Do you need to learn how to transfer files from iPad to PC? Don’t worry, it’s not as difficult as you think! For this tutorial, we’re going to be starting out by teaching you how to transfer a bunch of different files from iPad to PC without using iTunes, followed with a quick tutorial on how you can email files to yourself so that you can have your files both on your iPad/PC, and then wrapping it up with the photo transfer/management feature that you can use just from having a basic Windows PC! Stick around till the end and see which of these methods will suit you the best.
The first method of moving files from iPad to PC on your Windows 10 computer, is to use a third-party program called iMusic. With this program, you can enjoy the convenience that is offered by iTunes and device connectivity — whilst not dealing with any of the restrictions and limitations that Apple imposes on its users. Which means, you won’t have to risk deleting your files or have to go through hoops upon hoops just to make sure that each little settings option is perfectly matched up (which is very difficult for most beginners to do.)
First, connect your iPad to your PC and launch the iMusic software.
A pop-up box will inform you that in order for iMusic to start transferring your files, it will first need to scan your iPad and your PC — to see what the differences are between one library and the other (and so only those differences will be transferred.) To start the scanning process, press Start.
Once iMusic has finished scanning both your iPad and iTunes library, you can choose what you want to transfer based on the scanned differences. Be it Music, Movies, Podcasts, TV Shows, Photos, etc. Everything is selected by default, so if you want to transfer all the contents of your iPad to your PC, then all you need to do is Click the Copy to iTunes button to finish up!
After this, all your copied files should automatically have been transferred to your iTunes library (which you can access through iMusic if you choose so.)
For this next portion, we’re going to be transferring files from iPad to PC without iTunes. We’re going to be teaching you how you can link/attach things to an email that you can send to yourself if you so choose (so that you can download it on your PC at a later date.) For this, we’re going to be linking an album that we have downloaded on our device. But the same method can be applied if you want to transfer photos, videos, etc.
Go to the app where you can find the file that you want to transfer. For us, we moved to the Music app and then selected the “My Music” tab.
As mentioned, similar methods can be applied for other files (if you want to transfer photos, go to the gallery app, and then select the photo that you want to transfer instead, etc.)
Next, select the Share icon (1), and then choose the Mail option (2.) This will transfer you to your main email composer — with your file/link automatically attached to the email.
With the file already automatically added to the email, all you need to do is make sure that you send it to yourself. So that you can go to your PC and download it from your email.
For this last part, we’re going to be showing off the limited transfer options available with just your iPad and a USB cable. Now, if you’re an Android user, then you’re probably used to this method — Android devices allow you to transfer files directly onto it (no iTunes or software necessary.) However, iOS devices are a little more restricting than that. So, the only actual files that you can transfer are photos/videos — which is what we’re going to be showing you down below.
If you plug your iPad to your PC via a USB cable, you should be able to discover it under This PC > iPad. If you select that, you’ll have direct access to its Internal Storage. Which you’ll need to double-click in order to proceed.
Depending on how much photos/videos you have on your devices, there might be several folders under “Internal Storage.” (In example DCIM > 100APPLE, DCIM > 101APPLE.)
Unfortunately, Apple doesn’t really make it easy when it comes to accessing these files (the organization is a bit of a mess. So, you’ll need to explore the available folders in order to find the file that you want to transfer.
Once you’ve found the photos/videos that you want to transfer, you can now drag-n-drop it onto your desktop (or simply select, Ctrl + C, and then Ctrl + V it on whatever folder you want to store it onto!)
Conclusion: And so, we end our how to transfer files from iPad to PC tutorial, with three simple methods that will allow you to freely move files between both devices with relative ease! Each of these methods will work, but if you want a method that encapsulates it all (no limits), then the one that we’d recommend (especially for beginners) is the iMusic software. Out of all the available options on this list, it is the most flexible — allowing you to transfer different files and in different ways!