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How to Transfer MP4 to iPad without iTunes

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Aaron Donald

April 13, 2017 (Updated: November 6, 2017)• Filed to: Transfer iPhone Media

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It is much more convenient to watch videos on iPad instead of computer. With cinema-standard colors, iPad gives you better viewing experience. If you have MP4 video on computer, you may like to transfer MP4 to iPad and enjoy at anytime or anywhere. But how do you transfer MP4 to iPad without iTunes.

Note: iPad only supports specific videos formats, including MP4, MOV, and certain AVI extension. But MP4 is comparatively small in size but maintain better video quality.

Free Ways to Transfer MP4 to iPad without iTunes

1. Professional Way to Transfer MP4 to iPad without iTunes

Users who used iTunes may find that iTunes is so restrictive to transfer MP4 to iPad. Is there any way to transfer MP4 to iPad without iTunes? Yes, you can consider iPad transfer software instead which won't replace the existing MP4s on iPad when transferring. In which, iMyFone iPad Transfer may be the priority of the considerations.

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  • Transfer MP4 to iPad without deleting any data.
  • Transfer movies, songs, playlists, photos and 10+ types of files between iPad and computer.
  • Sync MP4 to iPad from different iTunes libraries without erasing.
  • Support all video formats and automatically convert the incompatible ones.
  • Totally free to mass delete MP4s on iPad in bulk.

How to Transfer MP4 to iPad without iTunes?

Step 1: Download and install iMyFone iPad Transfer on your computer, and then plug in your iPad using a USB cable.

Step 2: Click “Videos” tab at the top menu and you will be in the “Movies” window. Click “Add” and select “Add File” or “Add Folder”.

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Step 3: Select the folder where you locate the MP4 videos and select the ones you want to add. Hit "Open" to begin.

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That’s it!

Note: If you want to transfer movies whose formats are not supported by iPad, the steps are the same as above and it will automatically convert its format to the one supported by iPad when transferring. It is quite useful.

2. Traditional Way to Transfer MP4 to iPad: with iTunes

For the ones who never tried before may find it difficult to transfer Mp4 to iPad with iTunes. You can follow the steps below to easily make it.

Step 1: Using a USB cable, connect your iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. (Note: If it is the first time you need to log in with your Apple ID.)
Step 2: Click the “File” tab on the upper left corner and select the “Add File to Library” option.
Step 3: Select the folder where you locate MP4 on computer and choose the MP4 files you want to add. Then click on the “Open” button.
Step 4: Click the device icon on iTunes and tap on “Movies” in the library navigation pane. Check “Sync Music” and select the MP4 file you imported.
Step 5: Click “Apply” button to sync the selected MP4 to your iPad.
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  • When using iTunes sync, the whole movies library on iPad will be replaced with the transferred MP4.
  • If you have already synced your iPad to another computer, you would see the following info:

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iTunes only allows you to sync your iPad with one iTunes library. In other words, you can only add MP4 to iPad from one computer with iTunes. Or your iPad will be erased.

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No loss of existing data
Two-way transfer
Only from iTunes to iPad
Sync MP4 to iPad from different computers without erasing
MP4 from PC to iPod
You need to add MP4 to iTunes first
Support all video formats
MP4, MOV, and certain AVI extension

3. What to Do If You Can’t Play Videos from iTunes on iPad?

Before you can play videos from iTunes on your iPad, you need to first convert them to a playable format as highlighted below: (with iMyFone iPad Transfer, you don't need this step)

  1. Open iTunes.
  2. If the video are not added to iTunes library yet, please add them to iTunes first. Then select the video that you want to convert from your iTunes movies library.
  3. From the menu bar at the top of the iTunes window or computer screen, choose “File > Convert > Create iPad or Apple TV Version.” (Choose "Create iPod or iPhone Version" if you are using iPod or iPhone.)

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