How to Use External Hard Drives with iPad and iPhone in iOS 13

Running out of space on your iPhone or iPad? With iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 update, it's now possible to use and move those large files from your iOS device to hard drives. It's pretty simple to do it! Let's have a glimpse at it right away!

The so-called 12-megapixel camera phones, 4K video recordings, and high definition resolutions, your iPhone or iPad is sure to eat up lots of space when you shoot videos or capture stunning pictures! iCloud is the most preferred option to backup your content, but I am sure that space isn’t enough, and the same goes with Google Photos as well. Meanwhile, you may prefer to store your files and contents in your Mac systems as well, but that’s a short term solution.

Taking all these factors into consideration, Apple now allows you to connect a hard drive to your iPhone or iPad directly. It will be on the cards once iOS 13 and iPadOS 13 is released publically this fall! Yes, you heard that right! It’s now possible to move your files within a matter of minutes to free up your iPhone or iPad’s space. You can also use an external SSD for Mac as well if you own one!

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That being said, if your device is running out of space and is running on iOS 13 or iPadOS 13, why not use a hard drive to take your back up? Let’s see how you can do this exactly!

How to Use External Storage on iPhone and iPad running iOS 13/iPadOS 13

Before we move into the process, it’s important for you to know how to connect your hard drive to the iOS device. Besides that, you must also know how to transfer files from hard drive to iPhone/iPad and from iPhone to hard drive. So let’s get started!

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How to Connect an External Hard Drive to iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Connect your external hard drive to your iPhone/iPad to the lightning port or USB-C port ( For iPad Pro).

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Step #2. Once connected, open Files app on your iPhone/iPad.

Open Files app on iPad or iPhone

Step #3. Now tap on Browse option on the bottom right of your screen.

And, find the drive name from the list of locations and tap on it to get your hard drive connected!

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Connected an External Hard Drive to iPhone or iPad in iOS 13

That’s how simple it is to connect an external drive to the iPhone or iPad. Now let’s see how you can move files from your iPhone or iPad to an external hard drive.

How to Move Folders/Files from your iPhone or iPad to an External Hard Drive

The time has now arrived to free up some space on your iPhone or iPad. So let’s see how you can do it with an external hard drive.

Step #1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Files app.

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Step #2. Now, touch and hold on the particular folder you want to move then tap on Move.

Tap on Folder and Select Move in iOS 13 Files app

Step #3. Next, tap on your External Drive Name from the menu. If you want to save it in a specific folder on the hard drive, tap on that Folder and then tap on Copy.

Move Folder from iPhone or iPad to External Hard Drive

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Once the process of copying files is done, you have successfully transferred your desired contents from your iPhone/iPad to an external drive. You can now delete those folders from your iPhone or iPad that you have transferred to your external hard drive. Now let’s see how you can easily copy files from hard drive to your iPhone/iPad.

How to Move Folders/Files from External Hard Drive to your iPhone or iPad

Step #1. Open Files app and head over to browse the menu to tap on External Drive Name.

Tap on Browse and Select External Drive in iOS 13 Files app

Step #2. Now touch and hold on the folder that you want to move and tap on Move.

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Tap on External Drive Folder and Select Move in iOS 13 Files app

Step #3. Next is to tap on the Location where you want to store. Is it “On My iPhone” or “iCloud Drive” or “DropBox” or any other cloud app you have on your iPhone or iPad.

Step #4. Tap on the Folder that you want to move the file from hard drive to iPhone/iPad. Tap on Copy, and that’s done!

Move Folder from External Hard Drive to iPhone or iPad

So this is how simple it is to move files from an external drive to iPhone or iPad running on iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 respectively.

Summing Up…

I hope you enjoyed reading this guide. Let me know if you face any issues during this process in the comments section below. Till then, keep reading various guides.

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Suraj Padmasalihttps://www.igeeksblog.com/
Suraj is a digital marketing expert on the iGB's team. He contributes to the social media section along with tips and tricks for iPhone, Apple Watch. Apart from blogging, he likes to work out as much as he can in his gym and love to listening to retro music.
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