Transfer PDF Files to iPad – 3 Easy Methods You Should Know

Lots of document files are in PDF format. When you want to read some documents in PDF on iPad, you have to transfer PDF files to iPad instead. iTunes should be the most frequently-used way to transfer files from computer to iPad.

In order to sync PDF documents to your iPad, iBooks should be installed on your iPad beforehand. What else?

When you want to learn more solutions to transfer PDF files to an iPad, this post also provides another method to transfer files via iCloud and the ultimate solution to transfer all the files with Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer.

Transfer PDF to iPad

Part 1: How to transfer PDF files to iPad via iTunes

ust as mentioned, when you want to transfer PDF files to iPad via iTunes, you have to make sure you have installed iBooks from iTunes or App Store. Backup all the files in order to avoid some original files on iPad being replaced. Here is the detailed process you should know.

Step 1. Choose the Books option from iTunes

Download and install the latest version of iTunes, after that, launch the program on your computer. Click the “Device” option of iTunes and choose the "Books" option.

Note: Make sure you can view the PDF files on a file browser, such as "Preview" on Mac and "Explorer" on Windows. Or else, you have to convert the files to compatible formats.

Step 2. Transfer PDF into iTunes Book Library

You can drag and drop the books into iTunes Book Library. Once the files appears on iTunes, you can connect iPad to your computer with a USB cable to transfer PDF files into iPad.

Step 3. Select the PDF files from iTunes.

Check the “Sync Books” option, you can choose “All books” or “Selected books”. In order to transfer PDF files to iPad only, you can choose the “Only PDF files” option under Books.

Step 4. Sync PDF files to iPad with iTunes

Once you choose the desired PDF files or other formats, you can click the “Apply” option to transfer PDF to your iPad from Windows. It takes a few minutes to transfer all the files to your iPad.

Note: If your PDF is large in size, you can try to reduce the PDF file size before transferring to iPad.

Sync PDF files to iPad with iTunes

Note: If you have already upgraded to the latest version of iTunes 12.7, you might not able to add eBooks to iPad on Windows PC. As for the case, you have to find some alternative solutions in order to transfer the PDF files to your iPad.

iTunes Books

Part 2: How to transfer PDF to iPad with iCloud

When you want to transfer PDF files to iPad without iTunes, iCloud is another recommended solution. It provides you a smooth and smart method to share PDFs between different devices. But you should pay attention to the 5GB limitation of the iCloud storage space.

Step 1. Go to Finder on your Mac, which you can find the iCloud Drive option. If it is not available, you can set up from “System Preferences” and check the “iCloud Drive” option.

As for Windows users, you can go to After you can sign up with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2. Once you open the iCloud Drive, you can drag and drop the PDF files into the folder. Just keep in mind that, there is a storage limitation if you have not subscribed the iCloud service.


Step 3. Now you need to enable the iCloud Drive option in iPad from Settings. After that you can transfer PDF to iPad with iCloud. Just open iBook on your iPad to view the transferred files.

On the contrary, you could also move PDF books to iCloud and access them on your Mac.

Part 3: The ultimate method to transfer PDF to iPad

Is there a method to transfer PDF to iPad without syncing? If you have a large amount of PDF files on your computer, it should be difficult to check the whole files after syncing the PDF files.

iPhone Transfer should be the ultimate solution to sync PDF files to iPad. It enables you to view the PDF files, manage them and transfer the desired PDF to your iPad only. Here are some excellent features of the program you should know.

iPhone Transfer

  • Transfer and backup text messages, contacts, pictures, music files, videos, books, PDF files and more other formats.
  • Transfer files from iPhone/iPad/iPod to your Windows/Mac computer.
  • Transfer the desired files between different devices flexibly, iPhone to iPhone/iPad/iTunes, iPhone to computer and computer to iPhone.
  • Break the restrictions of iTunes, such as one-way transfer, erase the original data, cannot select the transfer data, etc.
  • Manage the media files, add/convert/edit media files, and even organize your iTunes library in clicks.
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Step 1. Connect iPad to computer

In order to quickly transfer a large number of PDF files to iPad, you can download the iPhone Transfer to copy PDF files between iPad and computer within one click. After that, connect iPad to computer with USB cable and make sure your computer can recognize the iPad.


Step 2. Add PDF files to books section of the program

Select the Books type from the left menu, which you can click the “Add Items” to add PDF files to iPad from desktop. Moreover, you can click the “Add” button on the upper right corner to add a whole folder of PDF files into the program within one click.

Add PDF files

Step 3. Manage the PDF files

If you import PDF files from different folders, you can also manage PDF files within the program. You can view the PDF documents, rename the files, or delete the duplicated files. You can also refresh the files after deleting some unwanted files.

Manage the PDF files

Step 4. Transfer PDF to iPad with batch process

Once you get all PDF files you want to transfer, click the “Export to” button to sync all these PDF files to your iPad.

You can always enjoy the PDF files within a desired order or format on iPad with the excellent iOS data transfer software. Here you can check more methods to save PDF files to iPhone.


If you just have some PDF books, you can transfer PDF to iPad via iCloud. In the way, you can enjoy the books online with ease. Of course, you can also sync the desired PDF files to iPad with iTunes and iBooks.

When you need to transfer PDF to iPad directly, Apeaksoft iPhone Transfer should be the ultimate and professional iOS transfer software you have to take into consideration. If you have any other query about how to transfer PDF files to iPad from computer, leave more detailed information in the comment now.

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