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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I usually share contents between an iPad and my computer with a iPad Transfer program.

The iPad transfer is a third party software:&#13
http://www.dvd-creators.net/ip...

Gidday,&#13
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Is there anyway to have files on my computer updated from my iPad?&#13
I am using quickoffice pro and have transferred a bunch of files across to my iPad from my computer and I will do a bunch of work on them and then I want to be able to update those files on my computer when I come back to it, so I can carry on working on those same files.&#13
I recognize that a cloud storage provider would provide this service but as my current workplace operates from a server here at work, I cannot just transfer all my files to the cloud and then function from there because everything still needs to be stored on the server.&#13
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Hopefully this makes sense, if you could help me out with a solution to this problem, i would be much appreciative of that. I don't mind downloading a different application or anything like that if need be.&#13
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many thanks

The iPad transfer is a third party software,here is more ipad to computer software,hope it can hele you.&#13
http://www.applesw.com/ipad-to...

The iPad transfer is a third party software,here is more ipad to computer software,hope it can hele you.&#13
w w w . a p p l e s w . c o m/ipad-to-computer/

iTunes only allows to transfer files one by one, does not support transfer of folders, it's slow, and not user friendly.&#13
Diskaid is just the contrary, it copies files to any app or location on the ipad, and it's free:&#13
http://www.digidna.net/product...

"Sharing" your files means copying them MANUALLY between iPad and computer. That can be annoying, because you always have to think in advance which files you might need in the near future. And you'll have to copy them back and forth each time manually. &#13
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@kqundies: In your comment, you point out, that all your files need to remain on your corporate server as well, so a cloud provider won't fix that. &#13
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My Co-Founder and me were having exactly the same problem, so we invented FileSpirit (http://www.file-spirit.com): &#13
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With our FileSpirit App for iPad, you can access your computer's files directly from your iPad. It's like a Windows Explorer or Mac Finder, that let's you search and browse the files on your computer (or corporate server, kqundies!) directly on your iPad. Your files remain on your computer - no copying them to the cloud before. &#13
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You might give FileSpirit a try - it could help you access your files. &#13
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And thanks for the great HowTo, Mat!

I usually prefer files-finder edition app to share files between my iPad and another device. It also has option of Wi-Fi file transfer with password protection.

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