How to Connect external storage devices to iPhone

Read, write, and transfer files to external storage with using you iPhone

Prerequisites: iOS 11 or newer

Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus

Estimated Time: 1 minute

Expected Outcome: You will be able to use your external storage device with your iPhone

Tools Required: An external storage device with lightning connectivity or a USB to lightning adapter Screen Shot 2020-03-27 at 5.00.45 PM-1

  1. Connect your USB storage to the charging port on your iPhone
    1. If your USB device does not have lightning connectivity you will need to Lighting to USB Camera Adapter or the Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter.
      1. Please note that the USB 3 Camera Adapter has an external power connector which may be required for some storage devices
    2. Your USB drive must also have only one partition and formatted as. FAT, FAT32, exFAT, or APFS
  2. Once your device is connected you can use the Files app to explore the contents of the drive or another supported application