External storage access is likely one of the most beneficial new features in iPadOS as it offers lots of flexibility. So here is a useful guide to manage external storage in iPadOS. People who are diehard fan of Apple product are loving this new little feature.

Apple is often criticized for the walled garden approach that it takes which leads to a lack of compatibility with many products that the company does not create. The reasons for this approach are justifiable because it leads to added security, more stability and an overall experience that is as smooth and stable as you could hope for.

With iPadOS, and iOS 13 as it happens, you can now access external storage directly from a compatible iPad and use it in almost any way you like. This gives you the ability to create local backups of important files, the opportunity to potentially purchase an iPad with lesser storage and of course to transfer files with others in a quick, safe and convenient manner. It really is a game changer.

Connecting and using external drives

Check compatibility

You will need to ensure that the storage you are using is compatible. At a minimum look for MFI certification in the product listing and carefully check the app requirements.

Mounting drives

When you plug the memory stick or SD Card (via a lightning adapter) into your iPad port it should appear in the left-hand column in Files and be ready to use straightaway.

Drag and drop

You can now drag and drop files to the external storage which will act like any folder in iCloud Drive. The entire process should be extremely quick with no lag at any point.

Create new folders

Approach it as though it is just another folder. If you need to create new folders you can do and rename them as needed. Adding files to a folder just means dragging them.

Contextual menus

All of the contextual menus work on external storage devices just as they do with internal/iCloud Drive files. Tap and hold to see them appear and then choose your option.

Nothing is missing

iPadOS cleverly allows full access to each file stored on the external device and you can mark the files up, view detailed information and do anything else as you would internally.

Quick sharing

One useful aspect is you can insert, for example, a standard SD card and immediately share any of the files on it in seconds. This can save hunting around for a computer.

There are limitations

At this time most apps cannot use the files held on external storage – they will need to be moved. This even applies to Apple’s own apps, but this should change in the future.

“Any device that works on iPadOS will also work on iOS 13 and thus you will be able to use it on your iPhone as well.”

“Unsure of how to connect an external storage device to your iPad machine? Then here are a few handy pointers to help you out.”

1- A guaranteed hit: The Lightning to USB Camera Adapter from Apple may be more expensive than most options, but it is guaranteed to work with any storage device that can connect through USB.

2- Power is important: If your external drive can use power you should make sure it is plugged in before you start. Chances are that the iPad may not offer enough juice to keep it powered.

3- Take it further: If you want to access your iPad files at a deeper level and then move them to external storage easily, take a look at iMazing (imazing.com) – it will change how you manage iPadOS files.

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