How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad without/with iTunes

This post aims at telling you how to transfer files from PC to iPad. If you just got a new iPad and want to transfer files from PC to it, this post is exactly what you need. 4 simple ways will be shared here.

By Bella Miller | Posted on: Apr. 09, 2018, Last Updated: Aug. 13, 2019

All these scenarios below led to one question – how to transfer files from PC to iPad?

  1. iPad has been accidentally reset and there are backups on PC
  2. Get a new iPad and want to transfer files from PC to iPad
  3. Need some data on PC to be on your iPad
Transfer Files from PC to iPad

Transfer Files from PC to iPad

Frankly, even though iOS is developed to a relatively closed system, it is not hard to do the task. Here in this post, we are going to share 4 best yet easy ways to help you transfer files from PC to iPad. You can go through all these methods firstly, and then choose the one you prefer to complete the job.

Part 1. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes

Transferring files from PC to iPad with iTunes needs to erase all the existing data on iPad, which is the majority of people don’t want. So, here we put the non-iTunes way to transfer files from PC to iPad first.

Method 1. Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes via AnyTrans for iOS

This way can be the simplest and quickest way among all the ways in this guide. AnyTrans for iOS is a full-way iOS transfer tool made for all iOS devices, and it is highly recommended by millions of iOS users for data transfer. And below are its outstanding features on transferring files from PC to iPad:

Now, Free Download AnyTrans for iOS on your PC firstly, and then follow the steps below to see how to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes.

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Step 1. Connect iPad to your PC.

Launch AnyTrans on your PC and connect your iPad to PC via a USB cable > Click the “Add Content” shortcut button.

Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes – Step 1

Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes – Step 1

You can also transfer files from PC to iPad by selecting the specific category. Just click the button to manage your iPad file by categories.

How to Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes

How to Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes

Step 2. Transfer files from PC to iPad.

For example, to add music to your iPad from PC: Click Audio > Select Music > Click “+” button > Browse and choose music files from computer > Click “Open”. And that is it. With AnyTrans for iOS, you can easily figure out how to transfer photos, music, videos, movies, and more files from PC to iPad without iTunes.

Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes – Step 2

Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes – Step 2

AnyTrans for iOS guarantees you 100% Safe & Security. It is developed by an Apple certificated developer and assures that data loss or information leakage would never occur.

Besides files from PC to iPad, it also supports transferring data from iPhone/iPad to PC/Mac, from iPhone to iPad, from iPhone to iPhone, iPad to iPad, etc.

Bonus Part. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Wirelessly

If there is no USB cable available or your iPhone cannot be recognized by your PC, then you can try the AnyTrans app to transfer files from PC to iPad wirelessly.

Now connect your iPad and PC with the same Wi-Fi and do as the following steps:

Step 1. Install AnyTrans app on your iPad. You can download it by clicking the below button or directly search AnyTrans on App Store.

Step 2. On your PC, enter anytrans.io in your browser, and you’ll see a QR code.

Transfer Music from PC/Mac to iPhone Wirelessly - Step 2

Transfer Music from PC/Mac to iPhone Wirelessly – Step 2

Step 3. On your iPad, open the AnyTrans app you just installed and tap on the Scan button to scan the QR code on your PC.

Step 4. Click on Files category on the left panel > Click on Add to Device button to select the files on your PC, and then transfer them to your iPad.

Method 2.Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes via Email

The email could also be a simple way to transfer files from PC to iPad. This method is suitable when you just want to transfer a few files to iPad, as there is a limitation on the size of the attachment. In other words, this is OK if you have to do this occasionally but not in a very efficient way. If you prefer an effective way, simply refer to Method 1.

Step 1 Choose the specific files you need, just send them as an attachment to yourself.

Step 2 Open the file in iPad and the file will be available locally.

Method 3. Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes via iCloud Drive

iCloud Drive lets users access all of your data from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.  To use this service, you need to turn on iCloud Drive on your PC, and your iPad need to have iOS 8 or later.

But there is something you must clear:

  1. The iCloud Drive service does not technically transfer the files from PC to your iPad. You can only read or edit your files with certain Apps on your iPad.
  2. When you sign up for iCloud, you only get 5GB of free storage. If you need more space in iCloud, you have to buy larger storage. If you are tired of the space limitation of iCloud, move to Method 1 to transfer files from PC to iPad without any limitations.

Step 1 Make sure your PC operating system is Windows 7 or later version. Download iCloud from Apple website and open iCloud on your PC > sign in your iCloud account.

Step 2 Drag files to iCloud Drive Folder > Enter the files through the applications that are used to open them.

How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad with iCloud Drive

How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad with iCloud Drive

Part 2. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad with iTunes

As mentioned above, while transferring files from PC to iPad with iTunes, existing data on iPad might be erased. These erased files can’t be recovered anymore. Besides, when it comes to contacts, calendars, after sync, the data on computer and iPad would be kept the same. If this is not what you want, please refer to Part 1 to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes.

Step 1 Download the latest version of iTunes. Plug in your iPad with a USB cable. Launch iTunes if it doesn’t pop out automatically.

Step 2 Click the iPad tab on the upper left, select the file type you want to transfer from PC to iPad. (Here we take Movies as an example)

Step 3 Click Sync Movie. Select the movie files you want to transfer from PC to iPad. Click Apply.

How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad with iTunes

How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad with iTunes

The Bottom Line

That’s all for how to transfer files from PC to iPad. Any questions about this article or AnyTrans for iOS are warmly welcomed to be left in the comment section. At the same time, don’t forget to share this article with your friends. Download AnyTrans for iOS to have a try now >

Bella Miller

A senior editor, an Apple fan at iMobie Inc.. I love both dancing and helping users to solve iOS & Android related issues by writing various types of tutorials.