If you want to transfer files to iPad, whatever those files might be, it might be a little difficult to find a method of doing so that will work for you. Down below, we’ve compiled some of the more helpful methods available online for moving large files to your iPad, easily and quickly. Starting with a third-party program that you might not have heard before, followed with a quick demo on how you can use the iTunes automatic sync features, and then ending it with a list of 5 other programs that you can use to send files to your iPad device!
As mentioned, we’re going to be starting this with our third-party recommendation, which just so happens to be the iMusic transfer tool. This program is not only compatible with iPads, but other iOS/Android devices as well! Allowing you to easily and quickly transfer files of all types from your PC to your iPad (be it music, podcasts, photos, TV shows, movies, etc.) A FREE trial is available if you want to follow along with our tutorial or discover some of its other features — which include the following:
When you first launch the iMusic program, you’ll notice pretty quickly that there are four main tabs at the top of the interface (encased in circles.) Each tab represents one of iMusic’s main features.
The tab that we’re going to explore today is the DEVICE tab. On the DEVICE tab, after connecting your iPad, you can select the Transfer iTunes Music to Device option. Doing so will allow you to move forward!
You can choose how much you want to transfer from your iTunes Library to your iPad in the next screen. The basic choice, of course, is to select the Entire Library option (which will transfer all the items on your iTunes library to your iPad!
Once you’ve selected what you want to download, all you have to do next is click the Transfer button!
Next up, we’re going to be teaching you how to use the iTunes software in order to transfer files from PC to iPad using a USB cable. For this, we opted to demonstrate the regular iTunes method of transferring files. Which requires that you have your device connected to your PC already! Unlike with Android phones, the only thing you can transfer to your iPad directly from a USB (without iTunes) are photos, so we’re going to be demonstrating how you can transfer music with iTunes instead for this tutorial!
In order to start transferring music/movies/photos/etc. with iTunes, you’ll need to change the iPad Sync Settings. Which you can do by clicking the iPad icon at the top of the interface (highlighted in the image below.)
Next, as mentioned, you can do this for a bunch of different types of media, but the one that we’re going to be demonstrating is Music. So, go to the Music tab (select it under “Settings” on the left-hand sidebar.)
Under the music tab, you need to turn on the Sync Music option so that iTunes will automatically sync your music every time you connect your device to your PC!
A quick note, if you receive the following message (shown below), that means that there are songs on your iPad that are not Apple Music purchased. The only way you’ll be able to sync your music from this point forward, is if you agree to delete those non-Apple Music songs.
Click Remove and Sync to agree to remove the non-compatible music from your library.
Lastly, click the Apply button to save your changes! Again, we only showed the Music sync options for this, but the same practice can be applied to other types of files (Movies, TV shows, Podcasts, Photos, Audiobooks, etc.)
Now, iTunes should automatically sync your iTunes music to your iPad!
For this last portion, we’re going to be introducing you to 5 different softwares that you can use to transfer files to your iPad — without having to use iTunes! A lot of these will be similar to iMusic (the program that we first recommended), if only because all of these will be third-party programs that are created specifically for transferring data. Be it music, videos, photos, contact info., etc.
Price: (Personal License) $39.95
Platform: Mac & Windows
Our first recommended transfer software is Dr.fone. It’s highly intuitive, and it offers an incredibly sleek-looking interface that you can use easily for transferring music, videos, photos, contact info., apps, etc. It’s not as detail oriented as iMusic, but there is no denying that it is very rich in features — although it is lacking a couple of basic features offered by other programs we’ve listed below it.
For a transfer software, it is quite expensive. The personal license is at $39.95 and it only gets higher from there — if you want to be able to use it for more computers, or for your business then you might end up paying up to $59.50 -$399.90.
It should also be said that this is not a one-time purchase deal. Dr.fone licenses only exist in one-year forms. So, you’ll need to constantly renew your license (which means paying $39.95-$399.00 per year.)
Unlike some of the other programs we’ve recommended thus far, Dr.fone doesn’t have a Download/Record Feature.
It also exists in two different versions (for iOS/Android), so you’ll need to download both separately if you own a mix of Android/iOS devices.
Platform: Windows and Mac
In terms of features, Toolbox is actually very similar to the first item on this list (which is something you can probably guess from the interface — as is shown in the screen capture below.) If you’re looking for a program that you can use strictly just for transferring data, then this one might work for you. Much like with Dr.fone, it can transfer music, videos, photos, contact information, and apps! It also has an explorer feature that you can use for managing your data.
Platform: Windows and Mac
iTransfer comes from the same makers of the Toolbox - Transfer (which we introduced just now.) It’s definitely not as updated or as rich in features as the Toolbox program, but it does provide the basics — allowing you to transfer different types of media/files to your iPad (or any other iOS devices.) As an added bonus, it does come with a toolbox with extra features (which you don’t get with Toolbox -Transfer.)
Platform: Windows and Mac
If we were to compare TunesGo to any of the programs that we’ve already discussed, then it would have to be our number 2 (Toolbox.) The only reason why it’s a bit lower on the list is because of the fact that it doesn’t really do much in terms of advancing what’s already there (it just does a lot of the same things offered by the other programs. Of course, that doesn’t mean that it is bad. It’s just not necessarily up to par with the rest.
Platform: Windows and Mac
Syncios is a name that gets thrown around when it comes to transfer tools to remember. This is primarily because it manages to pack a lot of extra features in a very cheap form. Of course, that does mean that it sacrifices quite a bit when it comes to design (interface-wise) and upgrades (for preventing bugs and crashes.) However, that doesn’t mean that it is not a good product — it’s just not as premium as the other programs that we’ve mentioned thus far.
Conclusion: That’s it for our recommended helpful methods for transferring files to an iPad! If you have an iPad of your own, then you’re probably anxious to fill it up as soon as possible! It’s very convenient after all, able to double almost like a second computer (especially the newer and more upgraded versions.) As for our recommendation on what program you should try, we suggest that you check out iMusic first. Undeniably, it is the most helpful transfer solution available in the market right now!