I'm using macOS Monterey 12.3.1 and iPadOS 15.4.1. iTunes has been deprecated. My files are locally on the "On my iPad" section in the Files app

After the "Trust MacBook" step on the iPad, I can navigate to the iPad from Finder as described in the help article.

However, I can't access the "On My iPad" section. I can only see the files listed under Chrome or other apps.

I don't have enough space on iCloud for this set of files and AirDrop would be too slow. It appears that the only way is to use a third party app into which I copy the "On My iPad" files, and then they will be visible in Finder:

App Files Viewer

What is a trustworthy app on the App Store to achieve this function?

  • Can you enable SMB sharing on the Mac and then access it from Files?
    – nohillside
    Apr 7 at 3:52
  • Related, regarding Airdrop throughput: apple.stackexchange.com/questions/19517/…
    – nohillside
    Apr 7 at 5:49
  • @nohillside - why edit out the formatting from my question? It's easier to read that way...? Also no, AirDrop is slow in this scenario and will not work for me. SMB share is also a network-based solution - I just want to take advantage of the wired throughput, so an app would work best (barring built-in functionality into the OS).
    – Aditya M P
    Apr 8 at 6:25
  • A lot of people get confused if code formatting is used for non-code text. I don't know whether transfer via USB is even an option for apps (there might be no API for this), which is excluding network-based solutions may lead to no solution at all. How big are the files you want to transfer?
    – nohillside
    Apr 8 at 6:35


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