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How to wirelessly transfer files to the iPad

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Posted May 10 2010 05:29 AM

The iPad's built-in document management is kludgy. Even finding the document tools is a chore (they're under the Apps tab in iTunes, way down there at the bottom).

But there's an alternative. With $0.99 and a little effort, you can wirelessly (and easily) transfer documents to the iPad. Here's how:

1. Sign up for a free Dropbox account.

2. Install GoodReader on your iPad. It's $0.99 well spent.

3. Launch GoodReader. Select the Connect to Servers menu. Select Add and then select Dropbox.

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4. Configure the Dropbox settings in GoodReader: Readable Title can be whatever you like ("My Dropbox Account," "My Stuff," "Fred" -- anything). The User and Password fields need to match your Dropbox credentials. Click Add when finished.

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5. Your Dropbox account should now appear under GoodReader's Connect to Servers menu. Select it and GoodReader will display your Dropbox files.

6. Navigate to the file(s) you want to transfer to your iPad. Select them and GoodReader will begin the transfer. Close out of the Dropbox menu and you'll see your transferred files under the My Documents pane. Select a file and start reading.

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Additional notes:

-- GoodReader can also connect to MobileMe, Google Docs, box.net and WebDAV-based servers.

-- GoodReader has a built-in Wi-Fi tool that lets you wirelessly transfer documents to an iPad from a desktop or laptop. It's not the easiest thing to use, but it works very well.

-- You cannot can use GoodReader to directly transfer files from the iPad to Dropbox. As GSWoods noted in the comments (thanks!), here's how you do it: Go to Manage Files, select the file you want to transfer, click Copy, go to the Connect to Servers tab and select your Dropbox account. In the pop-up menu, click the Paste button. It's not exactly drag and drop, but it'll do in a pinch.


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 : May 10 2010 06:02 AM
Dropbox is great. I've used it to sync files across computers for a while now, and I was thrilled to see such a solid (and still free) iPad implementation.

It's worth noting that some file formats don't even require GoodReader for the transfer. I'm not sure which formats this works with, but I selected a Pages document from my Dropbox folder and was prompted to open the file directly in Pages, without any additional steps.
 : May 10 2010 10:49 AM
Regarding your caveat about uploading to Dropbox, GoodReader is capable of doing this. You first have to go to "Manage Files" in the GoodReader menu and select the files you want to transfer. Then when you connect to Dropbox, there is a "Paste" option in the lower right corner of the pop-up window that will upload the files.

It's not very intuitive, but it does work. I haven't tried it with Google Docs or MobileMe, but I suspect the procedure is the same.
 : May 10 2010 11:21 AM
@GSWoods: Thanks for the "Paste" tip! I updated the post to include your info.
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Posted Feb 07 2012 04:48 AM

Thanks for detailed information on how to complete ipad transfer files, it is really useful for transferring whole information quickly. Using iTunes and iCloud can also be useful for transferring files from iPad. If you have problem in this issue then you need to make use of iPad backup tool for transferring all the files in minutes.
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Posted Feb 09 2012 11:53 AM

I use my iPad via a Bluetooth tethered connection and for some reason DropBox has a very hard time connecting this way. I don't like using the WiFi Hotspot because its use is banned in my company, so I am stuck with BT which forces me to disconnect from BT, connect to WiFi, send files, and then reconnect to BT.

Do you have any other suggestions for Bluetooth transfers?
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