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.

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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

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    I don't know if the contents of that link have changed, but right now it just shows how to migrate from an Android phone to a (new) iOS device. The OP asked about how to transfer files from Android to an iPad, presumably without resetting the iPad first. ETA: There is a link for "transfer content manually" but under "Photos and Videos", it only gives instructions for transferring to a Mac, not directly between mobile devices.
    – Coderer
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 13:12
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    Also: I think this answer may no longer be accurate after the launch of iPadOS. I have seen several Reddit threads about users either attaching their phone in PTP mode and being prompted to import photos in the iPad Photos app, or mounting their iPad as a "thumb drive", so that they can copy files onto it from their Android device. I don't have the cable to try it myself, but I'm looking at ordering one.
    – Coderer
    Commented Apr 10, 2020 at 13:24

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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