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How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using USB Cable [2 Effective Ways]

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You may prefer to view, edit, or share your files on your iPad, not on your PC, most of the time because the iPad is more portable than a PC. Therefore, it's best to transfer PC files to your iPad. The most common way that comes into my mind is via a USB cable. Then, the question arises: How do I transfer files from my PC to my iPad using a USB cable?

If you run into similar problems, this step-by-step tutorial will help. Though iPad and Windows PC have different operating systems, it doesn't mean it is impossible to move files between them. Here, we will show you how to transfer files from PC to iPad using USB cable. Let's check it out.

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Part 1. How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad Using USB via Coolmuster iOS Assistant

The first way I want to introduce to copy files from PC to iPad using a USB cable is Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It is a tool with comprehensive features for transferring and managing iOS data. With this useful tool, you can selectively transfer different types of files from your computer to your iPhone/iPad/iPod or vice versa. The transfer process is simple and safe, without overwriting the existing data on your iPhone.

Key features of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

  • Transfer files from PC to iPad quickly without data loss, or vice versa.
  • Support multiple file types, such as contacts, calendars, bookmarks, books, messages and so on.
  • One click to backup and restore your whole iPhone/iPad/iPod.
  • Directly delete, add, and edit the data in iPhone on the PC/Mac.
  • Work well with all iOS devices, including iOS 17.

How do you transfer files from PC to iPad using USB via iOS Assistant? Here are the specific steps:

01Download and launch Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your PC.

02Connect your iPad to the computer using a USB cord and tap "Trust" on your iPad if required. The software will quickly detect your iPad.

the interface of ios assitant

03Navigate to the desired file types you want to transfer to your iPad and then tap the "Import" button from the top. After that, click "OK" to start the transfer progress.

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Part 2. How to Move Files from PC to iPad via USB with iTunes

iTunes is the official method to transfer files from PC to iPad using USB cable. There are two options for you when it comes to using iTunes: Syncing or the File Sharing feature.

If you don't want to lose any current data on your iPad, you can try the indirect File Sharing feature. If your iPad is new or you don't mind overwriting the existing files, you can opt for iTunes syncing. No matter which way you choose, it is suggested you should install the latest version of iTunes to complete the transfer.

2.1 How to Transfer Files from Windows to iPad using USB via iTunes File Sharing

Step 1. Connect the iPad to the PC with a USB cable.

Step 2. Open iTunes on your computer and click the device icon from the the top of the window.

Step 3. Click "File Sharing" under "Settings". You will then see a list of apps under the "Apps" section, select the suitable app to transfer files.

how to transfer files to ipad via usb using itunes file sharing

Step 4. Click the "Add" button on the right column and select the files to transfer from your PC to your iPad.

Step 5. After transferring, you can open the app on your iPad and check the files.

2.2 How to Transfer Files to iPad via USB Using iTunes Syncing

Step 1. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable, unlock your iPad, and tap "Trust" if prompted.

Step 2. Run iTunes on your PC and click the device icon.

Step 3. Go to the file type you want to sync and check the box next to "Sync". you can then select the items you would like to transfer. After selection, click "Apply" to sync files from the computer to the iPad.

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Note: Can you transfer files from PC to iPad using USB via File Explorer? Sadly, you cannot transfer files from PC to iPad using USB directly through the File Explorer, not even the photos or videos. By connecting your iPad to a computer with a USB, you can access the "100APPLE" folder, which stores the photos and videos. When trying to drag a photo to it, you will see a forbidden icon under the photo, meaning that you are not allowed to finish this task. However, you can transfer photos from iPad to PC directly using this way.

Further Reading:

[Step-by-Step Guide] 5 Effortless Ways to Transfer Files from iPad to PC

7 Quick Ways to Transfer Photos from PC to iPad (With or Without iTunes)

Bonus: How to Transfer Files from USB to iPad

You can move files from the USB flash drive to your iPad using the Files app on your iPad. But note that if your USB isn't a Type-C flash drive, you will need a lightning-to USB adapter to connect the USB drive to your iPad.

How to transfer files from USB to iPad:

Step 1. Connect the USB external hard drive to your iPad with the USB adapter.

Step 2. Open the Files app on your iPad and then tap "Browse" in the lower right corner.

Step 3. Create a new folder on your iPad to store the files.

Step 4. You can see the connected hard drive in the Locations section. Tap it to see all the files and folders on the drive.

Step 5. Hold and select the files you want to transfer and tap "Move" at the bottom.

Step 6. Find the new folder you just created and tap "Copy". Then, the files from the USB drive are moved to your iPad.

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Words in the End

This article tells you all about how to transfer files from PC to iPad using USB. Though iTunes is an official way to move files between iPad and computer, many people find it a bit troublesome to operate. At this moment, Coolmuster iOS Assistant is considered the best choice. With it, you can get your files from PC to iPad or vice versa with minimal effort.

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