2.8. Manage files from a computer wirelessly via Wi-Fi Transfer

Wi-Fi Transfer is the easiest way to transfer files from a computer to your iPhone or iPad and vice versa. You can easily download or upload multiple documents or even folders via a local Wi-Fi connection. 

Note: please make sure that both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network (if your iPad/iPhone is not connected to Wi-Fi, simply connect your device to your computer using the USB cable to use Wi-Fi Transfer). Documents app should be launched.

There are several ways to transfer files wirelessly:

(1) Wi-Fi transfer: manage files from your Mac/PC computer wirelessly with a browser and QR code or IP address/hostname.  

(2) WebDAV: mount Documents app as a network drive to access your files with Finder or File Explorer using IP address/hostname.

(3) WebDAV: transfer files between iOS devices.

(1) Manage files from a computer wirelessly with Wi-Fi Transfer

1. Launch the Documents app > go to Services > Wi-Fi Transfer and follow the directions or simply open any Browser on your desktop and enter https://docstransfer.com/ in the address bar. 

Note: if you would like to use IP address (http://192.168.5.92) or device's hostname (e.g. http://ana's- iphone.local) instead of QR code, go to Documents Settings > WebDAV > Enable WebDAV and copy the IP address. After WebDAV is enabled, you will also find the IP address or hostname in:

  • iPhone Documents > Services tab >  button.
  • iPad Documents > Nearby tab >   button.

2. Hold your iPhone’s camera up to the QR code to scan it, tap the notification. 


3. Now, you can instantly transfer files between the Documents app on iPad/iPhone and your PC/ Mac. Select several files or folders and click Download to get them from the iPad/iPhone to your computer. To upload the file to your iPhone/iPad, click the Upload button and select the files or drag and drop them into your browser.

As soon as they’re uploaded, they instantly appear on your device. Tap Disconnect on the iPhone, close the web page or close the Documents app.

Note: if the connection cannot be established, please make sure you use the latest version of the browser, disable plugins and make sure that JavaScript is not disabled.

(2) Mount Documents app as a network drive to access all files with Finder on your Mac or the File Explorer on Windows machine:

macOS

To gain access to Documents files  on Mac, please follow the steps below:

  1. Click on Finder icon.
  2. Select Connect to Server option in the Go menu. You can use ⌘K shortcut as well.
  3. Type http:// and the IP address or hostname (for example, "http://192.168.1.1"). Go to WebDAV tab in Documents settings > tap Start WebDAV. You will also find this information in Documents settings on your iPhone > Services tab >  button and in Documents on your iPad > Nearby tab >  button.
  4. Click Connect. You can also add a server to the Favourite Servers list.

As a result, you should get a Shared Disk mounted on your Mac. You can enable Connected servers settings in Finder Preferences > General to display the Shared disk on the Desktop. Please note, your device may change its IP address inside the Wi-Fi network. In this case, you will need to re-establish the connection using the new IP address.  

To gain access to Documents files on a Windows machine, please follow the steps below or check out the Windows Support article:

Windows 10

  1. Open the Start menu and select This PC from the left pane
  2. Select Map network drive on the toolbar at the top of the Computer tab
  3. Select a drive letter in the Drive list
  4. Type  http:// and the IP address or device's hostname (for example, "http://192.168.1.1"). Go to WebDAV tab in Documents settings > tap Start WebDAV. You will also find this information in Documents settings on your iPhone > Services tab >  button and in Documents on your iPad > Nearby tab >  button.

Alternative: for Vista 32-bit you can also use popular WebDAV client NetDrive or Cyberduck app to connect to the device:

  1. Download and install Cyberduck
  2. Launch Documents
  3. Go to the Nearby tab on iPad or Services on iPhone and tap Wi-Fi sign to check the IP address
  4. Click Open Connection in Cyberduck
  5. Select WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning)
  6. Switch off Anonymous Login and type in your IP address, login, and password

After that, download and upload any files from or to the Documents app.       

(3) Transfer files between iOS devices with WebDAV

To use WebDAV to upload or download files from one iOS device to another one, make sure the following requirements are met: 

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

On your iPhone: find the iPad in the list of Available devices in Services tab or setup the permanent connection: go to Services tab > Add account    > choose WebDAV server > add the URL from the Documents app on iPad (Settings > WebDAV) and fill out other fields > Save.

On your iPad: find the iPhone in the list of Available devices in the Nearby tab or setup the permanent connection: 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.


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