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I just bought an iPad. I have been Windows and Android user all my life. In Android I could just transfer a video file to the device and any video player such as VLC or MXPlayer would automatically detect it.

I transferred a few video files to my iPad from my Windows PC using iTunes software's file sharing option. I installed PlayerXtreme on my iPad but I can't find any video files in it.

How do I make it work?

  • Welcome to Ask Different :) Did you install the PlayerXtreme iOS app before or after syncing the videos? – Nimesh Neema Jun 22 at 16:58
  • @NimeshNeema I installed it after transferring the videos. And I am not sure what you mean by syncing. On my PC , in itunes software I clicked on mobile phone icon. There was a file sharing option on the left. I had selected keynotes, and then added files on the right. Done. File got transferred but I cant find it on my PlayerExtreme – SamuraiJack Jun 22 at 17:03
  • @NimeshNeema and does it matter if I installed PlayerXtreme after transferring videos? – SamuraiJack Jun 22 at 17:10
  • Yes. It's crucial for the app to be installed on the iPad before File Sharing could work. I will describe in detail in the answer. – Nimesh Neema Jun 22 at 17:11
  • @NimeshNeema HolyS*#t ! Please also describe in your answer if that entails deleting all the videos and re-transferring it if and when I decide to install and use another player? – SamuraiJack Jun 22 at 17:15
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File transfer doesn't work in iOS like other desktop and mobile platforms. In fact, generally speaking, iOS doesn't treat filesystem as a user accessible entity separate from the installed apps (which is a norm in almost all platforms, even macOS).

The user experience in iOS is focused on apps which are responsible for managing their own data. Inter-app data sharing is done using a concept called extensions.

Each app generally manage it's own data in it's own segregated/sandboxed storage space (which could go up to a maximum of available storage space on device) which is not accessible to other apps. File sharing is a iOS feature using which you can transfer data for an app to and from your computer using iTunes (which is available for macOS and Windows).

However, for File Sharing to work, you'll have to have the app pre-installed on your iOS device before connecting it to your computer. It appears that based on your experience with other platforms, you have assumed File Sharing to work like connected storage device, and transferred the files to a different app which also happens to support File Sharing feature.

Do note that not all iOS apps support File Sharing. It is available only if some of the app features require it and the developer of the app has programmed it.

To remedy your situation, start by installing the app, PlayerXtreme Media Player in your case on the iPad. Once the app is installed, connect your iPad to your computer and launch iTunes. Click on the iPad button shown in the toolbar and then click on File Sharing in the sidebar on the left. All the apps supporting File Sharing are listed under Apps list as shown:

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Notice that in the above screenshot, none of the apps listed under Apps list is selected. Now select the desired app (PlayerXtreme in your case) by clicking it. Once you have the app selected, drag and drop the video files from Finder under the area titled PlayerXtreme Documents.

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Each app manages its documents separately. If you have accidentally added the videos to a different app, you can't move it between apps directly on iPad. You'll need to delete the videos from the wrong apps documents first and re-add them into the Documents for the desired app (PlayerXtreme in your case). Here, for example, I have added a video and the corresponding subtitle file to VLC app documents:

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The video will be available only in VLC app on my iPad and not in PlayerXtreme app. To make it available in PlayerXtreme app, I'll have to copy the files using iTunes into it's PlayerXtreme's documents. You may wish to delete them from VLC app if you do not wish to watch them using VLC.

Also, an important thing to note is that neither iOS or iTunes check if a file type is supported by the app. It lets you transfer any file type into app documents as long as storage space is available on iPad.

Coming from a different platform, you may find this kind of workflow quite cumbersome, but this is by design on iOS and made so keeping user data privacy and security in mind.

  • Wow. I once saw a meme saying Android treats its users as Admins while iOS treats its users like guests. I guess it is true after all. I am quite shocked that everytime I decide to change the app I use to watch movies or read ebooks I will have to go through the pain of deleting and transferring the files. Anyways, thank you for your answer. I could not have asked for a more clear and complete answer. You may find me luring here quite often, now that I too am a iOS user. – SamuraiJack Jun 22 at 17:38
  • @Arbaaz Once again, welcome to Ask Different :) Hope you find the site and the folks here helpful. – Nimesh Neema Jun 22 at 17:40
  • @Arbaaz iOS started from highly secure and highly sandboxed framework. Android was the opposite. Over time both have moved closer, but you’ll struggle if you fight the inherent design on either platform. – bmike Jun 22 at 17:41
  • @bmike You statement may incorrectly infer that iOS has become less secure. I hope you mean Android has moved closer to iOS like model in terms of data privacy and security. – Nimesh Neema Jun 22 at 17:43
  • @bmike yeah i guess your are right. I just need to accept the way iOS works. – SamuraiJack Jun 22 at 17:55
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  1. save a couple videos and photos in the files app on iOS.
  2. take a couple photos and videos from the camera and save them to the files app
  3. decide which player you want to play these from the files storage

Now, you’ve got a feeling for the sandbox and files structure and can see if your existing videos play natively from within the files app or you want a player that supports your library or you’ll convert your library to a format that’s native.

I would avoid iTunes or thinking of the iPad as just a storage device. Or just save the files to usb and connect usb to iPad to get started. The less computer involved initially, the happier your experience will be due to a faster learning curve.

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