How to share files between an iPad and a computer

User guides Mat Toor 12:54, 7 Apr 2010

This guide shows you how you can use File Sharing to copy files from your iPad to your computer - and transfer then from computer to iPad

If you have an Apple iPad and iTunes 9.1 or later on your Mac then it's easy to transfer files between your iPad and your computer. This guide will show you how.

Note: at present the file sharing feature is only supported by Apple Mac computers running Mac OS 10.5.8 or later.

How to copy files from a Mac to an iPad using File Sharing

  1. Connect your computer to the iPad using the USB cable
  2. Launch iTunes on the computer
  3. In the Devices section of the left-hand menu on iTunes select iPad
  4. Click on the Apps tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. If you have any apps on your iPad that support file sharing you will see the screen below
  5. In the File Sharing section you can see a list of apps that support file sharing on your iPad. Click on an app and you will see a list of the documents for that app on your iPad
  6. To copy a file from your computer to the iPad simply drag and drop it into the document list. Alternatively, click on the Add button at the bottom of the iTunes window and browse to the file on your computer and select it
  7. The file will be copied to your iPad. It can only be viewed and edited from within the application it was copied to however

How to transfer files from a computer to an iPad using File Sharing

  1. Connect your computer to the iPad using the USB cable
  2. Launch iTunes on the computer
  3. In the Devices section of the left-hand menu on iTunes select iPad
  4. Click on the Apps tab and scroll to the bottom of the page. If you have any apps on your iPad that support file sharing you will see the screen below
  5. In the File Sharing section you can see a list of apps that support file sharing on your iPad. Click on an app and you will see a list of the documents for that app on your iPad
  6. To copy a file to your computer to the iPad simply drag and drop it from the document list onto the Desktop or another folder. Alternatively, click on the Save to... button and save the file as normal

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