How to Transfer Files from PC to iPhone without iTunes

Updated on April 21st, 2021

Rohit Arora

Summary: Looking for quick ways to transfer files from Windows PC to iPhone without iTunes? Here are 5 easy ways to transfer your photos, videos, documents, etc., to iPhone from PC without using iTunes.

Not everyone is iTunes fan. Although iTunes is considered the obvious choice to transfer any files from PC to iPhone, it has been found that many iOS device users do not prefer iTunes at all. This is mostly because iTunes get slow during file transfers and often give frustrating error messages while transferring data. Whatever be the reason, if you want to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes, here are the other good ways to do the task.


1. Transfer files through e-mail

The simplest way to transfer computer files on iPhone is by sending yourself an e-mail. Then access the mail on iPhone, open the attachments, and save them to your desired location.

You can mail yourself music, video, documents, presentations, pdf files etc., to access them on iPhone. However, it is not the best option to transfer a large number of files. You have to ensure continuous network connection with high speed to completely download the heavy attachments.

Also, there is email file size limit. Gmail and Yahoo! Mail allows up to meagre 25 MB attachment. So for heavy files, videos, and high-resolution photos email is not the right way.

2. Import files with iPhone Data Recovery Software

Do not overlook the utility features offered by numerous third-party applications. An iPhone Data Recovery Software like Stellar also allows import of the files from PC to iPhone. Connect your iPhone to Windows or Mac machine via USB. Install the software and follow the on-screen instructions to transfer the files from computer to iPhone.

You can import photos, videos, audio, contact, notes, Safari bookmarks and calendar and other documents to the iPhone. There is no file size or data limitation in software method. It is the most viable way to transfer files from PC to iPhone without iTunes.

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3. Transfer files via Cloud Drive

Using Cloud syncing services like iCloud (Only for Mac and other iOS devices), Backup and Sync (popularly known as Google Drive), Dropbox, or OneDrive, makes viewing and accessing PC data on iPhone easy.

Technically Cloud Drives do not transfer the data to iPhone but make them accessible on your iOS device. You can view and edit your computer files on iPhone. To access the files of PC to iPhone through Cloud Drive, do the following:

  • Download and Install any Cloud Drive on your computer
  • Download the iOS app for Cloud Drive on your iPhone
  • Sync your iPhone to the Cloud Drive
  • Drag and drop the required files in the Cloud Drive folder on your computer
  • View the files of the Cloud Drive in the Files App folder on your iPhone

Any files you put in Cloud Drive folder will be available on all your synced devices, including iPhone.

Most of these Cloud Drives offer limited free space. To store and transfer a large amount of data you will have to buy more storage from the provider.

4. Transfer Mac files to iPhone via AirDrop

Transfer Mac files to iPhone via AirDrop

AirDrop by Apple allows the transfer of files among supported Macintosh computers and iOS devices over Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

  • Connect your iPhone to Mac computer
  • On Mac follow Finder > Go > AirDrop. Turn on Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to use AirDrop
  • The AirDrop window shows nearby users of AirDrop. Drag files to the receiver image in the window and click Send.

The transferred files are automatically saved in the applicable folder in iPhone, like photos and videos in the Gallery.

To use AirDrop feature, your Mac should be 2012 or newer model with OS X Yosemite or later and your iPhone should have iOS 7 or later operating system.

Latest Byte: The latest Microsoft release, which can be deemed as an answer to Apple’s AirDrop is the Photo Companion App. With its limited feature, it can share photos and videos from iPhone to your Windows 10 computer but NOT vice versa

5. Transfer through SHAREit App

SHAREit enables transfer of data between phones, computers and tablets. There is no file size limit to transfer through SHAREit. It depends upon the speed of your internet connection and the iPhone’s storage space.

To Transfer Files from PC to iPhone without iTunes through SHAREit you need its app on both the devices. Follow the below steps to do the task:

  • Download SHAREit to your PC from SHAREit website
  • Download SHAREit to your iPhone from App Store
  • Select the file on your PC you want to transfer
  • Click and drag the file onto the SHAREit window
  • This will send a file receiving message on your iPhone. Tap OK in the message on iPhone
  • The file is imported to iPhone from your PC

You can send documents, photos, videos, and apps through this file transfer application. Although transferring files is fast it does not always work. Often multiple attempts are required to send a file to SHAREit.


Often accessing important PC files on mobile devices is necessary for your work. So whenever you want to transfer important presentations, photos, videos, and music, etc., from PC to iPhone without iTunes, you can transfer through AirDrop, SHAREit or Cloud Drives. Also, one of most used and successful method to transfer Files from PC to iPhone without iTunes is through a software due to its ease of use and no file size limitation.

Whichever method you opt, do not forget to share your file transfer experience from PC to iPhone in the comment box below.

About The Author

Sumona Chatterjee

Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations. 

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  1. Thanks for your nice sharing! As for me, before founding your post, I had seen other software but your software useful to me. It is quite similar to the tip you showed us.

  2. I’m looking that information and found your blog on google search. I’m using Win 10 and don’t have iTunes installed on my PC. You define good way to transfer files PC to iPhone without iTunes. I really appreciate! Thanks.

  3. This software makes easier to transfer files from iPhone to PC and PC to iPhone. Also I used iTunes when I lost my music data. Thanks!

  4. Impressive! It’s a good method to transfer files PC to iPhone without iTunes. It’s helpful to me. Thanks

  5. Awesome! a great solution indeed. When transfer files Mac to devices without going through iTunes. I used Airdrop to transfer files to iPhone. Much Appreciated!

  6. I had a Dell w10 pc on windows and iPhone 6 device. As you discussed I download the Shareit app to device. It works well in transferring files from the PC to iPhone device. Thanks for sharing the good ways to do the task!

  7. I’m on Windows, what can I do for Transfer audio files between your computer and an app on iPhone with iOS 4?

    1. Dear Brooke,

      If you have an iPhone with iOS 4 transfer file via apps that support file sharing.

      1. Connect your device to your computer.
      2. Click the Device button, then click File Sharing.
      3. In the list on the left, select the app on your device that you want to transfer a file to or from.
      4. Transfer a file from your device to your computer: Select the file you want to transfer in the list on the right, click “Save to,” select where you want to save the file, then click Save To.

  8. Awesome Post! Describe detailed information. I also dislike iTunes. Stellar Recovery for iPhone working well for me since I Pick up it. Easy to use, fast, stable and zero data loss. Thanks a lot!

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