Transferring files between iPhone, iPad and Windows devices has always been easy thanks to cloud storage services like Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, …
However, this only applies to text and small files of less than tens of megabytes. For files that are gigabytes, the process is very slow and can cost you money for the huge amount of storage space they require.
Luckily, you can do it offline.
You can transfer files offline from iPhone, iPad to Windows devices and vice versa using a cable. Follow these steps:
1. Connect iPhone, iPad to Windows devices using a lightning to USB cable → press Trust to trust the Windows device
2. Ensure that the iPhone, iPad has an app that acts as a file manager to help you create a folder that is accessible on both the iPhone, iPad and Windows devices where the transferred files will be stored.
In this article, we choose 1LimX app https://apps.apple.com/us/app/1limx/id1615037409 to help achieve that folder. This folder is located on iPhone, iPad storage, you can view it in the Files app.
On Windows devices when iPhone, iPad connected to Windows devices through a cable, you can access the folder with the iTunes app https://support.apple.com/downloads/itunes.
Install 1LimX app on iPhone, iPad → connect to Windows devices with a lighting to USB cable → install and open iTunes on Windows devices → click the iPhone, iPad icon
Next, an overview of your iPhone, iPad interface will appear → select File Sharing tab, you should see the following
3. Transferring files
a. Transferring files from WIndows devices to iPhone, iPad
Make sure iPhone, iPad and WIndows devices are connected by a cable → Now drag the large file you want to transfer (or click Add File…) to the 1LimX folder in iTunes → Wait for the transfer process, it’s faster than other online methods.
b. Transferring files from iPhone, iPad to WIndows devices
Make sure iPhone, iPad and Windows devices are connected by a cable → Open Files app on iPhone, iPad → Go to Browse screen → Go to On My iPhone → If you don’t see 1LimX folder, switch to Windows device and drag a sample file (small text, image, … file) like the video above.
With 1LimX folder visible, you can send copy, save file to this folder. Now on Windows device, Open iTunes → click the iPhone, iPad icon → select File Sharing tab → → select 1LimX icon, the files will appear → drag wanted file to your wanted folder on Windows → wait for transferring process.