How can you transfer iPad files to Mac? You may choose iTunes or iCloud. However, it may be difficult for new iOS device users to handle iTunes or iCloud. Wrong activities of operating may result in unexpected data loss. Is there any simple and safe way to transfer iPad files without any data loss? Read this article, and find the best choice with us to transfer files from iPad to Mac.
Solution 1. Sync iPad data files with iTunes on Mac
- 1. Install the latest version of iTunes on Mac.
- 2. Connect your iPad device with Mac via USB cable. It will automatically detect your device, and you can see a little device icon on the iTunes toolbar when it finishes detecting.
- 3. Click the device icon, find "Back up Now" button in the main interface. Then your iPad data files will be backed up, including contacts, messages, music, etc.
You can also use iTunes to restore data files to iPad. But when you do that, the existing device data will be removed. You'd better make another iTunes or iCloud backup file, or you need a reputable iOS data recovery tool.
Solution 2. Make an iCloud backup file of iPad data
On your iPad, tab "Settings" > "iCloud"> turn on buttons of iPad data files> click "Storage & Backup" for iOS 7 and earlier version or "Backup" for iOS 8 and later versions> turn on "iCloud Backup" button> click "Back Up Now" > go to "Manage Storage" to check the latest backup and size of your iOS device.
We know that iCloud only provides each user with 5GB free storage space for photos, mails, contacts, calendar, notes, reminders, Safari data. It cannot sync text messages, music and some other files. If you want to enjoy iPad data files on Mac, you have to download them from icloud.com. For this complicated situation, you can restore backup from iCloud with an iCloud data extractor program.
Solution 3. Transfer iPad data to Mac with iPad to Mac Transfer
From the methods above, we have already known that iTunes and iCloud may be not the best ways to transfer iPad data to Mac. And here, a full-featured iPad to Mac Transfer will be introduced in detail.
This smart iPad Data Transfer tool can help you easily import data files from iPad Pro/Air/mini 4/mini 2 to Mac Pro/Air. It allows you to transfer media files, such as music, movies, TV shows, music videos, podcasts, iTunes U, ringtones, audio books, and voice memos. Photos, including camera roll, panoramas, videos and photo library, can also be transferred. With the software, you can export selected or all contacts to Mac local folder in format of CSV or VCF file. Specific or whole text messages and iMessages can also be transferred to Mac as a file with CSV, HTML, or TXT format. Take contacts transfer for example:
Step 1 Install iPad to Mac Transfer
Download and install iPad to Mac Transfer on your Mac.
Step 2 Connect your iPad
Connect your device with iPad to Mac Transfer via USB cable, and the smart software will automatically detect your iPad. Your device name, type and other information will be shown in the software interface.
Step 3 Select the target iPad contacts
Click "Contacts", the software will try its best to load contacts. After that, you can select specific or whole contacts. You can use the search bar on the top right side of the interface to search what you need. Besides, you can choose one single contact, and click "Edit" to manage your contact information on Mac.
Step 4 Transfer selected contacts to Mac
When you complete selecting contacts, tab "Import/Export to", and choose "Export Selected Contacts" or "Export all Contacts" with a customized file format to Mac, such as CSV or VCF format.
This software can also do what iTunes or iCloud cannot do and help you safely transfer music, photos, movies, TV shows, music videos, ringtones, ebooks, contacts without any data loss from Mac to iPad. It can also sync iPad files to iTunes library. Besides, the brilliant program can even make it simple to transfer data files between different iOS Devices. With its bulid-in player, you can preview videos, pictures or pre-listening to music before transferring.
Compared with iTunes and iCloud for iPad data saving, you can have a better choice to use iPad to Mac transfer. Supporting Mac OS X 10.5 and higher versions, this iPad to Mac Transfer can do great favor when you want to transfer data files from iPad to Mac, or from Mac to iPad, even between different iOS devices, like iPhone SE, iPhone 6s/6s Plus, iPhone 6s/6/5s/5c/5/4S/4/3GS, iPad Pro/Air/mini, iPod touch, etc.