How to Transfer Files to iPad Easily [Detailed Guide]

September 03, 2021Ashley Mae

iPad is a portable device with a big screen at the same time. You can use it to watch HD videos and read PDF files easily. Based on the convenience provided by iPad, you may want to transfer files to iPad to get better experience. This article provides 5 ways on how to transfer wanted files to iPad with an all-in-one software tool.

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Part 1. 2 Ways on How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Easily

Method 1. The Best Way to Transfer Files to iPad Quickly

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Step 1. Run Aiseesoft FoneTrans
Launch Aiseesoft FoneTrans after downloading and installing it. Connect your iPad to computer with a USB cable. This program will detect your device automatically. This is a guide on how to transfer files from PC to iPad using a USB cable.
Step 2. Transfer files to iPad
From the list on the left, select a category that you want to add files into. Check one or more video files. Click the Add button to start importing the files you have chosen to iPad.

In addition, if your wanted videos are not supported by iPad, FoneTrans can automatically convert them to make them compatible with iPad. Besides transferring files from PC to iPad, it can also be used as the best iPad to PC transfer software to back up iPad data to computer.

Method 2. Transfer Files from PC to iPad with iCloud Drive

Step 1.
Download and install iCloud Drive on your Windows. Then sign in the same Apple ID you use on your iPad.
Step 2.
Find the folder named iCloud Drive on your computer. Drag your wanted files into the folder. You'd better copy and paste them in case that those files are deleted from your computer.
Enable  iCloud Drive
Step 3.
On your iPad, open Settings and tap your Apple ID. Choose iCloud and then enable iCloud Drive. On your PC, you can go through the files that are already transferred to your iPad.

Part 2. 3 Methods on How to Transfer Files from Mac to iPad

Since both Mac and iPad are iOS devices, there are more ways to transfer files from Mac to iPad. Here are the methods listed down below.

Method 1. Transfer Files to iPad Using Airdrop

AirDrop is the built-in feature of iOS devices. It enables iOS devices to transfer media files easily and quickly, achieving transferring videos from Mac to iPad wirelessly. Here are the detailed steps. Please read carefully and try it.

Step 1.
On your iPad, open Settings and find General. Tap AirDrop and select Everyone.
Turn on iPad AirDrop
Step 2.
Run your Mac and click Go and then choose AirDrop. You will find all nearby available iOS devices.
Turn on Mac AirDrop
Step 3.
Find your iPad on Mac AirDrop. Select the files that you want to transfer to iPad and drag them to the iPad icon.
Step 4.
On your iPad, click the Accept button to receive videos, pictures, music, etc. on your iPad.

Method 2. Sync Files from Mac to iPad with iTunes

iTunes is the official tool to manage iOS devices and sync files among them. It can be really helpful sometimes. Why not download iTunes and have a try?

Step 1.
Connect your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable. Then launch iTunes on your Mac.
Step 2.
Tap on the Device button and choose the wanted files. Let's take Photos for example.
Step 3.
Check the box of Sync Photos and choose the wanted original folder from the drop-down list of Copy photos from.
Sync Files with iTunes
Step 4.
Hit the Sync button to start to transfer files from Mac to iPad.

However, there are limitations about both iCloud and iTunes. Transferring a handful of files through AirDrop can be really time-consuming. You may even encounter problems like AirDrop not working. iTunes may fail to do that either. Therefore, we recommend you to use FoneTrans that is mentioned above. Please keep reading.

Transfer Files from Mac to iPad with Additional Features

Aiseesoft FoneTrans also has the Mac version. If you want to transfer data from Mac to iPad, then download and install it to your Mac. Besides transferring files, this software can do more.

Click Toolbox in the menu on the left panel and choose Ringtone Maker. You can edit your unique ringtone. In the ringtone making window, you can Set starting point and ending point, play the music, and adjust the Volume to get the satisfying output ringtone.

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Part 3. FAQs of Transferring Files to iPad

Can I see AirDrop sent history?

Currently, you cannot achieve that. The iOS devices don't have store logs of file transfers.

What is the difference between the built-in music app and iTunes?

iTunes can be used as a media player and mobile device management application. While the built-in music app is a music streaming service. You can select one according to your need.

What is the difference between iCloud and iCloud for Windows?

iCloud and iCloud Drive are not the same thing. iCloud provides a cloud storage service. iCloud Drive is more like OneDrive, whose service falls under iCloud.


This article goes through several ways to transfer files to iPad, especially from Windows/Mac. Whether you're a Windows user or Mac user, you can find the best way to achieve receiving files on your iPad. Aiseesoft FoneTrans is a powerful all-in-one tool to help you transfer files easily. With it, you can easily transfer MP3 to iPhone/iPad and view videos, photos, PDF files and more on your iPad. You can download it and have a try yourself.

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How to Transfer Files to iPad Easily [Detailed Guide]