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5 Free Ways to Transfer Files from Computer to iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Updated on Apr 17, 2018 by Duke to iPhone Data Transfer

Summary:
Sometimes we need to transfer files from PC or Mac to our Apple mobile devices, like iPhone and iPad. With the five free methods here, this job can easily be done.

You may have a lot of important data on your computer, however, you cannot carry a PC or Mac in your pocket and take it everywhere you go. You have to send that data by transferring files from computer to iPhone. But it is not that easy to send files to an iPhone. iTunes is the most common tool, but it has too many problems. You may have to deal with an iTunes error like Error -54, or -69. What's more, we have found that lots of users are complaining about iTunes running slow. So, how do you transfer files from computer to iPhone/iPad without iTunes?

Part 1: How to Transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Method 1. Transfer files to iPhone/iPad without iTunes using EaseUS MobiMover Free

If you are still stuck with the iTunes limitation of importing files to an iOS device, you can find the easiest solution by using MobiMover Free, the iPhone transfer software, to move files from PC to iPhone/iPad. As long as your computer is running on the Windows 10/8.1/8/7, and your iOS device version is later than iOS 8, you can use this software to accomplish transferring target files easily. MobiMover not only supports the iTunes function but also supports file management on an iPhone.

1. Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your Windows PC running Windows 7 or later. Then connect your iPhone/iPad to this computer. If your iPhone asks for permission, please tap Trust on the screen.

2. Click the first button, Transfer to this device, on the user interface. You can choose to transfer data By folder or By file. This function will help you to easily transfer any kind of data to the iPhone.

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes - Step 2

3. Find the data and files you want to transfer. If the files are not in the same folder, please click Add to select more files on the computer. You can transfer MP3 to iPhone with contacts and photos at the same time, then transfer them together.

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes - Step 3

4. Click the Transfer button at the bottom of this window. The transfer process will be finished in a few seconds. Then, please check the files and data on your iPhone.

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes - Step 3

Method 2. Transfer data from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes using iCloud Drive

The iCould drive is available for PC running Win 7/8/10. If you want to use the iCould drive on Mac, it requires OS X or later, or OS X Yosemite.

Please note that the free version of iCloud has a 5 GB limitation.

Step 1. Download iCloud drive from the Apple iCloud website.

Step 2. Sign in and finish the installation.

Step 3. Find the iCould Drive folder on your computer.

Step 4. Open the files with the App on the iPad or iPhone.

There is something that you should notice: iCould drive does not technically transfer the files to the device. It's like opening a gate on your computer and you can read or edit your files with certain Apps on your devices. Most Apps support this function.

How to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes

Method 3. Copy files from PC to iPhone/iPad without iTunes using E-mail

This is really the easiest way of transferring files to iPad or iPhone. Then send yourself an email. You don't even have to write a subject, just an address would be enough. Now, add the files to your email as attachments. Next, check the mail on your iPhone or iPad and you can download the attachments to your device. using this method, you can not only transfer files from PC to your iPhone/iPad but also transfer photos from iPhone to iPhone.

But the problem with this method is quite obvious too. There are many limitations: the size of the files, the delay because of the network, and other issues.

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

While if you are a Mac user, you can follow one of the two tips below to copy files to your iPhone or iPad without using iTunes.

Method 1. Transfer files to iPhone/iPad without iTunes using AirDrop

Other methods can work for transferring files from Windows PC to iPhone and iPad, but Airdrop is only for transferring files between Apple's devices. What's more, some files, like music can only be transferred one at a time.

Step 1. Open Airdrop and turn on the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on both Mac and iPhone.

Step 2. For a device which is not in your contacts, please enable "Allow me to be discovered by".

Step 3. Drag the file to the Airdrop window, or use the function "Share".

How to transfer files to iPhone/iPad without iTunes

Method 2. Copy files to iPhone/iPad without iTunes using online drives

In addition to the iCloud Drive mentioned above, there are many kinds of other cloud drives that can be helpful, such as Google Drive and Dropbox. Most of these cloud drives have free trials or free amounts of space, and the limitations for the free versions are usually acceptable, too. So, this could be another good choice for transferring files from computer to iPhone but it will be highly influenced by the network you are using.

Step 1. Upload your files to the cloud drive from the computer.

Step 2. Find the App of this cloud drive or open the site on the iPad/iPhone directly.

Step 3. Download files to your mobile devices.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad/iPhone without iTunes