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How to copy files to an IOS app through iTunes

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I have the latest version of iTunes on my laptop and the latest version of IOS on my iPad2. In earlier versions of iTunes, I remember transferring files to applications (like Adobe Reader, GoodReader, etc) by clicking on the application in 'My Apps' and adding files (pdf files) to it. Somehow, with the latest version, I am not able to do that. Is there a way to do it other than enabling 'WiFi Transfer' from within the app?
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by:btdownloads7
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What you're asking for was never possible in any version of iTunes, and isn't suported now either. That's why some apps have a built-in option to transfer files using their own methods (like "WiFi transfer" that you mentioned).

The only other way to do it is to use iCloud Drive. Anything you put in it on your PC can be accessed on your iPad, and any apps that support it, will see those files as well.
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by:sukhoi35
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If you see the image here (downloaded from google), I was referring to marked section 4 which is how it used to appear in earlier versions of iTunes.

Inserting files into applications through iTunes
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Sorry about that -- that picture refers to Apple's "file sharing" API, and I didn't realize that they still had it active. And looking at the iTunes 12, I'm pretty sure that it's still there, but you have to get to the list of apps a bit differently then before. However, I'm not sure if iOS 8 supports that API any more because they may have migrated everything over to iCloud drive. Here's how you can get to the proper screen in iTunes 12, but it may only show you the File Sharing section depending on the iOS version of your device:

1. Connect your iOS device
2. in iTunes, click on the iPhone icon on the toolbar (on the left)
3. Once it opens your iOS device, it should give you a selection of what's on your phone (apps, music, etc.). Click Apps.
4. This should bring you to a screen very similar to the one you posted, and if you scroll to the bottom, you'll see the section for File Sharing.
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by:sukhoi35
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I am somehow not able to see the file sharing with the combination of latest IOS and itunes. Anyway, I am closing this for now as I have decided to use third party tools.
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Thank You!
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