Many people may choose iTunes as their first choice to transfer files from computer to iPad. However, some of us may have encountered some problems that make it a little bit difficult to transfer files from PC to iPad. You can find they are not able to let you selectively transfer files from computer to iPad. For instance, if you have bought a new iPad, and you would like to transfer some photos from your computer to iPad, you may find that iTunes only allows you to sync the whole folder of photos on your computer. For iOS devices users, iTunes or iCloud would help you when transferring files between iOS devices and computer. But, there are still many other ways of transferring files from computer to iPad. Now, let me show you how to transfer files from computer to iPad in different ways.

Part 1: How to Transfer Files from Computer to iPad with iTunes

As the official transfer tool, iTunes is always regarded as a first choice for iPad users. ITunes can help users sync data and files from computer to iPad in few steps. The following guidance will show you how to copy files from computer to iPad, here we take photo transfer as an example.

Step1. Connect your iPad with computer with the USB cable, and open iTunes on your computer.

Step2. Click the iPad icon in the left sidebar. It’s in the upper-left part of the iTunes interface, and then click “Photos”, tap “Sync Photos” > “Copy photos from” at the right part. Then choose the folder of photos that you want to sync from your computer.

Transfer Files from Computer to iPad with iTunes

Step3. Click “Apply” at the right bottom of iTunes interface, iTunes will sync the photos from computer to your iPad.

Part 2: How to Transfer Files from Computer to iPad via iCloud.com

Apple iCloud will help us back up data or files from iOS devices if there is enough storage space. When we take a photo, it will be uploaded to iCloud when the iPad is connected to Wi-Fi. If we log in iCoud.com, we can view all photos of iPad. At the same time, we can also copy files from computer to iPad on iCloud.com.

Step1. Open up Settings on your iPad and tap on iCloud> Photos, then turn on iCloud Photo Library. This will automatically upload and store your entire library in iCloud when Wi-Fi is available.

turn on iCloud Photo Library

Step2. Log in iCloud.com with your Apple ID and password, and click “Photos”. You can view all photos synced from your iOS devices.

Step3. Click the “Upload Photos” icon, and select the photo you’d like to upload. Then the uploaded photo will be synced to your iPad.

Upload Photos

You can always log onto iCloud.com in any web browser to view your entire iCloud Photo Library and upload or download photos from it.

Part 3: How to Transfer Files from Computer to iPad via iTransfer

Most of the time, you can get photos out from the iPad easily though, just not the other way around. So you can seek help from third-party transfer tool. Leawo iTransfer is highly recommended on this issue. This software is used for transferring files among iOS devices, iTunes and PCs. Now, you can learn how to transfer files from computer to iPad without iTunes.

iTransfer

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Step1. Download and launch Leawo iTransfer, connect your iPad to PC using the USB cable. The software will detect your device automatically.

Step2. Click “iPad>LIBRARY>Photos”, all photos are displayed on the right interface. You are allowed to drag and drop the photos to start transferring. Or click “File > Add > Add File/Add Folder” to add photos from your computer.

add photos from your computer

Step3. After you choose a file to transfer, the dialog of the transfer process will show up when the transfer begins. When it finishes, you will find the photos are added into the window of the software, meanwhile, they have been copied to your iPad.

the transfer process

See, it is easy to use Leawo iTransfer to copy files from computer to iPad.

Part 4: How to Move Files from Computer to iPad via Email

Another method of transferring files from PC to iPad is email. Yes, you can do that by emailing a photo to yourself as an attachment. Below is the way on how to transfer files from computer to iPad via email.

Step1. Go to the website for your email account and log in on your computer. Start a new email message, and address it to an email address you can access on your iPad.

Step2. Attach the file you want to transfer on your computer. After choosing photos, click send button. Then you can go to the email you received on your iPad and open the attachments, they are available on your iPad.

Attach the file you want to transfer on your computer

You can also use this method to transfer photos between two devices. You should note that you can just send a small number of photos. This is due to a limitation of the size of an attachment that can be sent in one email.

Part 5: How to Copy Files from Computer to iPad via iCloud Drive

To use iCloud Drive, you need to download and install this program on your computer.

Step1. Launch iCloud Drive on your computer and sign in with your Apple ID and password.

Step2. Open your iCloud Drive folder, and drag any files that you want to move from PC to iPad. If you would like to move a photo from computer to iPad, you can drag a photo to the “Photos” folder. It will take moments to get files from PC to iCloud Drive on computer. Later on, you can open “Photos” app on your iPad to see the transferred photos.

Note: You should set up iCloud Drive everywhere that you want to access and edit your files. On your iPad, go to “Settings” > your name, and tap iCloud, then swipe to turn on iCloud Drive.

Copy Files from Computer to iPad via iCloud Drive

After learning the above ways, which one is the best for you to move files to iPad. You may have found the answer. As we can see, to move files from computer to iPad, we have several different ways. Some of them are really simple, for example, Email. You just need to attach the file that you would like to send. But, it is not a very efficient way because of attachment size limitation. And iCloud Drive, we all know it offers limited free space. Once the space is used up, we have to purchase more space. And if we want to transfer files from computer to iPad with iTunes, it only allows us to sync the whole folder. Of course if you would like to use iCloud.com, you have to connect your computer to Internet first. And with Leawo iTransfer, you can easily upload files and download files between computer and iPad, which supports not only photos, but also music, videos, etc.