By AOMEI / Last Updated February 3, 2020

Need to transfer files from Windows PC to iPad

Try to transfer files from computer to iPad? For iPad users, they might want to import photos, songs, videos and more to iPad so that they can enjoy them freely on iPad such as the below one.

“I like watching movies on iPad when I am a trip or lying in bed. It is easy and convenient. However, most of my favorite movies had been downloaded on my Windows computer, so I decided to transfer them from PC to iPad for later use. Is there any way to do that? Thanks very much!”

If you have the same need or problem, please check out the following contents to learn how to transfer files from Windows PC to iPad.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad with iTunes?

When your iPad is brand new, you can transfer files to it from PC with the syncing function of iTunes. If you have had this iPad for some time and synced some files before, then the later syncing operation will cause data loss on your iPad.

In this situation, you can use its “File Sharing” feature that allows users to conveniently and quickly transfer files between your computer and iPad. Below is how to use it to transfer files from Windows PC to iPad.

Step 1. Download and install the Windows version of iTunes on your computer. Connect your iPad Mini, Pro or Air to your computer using the USB cable that comes with your device.

Step 2. Open iTunes on your Windows PC, click the “iPad” button near the top left of the iTunes window.

Step 3. Click “File Sharing” under the Settings section in the left sidebar.

Files Sharing

Step 4. Now, you can see a list of apps that can transfer files between your iPad and computer. Then click an app to reveal its inside documents on the right side.

Choose App

Step 5. Click “Add” button on the right bottom. And in the subsequent window, choose files on your computer to transfer/add to the selected app on your iPad. You can choose individual files, a group of selected files, or a folder of files.

Add Files

Note: If you want to transfer a file from your iPad to your computer, please select the target file in the right list, click “Save,” select a location to save the file, then click “Save To”.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes?

The above detailed tutorial aims at telling you how to transfer files from PC to iPad with iTunes. If you don’t want to use iTunes to transfer files to iPad from Windows PC, you can make use of a third-party program. Here you can try AnyTrans for iOS. It works well with Windows 10/8/7, all iPad seris and iPad Air/Pro/Mini.

Step 1. Download AnyTrans for iOS on your Windows PC, and then connect your iPad to PC via a USB cable.

Step 2. Open the AnyTrans for iOS on your PC and you will see your iPad screen in AnyTrans, and just click the screen to drag files (photos,music,PDF, etc) from computer. Or you click the “Add Content to Device” shortcut button.

Step 3. Browse the folders of files on your PC, select specific folders and click the “Open” button to start transferring the selected files to your iPad.

Transfer Files From Pc To Ipad

This is how to transfer files from PC to iPad without using iTunes. For users who need to transfer or copy data from iPad to Windows PC, AOMEI MBackupper is a great choice. It is able transfer data from iOS devices to Windows computer by creating a backup. And then you can restore the backup image to another iOS device to realize the files transfer between different iOS devices.

Below we will take backing up photos from iPhone to Windows PC as an example.

Step 1. Download, install and launch AOMEI MBackupper in your computer. Connect your iPhone to the PC as well.

Step 2. In the main interface, click “Photos Backup”.

Backup Only Photos

Step 3. Click the Photos icon to select specific photos you want to back up onto computer.

Click The Icon

Select Photos

Step 4. You can click the path to change the destination location. Click the “Start Backup” button on the right bottom.


Step 5. Then wait for the back up to be completed.

Backup Completed

Besides backing up photos, it can back up contacts, messages, videos, music as well. More importantly, it can create a complete backup or incremental backup (only backup changed and added files) to save time and space.

After the backup is finished, you can restore it to another iPhone, iPad, etc as you need.

Restore To New Iphone

Final words

Transferring files from PC to iPad is something we all need in one moment, whether it is music transfer, sharing videos, backing up your contacts or for other files. In this page, we offer 3 methods to transfer files between PC and iOS devices, each of which has its own benefits. So choose a proper one based on your actual requirements and situation.