How To Use iTunes’ File-Sharing Feature
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First introduced by Apple in January 2001, iTunes is a comprehensive interface that connects your device(s) – such as iPod/iPod Touch, iPhone, and iPad – with your computer, allowing you to move files from one device to the other.
Years of developing and investment have pushed iTunes to the top, turning it into more than just a media player, but also a great platform for transferring large files. This guide is going to teach you how to do it, in the easiest manner possible.
First step is to connect your device (for example iPad) to the computer’s USB port. Before proceeding to the next step, make sure you back-up/sync the device so that you can add files.
Next you will need to tap the “Apps” tab at the top of the iTunes screen. A page will open where you can manually add/remove applications and/or files that are on your iPad. As for the “file-sharing” section, just scroll down until you see it listed.
Here are some file-sharing compatible apps that you can use: Pages, Keynote, Numbers, PaperDesk, GoodReader, Kindle.
These applications can be seen on the right side of the screen, while the left side displays a box where files are stored, along with files that are already saved on your device.
Now, in order to transfer files from your computer/laptop to the iPad you will need to select the proper application. Once you’ve done that, just browse to where the document is found on your computer and drag it into iTune’s left box. Then click the “Add” button found at the bottom of the box. Next, tap the sync button and wait until the changes are saved.
How do I transfer files from my iPad to the computer? It’s even easier!
First you’ll need to select the application that “hosts” the file by accessing iTunes’ file-sharing feature. By doing so, you will see a list of the documents that are saved on your device. Find the file you want to transfer and left-click on it; then drag the file to a place where you want it saved and select “Save To”. You will also have the option of choosing what kind of application opens that specific file. If it’s a .doc file, you can choose Pages or Word, while if it’s a .wav file, you can select iMovie or Quicktime.