Sometimes you need those precious documents of yours on your iPad. And why not, it is one of the reasons why the iPad has been so successful and with the screen size, it is begging for documents to be loaded onto it.
There are a myriad of ways to get documents onto your iPad. But to break it down and keep it simple. You can really get documents onto your iPad through iTunes (wired) or through a service that lets you do it wirelessly.
I am going to break this up into two posts. In this post I will talk about how to transfer your documents to and from your iPad using iTunes. In my next post I will talk about a free way to transfer documents wirelessly.
The first thing you are going to want to do is sync up your iPad with iTunes. Then click on your iPad in iTunes and click on the “Apps” tab. Scroll down until you see “File Sharing.
Below you will see the Apps on your iPad that will allow you to share files with. Please note that you have to have the proper app in order for the file that you are wanting to migrate from your computer to your iPad. For example, if you are wanting to transfer a Word document, but you only have Numbers installed, your document won’t work on the iPad.
Click on the app that you want to transfer documents to. Here you will see an “Add” button. Click on it and then your finder will appear and now you can search for the document that you want to transfer to your iPad. Once you are done here, click ok. And then sync your iPad again. Your document should now be ready for you on your iPad when you go to the application you transferred the document to.
If you are wanting to transfer your document back from the iPad to your computer, sync up your iPad to your computer. Open iTunes, and go to the Apps tab again. Click on the icon of the app that has the file that you want put onto your computer. There are now a couple of ways that you can get that document back onto your computer. You can click on the document and drag and drop it onto your homescreen. Or you can click the “Save To” button on the bottom right corner. Your finder will then drop down and then you can now select exactly where you want to put the file.
And that is it. You can now transfer files back and forth from your computer to your iPad and back. My next article will be about doing this process wirelessly and free. It won’t be exactly the same, but similar enough. Stay tuned.