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How to connect pendrive to iPad

connect a pendrive to your iPad

As we know, Apple does not allow users of its iOS devices to connect USB devices such as hard drives or pendrives, thus making it impossible to connect to a iPad devices on which you can transfer files and free up space on the iDevice. This does not mean that the connection cannot be made, because using some trick, this is possible. It was just what you were looking for but you don't know how to do it? Don't worry, because here you will find different solutions to connect pendrive to iPad and iPhone to transfer audio, video, photos and any type of document on a pendrive.

Connect pendrive to iPad

To put this solution into practice on your iPad, you don't need specific technology skills, but just buy some specific accessory and you're done. Now continue reading this guide and your data on iPad can be easily transferred to any external storage medium.

How to connect pendrive to your iPad with USB-A / USB-C adapter

When a few years ago most iOS devices had Jailbreak, called adapters were used Camera Connection Kit. Now the evolution of technology has put these accessories out of business, offering simpler solutions with pendrives that can be connected directly to the ports provided by an iPad. As we know, iPads are not equipped with USB ports, but Lightning ports and for the latest iPads released in 2018 by USB-C inputs.

This means that it is not possible to connect a common USB pendrive directly to an iPad, but you must use an adapter USB-C / USB-A made specifically for this purpose. If you have an iPad purchased from 2018 onwards, on Amazon you can find several adapters at very low prices. Here are a few:

You can also buy a pendrive directly equipped with USB-C connection instead of the classic USB-A connection. Here is an example.

Once the adapter is connected to iPad, you can insert your USB-A pendrive to transfer files from your Apple device.

If instead you have an iPad or iPad Pro purchased after 2018 equipped with a USB-C port, you will not be able to use one of the previous devices, but an adapter for iPad with this type of attachment. Here is what it can do for you.

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Connect a Lightning and USB-C stick to your iPad

If your iPad before 2018 then it will be equipped with Lightning port, in this case the solution different from the previous one. The most suitable solution is to connect a pendrive with Lightning connection directly to your iPad, without the need for any adapter. Here are some examples of sticks with Lightning sockets suitable for Apple devices.

After making the choice that best meets your needs, you will need to download the device app you find on the App Store. You will have to install it and only now can you manage the files on your iPad through the App. Each manufacturing company has its own App, but it will not be difficult to understand how it works, just follow the specific procedures that will allow you to import or export files on the stick.

Transfer files from iPad to computer

The previously proposed solutions have the advantage, that you can upload and download files even when you are on the move only with your iPad. For example, you can upload several movies to the pendrive to watch them on a long trip. If, on the other hand, you are at home or in the office, or when you are out with a laptop behind you, you can transfer files from iPad to your computer using two different methods. Using a pendrive or without buying any device. You don't know how to do it, here is the guide that will show you the procedure.

The first solution is to buy a very particular pendrive equipped with double attachment. This type of key is compatible with iPads that have a Lightning port to which you can connect it. on the other end there is a USB-A connection. When you have downloaded the files from your iPad onto this stick, you can connect it to the computer via the other USB-A port and transfer the files. Of course you can do the reverse procedure. Here are some examples on Amazon.

If you have an iPad purchased from 2018 onwards with a USB-C port then you must refer to another type of USB stick. Refer to one like the one below, which has the USB-C connection on one side and USB-A on the other.

If instead you have no intention of spending money, the cheapest solution to transfer files from iPad to computer is to use iTunes, the Apple software together with the cable Lightning / USB-C supplied with liPad. If you have not already done so, install iTunes on your computer, regardless of whether it is Windows or Mac. If you have a Windows computer, you must go to the iTunes official site and download the latest version.

Now you have to install it correctly, configuring it according to your needs. If you don't want to use iTunes as the default audio player on your computer, you need to remove the check mark from the box “Use iTunes as the default player for audio files". Now click on Install, S twice and then up end. Finally, click on the button I accept if you intend to share your library data with Apple, or No thanks.

After completing the installation, start iTunes and connect your iPad to the computer using the original cable supplied and wait for it to appear "authorize”On your iPad screen. Click on authorize and type in the security code of your iPad in the iTunes window and, if you do not want to synchronize the tablet with iTunes, close the program.

You are now ready to transfer files between the two devices. Insert a USB-A flash drive into your computer and start File Explorer. Now select Computer / This PC and from the sidebar select iPad. You will see some folders referring to the iPad, choose the one that contains the files you want to transfer and copy them to the pendrive that you previously connected to the computer. Now you will have successfully transferred your files from iPad to computer, however, be careful because you will not be able to do the reverse procedure. That is, you will not be able to copy files from your computer to your iPad using this method. If you want to copy files from your computer to your iPad, I recommend using iTunes, where you can transfer music, images or videos to iPad.