[Easy & Fast] Copy Videos to iPad from Laptop with/Without iTunes

Want to drag and drop videos to iPad from laptop? You can try the four methods in this guide to know how to copy videos to iPad from laptop with or without iTunes.


By Demi / Updated on February 5, 2024

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How do I transfer videos from my laptop to my iPad?

I have made some videos (include the videos on YouTube, other movies) on my Windows PC, intend to copy them to my iPad, so that I can watch them wherever I go. Is it possible to upload videos on YouTube from my laptop to my iPad via any software or tools?

- Question from Apple Community

Why do you want to transfer videos to iPad from laptop?

Since iPad is lighter and more portable, you may want to copy your favorite movies or music videos to iPad from a laptop like Microsoft, Dell, LG, etc., so that you can access them anywhere at any time.

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In this guide, you can get 6 ways about how to copy videos to iPad from laptop with or without iTunes. You can browse them one after another, then choose one from them to help you import videos to iPad.

How to send videos from laptop to iPad without iTunes

Generally, iTunes transfers files slowly and occurs unexpected errors sometimes, you may want to transfer videos from laptop to iPad without iTunes. Then, you can try the best iTunes alternative mentioned in method 1. If you prefer a wireless transfer solution, method 2, method 3 or method 4 can be a nice try.

Method 1. Download videos from laptop to iPad with FoneTool (Fastest)

FoneTool is seen as one of the best iTunes alternatives when it comes to computer to iDevices transfer. It is perfectly compatible with not only iPad, but also iPhone and iPod Touch. You can easily copy files from computer to iPad/iPhone/iPod, including videos, music, photos, messages, contacts, etc.

iPad to Laptop Transfer App
  • Fast transfer speed. With the user-friendly interface, you can finish transferring videos at a super-fast speed even if they’re large videos.
  • Ensure the video's quality. During the transfer process, the quality of the videos won’t be decreased.
  • Powerful transfer functions. Besides videos, you can also rely on it to transfer music from computer to iPad. It also supports iPad to computer, iPad to iPhone/iPad transfer.

Free download FoneTool to your laptop, and follow the simple steps to learn how to transfer videos from laptop to iPad using USB with FoneTool.

Step 1. Connect iPad and laptop with USB > Launch FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Locate PC to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

Transfer To iPhone

Tip: If you also want to learn how to copy videos from iPad to computer, you can choose the iPhone to PC option.

Step 2. Click + icon to browse and choose the videos from your computer > Click Open to continue.

Choose Videos

Step 3. Choose to save these videos to the Videos, Music, Photos app (Videos app by default) as you like > Click Start Transfer to begin the task.

Transfer to Videos

Method 2. Transfer videos from laptop to iPad via iCloud

iCloud is used to backup your iPhone, you can also use it to sync videos between laptop and iPad. Before trying this method, please make sure both your iPad and laptop are under a stable Wi-Fi connection.

On your laptop:

• Open a web browser and visit iCloud.com > Sign in with your Apple ID and password.

• Choose Photos> Click the Upload icon in the upper right corner to select the videos you want to transfer to iPad.

View Photos On iCloud

On your iPad: Go to the Setting app > Tap on your profile > iCloud > Photos > Toggle on iCloud Photos.

Turn On iCloud Photos

You may spend some time waiting for the videos to download to your iPad. The duration depends on the Internet condition and the size of the videos.

Method 3. Copy videos from laptop to iPad via Google Drive

Transferring videos from your laptop to your iPad is a breeze with Google Drive. Follow these simple steps to seamlessly copy your videos:

Step 1. Sign in to Google Drive on your PC  > Click the New button > Choose File Upload.

Upload Files To Google Drive

Step 2.  Browse your files and choose the ones you want to transfer to the iPad > Click Upload to start the process.

Step 3. Download and install Google Drive from the App Store on your iPad > Sign in with your account > You'll have access to all the uploaded video files and you can download these videos to your iPad.

Method 4. Download videos to iPad from laptop by Dropbox

Dropbox, an iCloud alternative, provides you with another way to transfer MP4 videos to iPad without iTunes over the air. You can follow the steps below to make it.

Step 1. On your laptop, open a web browser and go to the site of Dropbox > Sign in with your Dropbox account and password.


Step 2. Click Upload on its homepage > Click the plus icon to choose the wanted videos from your laptop > Choose a folder to save and upload the videos.

Step 3. On your iPad, download the Dropbox app and sign in with the same account > Download the videos to your iPad.

How to import videos to iPad from laptop with iTunes

iTunes provides you with two ways to copy videos to iPad from laptop. If you have purchased movies or other videos from iTunes Store, you can try the iTunes syncing function. If you haven’t, rely on iTunes File Sharing instead.

Please make sure you have updated iTunes to the latest version on your laptop. If you encounter any trouble, you can click here iTunes Windows 10 problems to seek solutions or turn to the next part to try iTunes alternatives.

Method 1. Transfer movie to iPad from laptop using iTunes sync

The first way to use iTunes to transfer 4k videos is using iTunes sync. You can check the below guide to address the question of "how to transfer a video from iPad to laptop".

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer with a USB cable > Click the device icon when your iPad is detected.

Step 2. Choose Movies under Settings from the left pane > Click the checkbox next to Sync Movies > Choose the videos you want to copy to iPad.

Select Videos

Step 3. Finally, click Apply to start the process.

Method 2. Stream videos to iPad from pc by iTunes File Sharing

You can rely on the File Sharing function in iTunes to copy videos to an app on your iPad that supports File Sharing. The following steps are about how to copy videos to iPad from laptop using iTunes File Sharing.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to laptop with USB > Run iTunes on your laptop > Click the device icon near the upper left corner.

Device Icon iTunes

Step 2. Choose File Sharing > Choose the app you want to copy videos to, like iMovie > Click Add or drag and drop videos from laptop to iPad. Now, the wanted videos will be copied to your iPad automatically.

Step 3. Now, unplug iPad from laptop, open the iMovie app on your iPad > Click the download icon > iTunes > Import [number] Files to get access to videos on your iPad.

FAQs on Transferring Videos to iPad from Laptop

You may also want to know the following questions:

1. Why do my video transfers sometimes fail from my laptop to my iPad?

Transfer failures can occur due to issues like a faulty USB cable, insufficient storage on the iPad, or incompatible video formats. Ensure a reliable cable, free up space, and use compatible video formats.

2. Where are the transferred videos stored on my iPad?

Transferred videos are usually stored in the "TV" app on your iPad. You can find them under the "Library" or "Downloaded" sections, depending on the syncing method used.

3. What should I do if my iPad runs out of space during video transfer?

Check the available storage on your iPad. If space is limited, you can use FoneTool to wipe an iPad clean. Alternatively, consider transferring a smaller selection of videos at a time.


That’s all about how to copy videos to iPad from laptop. A stable USB connection between your iPad and laptop saves time when transferring videos. Therefore, it’s recommended to try iTunes or its alternative - FoneTool.

To keep your iPad data safe, it’s suggested to regularly backup your iPad to computer. For more queries, suggestions, and feedback, please feel free to contact us.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.