Earlier this week, we announced our new iOS & iPadOS app called Copy That. It lets you easily copy photos and videos from your iPhone or iPad to an external storage drive. You can select what you want to copy, how you want to copy it, and where you want it to go.
Now that we’ve made it easy to back up your mobile media, only one question remains: How do you connect external storage to your iPhone & iPad?
You can connect your iPhone or iPad to external storage in one of two ways:
- Directly connect an external drive
- Connect to a network share
Directly Connect an External Drive
You can use any USB disk with your iPad & iPhone—although depending on your disk & mobile device, you might need an adapter cable. Also, the disk needs to be preformatted—you can’t format it on your iPad or iPhone. The disk can be formatted APFS, HFS+, exFAT, or FAT32. exFAT and FAT32 work great for sharing with both Macs & PCs; you can also share APFS & HFS+ with MacDrive.
Also, your iPad/iPhone doesn’t put out a lot of power—it works with thumb drives, but with anything larger, you’ll need to use a disk that has its own power supply.
If you have an 11-inch iPad Pro (any generation), a 12.9-inch iPad Pro (3rd generation or later), or iPad Air (4th generation):
Good news! Your iPad has a built-in USB-C port. If you have a USB disk with a USB-C connector, you can plug the disk directly into your iPad. That’s it!
If your USB disk doesn’t have a USB-C connector, you can use an adapter cable. A couple of examples:
If you have an iPhone or any other iPad:
If your mobile device has a Lightning port, it’s still really easy to connect to an external drive—all you need is a Lightning to USB adapter:
We recommend Apple’s Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter—it includes an additional Lightning port so you can keep your iPhone/iPad connected to power during the copy process—copying large numbers of files can take some power. Please ensure that the external drive being used is compatible with a lightning-connected host.
Connect to a Network Share
Your iPad/iPhone can also connect wirelessly to a network share. Once connected, Copy That can copy files directly to your network.
To connect to a network share:
- Open the Files app on your device
- Tap the Browse tab
- Tap the ellipses button in the top-right corner
- Tap Connect to Server
You will then need to respond to the standard login questions such as Server name, Guest or Registered User, Password, etc.
While you can use Copy That to copy to iCloud Drive, you can’t copy to 3rd-party cloud services (such as Dropbox or Google Drive). Apple’s security sandboxing doesn’t allow enough access to support Copy That’s features.
Copy That Pricing
OWC Copy That is available for free in the App Store. Special pricing for in-app purchases will be available through the end of 2020. Currently priced at $.99, it will increase to $2.99.
In-app purchases will include Verified Copy, a more secure way to copy, verify copies of data by comparing to originals. Also included is Delete From Device – the ability to delete items from the iPhone or iPad.
OWC is the leader in external storage solutions. From the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual with 3-Port Hub to the bus-powered OWC Envoy Pro EX, or the pocket-sized OWC Envoy Pro Elektron – we have you covered! Check out all of our external drive solutions at MacSales.com!
If you would like to see a “hands-on” demonstration, check out the video, “How to Transfer Files from Your iPad or iPhone to an External Drive“