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Quick Tip: Use iTunes to Transfer Files to Compatible Apps On Your iPad

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Here’s a tip we published almost four years ago, but seeing as I used it quite recently at work, I thought I’d give it a refresh. Now that iPads are infiltrating the office space and boardrooms, I see more and more co-workers wanting to take videos and other files into meetings with them. This isn’t a problem on a PC or Mac because they can just use USB drives, but iOS 7 devices like the iPad aren’t as easy to transfer files to (iOS 8 will change this a bit with iCloud Drive, but it’s not here yet).

Fortunately, as long as you have a computer running a recent version of iTunes, it’s fairly easy to transfer files to an iPad using the USB cable (30-pin or Lightning, depending on your device):

  1. Load up iTunes on the computer
  2. Plug the iPad into the computer
  3. Select the iPad from the left-hand side of the iTunes sidebar
    • if the sidebar is hidden, use the View menu at the top to access it again.
  4. If iTunes ever offers to sync with the computer, cancel it.
  5. Head to the Apps tab of the iPad within iTunes, then scroll all the way down to the File Sharing list.
  6. Click on the app you’d like to send your files to, and then drag your files into the right hand side of the window (labelled Documents)

If you’re looking for good candidate apps to transfer files to, VLC can play most any kind of video you throw at it, and Good Reader 4 can display most any other kind of file you’d want to manage on an iPad.

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How To: Copy Files to the iPad Using File Sharing

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Being able to copy files from your computer to the iPad (and vice-versa) can be a big boost to productivity. File Sharing via iTunes is one of the easiest methods to do this with. Not all apps or document types are supported for File Sharing as yet, but there are a good range to work with, including the iWork suite from Apple (Pages, Numbers, and Keynote) and a good number of 3rd party apps like GoodReader, Office2 HD, iA Writer, and quite a few others.

If you have one or more apps installed that support File Sharing, it’s quite easy to do via iTunes.

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iPad to Allow for Easier File Sharing, but Still Very Limited File System Access

iWork on iPad

Apple is dramatically rethinking how applications organize their documents on iPad, leaving behind the jumbled file system and making file access between the iPad and desktop computers seamless.

That’s an excerpt from a report at Apple Insider on how Apple is ‘re-inventing’ file access and wireless sharing on the iPad. The article talks about how conventional hierarchical file systems are seen as ‘a bit of a mystery’ to non-savvy computer users, and how Apple is looking to reduce the complexity of working with files and file systems.

This is put forward as the reason behind the way many things are done on the iPhone – which is said to ‘abstract away the file system entirely’ and offers no concept of opening or saving files – which in this case is meant to be a good thing.

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