Five Ways to Send Files from PC to iPad

Do you have needs to transfer files from my PC to my iPad? If you do, this post mainly introduces several programs for you which allows you to remotely transfer files between PC and iPad over WiFi or not.


By Ellie / Updated on July 28, 2022

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How can I send files from PC to iPad?

“I’m used to saving all my files on my work computer. But sometimes, I need to deal with some of my work on my iPad when I go out to attend some meetings. So I want to send some files from PC to iPad, what tools can I use? Any ideas?”

The ways to send files between PC and iPad are of all kinds. You can use iTunes. But it requires you to use a USB cable to connect the two devices. You can also choose to transfer files from PC to iPad without iTunes, using tools like RD Client, Files, iCloud Drive, and OneDrive.

How to send files from PC to iPad

In the following part, we list the detailed steps of several methods to guide you through the whole process.

Option 1. Send files from PC to iPad with iTunes

Before starting, we need to notify you that when you transfer files from a PC to an iPhone or iPad using iTunes, all of the data on the iPad/iPhone will be erased, so be sure you’ve backed up any vital information.

Step 1. Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer.

Step 2. Connect your iPad to the computer with a USB cable.

Step 3. Open iTunes on your computer and then click your device.

iTunes Transfer Files iPad

Step 4. In the left sidebar, click File Sharing.

File Sharing

Step 5. Select an app from the Apps list to save your files. Then click Add to add files that you want to transfer from PC to iPad. Then click Done.  

Keynote Documents

Option 2. Send files from PC to iPad without iTunes

Of course, if you don’t want to take the risk of losing all the data on your iPad, here we listed four ways on how to transfer files from PC to iPhone or iPad without iTunes.

Method 1. The Windows built-in Remote Desktop

 Step 1. Download RD Client on your iPad.

Download RD Client iPad

Step 2. Click “+” sign and then click Add PC.

Add a PC

 Step 3. Enter the desktop name or IP address. Type the account name you want to use in the User Account field, or just select Ask When Required.

Add PC Information

Step 4. Configure other options as you needed. Then click Save.

Configure PC

Step 5. An icon for the computer you want to access will appear, tap that icon. Before this, please make sure that Remote Desktop has been enabled on your computer.

Remote PC Desktop

Step 6. Then you can access files on your PC from your iPad. You can also transfer files by long-pressing the files to copy them on the computer and then pasting them on an iPad.

Remote Desktop- from PC

✍ Note: There are two things that you need to pay attention to. The first is that the way to use iPhone to remotely access a PC is pretty much the same as using an iPad. Therefore, you can follow the same steps to transfer PC files to iPhone. The second is that you need to make sure that the two devices you are meant to connect to are under the same Wi-Fi.

Method 2. The iPad built-in Files app

 Step 1. On the Windows server, right-click the folder you want to access from the iPad, then choose Properties.

Properties Folder

Step 2. Go to Sharing tab, then click Share.

Sharing Folder

Step 3. Choose people to share with, then click Share.

Sharing User

Step 4. Click Done to finish the process.


Step 5. Open the built-in Files app on your iPad.

Files App

Step 6. Tap on the "triple-dot" icon located at the top-right corner.

Connect to Server

Step 7. Put in the server address and tap Connect.

Server IP Address

Step 8. Choose Guest or Registered User according to the setup on your file server. Enter the username and password, and then tap Next.

Registered User

 Step 9. You will now be connected to the shared folder.

Shared Folder

Step 10. You’re able to copy the files you want and then paste them to your iPad.


Method 3. iCloud Drive

Step 1. On the computer, open the iCloud Drive page in the browser. And then enter your Apple ID and password to log in to your iCloud account.

Sign in to iCloud

Step 2. After you’ve logged in to iCloud Drive, you’ll see a row of icons on the upper middle of the screen. Click the second icon (Upload) to upload your computer files to your iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive

Step 3. On your iPad, go to the Files app and navigate to iCloud Drive, you’ll see the files you just uploaded on your computer.

Uploaded Files

Step 4. You can long-press the file and then download it.

Download Files

Method 4. OneDrive

 Step 1. Click This PC, then find and click OneDrive - Personal on the left pane.


Step 2. Sign in to your Microsoft account to activate OneDrive.

Set Up OneDrive

Step 3. Save the files that you want to transfer from PC to iPad in Documents.


Step 4. Download OneDrive on your iPad from App Store. Open it and sign in to your Microsoft account.

Transfer Files to iPad From Computer

Step 5. Go to the Documents tab, you’ll see the files you want. Then click the Share icon.

Upload File

Step 6. You can save the files to Files. You can find them in the app later.

Save to Files


It's not difficult to transfer data from a computer to an iPad. This article focuses on five tools that can let you send files from PC to iPad, whether via WiFi or not. Data may be transferred between PCs and mobile devices using these techniques. You can use the remote desktop software AnyViewer to completely access a computer from an iOS device. You can simply access your computer thanks to its easy design and uncomplicated operating technique.