How to use external hard drives with iPhone and iPad

How to use external hard drives with iPhone and iPad

Between our ever-expanding camera roll, storage-hungry apps & games, messages, files, health data, and other things, our device’s storage is bound to exhaust sometimes. So, Apple’s wise decision to bring hard drive and SD card support for the iOS device is very beneficial. Thanks to it, you can use an external drive with iPhone and iPad and seamlessly back up your precious data.

Notably, to support this feature your iOS device should be running on iOS 13 or later. Plus, you should have the right lightning/USB C connector or card reader.

How to connect an external hard drive to iPhone or iPad

  1. Connect your external hard drive to your iPhone/iPad.
  2. Open the Files app and tap on Browse from the bottom of your screen.
  3. Find the drive name from the list of locations and tap on it to get your hard drive connected.

How to move Files from iPhone to external hard drive

  1. Open the Files app and long press on the folder/file you want to move.
  2. Tap on Move and select the External Drive from the menu.
  3. Select the folder if any preference and then tap on Copy to confirm the move.

Remember, this action has just copied the file or folder to the drive. You will have to manually delete it from your iPhone/iPad to clear up space.

Move Files from external hard drive to iPhone

  1. Launch the Files app, open External Drive and find your file or folder.
  2. Long press the folder/file and tap on Move.
  3. Next, select the location where you want to save and tap on Copy.

Notably, you can also copy the files directly to your iCloud, Dropbox, etc., by selecting these options accordingly.

While iCloud storage is a viable backup option, it could be expensive in comparison. Plus, if you own an external SSD for Mac, all your data can be accumulated in one place. And all you will need is the right data transfer cable!

I hope you enjoyed reading this guide. Feel free to share any related queries in the comment section below.

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1 comment

  1. Hello,I bough recently the usb camera adapter from Apple so I could use for videos and songs transfer from my iPad to a usb flash drive. It works perfectly but when I connect my usb to my car so I could listen or watch those files , I see that every file I transferred is duplicated. One file is ok,playable but the second one is not supported. When I connect the usb back to my iPad I see only the one file. How can I stop this ? How to stop my iPad from duplicating the files?

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