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[GoodNotes 5] Importing files from a computer into GoodNotes 5

When should I import files this way?

You want to import especially large files. Most cloud storages are powerful enough to handle large data but for very large documents the cloud storage you're using may not be able to handle the file size, which might cause a failed import or a crash.

You care about the security of your files. For example, you don't want to keep sensitive files on any cloud storages and would rather import them from your computer.

 

How to import files from a computer with iTunes (Windows/macOS)

  1. Connect your iPad to a computer via a USB cable.
  2. Launch iTunes and locate GoodNotes' internal files in the File Sharing section.
  3. Drag the files you want to use in GoodNotes from your computer to GoodNotes Documents.
  4. Exit GoodNotes from the background and re-launch it. GoodNotes will detect the files and ask you to confirm.

How to import files from a computer without iTunes (macOS Catalina or higher only)

Through a USB cable:

  1. Connect your iPad to a computer via a USB cable.
  2. Launch the Finder and locate GoodNotes' internal files in the Files section.
  3. Drag the files you want to use in GoodNotes from your computer to "GoodNotes" under the Files section.
  4. Exit GoodNotes from the background and re-launch it. GoodNotes will detect the files and ask you to confirm.

Through AirDrop (wirelessly):

  1. Launch the Finder and select the files you want to use in GoodNotes. (Hold the command key to select multiple files.)
  2. Right-click on the selection and choose Share > AirDrop.
  3. Click your iPad profile icon that appears on the list.
  4. On your iPad, select a location for the files. Choose Files > "On my iPad" to save them locally on your device.

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  5. Import the files into GoodNotes using the "Import" feature.

For troubleshooting, please refer to the AirDrop article above.