If you’ve had an iPad for awhile and you want to share some of your files and media from your computer with your device, you might be wondering how you might transfer files to iPad with iTunes. iTunes can be a pain sometimes, and the best way to circumvent a lot of its restrictions is to to use third-party software.
How to Transfer Files to iPad Without iTunes
There are a few ways that you can avoid using iTunes. There are some of Apple’s other tools, but the first way that we’ll discuss is using less restrictive software called TunesMate.
Transfer Files to iPad Using TunesMate - Quick & No Internet Required
iMyFone TunesMate is a tool that allows you to manage your iPad files much more easily than with iTunes. You can transfer just one file or all of your files, and you have way more control over the way you want to organize them. In addition, you don’t have to worry about having any of your files deleted if you didn’t purchase them from the official store, like you would with iTunes.
- Two-way freely transfer music/photos/videos between iDevices and PC/iTunes
- Selectively transfer music/photos/videos from iTunes to iDevices without losing original files on your iOS device
- Add local files directly from PC to iPhone/iPad/iPod
- Both free and paid music/movies can be transferred
Here is a short guide on how to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes:
Step 1: Install TunesMate software on your PC. Start the program and connect your iPad to PC.
Step 2: Choose the tab you want to transfer files from PC to iPad at the top, like “Music”. You will see different sections of audio files on the left-side menu.
Step 3: You can click on the section you want to add files, like”Music”. Hit “Add > Add File/Folder”.
Step 4: Choose where you locate the files on PC, select them and hit “Open” to transfer files from PC to your iPad.
TunesMate is software with many diverse uses, and it can transfer photos, video, music, playlists, and many other kinds of files. Just about any kind of format is supported.
Transfer Files to iPad Using iCloud Drive - Limited & Internet Required
Another way to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes is to use iCloud Drive. Here is a short guide on how to do that:
Step 1: Make an iCloud account if you don’t have one already.
Step 2: Download iCloud onto your PC and make sure that it is on your iPad. If it’s not enabled, do so by going into “Settings > iCloud” and enable “iCloud Driv” there..
Step 3: Make sure you’re signed into your iCloud account on your PC and your iPad.
Step 4: Open up iCloud on your PC and drag and drop the files you want to send to your iPad into iCloud.
Step 5: Open up the iCloud app on your iPad and you should see these files appear.
Note: If you cannot find the iCloud app, it may be hidden from your iPad. Please go to “Settings > iCloud > iCloud Drive” and turn on “Show on Home Screen”.
As you can see, this is a bit more complicated than simply using TunesMate. There are some limitations as well. For instance:
- You have to have an iCloud account, have iCloud enabled on your iPad, and have iCloud installed on your PC.
- You can only store up to 5GB on iCloud for free, which means you can’t transfer more than that unless you want to pay.
- Your PC and iPad should be connected to Internet.
Limitations of using iTunes to Transfer Files:
This isn’t so bad when you consider the limitation that you will face when trying to transfer files using iTunes, though. There are many annoying ones:
- If you didn’t purchase the file through the official store, it may not transfer over, and may actually be deleted.
- It is difficult to transfer just one or a few files. Usually you end up having to sync everything that you have, which again can cause files to be deleted.
- iTunes doesn’t support all file formats.
So if you’re thinking of transferring files to your iPad without iTunes, consider using iMyFone TunesMate and save yourself the headache of dealing with iTunes.