[5 Fast Ways] How to Transfer Videos from iPad to Computer

Adding videos from iPad to PC is needed often. Read this guide to learn how to transfer videos from iPad to computer in different ways without iTunes.


By Lena / Updated on December 26, 2023

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How do I transfer videos from iPad to PC without iTunes?

Want to transfer videos from iPad to PC? Maybe you want to backup iPad videos to computer and then delete them from device to free up space. Or maybe you want to edit videos with video editing software on your PC. However, transferring large videos from iPad to a computer can be challenging.

Don't panic, we experimented for a month and sorted out 5 effective ways on how to transfer videos from iPad to computer. Continue reading the guide and choose the one that suits you best.

Transfer Tool Applicability Difficulty
🏆FoneTool Efficient iOS transfer freeware for large videos. Go Easy
📗 iCloud Drive Upload video to iCloud Drive and save it on PC. Go Normal
📔 Mail Drop Transfer videos from iPad to computer as large attachments. Go Normal
📙Photos App Connect iPad to Windows 11/10/8 and transfer videos. Go Easy
📘File Explorer Transfer videos from iPad to PC with USB cable. Go Easy

Way 1. Transfer large videos from iPad to computer easily [Fast]

FoneTool is one of the most outstanding iPhone video transfer tools, which not only can help you transfer any type of video from iPad to computer, and no matter how big the video is, it won't lose quality.

Best iOS to PC Video Transfer App
  • Transfer unlimited files between iPad and PC.
  • Quick transfer doesn't erase and compress videos.
  • Preview videos, photos, music, etc before sending them.
  • Fully/selectively transfer iPhone/iPad videos in all fomats.
  • Compatible with all iOS devices and iOS 17.

Download FoneTool for free and learn how to transfer videos from iPad to PC without iTunes.

Step 1. Connect your iPad to computer via the USB cable. You may need to enter the passcode on iPad screen so that the software can access your device.

Step 2. Click Phone Transfer option on Home screen. Go to iPhone to PC and click Start Transfer.

iPhone to PC

Step 3. Click the icon, select the videos you want to transfer to computer > Click OK to continue.

Choose Videos

Step 4. Click Start Transfer, choose a destination to save the videos. Click Transfer to confirm add videos from iPad to PC.



Way 2. Download videos from iPad to computer via iCloud

iCloud Drive is a commonly used cloud drive for Apple users, and it can store files that are less than 50GB, including videos. You can use it as a medium to copy videos from iPad to computer.

⚠️Note: Each iCloud account only offers 5GB of free storage, and you'll be charged if you transfer more than the free limit. You can turn to Way 1 to transfer large videos from iPad/iPhone to PC.

Step 1. Open your iPad and go to Settings > [your Apple ID] > iCloud, swipe the screen to find and enable iCloud Drive.

Step 2. Find the video you want to send on your iPad, tap the share icon, and then tap Save > iCloud Drive to save it to a folder in iCloud Drive.

iCloud Drive save iPad videos

Step 3. Visit iCloud.com on your computer and sign in with the Apple ID that you use on your iPad.

Step 4. Click the iCloud Drive option, then find and tap on the folder where you saved the video.

iCloud site

Step 5. Select the video you need and download it from your iPad to your PC.

Way 3. Transfer videos from iPad to PC wirelessly

When you try to email a large video, you'll be notified of the size limitation. However, sending videos from an iPhone to email is possible using Mail Drop. To do so, ensure you have an iCloud email address and enable Mail in your iCloud settings.

⚠️Note: You can send a file up to 5GB and the receiver has 30 days to download the attachments.

Step 1. Open iPad and go to Mail > Preferences > Accounts > Advanced > Choose Send large attachment with Mail Drop.

Step 2. On your computer go to Photos app > Find and choose the video you want to transfer > Tap the Share icon.

Step 3. Choose Mail option > Compose your email > Tap Send.

Step 4. Then you will receive a message saying that the video is too large to send and you can choose to use Mail Drop > Simply tap Use Mail Drop option.

Use Mail Drop

Way 4. Add videos from iPad to computer via Photos App

You may also have questions about "how do I transfer video from iPad to Windows computer". Don't worry, Windows 11, 10, and 8 have a built-in tool - the Photos app can help you transfer videos from your iPad to your computer. Follow the steps to learn how to export video from iPad to PC.

Step 1. Run Photos app on your Windows PC > Plug in your iPad.

Step 2. Tap Trust or enter passcode on iPad if asked.

Step 3. Click Import > Select From A USB device > Click Import Settings to set the destination or other options > Click Done to continue.

Step 4. Uncheck other photos and videos you do not want to import > Click Import Selected to make it.

Import Selected

Way 5. Copy videos from iPad to Windows PC via File Explorer

When the iPad is connected to the computer, you can open the iPad internal storage to view photos and videos. Then you can copy and paste selected videos to your PC.  Here are the specific steps on how to copy video from iPad to pc.

⚠️Note: The transfer process may not be very stable, and if your video size is large, you may encounter the issue of video not showing up on PC.

Step 1. Plug in iPad > Enter passcode on iPad if asked.

Step 2. Go to Computer or This PC to find your iPhone > Double-click your iPhone > Open Internal Storage.

Step 3. Open the DCIM folder and you will see one or more folders, labeled 100APPLE, 101APPLE, 102APPLE, etc. > Open the folder and you can see your pictures and videos > Copy and paste the needed videos to your computer.

DCIM Subfolder

FAQs on transferring files from iPad to PC

Here are some answers to common questions from users. You can check the instructions below now to get the answer.

1. How can I transfer videos from my iPhone to my PC?

Many solutions can transfer videos from iPhone to PC, including the above five. iCloud, the Photos app, and File Explorer can help most users transfer videos on their iPhones.

If you want a one-and-done method, FoneTool may be more suitable for you, you can directly transfer photos and videos from an iPhone to PC without quality loss, and the tool does not limit the number of files you can transfer.

2. Do videos lose quality when transferred?

Generally speaking, the videos you transfer will not be compressed, unless the video reaches the file transfer limit. If you use a professional data transfer tool like Windows Explorer or FoneTool, there will never be a loss of quality in the video.

3. How to transfer files from iPad to PC using USB without iTunes?

You can use File Explorer or a third-party transfer tool to transfer files from iPad to PC using USB cable without iTunes.

4. What is the best app to transfer files from PC to iPad?

There are many iOS data transfer tools on the market, and the best PC to iPhone file transfer software should be efficient, secure, and comprehensive. After many trials, we recommend FoneTool, AnyTrans, and iTunes the most, all of which have these advantages.


That’s all for how to transfer videos from iPad to computer. If you prefer an easy and quick way to transfer photo videos, home videos, movies, then FoneTool can be your best choice. It can help you transfer large videos without effort. Besides, you can also transfer photos, songs, messages and more. Go for it now to discover more!

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.