Apple has spent years trying to sell us the idea that with an iPad you can do everything. that from that not so small tablet, we can perform our daily tasks as if it were a computer, from professional image editing to programming.
However, for something to be as useful to us as a laptop, it must first have many features; among them that of power move and copy files to and from external storage.
Luckily for those in Cupertino, it is possible from iPad and iPhone. Want to know how to move and copy files from a microSD card and vice versa? It’s easier than you think. However you will need some items first be able to start.
What do you need before you start?
If you want to move files between your iPad or iPhone and a microSD card, you will of course need a card reader compatible with your device. Remember that there are several iPad models, and some of them have a Lightning or USB-C port. Depending on the model, you will need an adapter USB-C to SDIs Lightning to SD.
In the case of the iPhone it is simpler, and it is that so far all current models have a Lightning port. Just look for an adapter Lightning to SD and you will have almost everything.
On the other hand, if you plan to connect a microSD and not an SD card, you will also need to have a microSD to SD reader. This way you can insert the small card in the adapterand later the latter in the aforementioned connector for iPhone and iPad.
How to Transfer Files from iPhone and iPad to SD Card
If you have already prepared everything, the only thing you need is to connect everything where it goes. Plug the microSD card into the SD reader, then the SD reader into the USB-C to SD or Lightning to SD adapter. Finally, plug it into your iPhone or iPad and it should be recognized automatically.
Now we’re going to use one of the most useful, but also one of the most overlooked features of iOS and iPadOS. This is the Files app, which will be the nerve center of our transfer operations. To use it, you will need an iPhone or iPad with iOS 11 or more. If you already have this version or newer, the Files app will be pre-installed on your device, so you don’t have to do much.
When you are sure everything is ready, you can now start moving and copying files from your iPhone and iPad to your SD card. Just follow these steps:
- Plug the adapter into your iPhone or iPad.
- Enter the app Folders of your device.
- here, go to the tab To explore (on iPad this is not necessary, as this tab takes up the entire left sidebar). This is where your documents will be stored. Additionally, you can see other sections, such as iCloudDrive, iPhone Yes downloads.
This will be where you need to find the file you want to move to your SD card. Search in folders or with filters to sort by size, name, date and more. You can also use the search bar at the top to directly search for the file by its name.
Once you have located it, you just have to do the following to transfer it to your SD card.
- Press the file for one second. You can also tap the three dots in a circle at the top of the screen. Here you can choose To selectin case you want to transmit several files.
- When you have selected everything, touch where it says Move. If you selected multiple files, tap the folder icon in the bottom bar.
- A window will open. This will be where you select the directory to save the chosen files. Of course, select the external storage drive you installed.
- touch the button To copy at the top of the screen and the files will begin to transfer.
If you want to move files from your SD card to your iPhone or iPad, just follow these same steps. Yes, first you will need to enter the external storage drive in the window To explore; select what you want and finally transfer it to the local storage of the device. These can be iCloud Drive (although that uploads it to your cloud), iPhone, Downloads, or any other folder you’ve created on the device.
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