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Need Help With Synching iPad, Using My Laptop


iPF Noob
Jan 31, 2012
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Granite Falls, WA
I am wondering if it's possible to transfer a large (50.3 MB) text file from my laptop into an app that resides on my son's iPad. When I plug his iPad into my laptop, I get the message from iTunes to the effect that iTunes can only synch to one computer, and, if I continue, it will wipe out everything on the iPad's iTunes, replacing it with everything on my laptop's iTunes. Well, I don't want to wipe put everything on his iPad's iTunes, so I'm stuck.

All I want to do is transfer this single text file that resides on my laptop's desktop into an app on his iPad.

It wouldn't have been a problem, if my son had left his laptop with me, along with his iPad, as I could've then simply transferred the text file from my laptop into his laptop's iTunes, then just synched his laptop with his iPad. But, since he didn't leave his laptop with me, and he lives a long ways away, I'm stuck trying to see if there's a way to somehow drag/drop/transfer this text file directly from my laptop onto his iPad. Is this somehow possible, or not, without having his laptop? It seems like it should be possible, since I know his iTunes user name and password, but I don't know too much about iTunes, so maybe it's impossible.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. Any instructions need to be pretty clear (step-by-step), as I'm kinda challenged, here, when it comes to iTunes and Apple stuff.


iPF Noob
Mar 11, 2011
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Cranbrook, Kent, UK
You could try using DropBox, download it to your laptop and his iPad, drag the file into your Dropbox and it should appear on his iPad in the DropBox App.

The Archangel


iPad Fan
Jan 8, 2011
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Milton-Freewater, OR
File Sharing shouldn't depend on whether the iPad is synced; in theory.

Give this a try.

Go into your Preferences in iTunes, the Devices tab, then check the box to prevent iPod's, etc from syncing automatically.


Now connect the iPad again, and it shouldn't insist on syncing or erasing. Even if you get a dialog, just cancel it.

Go to the File Transfer options under the Apps tab. If the app supports File Sharing you should see it in the list and be able to add your file there. File Sharing happens as soon as you add or delete files. There is not sync required, so when it is done you should be able to disconnect the iPad and find the file in the target applications.

iOS: About File Sharing

If the app does not show up in File Sharing, or this does not work for some other reason you'll need to use a wireless or internet solutions (like Gabriel suggested with DropBox).

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