How to Connect Your iPad to a Mac or File Server

iOS Files App icon with ConnectToIcon icon and arrows showing them connected

With iPadOS, you can now connect your iPad to a local server. This allows you to mount your Mac or PC and access files from that device. 

To do so, open the Files app on your iPad. Tap the circle with three dots at the top of the Browse sidebar. If you don’t see the Browse sidebar, tap Browse at the bottom of the screen.

Screenshot of iPad Files App

Tap Connect to Server.

Enter a local hostname or a network address, then tap Connect. After you connect to a computer or file server, it appears in the Recent Servers list on the Connect to Server screen. 

Screenshot of iPad Files App connecting to server

To connect to a recent server, tap its name.

Select how you want to connect:

  • Guest: You can connect as a Guest user if the shared computer permits guest access.
  • Registered User: If you select Registered User, enter your user name and password.

Tap Next, then select the server volume or shared folder in the Browse sidebar (under Shared).

To disconnect from the file server, tap the upward facing arrow button next to the server in the Browse sidebar.