Discussion in 'iPad Help' started by sandi53, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. sandi53

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    iPF Noob

    Apr 14, 2011
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    My name is Sandi and I would love some help on my ipad. I have one of the first ones that came out and would love to know if its possible to transfer a file from my computer to my ipad?
    thanks so much:)

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    iPad Legend

    Jan 3, 2011
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    There are several ways that you can do this

    (a) if you have just a couple of files, then you can always email them to yourself from your PC but collect them using the email on the iPad
    (b) you can use iTunes on your PC to sync the files on your PC to your iPad - useful for photos and movies etc.
    (c) you can use an Internet storage facility - such as DropBox (which is free) or Apple's MobileMe iDisk. To do this you upload the file from your PC to either DropBox or iDisk and then download the files to your iPad from these storage facilities.
    (d) you can use a third party app, such as GoodReader - I've put more details below.

    There is a program that most all iPad users have called GoodReader. It's the 'Swiss Army Knife' for the iPad and it can store files all together and in folders - or however you want them - and can transfer files to and from your PC using either WiFi or USB without the need for iTunes. It's built in web-browser can download files too, something that Safari doesn't offer - except for PDF format. From within GoodReader you can open those files in any app that supports that type of file. Having said that, though, when a compatible app does open that file it makes a local copy that it works on, so the original copy in GoodReader is left untouched. If you want to store the modified file in GoodReader you have to transfer it back there by some means.

    GoodReader can also attach several files to an email and then send them using the iPad's native Mail app - something you can't do from within Mail itself. It also gives you the opportunity to annotate PDF files and save the resulting file so that it can be read on a PC or Mac.

    To begin with, if it's just a couple of files that you want to send and you already have email setup on your iPad then emailing is probably the simplest and most straightforward way. If you have either large files or a large number of files, you may want to investigate the other methods.

    Don't hesitate to get back to us if you want any further information or clarification.


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