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3 Ways to Transfer Files from iPad to PC

Wondering how to transfer files from iPad to PC? We can understand the need for you to copy or transfer files from iPad to PC. It is definitely advisable to and wise to transfer files from iPad to PC for safety and security of your data. This process not only backs-up your data but also keeps a tab on data loss, in case your iPad is lost, stolen, misplaced or damaged.

For the Apple users who are unaware, the fact is that if you wish to transfer files from iPad to Windows or iPad to any other PC, you do not necessarily need to use iTunes. There are many other ways that can help you transfer files from iPad to PC in simple and easy steps without getting into the hassle of using iTunes. For many, this task might seem rather impossible but the 3 methods listed below will not only help you transfer files from iPad to Windows or Mac but also enable you to store your important data on your computer, where it can be safe and protected.

In the next sections, we will discuss the 3 ways which we can use to transfer files from iPad to PC with ease.

Part 1: How to transfer files from iPad to PC using dr.fone?

The first method that we would be discussing in this article is the Wondershare developed software called dr.fone toolkit - iOS Data Backup & Restore. This software can help you transfer files from iPad to PC as this not only helps in backing up data stored on your iPad but also allows to export the backed up files on the computer. What is amazing is that you can use this toolkit sitting at home to backup and export data selectively and not worry about losing any of your important data.

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Firstly, let us learn how to transfer files from iPad to PC by backing up the iPad data using iOS Data Backup & Restore toolkit.

1. Download, install and run the toolkit on your Windows PC/Mac and choose “Data backup & Restore”.

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2. Use Apple’s original lighting cable to connect the PC and iPad. The software is designed as such, that it will recognize the iPad on its own. Then on the PC, you will be able to view various files stored on the iPad. Select the ones which need to be transferred to the PC and click “Backup”.

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3. Once you hit “Backup”, the process will start and the toolkit will display items such as photos, call logs, messages, etc on its interface.

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4. The backup process will not take more than a few minutes and once it is complete, you can access the backed up files whenever you want.

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5. Select the files you want to transfer on your personal computer and click on the tab “Export to PC” option right here as shown in the screenshot above. The dr.fone toolkit will now ask you to choose a location for your files. Select an appropriate path and folder for your backed up files and hit “Recover” as shown in the screenshot below. The software will take a few minutes, depending on your files and size of the backup folder, to transfer files from iPad to PC.

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That was it, completely safe, secure and quick way to transfer and export files using this amazing software from Wondershare. Please ensure that you follow each and every step carefully without missing any to get the desired result.

Part 2: How to transfer files from iPad to PC using iCloud?

iCloud is Apple’s cloud service to store all your data and access it on any other device by just signing into iCloud.com. With iCloud, it is extremely simple and easy to transfer files from iPad to Windows. Never tried it? Here is what you should do:

In this method, you can download photos from iCloud. The simple process is to Go to iCloud.com > Open Photos app > Select photos > and finally, Click on download.

Note: This will download or transfer all your photos to your photo stream folder on your iPad. However, make sure that My Photo Stream and Automatic Import are both turned on in app preferences.

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This method is suitable to transfer files from iPad to Windows and iPad to Mac wirelessly. It does not take much of your time and makes the process extremely quick. Wasn't that so simple and easy? Go ahead and give it a shot yourself.

Part 3: How to transfer files from iPad to Mac using AirDrop?

Another significant method to wirelessly transfer files from iPad to PC, especially Mac, is using the AirDrop feature offered by Apple. We all know that AirDrop works on a stable and strong Wi-Fi network which is connected to your Mac and iPad.

Please look at the steps given below carefully to know how to transfer files from iPad to PC (Mac) using AirDrop:

First up, you should locate the files you wish to transfer on your Mac. For example, if you want to transfer photos, open Camera Roll on the iPad and choose the ones you want to transfer.

Now hit the share icon and wait for the various sharing option to open up.

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At last, you must Select “AirDrop” and then choose your Mac’s name. When the files are transferred, your iPad will display a message saying that the selected files have been sent to your Mac.

Note: If your Mac prompts you to save the transferred files, do so at a preferred location.

In case you are using a Mac running on iOS versions launched before OS X Yosemite and manufactured before 2012, you will not be able to use the AirDrop feature. So update your Mac to the latest OS to enjoy using AirDrop and all its amazing features.

There are multiple reasons when one needs to transfer files from iPad to PC like accessing data on PC, changing phone etc. This task, I must say, is not that easy if you have not done it before or you don't know how to go about it. For all of you curious iPad users out there who want to learn how to transfer files from iPad to PC (Windows/Mac), the methods given above will definitely help you. These techniques have been fruitful for many others suffering from the same problem.

After a thorough research, we have come to the conclusion that dr.fone toolkit- iOS Backup & Restore, iCloud and AirDrop are the most effective and efficient ways to transfer files from iPad to PC. So try them now and save your time, money and effort.

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