Forget iTunes or VLC. Here’s how to Add videos to iPad from Mac or PC without converting hassle!
Getting those movies from computer to iPad can be kind of tricky, since iOS isn’t that user-friendly in this case, because you can’t access your iPad’s file system by connecting it to the computer, as you can with Android.
In this guide, we will demonstrate how to add video to iPad (or any other iOS device) using iTunes and even introduce you to a new solution – WALTR 2.
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How to add videos to iPad without iTunes on Windows
iPad is a famous Apple product that has many uses. It can be a book reader, you can listen to music and surf the Internet or you can watch movies on it since it has a beautiful and big HD Retina display.
Once you’ve downloaded the movie or TV show on your computer, you probably want a fast and easy transfer to iPad so you can enjoy the film as soon as possible. When adding videos on iPad from computer, there isn’t a simpler and more straightforward method than WALTR 2.
A simple and user-friendly interface is something that few apps of this type have. With WALTR 2 you’ll get just that.
Watch Video Tutorial on How to Transfer Video to iPad (video length: 0:38 sec):
It represents a lightweight alternative for iTunes and comes in versions for both Mac and Windows. It is developed by Softorino and can be downloaded from their website.
It comes as the trial version at first, so for the extended use, you’ll have to buy a lifetime license. It’s true that it is not free, but it provides everything you’ll ever need for file transfers, so it is worth every cent.
Here is the quick guide on how to add video to iPad from PC.
Step 1. Download the installation file and install the program
Go to the Softorino website and find WALTR 2 among other products they offer. What you will get is the .exe file that you’ll have to run.
Latest Version: 2.6.25, 13 December 2019
Latest Version: 2.7.19, 14 November 2019
Step 2. Connect your iPad with a USB cable
Even with the trial version, you can use everything WALTR 2 offers for 24 hours. Connect your iPad with USB cable and wait until the program acknowledges that you’re connected.
An alternative to USB would be to use a Wi-Fi connection. It doesn’t really matter what you’ll use, but USB transfer should work way quicker. It’s up to you.
Step 3. Drag and drop the file
Find the file you want to transfer and drop it in the program window. WALTR 2 will now look for information about your video, like name, size, artwork, etc. Once the analyzing is done, the transfer begins and usually takes just a few seconds, depending on the file size.
That is how to transfer video from PC to iPad without iTunes. Once transferred, where do you find movies on iPad?
After the transfer is completed, the program will tell you to look in your iMovie or Videos app for the result of the transfer. What you should find there is your video along with its original metadata and artwork.
How to transfer movies from Mac to iPad
Let’s take a look at how to transfer videos from Mac to iPad without iTunes. If you’re on Mac computer, the process described above completely fits you.
The difference is that you won’t get the .exe file, but the dmg file, that is used to install the app.
Step 1. Move WALTR into Applications folder
After running this file and installing WALTR 2, you connect your iPad and drag and drop video file just like on Windows.
Step 2. Open WALTR & connect your iPad
After you install WALTR – it will ask you to plug your device into your computer. You can use a cord or go ahead and connect your device using Wi-Fi. For this, make sure that your desktop computer and device are connected to the same network.
Step 3. Push your Video file into WALTR
This is suuuuper easy. All you need to do is to drop your video file into the app! Then just wait when the transferring is finished. The average uploading speed is 2GB per minute.
After you receive ‘Success’ message simply locate your movie in the TV/Videos app on your iPad or iPhone.
iPad comes with a pre-installed app Videos app (and TV app, as well) that has a nice and simple interface and it is easy to use. As well as optimized for battery efficiency by Apple themselves. Your movie will land exactly there.
How to add videos to iPad with iTunes on Windows
iTunes is an Apple product that is used as iPad-to-PC translator or middleman between your PC and some iOS product like iPhone or iPad.
Although it’s free software, adding videos to iPad with iTunes can be complicated for some users that want a clean and simple design.
iTunes can be downloaded from Apple’s website for free.
You can add videos to iPad using iTunes only if your video files are compatible with stock Apple video players. Therefore, if you use movie containers like MKV and AVI you will need to convert them to MP4 or MOV first.
Here is how to put movies on iPad with iTunes:
Step 1. Connect your iPhone via USB
You have to connect via USB cable. There isn’t Wi-Fi option like with WALTR 2. Once you are connected, you’ll see your iPad’s name on the left side of the program window (for example “James’ iPad”).
Step 2. Go to the ‘Movies’ section
To access your iPad’s movies, choose ‘Movies’ or ‘TV shows’. Here you can see all the movies or TV shows your iPad has on its file system, along with the metadata and artworks.
Step 3. Navigate to the directory where the movie is located
Now minimize iTunes window and find the video file on your computer by navigating to the corresponding directory.
Step 4. Drag & drop
While iTunes is opened on the page where all your iPad movies are listed, drag the file you want to transfer to iTunes. iTunes will recognize that it’s a movie file and the transfer will begin. Along with the video itself, metadata and artwork will also be transferred, and you’ll be able to see it on iPad.
That was how to copy a video to iPad using iTunes.
If you wonder what video format your movie should be, maybe it’s the best and easiest to go with mp4. You can use iTunes to transfer mp4 files to iPad, but if your file is MKV or AVI, you’ll have to use WALTR 2 to get them to your iPad.
Which video formats does iPad support?
Video formats that iPad supports are MP4, MPEG-4, M4V, MOV, and M-JPEG.
You can notice that AVI, MKV, and WMV are not among the supported video formats for iPad. WALTR 2 solves this problem because it supports MKV, AVI, MOV, MP4, M4V, 3GP, WMV, FLV, M2TS, and TS. The video format of your movie is 99% on this list, so if you use WALTR 2 to add videos to iPad, you’ll be able to watch them.
How to connect iPad to Windows PC
In order to get videos and music from your PC or laptop to iPad, you’ll have to connect your iPad via USB cable. Once you do that, you notice a new drive in ‘This PC’ directory that represents your iPad. If you open this drive, you’ll see one more drive named ‘Internal Storage’.
Open ‘Internal Storage’ drive. You’ll notice it is empty.
Why is that? Well, it is something Apple and its iOS are known for. You cannot access your iPad’s file system like that. Unlike Android phones and tablets, Apple products work slightly different.
Managing your iPad or iPhone (adding or deleting music, videos, etc.) is done with the iTunes app. So, no iTunes – no party, right? Luckily for you, there are some excellent alternatives to this approach.
One of them is WALTR 2, which we described above.
iPad’s file system (at least the parts of it that we are interested in here) are controlled by iTunes. That’s one way we can go if we want to transfer a video to iPad. Also, there are some other solutions, iTunes alternatives, that sometimes offer a more natural way to add videos to iPad.
In this guide, we featured both workarounds. You can use iTunes to add videos to iPad, but now you can also try WALTR.