What does iOS external storage mean? It actually refers to the support for external storage on iOS devices like iPad and iPhone. This action of Apple is very eye-catching. In this article, I will tell you what the iOS USB storage is and what it can do for you.

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As the name shows, iOS 13 is the thirteenth major release of the iOS mobile operating system. This new OS was released by Apple Inc. in September 19, 2019 and it finally gives support to the USB external storage on iPad and iPhone. This is really thrilling!

The release of support for iOS external storage brings much convenience to iPad and iPhone users. They can finally plug in external storage like thumb drives, external disk drives, and digital cameras so as to bring up the contents of these devices in the iOS and iPadOS Files app. Two of the biggest advantages of using external storage on iOS are storing much more data and accessing files everywhere you want.

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With the new external storage support, users can make it easy to connect a FAT32-formatted USB thumb drive, SD card, or hard drive to the devices running iOS 13.

External Storage iPad

The iPad is indeed a place requires external storage; it has complete functions and is very powerful. The common external storage devices can all be connected to your iPad, including:

  • Flash drives
  • SD cards
  • Portable hard disks (HDDs)
  • Solid state drives (SSDs)

What’s more exciting is that even the desktop hard drives can be connected to iPad without any problems.

iPad external storage

iPad external storage (iPad pro external storage) supports multiple devices.

First of all, you need to connect a USB-C hub to the iPad (iPad Pro). Then, connect the external devices to the hub.

  • Connect to power through the USB-C port.
  • Connect a LaCie rugged drive through a USB-A port.
  • Connect a Raid SSD through a USB-A port.
  • Connect a flash drive through a USB-A port.
  • Connect the SD card to the card reader.

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What happens after connection? Well, all of the 4 external storage devices are recognized immediately. Where you can find them? They are displayed in the location menu of your iPad's (or iPad Pro’s) Files app. You can shift between the drives easily to access contents in them; you can even save the files that you need to the local storage of iPad (or iPad Pro).

External Storage iPhone

Though Apple only focuses on the external storage for iPad during the WWDC keynote, the USB storage for iPhone is not left out.

With the new iPhone external storage support, you can plug most thumb drives and memory card readers into the iOS 13 iPhone through the USB-C or Lightning port. These external devices should work fine anyway, with or without an adapter dongle.

Warning: This USB 3 kit is still not able to work with all external storage; some external HDDs and SSDs are still not able to connect to the iPhone. Some of the HDDs and SSDs don't connect at all while others say too much power is consumed.

Access SD card data through your iPhone:

  • A SD card can be connected easily to your iPhone through the SD card to Lightning adapter provided by Apple.
  • Then, you can access all the data saved on that SD card after opening the Files app.
  • In addition, you can manipulate the files and folders if necessary.

Copy Files from iPad/iPhone to iOS External Storage, And Vice Versa

How to Copy Files to External Storage

  1. Connect the external hard drive/flash drive to your iOS device (iPad or iPhone) by using a USB-C cable, an SD card adapter, or a lightning to USB adapter.
  2. Open the Files app on your device.
  3. Click the Browse tab located at the bottom.
  4. Make sure the external drive is listed under Locations.
  5. Open Photos app on your iPad or iPhone.
  6. Browse and select the photos you want to copy.
  7. Click on the share button.
  8. Click Options to define the photo options (location and photo information).
  9. Press Done.
  10. Choose Save to Files from the list of share button.
  11. Choose a location on the external drive.
  12. Click on the Save button and wait for it to complete.


How to Copy Files to iOS Device

  1. Connect the external drive to iOS device.
  2. Open Files app.
  3. Click Browse.
  4. Select the external drive from the list of Locations.
  5. Open the target folder.
  6. Select the files you need.
  7. Click on the share button.
  8. Select Save * Images (* stands for the number of photos).
  9. Wait for the process to complete.

That’s all I want to talk about the new iOS external storage (iOS 13 or above).

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