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4 Ways to Transfer a File onto your iPad

In this blog post, I’ll be going over 4 different ways you can transfer a file to your iPad so you can start digital planning quickly.

Let’s get right into it!



If you prefer to watch it as a video, I created a video tutorial just for you. If not, you can proceed to read the step-by-step instructions below.


1. Email

If your file isn’t unreasonably large, then transferring your files via email should work just fine.

To get the files from your email: 

1. Download the attachment


2. Click on the rectangle icon with the up arrow and select the option to “open in GoodNotes.”


And that’s it! GoodNotes will open and ask if you want to import as a new document or into a pre-existing one.

2. Airdrop

Airdropping is fast and can take anywhere from a few seconds to a minute depending on your file size.

You need another apple product in order for this to work. I am going to show you how to transfer files from your MacBook to your iPad, but you can transfer files from your iPhone as well.

To transfer files using Airdrop:

  1. Locate the file and right-click (control + click).
  2. Click on share –> airdrop

2. A small window on your laptop should open. Select the device you want to transfer your files to.

3. Your iPad should show this window once the file has been transferred. Select GoodNotes (or whatever program you wish to use).

You’re now ready to start planning!


3. Dropbox

If you don’t have an Apple product you can use airdrop with, you can use Dropbox.

Dropbox is a cloud storage service. This means you can copy your files to the cloud and access them later, even if you’re using a different device.

To transfer files using Dropbox:

1. Drag the file on your computer into your dropbox folder

2. Open Dropbox on your iPad (make sure you’re logged in the same account as your computer), select on the file you want to download, and export.


3. Tap “Open In…”


4. Select Open in GoodNotes.

You’re done!


4. Google Drive

Using Google drive is also a viable option. It is a free cloud service where you can store files and access them later on different devices.

To transfer files using Google Drive:

  1. Upload your files onto your Google Drive account.
  2. If you haven’t already, download the Google Drive app from the app store
  3. Select your file

4. Tap “Open in”

5. Tap on “Open in GoodNotes”

And you’re all set!

These are four ways you can transfer files between devices. There are many other methods, but from my experience, these are the easiest and most convenient options.

Let me know in the comments if you have any questions!


Other helpful resources:

Key GoodNotes Features to Know

How to open a .zip file on your iPad

How to import a file into GoodNotes



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