How to Get an iPad to Show Up on a PC

by Melly Parker
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Your iPad is built to show as a device in iTunes so you can manage apps, transfer media and interact with your tablet. Sometimes a problem with iTunes, the computer or the iPad keeps the computer from registering that the tablet is connected as an iOS device in iTunes. It may show up as a camera or not at all if these problems occur. Before plugging the iPad into your computer, the iPad should be charged from the AC adapter and charging cable that came with the device.

Step 1

Launch iTunes. After the program is opened, click "Help" and then click "Check for Updates." Select the option to update your copy of iTunes if an update is found. An outdated version of iTunes can keep your PC from properly registering your iPad. Restart your computer after iTunes successfully updates, and then run iTunes again.

Step 2

Press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button on the iPad, and then slide the red arrow across the slider to power down the iPad. Press and hold the "Sleep/Wake" button again to turn it back on.

Step 3

Plug the USB charging cable into the compatible iPad port, and then plug the other end into an open USB slot on your computer. The iPad should be connected directly to the computer, not to a peripheral device or USB hub.

Click "iPad" under "Devices" to manage the iPad and share files between it and your computer.


  • If your iTunes update won't finish correctly, delete and reinstall the program.


  • Apps exist to help the iPad appear as a drive on a computer; if you use one, be careful about what files you rearrange or delete.


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  • Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images News/Getty Images

About the Author

Melly Parker has been writing since 2007, focusing on health, business, technology and home improvement. She has also worked as a teacher and a bioassay laboratory technician. Parker now serves as a marketing specialist at one of the largest mobile app developers in the world. She holds a Master of Science in English.

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