2 Good Ways to Transfer MP4 to iPad

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. How do you make it? You can find the best way to make it as below.

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.

How to Transfer MP4 to iPad

1 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.

2 Professional Way to Transfer MP4 to iPad: No Loss of Data

Lots of people have found using iTunes to transfer Mp4 video to iPad to be restrictive, and have considered third-party iPad transfer software instead in order not to lose the existing movies library on iPad. A more professional one is iMyFone TunesMate which also offers a free trial to experience its features.

It gives you all-in-one media transfer solution. You can add MP4 to iPad from computers/iTunes libraries, back up iPad movies and restore backups when needed. It wins thousands of loyal users every year and receives lots of positive reviews

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How to Transfer MP4 to iPad without Deleting Existing Moives?

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

Step 2: Click “Videos” tab at the top menu of TunesMate 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 TunesMate will automatically convert its format to the one supported by iPad when transferring. It is quite useful.

TunesMate’s Abilities about iPad Videos:

  • It supports movies with any format even those are not supported by iPad.
  • You can transfer movies from all your iOS devices (unlimited) to iTunes library and export all the videos in iTunes library back to device. (It means you can easily share your movies with your friends.)
  • You can trasfer movies to iPad from your computer, your friend's computer without erasing.
  • You can also edit your movies info and delete unwanted movies from iPad/iPhone.

Of course, movie is only one of the files that TunesMate supports. It also transfer/manage music, audiobooks, playlists, photos, podcasts, apps, ringtones, etc. You can share music etc. with friends and family.

iTunes Versus TunesMate

Apps & Metrics
No loss of data
Two-way transfer
Transfer MP4 to iPad from different computers without erasing
Direct way to transfer
Support all video formats

3What 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 TunesMate, 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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