How to copy files to and from your iPad

Copy files to and from an iPad

How to copy files to and from your iPad.

Copying files to and from your iPad may at first glance seem an impossible task. As iPads don’t have USB ports, you can’t just plug in an external hard drive or a digital camera. And, while you can connect your iPad to your computer, it doesn’t behave like a normal flash drive so you can’t grab files from your PC and drag-&-drop them onto your iPad.

But you can transfer files to your iPad using iTunes File Sharing. This allows you to copy files and documents between your computer and the apps on your iPad that support file sharing.

Step 1  Connect your iPad to your computer using the USB cable.

Step 2  Open iTunes on the computer.

Step 3  Under Devices in the left-hand menu in iTunes, select your iPad.

Step 4  Click the Apps tab at the top of the main iTunes’ panel and then scroll to the bottom of the page to view the File Sharing section. Here you’ll see a list of all the apps on your iPad that support file sharing.

Step 5  Click on an app and in the panel on the right you’ll see a list of the documents for that app on your iPad.

Step 6  To copy a file to the iPad, drag-&-drop it from your computer into the document list. Alternatively, click Add… at the bottom of the iTunes window to browse and select a file to transfer, then click Open. The file is copied to your iPad, and can be opened and edited within the selected app.

Step 7  To copy files from the iPad to your computer, as in step 5, select the app from which you want to transfer files. Then drag-&-drop files from the documents list onto your computer or select the files, then click Save to… and select a location on your computer.

Delete a file in the document list

To remove files from the document list, select a file and then press the back arrow on your keyboard and click Delete when prompted. To rename a file, simply double click the file in the document list and type a new name.

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