How to Transfer PDF Files to GoodReader on My iPad


The easiest way to get PDF files to GoodReader from your computer is through a USB transfer, but GoodReader also has a Wi-Fi transfer option. To use this, both your iPad and computer must connect wirelessly to the same network, which must be configured to allow devices to recognize each other. Home or office networks are more likely to have the correct configuration than public networks. Consult your wireless router's manual or a networking professional if your iPad and computer don't recognize each other on the network.

Things You'll Need

  • IPad sync cable
  • Wireless network

USB Direct Transfer

  • Drag and drop all of the PDF files you want to transfer into a single desktop folder on your computer for easy access.

  • Connect your iPad to the computer with your PDF files via the iPad's USB connection cord, as if you were synching the iPad to your computer.

  • Launch iTunes if it doesn't start automatically when you connect. If the sync process begins automatically, stop it or wait for it to finish.

  • Click your iPad under "Devices" in the left iTunes pane, and then click the "Apps" tab in the main pane. Click "GoodReader" from the "File Sharing" section of that pane; scroll down if necessary to find it.

  • Open the folder with your PDF files and drag them all into the GoodReader documents window in the iTunes main pane. Press "Ctrl" and "A" together on the keyboard to select all the files at once before dragging. As of March 2011 iTunes doesn't support dropping folders into the pane.

  • Disconnect your iPad after the process is complete and the iTunes screen says it's safe to disconnect.

Wi-Fi File Transfer

  • Connect your computer and your iPad to the same wireless network. Click the Wi-Fi icon at the bottom right of your screen on Windows or top right on Mac computers. Look at the network name, and then tap "Settings" on your iPad and look at the Wi-Fi listing near the top. It should show the same network name. If not, tap "Wi-Fi" and tap the appropriate network to join it.

  • Tap the "GoodReader" icon on your iPad to launch the app. Tap the "Wi-Fi" icon in the lower right area of the GoodReader document management screen. If GoodReader launches with a document open, simply tap the "Back" button to access the document management screen.

  • Launch the Web browser on your computer and click in the address bar. Type the IP address you see in your iPad's GoodReader window exactly as written, including the "http" and all slashes. Select "Go" or hit "Enter" on your computer when you finish typing the address.

  • Follow the on-screen instructions to select a file to upload, and then select the directory or folder on your iPad where you want to store the file. Tap "Create directory" to create a new folder for the file. Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the transfer.

  • Repeat the upload instructions for each file you wish to transfer. Close your browser window and tap "Stop" on your iPad's transfer window when you have transferred all of the files.

Windows Bulk Transfer

  • Launch GoodReader on your iPad and tap the Wi-Fi icon in the lower right pane. Note the IP address listed, and keep this window open during the entire transfer process.

  • Click the Windows orb then "Computer," and then "Map network drive" in the upper menu on the "Computer" window.

  • Ignore the fields in the dialog window that opens and click the link that says "Connect to a Web site that you can use to store your documents and pictures."

  • Click "Next" and choose "Custom network location." Click "Next" again and enter the IP address you noted on your iPad. Click "Next" on your computer after you enter the full exact IP address.

  • Enter a name for your new network and click "Next," and then select the box to open the network location and click "Finish." A window representing the network directory for GoodReader on your iPad will launch. Drag any PDF files you want to transfer into this directory. Close the directory and your iPad's transfer pane when finished.

Mac Bulk Transfer

  • Open GoodReader's transfer pane on your iPad by launching the app and selecting the Wi-Fi icon in the lower right corner.

  • Click "Finder" on your Mac, and then click "Go" and "Connect to Server."

  • Enter the IP address exactly as it appears on your iPad's transfer pane and click the plus symbol, then "Connect." This will launch a folder representing the GoodReader directory on your iPad.

  • Drag your PDF files into the new directory folder and wait for all data to transfer. When the uploads are complete, click the eject icon next to the folder's name in the left pane of the folder window and tap "Done" on your iPad's transfer pane.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can also transfer files to GoodReader the same way as you would to any other iPad app: via email or download from the Internet or a file sharing service. For these methods, simply select the file in its online or email location and tap the "Send to" or "Open with" option and click GoodReader.
  • Wi-Fi transfer may not work if your computer uses a wired connection, such as an Ethernet cable. Your GoodReader IP address will reset periodically, so you may need to create a new directory next time you want to transfer documents to GoodReader on your iPad.

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