I'm sure this question has been asked many times but I find it surprisingly hard to find a clear answer on the internet by searching it.

Is it possible, yes or no, to transfer files to my iPad with a USB cable from an Android device?

I have a google pixel phone, I just got a 2018 iPad, and I would like to transfer big video files between the two using a USB-C to USB-C cable. My devices are not rooted or jailbroken.

I'm sure there are other solutions like using dropbox but they seem silly compared to a USB transfer.


This is currently not possible using a lightning/USB port.

Apple does provide an alternative though.

See the corresponding support article: Move from Android to iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch


You can do this using a PC as an intemediary

  • download iTunes app
  • create an account to iTunes
  • upload your pictures via USB-C to PC & store them to iTunes
  • connect tour iPad to PC and open iTunes (if doesn’t open by itself) & sign/log in to your iTunes account
  • when iPad Pro is connected via USB-C you will see at top left corner that iTunes app is recognizing your iPad.
  • on left of iTunes app there is a Photos (below Videos - Music ets) upload those photos to your iPad.

On macOS it’s easier

  1. you do not have to download iTunes app
  2. you use your AppleID credentials to login

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