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Transfer PDF to iPad without iTune But DropBox

If you want to import PDF files from computer to iPad without using iTunes, you can use DropBox to sync PDF to iPad. Here is how.

Emma Shaw
Posted by Emma Shaw | @Emma Shaw | Category: PDF Knowledge
Published: May 19,2015 15:30 pm / Updated: Aug 21,2015 10:45 am

Be tired of syncing PDF eBooks to your iPad regularly? I cannot agree more. Syncing eBooks to iPad via iTunes is time-consuming. You import PDFs to iPad at home for reading on the way. Then you need to put another file to iPad in the office. This is where the problem comes. Whenever you sync files to iPad via iTunes, if you do the task on different computers, the former files will be erased. What a pity! Fortunately, Cloud technology has changed the situation. Just with an account, you can share your files among different computers, devices. Here in this article, we're talking about how to transfer PDF to iPad without iTunes, but with another free app, DropBox.

Bonus: Check out how to deal with PDF files on mobile devices easily.


DropBox is a free service that lets you to share photos, docs or videos anywhere at any time, even without access to the Internet. The following is about how to transfer PDF to iPad via DropBox.

Step 1:Download DropBox.

Install it in your computer. The first time when you install DropBox, you need to create an account. When the registration pop-up appears during the installation, fill in with user name, email and password.


Step 2:Upload PDF files to DropBox.

You might have seen two folders: Photos and Public. Drag and drop PDF files to the Public folder.


Step 3:Get DropBox for iPad in iTunes

and install it on iPad. Since you've created an account, there is no need to do that again. Log in with your account.


Step 4: Launch DropBox on iPad and navigate to the Public folder.

Open the Public folder and you will see all these PDF files you added to DropBox via your computer are here. Tap one of them to read the PDF file.

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The above mentioned is how to transfer PDF to iPad without iTunes, but DropBox. Now you can try to transfer PDF to iPad for reading. Though iPad is really a popular tablet for reading iPad, I think most of the time, you need to manage PDF files more on your computer, right? To edit PDF files, adding blank page, watermark, annotating or marking up PDF content, deleting PDF pages, etc, easily and efficiently, I recommend Wondershare PDFelement, a professional PDF editing tool for you to manipulate everything related to PDF. 


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