2.4. Transfer files to another iOS device with WebDAV and AirDrop

You can upload or download files from Documents on iPad to Documents on iPhone or vice versa.   

(1) Using WebDAV 

To use WebDAV to transfer files between iOS devices, make sure the following requirements are met: 

  • Both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Documents app is launched on both iPad and iPhone.
  • WebDAV should be enabled in Documents settings on both devices. For this, open Documents app > Settings > WebDAV and tap Start WebDAV.  

To send (download) your files from iPad to iPhone:

  1. Open Documents app on both devices.
  2. Go to the Services section in the bottom toolbar of Documents on your iPhone.  
  3. Find your iPad under Available devices section.
  4. Confirm the connection on your iPad.
  5. On your iPhone, choose all of the files and folders you want to download from the iPad and tap Download.

You can also send (upload) your files from iPad to iPhone directly from your iPad if you use Upload feature on the iPad.  

To send (download) your files from iPhone to iPad:

  1. Open the Documents app on both devices.
  2. Go to the Nearby section on the sidebar menu on the iPad.
  3. Find your iPhone under Available devices.
  4. Confirm the connection on your iPhone.
  5. On your iPad, choose all files and folders you want to download from your iPhone and tap Download.

You can also send (upload) your files from iPhone to iPad directly from your iPhone if you choose Upload feature on the iPhone.

Note: If you do not see your iPhone (iPad) among available devices, you can set up the permanent connection manually:

  • On your iPhone: Go to Services > Add account  > choose WebDAV server > add the URL you will find in Documents app on iPad > Settings > WebDAV tab, fill out other fields, tap Save.
  • On your iPad: Go to Settings > Network > Add   account > choose WebDAV server > add the URL from Documents app  on iPhone (Settings > WebDAV) and fill out other fields > Save.  

You can check the download/upload status in the Services tab of the Documents app on the iPhone and in Documents Settings > Network section on the iPad.  

(2) Using AirDrop 

AirDrop lets you transfer files between iPhones and iPads quickly and easily. To enable AirDrop on your iPad, follow these steps:     

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of the screen to open Control Center
  2. Make sure Bluetooth and Wi-Fi are turned on.    
  3. Press deeply or touch and hold the network settings card in the upper-left corner, then tap AirDrop. If you're using iOS 10.3.3 or earlier, tap AirDrop. 

Note: if the other person’s AirDrop receiving setting is set to Contacts Only and you’re in their Contacts, they need to have your Apple ID information in your contact card for AirDrop to work. Otherwise, choose Everyone in order to receive the file.

To transfer Documents files from your iPad with AirDrop, follow the steps below:     

  1. Open the file you would like to send with AirDrop.
  2. Tap the arrow button in the upper right corner.
  3. Select Share.
  4. Choose the file format.
  5. Choose the contact you would like to AirDrop to.    

Devices that work with AirDrop are iPhone 5 or later, iPad (4th generation), iPad mini, and iPod touch (5th generation).   


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