncing, which has been detailed in the guide on how to transfer files from PC to iPad. Refer to the guide if you need to.

The Bottom Line

Sharing files is quite common in our daily lives. That's the reason why you need to learn the tips on how to transfer files between your devices, like computer, iPhone/iPad, and more. 

With these tips in mind, you can easily help yourself out in many data transfer situations. Hope this guide will be helpful to you.