Downloading and Managing Files on the iPad

Since Apple launched its first iPad Pro a few years ago, they have been trying to make this range and the other models increasingly comparable to a computer rather than an iPhone. In fact, it already has its own operating system called iPadOS, which has very interesting features that really make it similar to a Mac. That’s why in this post we go into one of the most outstanding: the management of downloads and files on an iPad.

How to manage photos and videos on an iPad

Managing photos and videos on iPad will be very familiar if you’ve ever used an iPhone, since the mechanism is the same. Its main management is through the native app of Photos , and although there are other alternatives for storing photos, this is usually the most comfortable and usual. From this app you can see your entire photo album, either with snapshots taken by yourself as those you save from the Internet or your social networks.

Downloading and Managing Files on the iPad
Downloading and Managing Files on the iPad

In this app you can organize your content as you wish, and you can differentiate your photos and videos in different albums that are more accessible. The editing features are also outstanding, although they don’t offer great tools that some apps do. Adjusting the brightness, colors, cropping the photo, rotating it and shortening the duration of a video are just some of the functions you’ll find.

If you also have another Apple device such as an iPhone or a Mac, you can sync the iCloud photo library from Settings>Photos. This way, all the photos and videos you save on those computers will automatically be moved to the iPad when it’s connected to a WiFi network. The same thing happens the other way around, and this is also an excellent way to export photos and videos to those devices without having to do anything.

The way to transfer photos and videos manually to other equipment is simple too. If they’re from Apple and you don’t have your iCloud photo library activated, you can do it using AirDrop . To transfer them to a Windows PC, for example, you can connect your iPad via cable and manually select the photos in the corresponding folder in Computer (or My Computer).

Transferring Music to the iPad

If you subscribe to one of the streaming music services such as Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon Music or Tidal, you may not need to import the songs to your iPad from a computer. All of these platforms have apps on the App Store and are compatible with the iPad. In each of them you can download songs to play later without the need to be connected to the internet, so they will be already stored in your device even if it’s inside those apps.

If you don’t subscribe to any of these platforms, you can transfer audio tracks from your computer to the iPad . How? Through iCloud Drive. This is Apple’s cloud storage service and each user has 5 GB free of charge. It is available on all Apple computers and is also accessible from Windows computers. On a Mac it would be as simple as selecting the songs you want to transfer and copying them to an iCloud Drive folder. You can then access these tracks from Files on iPad. On PCs, you can do this by downloading the iCloud app or accessing the iCloud website from your browser.

Managing other files on the iPad

One of the most basic functions that we can need in an iPad is to be able to download all kinds of files from the internet. Whether they are images, audios, videos or even compressed files. All this can be done in a very simple way from the native browser Safari. Each website from which you download content will be different, although in all of them there will be a download link that you will have to click on. After this, a pop-up window will appear asking you if you want to download the file.

For some elements such as images, there is the possibility to save them in the gallery, so that they can be viewed from the Photos app. But what is really interesting is the possibility of saving them in the app of Files , which would be the Finder of the iPad. From this app we’ll be able to share files more easily, add them to iCloud or another cloud storage service or simply have them stored in a folder for later use.

Within this Files app you can create different folders, as well as perform other typical management tasks such as renaming files, copying, pasting and even moving them to other folders. It’s very similar to what you would do with a computer, only here instead of pressing buttons on the mouse, you’ll have to make a long press with your finger or the Apple Pencil.

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