Did You Know? You Can Connect USBs and SD Cards to Your iPhone

It's especially useful for those who rely on their phones for online classes.
by The Candy Staff   |  May 16, 2021
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Android devices and Apple products have their respective unique features. One defining feature Android phones usually have that iPhones don't is the ability to connect external storage to it. iPhones usually have a fixed amount of storage capacity and you'd have to rely on online cloud storage if you want extra space.

That is until iOS 13 came out with an extensive list of new features, including the ability to support external storage through the Files or Photos apps. This is especially useful for those who want to be more productive just by using their phones, like those who rely on their mobile devices for online classes. iOS users are finally able to plug in a USB drive, SD card, or hard drive—but with a condition: you can only do so with the help of a certain adapter that you'd have to buy separately.

How to connect your USB to your iPhone

In order to plug in your external drives to your phone and transfer files, you'll need their respective adapters which have ports that are compatible with USB drives. Unfortunately, these adapters don't come with your iPhones and will have to be bought separately from Apple stores or authorized resellers. Here are the adapters available:

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Lightning to USB Camera Adapter

According to the Apple website, the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter works for Apple devices with iOS 9 or later. You can connect your USB flash drives to your phone and transfer files using the Files app or photos using the Photos app.

 

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Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader

If you wish to connect an SD card to your phone instead, you'll the need the Lightning to SD Card Camera Reader. According to the Apple website, this also works for devices that run on iOS 9 or later.

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