This brief tutorial will show you how to import documents from your Mac or PC to Pages for the iPad.
Creating a new document in Pages for the iPad is easy enough – but what if you want to work on an existing document that you created on your Mac or PC?
Please note: this guide was initially published back in 2010 and as you’d expect, a lot has changed since then. It’s much easier now (2021) to get documents from a Mac or PC onto your iPad (or other iOS device) and into the Pages app. Here’s how –
- If you’re transferring a document file (.doc, .docx, .pdf, .epub or .pages) from a Mac to an iPad, the easiest way is AirDrop. After you’ve sent the file from your Mac, tap the Accept button on your iPad.
- If Pages doesn’t open up automatically, you’ll be asked which App you want to open the document with. Select Pages
- Give it a moment or two to import.
- Just tap the EDIT button to get started editing the file on your iPad or iPhone.
- If you were expecting more I’m sorry to disappoint – that’s it. You’re done. If you’re using a PC or you don’t have access to AirDrop for some reason, the second easiest way to import documents to Pages on your iPad/iPhone is via email. Email the file to an address you can access on the iPad (Gmail perhaps?), and then tap the attachment in that email.
- The document will open up in a preview window – tap the Send to button located in the upper-right corner of the preview window (see screenshot below).
- Select Pages from the list of places to ‘send’ the file.
- That’s it! Tap the EDIT button to start editing the document in Pages.
If you ever need to transfer Keynote files to your iPad, it’s the exact same procedure.