How to Connect an iPad to a PC

To sync and manage your iPad files in iTunes on a PC, the very first thing that you must do is to connect your Apple device to the computer. Here’s how:

Connect an iPad to a PC

1. Connect your iPad to one of your PC’s USB ports using the original Lightning to USB cable that comes with the gadget in the retail packaging. See photo below.

Do not forget to turn on the device before you connect it.

Lightning to USB cable

Plug in the lightning connector at the bottom of your iPad, and the other end goes to one of your PC’s USB ports.

Plug in the lightning connector at the bottom of your iPad

2. iTunes will open automatically on the PC. Click Continue to allow the computer to access the information in your iPad.

Do you want to allow this computer to access information on your iPad

Run iTunes manually if it did not open automatically after you connect the iOS device to the computer.

3. Check your iPad. Tap “Trust” if you get a prompt same below.

Trust this computer

4. Going back to your PC. iTunes will give you two pop-up notifications. It is up to you whether you want to update your iPad [if there is a software update available], or download iCloud for Windows.

A new iPad software version is available

iCloud for Windows

To start syncing your files or whatever, just click the iPad icon at the upper-left hand corner of the window and you will be redirected to the iOS device page. See the highlighted in blue icon in the screenshot below.

iPad page

Note: It is not required to have an internet connection when you connect your iPad to your computer in order to install the driver.

Last Updated: May 11, 2015
Tested on: Windows 8 Pro 64-bit, iTunes

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