By Ellie Twitter / Last Updated July 28, 2022

Can I transfer files from PC to iPad?

“After a long day at work, I despise sitting at my desk. I’d like to move some of my PC files on my iPad so that I can work on some of my paperwork while lying on the couch. If that’s the case, how do I transfer files from my PC to my iPad wirelessly?”

How to transfer files from PC to iPad/iPhone wirelessly

Here we listed three ways how to transfer files from PC to iPad wirelessly. Note, the three programs can also be used on iPhone. So you can remotely access the PC from iPhone and then transfer files.

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 the 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 computer, 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 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've just uploaded on your computer.

Uploaded Files

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

Download Files


Here in this post, we listed three programs to help you transfer files from PC to iPad wirelessly, namely, RD Client, Files, and iCloud Drive. Of course, there are also other programs that allow you to access PC files from iOS devices, for example, AnyViewer. AnyViewer supports multiple Windows versions and iOS 10.0 or later. It has a really intuitive interface and a simple operating process, you can easily connect your iOS devices to your computer.

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