File transfers between two mobile devices have been traditionally very complex processes that suffered severe limitations. Email and WhatsApp also fall short when needing to transfer large files. There are, however, various methods available to transfer files (Android to iPad and vice versa) without these restraints, including:
We'll proceed to elaborate a bit further on each one of these, but, especially, on our recommended method. Keep in mind that this can be read also as a tutorial on how to transfer files from Android Phone to an iPad (Pro, Air, etc.), but we would simply be following the process in reverse.
AirDroid has been in our midst since 2011 and has withstood as one of the most reliable and intuitive file transfer services on the internet. AirDroid is not simply reduced to being a file transferring app, though. It also offers a wide array of other features, including the ability to operate another device entirely from its web application or a dedicated client app. The service is also cross-platform, and compatible with the most popular operating systems in the tech space.
Without further ado, we'll be unpacking the steps you need to follow in order to transfer files from Android to iPad (Pro, Air, etc.) using AirDroid:
You may also access the Airdroid Web Client through your iPad's browser (Safari or any other of your preference). The Web Client has a different interface, with files organized by type in distinct labeled folders. Needless to say, if you want to know how to transfer files from an iPad to an Android phone employing the Web Client, you only need to open your Android browser to access the Web Client from your Android device, in the same way, that you would do it through your iPad browser.
You may additionally bypass the need for an internet connection to transfer files from Android to iPad. Bluetooth and WiFi methods are available so you won't need to worry about any privacy breach when using your home internet or mobile data plans. AirDroid is mostly free to use, but only if you want to transfer files through WiFi. There are some limitations to how much data can be transferred via remote networks, limitations that can be eliminated by paying a monthly, quarterly, or yearly fee. With the yearly fee, you can save around 37% of what you would have to pay monthly in the span of a year, totaling $29.99.
Cloud storage services, as an option to transfer files between devices, have been the go-to method for many people owing to three main reasons:
With AirDroid, you're not bound to connect to the internet in order to transfer files from one device to another, as you still have the option to transfer files from Android to iPad via WiFi or Bluetooth directly without the need to be online and exposed to cybersecurity hazards. Furthermore, your cloud storage capacity is always limited. You'll be allowed to expand your allotted storage capacity in exchange for a monthly or yearly fee, depending on the service of your choice. The most popular ones are the aforementioned Google Drive or iCloud Drive, but other famous services include Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive. Each one offers a unique package with premium features. Google Drive is one of the most generous cloud storage solutions, granting a whopping 15GB of storage for free!
At this point, you will be wondering why there is no guide on how to transfer files from Android to iPad through Bluetooth or WiFi directly. Apple is known to be very restrictive when it comes to wireless transfers between Apple and non-Apple devices. iPhone and iPad users are capped from using Bluetooth to transfer files to and receive files from Android or PC, with AirDrop being the only viable method for file transfer. iPad to Android Bluetooth and WiFi transfers are only available through third-party applications like AirDroid. As we stated earlier, AirDrop is a feature that is limited to iOS, iPad, and macOS devices. In summary, you cannot transfer files from Android to iPad through Bluetooth. Those who wish to transfer files on a whim and without an internet connection will have no choice but to resort to other physical means, such as the traditional USB cable method. Apple's recent file manager update enables file sharing through the use of a USB-C pen drive or an OTG cable, without having to rely on an intermediary.
You can also turn to iTunes, but, for this, you will need a computer, apart from the USB cable For this purpose, you should follow these steps below. On macOS, you don't need to install iTunes (it comes preinstalled) and you may use your already existing AppleID credentials to access your iTunes account.
To transfer the files from your Android to your PC/Mac, you may also use an SD card instead. You can access the contents of your SD card through the USB connection or by inserting the card into a card reader and, in turn, into the SD card slot of your desktop or laptop. AirDroid is still a better option in our view, but, if you don't have it installed and configured yet and you have no internet access, you will have to resort to this technique, which could turn out to be a bit cumbersome for those looking to do seamless file sharing.
After assessing all the aforementioned alternatives, it's very easy to see why AirDroid is clearly the winner of this round. You will still require internet access for installation and login, but, aside from that, you don't have to be permanently connected to the internet and exposed to potential hacks or viruses. You also don't need to trouble yourself with cables and wires, and you may be able to use AirDroid, possibly without ever having to pay a dime to access features behind a paywall.