Dec 02, 2011

How do you transfer files from an iPad to your work desktop without using iTunes?

I want to start using my iPad more for actual work, not just watching what the cats are doing on YouTube. One thing that I've found awkward is something that I would have though would be a very simple thing - transferring files from my iPad to my desktop. The easiest way would be to use iTunes and transfer the file from there, but iTunes installation is not allowed on our network. The way I've started doing it is by email, basically going to Gmail and sending myself a message with the file I want attached, then going into Gmail from my desktop, checking my messages, opening the one from myself, and downloading the file.  That works, but it is clunky and I feel like I'm going through unnecessary steps to do a presumably simple thing. Are there other ways out there that I'm missing?

It's hard to think beyond iTunes when we talk about file transfer on iOS devices. But if you're on Mac (2012 or newer) then you can use AirDrop to transfer photos, videos and some documents wirelessly beween your Mac and iPad. You can't use AirDrop to share certain type of files like Music.

Second option is iOS management tool like this : http://tiny.cc/ipad-iphone-file-manager

You can use it to transfer almost every type of content like music, videos, photos, eBooks, etc. between iPad/iPhone and PC/Mac. It also allows you to backup your contacts and text messages.

P.S. I use it too.
jose-simmon-s, thanks! I just brought an iPad mini 4 and having some trouble transferring video and music files from my computer to my new iPad because its my first iOS device and I'm much familiar with this OS. This software is quite easy to use. :)
If you don't use iTunes to transfer your files from iPad to your computer desktop, you can hire iPhone Transfer to switch the contents from iPad. Connect your iPhone to computer and choose certain files that you'd like to transfer from iPad. Or you can select "To Folder" totransfer the files from iPad to computer. http://www.recovery-ipad.com/transfer-iphone-files-to-pc.html
There are many ways to transfer videos from iPad to computer, and using iTunes is one old fashioned way that works but requires too much skill. And it’s limited to videos purchased on iTunes Store.
Another way is to use applications like iPad Transfer which is mainly designed to transfer data from iOS device to computer. So it can transfer videos like music videos, movies and TV shows from iPad to computer.
I heard of FonePaw iOS Transfer which you can have a try. It can transfer files from iPad to computer with ease.

If you want to transfer files without using iTunes, then files-finder edition app can help you. It supports cloud mediums such as DropBox, Sugarsync and Google drive.


Now with iOS 8 you can use iCloud Drive to transfer few files like photos, contacts, calendars without iTunes. Also there are few easy-to-use desktop-tools to transfer all the content/data between iPad and a PC/Mac without iTunes or iCloud like this one https://tr.im/746c3

Using it to manage data on my iPad air from a quite a long time now and I’m totally satisfied with this tool. try it!

Besides using cloud storage like Dropbox or ICloud, it is possibile to use 2 free products available in Apple Store:  USB Disk and Fileapp for limited file transfer.  I have a problem with Itunes as my Ipad do not have a camera and I download a lot of photos and images from the Internet.

As the device do not have a camera, Itunes simply  ignore them and do not syncronize the downloaded images.  The only way I found to get the images out of the Ipad without using cloud based storage was using both products above...  But as they are limited in functionality, it is better to use ITunes to  perform a full backups of the device and use them only to copy specific files.   I quit using my notebook an year ago but in some cases it is still a chalenge to do some idiot tasks....  

Here's a good article that covers all of the useful ways of transferring files to and from your iPad. I think the suggestions might be of use to you.

iPad power: how to transfer files

"It’s true that you can use your iPad instead of your Mac to take care of many common computing tasks. But unless you’re ready to ditch Mac OS X entirely, you’ll still need to transfer files back and forth between your iPad and your Mac if you’re going to get work done.

Unfortunately, transferring and synchronizing files between the Mac and the tablet isn’t easy. There are several different ways to do it, but none are perfect, and each has its deficiencies. Frankly, this is one area where Apple could vastly improve the iPad experience. Until that happens, here are your choices when it comes to transferring files between your various devices."


There is a more elegant solution than using iTunes, although it also makes use of iTunes underneath, which would still be a problem for you if you aren't allowed to install it.  You can use iCloud as long as you have iOS5 on your iPad and updated iTunes on your PC.  You will need to also install the iCloud control paney for windows on your PC.  I assume the process is similar for Macs, but since I don't have a Mac at the moment, I'm not sure.  You can set it up to synch using Wi-Fi only or your data plan.  For documents, you will have to go to iCloud from your PC, but you can just synch directly for things like photo steams, contacts, calandars and Outlook.


 You might find this link for apple support helpful:  http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1455 for the iCloud method.


The other way is to use the Dropbox app on both your iPad and PC, which will give you 2GB of space for free.  I'm don't like Dropbox for security reasons, but if your files are not of the sensitive sort it would probably be the easiest solution that doesn't rely on iTunes.  


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