Apple introduced a file sharing system to its iTunes multimedia management software in version 9.1; it allows you to copy files to and from specific applications installed on your iPad. This is useful for image manipulation apps, word processing, e-book readers, media players and any other iPad applications that can use, create and edit computer files. A compatible application for the files you're saving to the iPad must already be installed before iTunes allows you to send them to the device.
Download and install the latest version of iTunes on your computer, following the installation instructions detailed on the Apple website. Once installation is complete, launch iTunes on your computer.
Connect the iPad to the computer using its USB cable. The iPad is detected by iTunes and added to the "Devices" list in its left-hand column.
Select the iPad from the "Devices" list in iTunes, and open the "Apps" tab in the main window.
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Select the application that's compatible with your files from the "Apps" list in the "File Sharing" section. A list of the application's files currently saved on the iPad is displayed in the "Documents" box to the right.
Drag and drop the files from your computer into the "Documents" box in iTunes. The files automatically sync to the iPad, where they'll be available through the associated application.
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- The iTunes file sharing system operates in both directions, allowing you to drag and drop new or edited files out of the "Documents" box and into a folder on your computer.