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

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Duke Updated on Jun 04, 2018 to iPhone Data Transfer | How-to Articles

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.

Download and install EaseUS MobiMover Free on your computer and follow the guide below to copy files from computer to your iPhone or iPad with ease.

Note: EaseUS MobiMover Free enables you to transfer files from computer to iPad/iPhone without iTunes. To help MobiMover to access and read your iPhone data, you still need to install iTunes on your computer, which is the indispensable requirement for a third-party iOS data transfer tool. But you don’t need to do anything with iTunes.

Step 1: Connect your iPhone/iPad to your computer with a USB cable and tap Trust on your device to continue. Start EaseUS MobiMover and enter the 1-Click-Transfer screen like the sample screenshot. 

launch mobimover

Step 2: Click your iDevice and choose your computer to transfer files to iPad/iPhone without iTunes. And, you can click the More button to select data from a file or folder

transfer files from computer to iPad

Step 3: Go to your computer and select the folder or files you want to transfer to your iDevice. Then, click Next button to continue. 

go to your computer to find files to transfer to iPad

Step 4: If the selected folder contains multiple kinds of files, MobiMover will load them in the following way. You can choose a certain or the whole data category to be transferred at one time. If you have missed some contents in above step, you can click the Add button to go on. 

loading files to MobiMover

Step 5: Click Transfer to transfer files from computer to iPhone/iPad without iTunes for free. When the transferring finished, go to Photos App on your device to check imported images, Videos App for movies and TV shows, iBooks for PDF, Music for songs. 

transfer files from computer to iPad/iPhone without iTunes

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