Have you heard? You can finally use an external hard drive on your iPad and iPhone. This is really something to look forward to, don’t you think?
iOS 13 and iPadOS, launching later this year, will bring support for external hard drives and flash drives to iPhones and iPads (though Apple only talked about this feature in relation to iPads, the company has confirmed that it will work with iPhones, as well). With a drive attached, you’ll be able to move files around freely between the drive and your iPhone or iPad.
What’s even more exciting is that it’s going to be pretty easy to use an external hard to add more space to either your iPad or iPhone. You would just have to consider the compatibility of your Apple device to the external drive.
This is pretty straightforward, though if your device uses Lightning instead of USB-C, you may need Apple’s Lightning-to-USB or Lightning-to-USB 3 camera adapters, depending on your drive.
Here are the easy steps to plug in an external drive to your Apple device.
1. Connect your external drive to your iPhone or iPad, either directly to its Lightning or USB-C port (for 2018 iPad Pros), or through use of an adapter.
2. Open Files on your iPhone or iPad.
3. Tap Browse if your on an iPhone.
4. Tap the name of your drive in the list of locations.
Moving your files from the external drive to your Apple device is also pretty easy to do. Check out the navigation below.
1. In the Files app, tap the name of your external drive from the browse menu (iPhone) or sidebar (iPad)
2. Tap Select.
3. Tap all of the files you want to move.
4. Tap Move.
5. Tap on the location where you want to move the image, such as iCloud Drive, Dropbox, or On My iPhone/iPad.
6. ap on the folder where you want to store the item if you don’t want to store it on the top level of your file service.
7. Tap Copy.
It’s pretty much the same if you want to move files from your Apple device to the external drive.
1. In the Files app, tap the name of your storage service from the Browse menu or sidebar.
2. Tap on the folder from which you want to move a file if you need to.
3. Tap Select.
4. Tap all of the files you want to move.
5. Tap Move.
6. Tap on your external drive in the menu.
7. Tap on the folder where you want to store the item if you don’t want to store it on the top level of your drive.
8. Tap Copy.
As you can see, it’s really pretty easy to transfer files from an external hard drive to your Apple device and vice versa. The good news is that it will get a lot easier than that.
Additionally, Apple will allow third-party apps to import files directly from the external drive, so you don’t have to go through the Files app or, for instance, Photos. This will speed up workflows, letting you, for example, import your photos directly into Lightroom CC instead of the Photos app. Of course, this feature will be dependent on third-party support, but it’s likely that there will be plenty of apps to implement it.
Can you imagine all the space you’re going to have in your iPhone or iPad once have external support storage for it? This is really something to look forward to. We can finally carry all the data we need (and don’t ) everywhere we go.
It’s a good thing, right? Well, if you think about it, there is a downside. The more data you have in portable devices, the more chances you have of losing them.
Face it. You have more chances of losing portable devices because obviously, they’re pretty small. Aside from the chances of losing them, you can also drop and damage them anytime.
No one can argue about the convenience of portable devices but the risk of losing your data is huge. If end up losing your external hard drive, you would just have to rely on your backups. Hopefully, there are backups, for the sake of your sanity.
The lesser evil for you would be a damaged external hard drive or Apple device. You’d still be able to recover your data from either one. However, you may need external hard drive data recovery for Mac.