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How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Pro/Air/Mini with 5 Ways

Myra updated on Apr 26, 2020 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

There are five proven ways for you to transfer files from PC to iPad. Whether you want to transfer photos, videos, music, books, or documents, you will learn how to get it done with a few simple steps. Besides, the ways on how to transfer files from iPad to PC are also provided. Hope they can be useful to you.

It's true that the iPad is the most popular tablet in the world. It's the optimal choice for work, study, and entertainment between an unhandy desktop and a small-screen mobile phone. To work with their computers, tablets, and mobile phones more seamlessly, users, including you now, may need to transfer files between two of these devices frequently, especially from PC to iPad.

Then how can you transfer files from PC to iPad or vice versa? Depending on the types of content you'd like to copy to iPad, you will need different ways. Check the solutions below in detail and apply one of them to transfer photos, videos, music, books, documents, and more from PC to your iPad with ease.

5 Ways to Transfer Files from PC to iPad

There are altogether five common ways for you to copy files to iPad from a PC, including using a professional data transfer tool, Windows File Explorer, iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, and iTunes. 

Method 1. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Without iTunes

Supports: Photos, videos, music, ringtones, books (PDF and EPUB), contacts, and more

If you add photos, videos, music, and other media files from PC to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch using iTunes, you will inevitably encounter the loss of the existing music, movies, TV shows, and books on your device. Given that, you may prefer to copy files to iPad without using iTunes. That's when you need a reliable iOS data transfer tool, like EaseUS MobiMover. With such a helper, you will be able to:

  • Transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch
  • Copy file from iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch to PC
  • Share content from one iDevice to another

What's more, since EaseUS MobiMover also works well as a free video downloader, you can download videos from Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and many other sites to your computer or iPhone/iPad with it. Sounds great? Follow the steps below to have a try.

To transfer files to iPad from PC:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to your PC with a USB cable. Confirm "Trust" on your device when a pop-up prompts and asks you to trust this computer. Open EaseUS MobiMover and navigate to "PC to Phone". You need to click "Select Files" to start.

how to transfer data from PC to iPad - step 1

Step 2. Windows File Explorer is now open. Go to browse the files you want to transfer. After choosing the desired files, click "Open".

how to transfer data from PC to iPad - step 2

Step 3. You can preview the selected files on the right pane, with their detailed file names and file sizes. To add more items to transfer, you can click "Add Contents" or directly drag files or folders from your PC to the appointed area. Finally, click "Transfer" to start transferring the content from your computer to iPad. Don't disconnect your iPad while transferring. MobiMover enables you to move lots of data at a time without any quantity and size limitation.

how to transfer data from PC to iPad - step 3

As you can see, in addition to the versatile functionalities, EaseUS MobiMover has excellent usability, too. Don't hesitate to follow the steps to transfer files from PC to iPad within minutes. (You can also transfer files from USB to iPad using this tool.)

Method 2. How to Get Photos and videos from PC to iPad via File Explorer

Supports: Photos and videos

Whether you want to transfer photos from iPad to PC or vice versa, the File Explorer on Windows PC will help. It's also a solution for users who want to transfer photos from iPhone to PC in Windows 10. However, convenient as it is, it's only applicable to copy photos and videos. For users who want to transfer other types of content, using File Explorer is not a suitable solution.

To transfer files from PC to iPad via File Explorer:

Step 1. Connect your iPad to your PC with a USB cable.

Step 2. Unlock your tablet and trust the Windows PC. If asked, enter your iPad password to continue.

Step 3. Go to "This PC" > [your iPad's name] > "Internal Storage" > "APPLE100" > "DCIM".

Step 4. Copy the photos and videos you want to transfer to your iPad in the folder.

Step 5. Check the transferred items on the Photos app on your iPad.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad with File Explorer

Method 3.  How to Copy Files from PC to iPad Using iCloud

Supports: Photos and videos

With iCloud enabled, you can upload files from your PC to iCloud and then access these items from your iPad. By doing so, you can also achieve your goal of transferring files from PC to iPad. Besides, iCloud allows you to share files wirelessly over Wi-Fi, which makes it advisable when you have no USB cable available.

To share files between your PC and iPad using iCloud, you need to make sure:

  • You are using the same Apple ID on your devices.
  • There is enough free space in iCloud for you to store the files you want to copy.

Ready? Let see how to transfer photos (and videos) from PC to iPad with iCloud:

Step 1. On your iPad, open the "Settings" app and go to [your name] > "iCloud" > "Photos" to turn on "iCloud Photos".

Step 2. On your PC, upload photos from PC to iCloud.

  • If you have installed iCloud for Windows, open it and check "Photos". In the new window, select "iCloud Photo Library" and "Upload new photos and videos from my PC". Afterward, copy the photos you want to transfer to your iPad to the "Uploads" folder (Go to "This PC" > "iCloud Photos" > "Uploads" and paste the items here).
  • If you don't have iCloud for Windows, go to iCloud.com, sign in, and choose "Photos". Then upload photos to iCloud from your PC.

Step 3. Check the photos in the "Photos" app on your iPad.

How to transfer files to iPad using iCloud

iCloud is also a solution to transfer photos from Mac to iPad.

Method 4. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iCloud Drive

Supports: Word, Excel, PPT, PDF, and other documents

iCloud Drive is a document-oriented file-sharing service under iCloud. With iCloud Drive on, you will be able to share files between your PC and iPhone/iPad over Wi-Fi. Similar to using iCloud Photos, you also need to make sure you are using the same Apple ID on your devices and there is enough storage available.

To transfer files to iPad via iCloud Drive:

Step 1. On your iPad, go to "Settings" > [your name] > "iCloud" and enable "iCloud Drive".

Step 2. On your PC, upload the files you want to transfer to iCloud:

If you have installed iCloud for Windows, open the settings and enable "iCloud Drive". Afterward, go to "This PC" > "iCloud Drive" and put the files you want to copy in this folder.

How to upload photos from PC to iCloud via iCloud for Windows

If you didn't install iCloud control panel, go to iCloud.com and sign in. Then choose the "iCloud Drive" option to upload files to iCloud from your PC.

How to upload PC photos to iCloud via iCloud.com

Step 3. After the syncing process. open the "Files" app on your iPad and click "Browse" > "iCloud Drive" to check the files. You can access these items directly from iCloud or download them to your iPad by clicking the "Download" icon.

Other cloud-based services like Dropbox, OneDrive and Google Drive also helps when it comes to the file transfer between a PC and an iPhone/iPad.

If iCloud Drive is not syncing, you can learn how to fix it first.

Method 5. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using iTunes

Supports: Photos, videos, music, podcasts, audiobooks, and more

iTunes helps you to transfer files to iPad from PC in two ways. You can either sync photos, videos, music, and more from PC to iPad using iTunes syncing or copy files from computer to your device via apps that support iTunes file sharing. (To check whether an app supports the file sharing or not, go to the documentation of it.)

To transfer files from PC to iPad with iTunes syncing:

Step 1. Connect your iOS device to the Windows PC and launch iTunes.

Step 2. Unlock your iDevice and trust the computer.

Step 3. Click the device icon and choose the category you'd like to share, be it photos, movies, songs, or other types.

Step 4. Check the "Sync [category]" option and select the items you want to copy.

Step 5. Click "Apply" to start transferring files from PC to iPad. When it has done, go to the corresponding app on your iPad to check the items.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad using iTunes syncing

To copy files to iPad with iTunes file sharing:

Step 1. Connect your PC and iPad via a USB cable.

Step 2. In the iTunes Window, click the device icon and click "File Sharing".

Step 3. Select the app that you want to transfer a file to or from.

Step 5. To copy files to your iPad, click "Add", select the file you want to transfer and click "Add" to continue.

Step 6. Go to the app you just selected to check the transferred files.

How to copy files from PC to iPad with iTunes file sharing

These tips are also helpful when you want to transfer files from Mac to iPad.

Bonus Tip: How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC

It's common to transfer data between a Windows PC and an iPad. You may also need to transfer files from iPad to PC at one time or another. Except for using iTunes syncing, all the methods above can also be applied to copy files from iPad to PC, including using the iOS data transfer software, File Explorer, iCloud Photos, iCloud Drive, and iTunes file sharing. For the detailed guide, you can refer to the guide on how to transfer files from iPad to PC.

The Bottom Line

Now you know all the proven ways to transfer files from PC to iPad. Apply one of them to copy files to your iPad within minutes.

If you find you don't need the files anymore someday in the future, you can delete files on your iPhone/iPad to free up your device space.