With iOS 13, Apple has added support for connecting external storage devices to your iPhone or iPad. This is a huge improvement in being able to easily move files between your iOS device and your computer. This video explains how to connect and access external storage devices from your iPhone or iPad.
- [Instructor] With iOS 13, Apple has added support for connecting external storage devices to your iPhone or iPad. This is a huge improvement in being able to easily move files between your iOS device and your computer, especially larger files that might take too long to transfer over AirDrop or other methods that might involve transferring them to a cloud based storage solution first. Now on an iPad, you should find that most flash drives or SD cards should have no problem being recognized by your device. Now you'll most likely need a Lightning to USB adaptor like the one you see here to connect a flash drive to your iPhone or an older iPad. If you have a newer iPad that uses a USB-C connector, you'll need the USB-C to USB adaptor. Now you should be aware that iPhones, at least at this point, might have trouble reading larger capacity flash drives. So if you plug in a drive and you see this message, you won't be able to access the flash drive's contents on your iPhone. Just tap Okay and unplug the flash drive I just plugged in, but I do have another drive here that has a smaller capacity and I'll plug that into my iPhone instead. And I'm not seeing that message now. Now iPads, on the other hand, don't seem to have any problem with larger capacity flash drives and you can even connect portable hard drives and full size solid state drives to your iPad. In fact, on an iPad you can connect a USB hub to connect and access multiple storage devices if need be. But once you have your drive connected, to access the drive you can open up the Files app, here make sure the Browse tab is selected, and under Locations I can find my drive, which in this case is called NO NAME. By tapping it, I can see its contents. So for example, here's a PDF document. So I can view that from here or I can tap Share to open it in another app or I could choose Save to Files, pick a location on my phone for it or even on my iCloud drive, I'll tap Save, and just like that it's copied from the drive to my phone. And I'll tap Done. Now of course, this works the other way too. If I browse the Files app, I'll go into my phone here and I find a file that I want to move to the flash drive, I can just select it, tap the Share button, choose Save to Files, and here I'll select my flash drive and tap Save. And I've now copied that file from my phone to my flash drive. So I can now disconnect the drive and connect it to a computer to access that file. And of course, third party apps are going to be taking advantage of this new ability of iOS 13 to access external storage and you'll probably find that you'll be able to store and copy files from directly within those apps in the near future.
- Activating Dark Mode
- Typing with QuickPath
- Using Find My
- Using external storage
- Improved sharing
- New features in Reminders, Health, and Photos
- Using a mouse with an iPad
- Removing location data in photos
- Capturing a full-page screenshot
- Multitasking on the iPad