How to Transfer Files from Mac to iPad

By Emily Watson, Monday, April 18, 2016

Every iPad users know that iPads do contain storage and can be connected to PC, but they don't behave like flash drive or Android phones. You cannot move files between computer and iPad in a direct way. However, data management issue exists with any iPad because iPad users are more likely to use the device as a computing platform - a system suitable for light-duty content creation, not just content viewing. At this point, iPad file transfer seems essential.

Since we have written a detailed guide on how to transfer files from iPad to Mac before, this article will only focus on the opposite side – transfer files from Mac to iPad.

If you want to transfer music, books, photos, contacts, movies, TV shows, etc. from Mac to iPad Pro, iPad Air 3/2, iPad mini 4/3, iPad 2 and any other iPad models, FonePaw iOS Transfer provides you an easier way than iTunes sync.

Download the program on your MacBook or iMac and transfer files from Mac to iPad for free during the 30 days' trail period.

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Copy Files from Mac to iPad Pro/Air/mini

Step 1. Connect iPad to Mac

After launching FonePaw iOS Transfer (Mac) on your MacBook, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, iMac or Mac Pro, get you iPad connected to Mac using a USB cable. After detected, your iPad will be shown up in the primary windows of the program.

Connect iPad to Mac


Step 2. Move Contents from Mac to iPad

Copy movies from Mac to iPad

In the left column, go to "Media" and then find "Movies" at the top menu bar on the right panel. Click "Add". In the pop-up file browser window, navigate to the folder on your Mac where you save movies. Then, click "Open" to copy movies to your iPad.

Copy movies from Mac to iPad


Note: You can apply the same way to move TV shows, iTunes U, Podcast, music videos, etc. to iPad from Mac.

Transfer music from Mac to iPad

Click "Media" tab and then go to "Music" on the right side. Click Add> Add File(s)/Add Folder to choose songs from Mac and then copy them to your iPad. If the songs are not in the format that iPad supports, the program will convert it to MP3 automatically.

Transfer Music from Mac to iPad


Send Photos from Mac to iPad

Click "Photos" in the left column. On the right column of the photo windows, choose the Photo Library to save photos. Or you can create a new album to save the pictures you are going to upload. Then, open the album and click "Add". Choose photos you want from Mac and import them to iPad.

Send Photos from Mac to iPad


Import contacts from Mac to iPad

Click "Contacts" > "Import contacts". Then, choose to import contacts from CSV file or VCF file stored on your Mac.

Import Contacts from Mac to iPad


Add PDF/ePub from to iPad from Mac

Click "Books" in left, then select "Add" > "Add File/Add Folder" on the top menu bar. Now you can browse the PDF or ePub files on your Mac compute and choose your wanted books to add them to iPad.

Add Books from Mac to iPad


Usually, exchanging files between Mac and iPad requires a bit of work. But with FonePaw iOS Transfer, you'll find that you can move files from Mac to iPad without too much of a hassle. In addition, you can use this tool to transfer files from Mac to iPhone or iPod.

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