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How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes [Top 5 Ways]

Data transfer between PC and iPad is a regular task for many users. Sometimes you may need to transfer some documents to iPad for viewing or studying. Or you may need to copy music or movies to iPad to enjoy them during a trip. When it comes to data transfer between PC and iPad, iTunes may be a default option. However, syncing with iTunes is very slow, not to mention that some errors that occur from time to time. Therefore, many people want to know how to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes. If you are one of them, here are 5 easy ways for you to copy files to iPad without iTunes.

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Part 1: How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes Using iPad File Transfer App
Part 2: How to Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes via iCloud
Part 3: How to Copy Files from PC to iPad Using Dropbox
Part 4: How to Transfer Photos and Videos from PC to iPad without iTunes Using Google Photos
Part 5: How to Send Files from PC to iPad without iTunes Using Email

Part 1: How to Transfer Files from PC to iPad without iTunes Using iPad File Transfer App

Coolmuster iOS Assistant is your must-have software to transfer files to iPad without iTunes. It allows you to view and access the files from iDevice without the need to run iTunes. You can enjoy a hassle-free data transferring experience using Coolmuster iOS Assistant. It is reliable, fast, and easy-to-use. Besides transferring files from PC to iPad, it comes with many other useful functions.

Highlighted Features of Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

  • Back up iPad, iPhone, iPod to computer or iTunes default location.
  • Create multiple backups without overwriting the previous one.
  • Access and view iOS data from computer.
  • Import contacts, bookmarks, calendars, books, iTunes backup from PC to iPad/iPhone/iPod.
  • Transfer files from iDevice to PC, including contacts, SMS, photos, music, videos, notes, books.

Free download this iPad File Transfer app on your computer:

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Tip: If you are a Mac user, download Coolmuster iOS Assistant for Mac and click here to see how to transfer files from Mac to iPad.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes using Coolmuster iOS Assistant:

Step 1: Install and launch Coolmuster iOS Assistant on your computer, then plug your iPad into the computer with a USB cable.

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Step 2: Unlock your iPad and tap "Trust" this computer as prompted. The software will recognize your iPad automatically. Once connected, you will get the main interface as below:

main interface of ipad file transfer

Step 3: To copy files from PC to iPad without iTunes, click the file type you'd like, and then click the Import button from the top. You can select the files from your PC and then move them to your iPad.

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This is how to conduct PC to iPad USB file transfer without iTunes. If you want to sync files to iPad without a USB cable, keep reading for more options.

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Part 2: How to Transfer Files to iPad without iTunes via iCloud

Apart from iTunes, iCloud is also an official solution from Apple to help users back up iOS data, and share files between devices. By setting up iCloud for Windows on your computer, you can sync photos, documents, and bookmarks between devices wirelessly.

2.1 How to Transfer Documents to iPad without iTunes via iCloud Drive

You can use iCloud Drive to transfer files like PDFs, Word documents, presentations, etc., from PC to iPad. Here's how:

Step 1: Install and open iCloud for Windows on your computer and log in with your Apple ID and password. Then turn on iCloud Drive.

Step 2: On your computer, navigate to This PC > iCloud Drive. You can now drag and drop the files you need to transfer from computer to iPad.

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Step 3: On your iPad, head to Settings > [your name] > iCloud and then turn on iCloud Drive.

enable icloud drive on ipad to transfer files from pc to ipad without itunes

Step 4: To see the files synced from your PC, open the Files app on your iPad and then click Browse > iCloud Drive. If you don't have the Files app, update your device to iOS or later.

2.2 How to Transfer Photos from Laptop to iPad without iTunes using iCloud Photo Library

With iCloud Photos, you can upload new photos and videos from your PC and then access them on your iPad. Check out how:

Step 1: On your iPad, open the Settings app and enable iCloud Photos.

Step 2: On your computer, open iCloud for Windows and turn on Photos. Then tick the box of iCloud Photo Library and Upload new photos and videos from my PC.

Step 3: You can open the Photos app on your iPad to see the photos and videos transferred from PC.

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 via icloud

Tip: If you don't want to install iCloud for Windows on your computer, you can go to iCloud.com to transfer files from computer to iPad.

Part 3: How to Copy Files from PC to iPad Using Dropbox

Apart from iCloud, there are many other options you can use to transfer files to iPad wirelessly. Dropbox is a popular cloud storage services that supports various files. It works the same as iCloud, which creates a folder on your PC's File Explorer. You can get 2 GB of free storage initially, if it runs out, you can buy more storage space according to your needs.

How to copy files to iPad via Dropbox:

Step 1: Download and open Dropbox desktop version on your computer, then follow the instructions to create a Dropbox account.

Step 2: Drag and drop the files you want to transfer to iPad.

Step 3: On your iPad, install and open Dropbox app, log in to it with the same account. You can then access and download the files from computer to your iPad.

how to transfer files from pc to ipad without itunes via dropbox

Part 4: How to Transfer Photos and Videos from PC to iPad without iTunes Using Google Photos

Google Photos is a good place to store your videos and photos. It allows you to store, share, and manage photos and videos in an easy way. You can use it to transfer photos and videos from PC to iPad without iTunes. Besides, as long as you select the upload size as high quality, you can get unlimited storage space for free.

How to transfer photos from PC to iPad without iTunes using Google Photos:

Step 1: Visit Google Photos website on your computer and sign in with your Google account.

Step 2: Click the upload icon and then select Upload from computer. Choose the photos or videos you want to transfer to iPad.

Step 3: Install and open Google Photos on your iPad, log in to it with your Google account. Click the menu icon on the top-left and tap Google Photos > select the photos uploaded from computer > tap the download icon to get them to your iPad.

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 using google photos

Part 5: How to Send Files from PC to iPad without iTunes Using Email

Email is also a workable way of transferring files from PC to iPad. But the size of the attachment file is limited. So it is recommended only when you have a small size of files.

How to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes using email:

Step 1: On your computer, sign in with the email account.

Step 2: Compose an email, attach the file you need to transfer, and then send it to yourself.

Step 3: Open the email on your iPad and download the attachment sent from your computer.

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The Bottom Line

There are many ways to complete the file transfer without iTunes, for example, third-party app, iCloud, other cloud services like Dropbox, etc. If you want to transfer files like contacts, bookmarks, calendars, books quickly, Coolmuster iOS Assistant would be a good choice. It is quick, smooth and safe. You can free download it on your PC to have a try.

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