Recently, a huge number of people ask me a question: "how to transfer files from iPad to PC?" If you are an iPad user, I think you might want to transfer files from iPad to PC to free up some space on iPad, avoiding the data loss or wanting to view files on PC clearly or the other reasons. No matter whichever reason for you to transfer files from iPad to PC, you can read this page to learn these methods on how to transfer content from iPad to computer easily and efficiently.
Here are 5 ways for your choice, either transferring with iTunes or without iTunes, and even transferring with only 1-click. It is up to you, you can just follow one of the following ways to accomplish the transfer without hassle now.
Part 1: The Best Way to Transfer Files from iPad to PC via iOS Assistant [Highly Recommend!]
Part 2: How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC with iTunes
Part 3: How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC without iTunes
>> 3.1 How to Transfer Files from iPad to PC Windows 10 with iCloud
>> 3.2 How to Transfer Data from iPad Air to PC with Windows Explorer
>> 3.3 How to Copy Files from iPad to PC by Email
Part 4: The Comparison of the Above Methods
"How do I transfer from iPad to computer?" The first ways I want to introduce is the professional and efficient iPad File Transfer - Coolmuster iOS Assistant, which I highly recommend for you to save your cherished time and unnecessary worry about you. This iPad data transfer program is full of surprise. You can transfer different files like contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, notes, bookmarks, books, calendars, apps and many more.
With Coolmuster iOS Assistant, you can easily back up data from your iPad to PC and freely transfer files to your iPad from PC. What's more, it is a perfect data manager for your iPad and an all-round iTunes backup manager for your iPad as well.
Maybe you will ask me "What kind of models can iOS Assistant support right now?". The answer is that this software can support the latest model like iPad Pro, the new iPad, iPad Air, iPad 2/1, iPad mini, iPad with Retina display, iPhone 14/13/12/11/XS Max/XS/XR/X/8 Plus/8, iPod touch 8/7/6/5/4/3/2, etc.
Without further ado, tick the download button to install the program.
Here are the detailed steps to transfer the files from iPad to computer.
Tips: You should install the latest iTunes version before you launch the Coolmuster iOS Assistant to make sure the program will detect your iPad successfully. You don't need to perform iTunes during the whole transferring process.
Step 1: Launch the Program and Use a USB Cable to Connect iPad to PC.
Hit the "Trust" button when the pop-up window asks you whether to trust this computer. After that tap on "Continue" option to go on. The interface will like this below when your iPad successful connect with your PC via the program.
Note: If you can not see the pop-up window on your iPad, you need to see the page of "What Can I do If My iDevice Fails to Connect?"
Step 2: Transfer iPad Files to Your Computer.
Select the files folders button, like "Contacts", "Messages", "Notes", "Calendars", "Bookmarks", "Photos", "Music" and so on icon, that you want to transfer on your left-hand panel, you can see the more detailed information on your right panel on the interface. Choose the files you'd like to transfer, tap on "Export" button and the program will start to export these files to your computer automatically.
Watch this video tutorial to learn more details on how to transfer content from iPad to computer selectively using the "Export" feature of Coolmuster iOS Assistant.
Want to transfer files from iPad to pc without iTunes even more quickly? This Coolmuster iOS Assistant can also meet your need. Using its 1-Click Backup and Restore feature, you can copy data from iPad to pc all at once.
You make it! What are you waiting for? Just download the free trial version of this powerful program and operate by yourself to enjoy it. By the way, if you ask that "How do I transfer data from iPad to laptop?", this Coolmuster iOS Assistant is also available for you.
Using the latest iTunes is a simple way for iTunes user to transfer files from iPad to PC. But it has some limitations like transferring the large files. However, it still a choice for you. Check the latest iTunes whether be installed on your PC at first and after that, here are the steps.
Step 1: Connect Your iPad to PC via a USB Cable and Launch the iTunes.
When your iPad prompted to you whether "Trust This Computer", remember to tap "Trust" option on your iPad. Please ensure your iPad is detected by iTunes, it will show up in the left menu on PC.
Step 2: Transfer Files from iPad to PC.
Click on the "Summary" option, go to the "Backups" section, tick the "This Computer" option and find the "Back Up Now" button. Press the button and your files from iPad are transferring to your PC now.
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"How do I transfer files from iPad to PC without iTunes?" Next, I will teach you 3 methods to transfer files from iPad to PC without iTunes. You can use iCloud, Windows Explorer and Email to realize this transfer.
We can use iCloud for Windows to transfer files from iPad to PC. If you are an iCloud user, you may don't want to miss this way. You can back up the files to iCloud and then go to the iCloud on PC to download the files that you want from iPad. Here are the steps.
Step 1: Upload Your Files that You'd Like Transfer from iPad to iCloud.
Make sure your iPad has a steady Internet connection at first. Then go to the "Settings" app on iPad, find the "iCloud" icon and press it. Turn on the files button like "Contacts", "Notes", "Photos" and so on.
Step 2: Transfer iPad Files to PC.
Open the iCloud on PC and sign in your account that is the same with your iPad. Tap the files folders button, such as "Contacts", "Notes", "Photos" and so on, and you will see the detail information from iPad on your right-hand panel. Select the files you want and download to the PC.
Tips: If you don't want to download the app of iCloud on your PC, you can go to the official website of iCloud to operate.
"How do I transfer files from iPad to PC via USB?" As a Windows user, there is an assistant - Windows Explorer for you to transfer data from iPad Air to PC. Here are the steps to help you to accomplish.
Step 1: Connect iPad to Your PC via A USB Cable.
Connect your iPad to PC with a USB Cable and remember to hit the "Trust" option on your iPad.
Step 2: Find "DCIM" Folder on PC and Copy the Files to PC.
Turn on "This PC"/"Computer"/"This Computer", open the icon of your iPad. Double-click the button named "Internal Storage" to enter, find the "DCIM" folder and then go into it. The files of pictures and videos will appear on the interface. Copy and paste the files to PC to finish this transfer.
Note: If you want to transfer files like contacts, call logs, messages and so on, this way maybe won't help you to accomplish. I suggest you use the first way to realize the transfer.
Most people have at least one email account and it can be used to act a transfer tool between your iPad and PC. The detail steps of transfer files, take photos transfer as an example, from iPad to PC using Mail app are below.
Step 1: Select the Files that You Want to Transfer from iPad to PC.
Go to the Photos app and select the photos that you want to transfer. You can select one of them or part of them.
Step 2: Share the Photos to Your Email and Download to PC.
Choose the share icon at the upper right-hand corner, tap the "Mail" icon to enter the Mail app, write down the email address that you have and you can sign in your email account on your PC to download the files to your PC desktop.
As you can see, it is easy to transfer files from iPad to PC and the ways are more than one. But there are still have certain limitations in different methods.
- If you use the iTunes to transfer the files, the large files maybe can't be transferred and the iTunes doesn't support all iOS files and documents.
- If I use the iCloud to import the files? You will find the speed of transfer is dependent on the internet that connects to the iPad. What if the Wi-Fi is interrupted by certain reasons, the transfer will fail and the files from the iPad maybe will be lost.
- How about the Windows Explorer? I am sorry to say that you can only use this method to transfer photos or videos, other files from iPad like messages, notes, call logs and so on can't be imported to your PC.
- And the email? After you use it you will realize the old fashioned method is very slow on the speed of transfer and it limit the size of files, it means you can't transfer the large size of files. What a sad thing happened!
However, you know, god never shuts one door but he opens another. Coolmuster iOS Assistant will help you to solve all the problems that I mention above. It integrates many functions, such as export, import, backup, restores and so on, into one. With only a few clicks can make all the problems become nothing.
These are the reasons why I highly recommend you to use the first method that I introduced, transfer all kinds of files by using iOS Assistant without hassle. Have a try and you can get rid of all the trouble that you met before between your iPad and PC.