1. ulnek's Avatar
    Hi. I'm thinking about trying an iphone but one thing that's always kept me from doing so is that when i owned an ipod it required me to transfer everything via itunes. I couldn't just plug in the phone and drag and drop the files i want. Is this still true? Or has it evolved beyond the need for itunes? I just want to be able to plug it in like it was a regular usb storage device. Thanks.
    01-21-2021 09:26 PM
  2. Ed7789's Avatar
    Direct storage access is not possible with iPhone or iPad devices.

    Nowadays, you have services like iCloud Drive (native to iOS), OneDrive, and others that allow the use of cloud synchronization between devices.
    It might also be possible to copy files to a compatible USB thumb drive or SD card with an adapter. Also, you can use an SMBv2 or SMBv3 file server directly from the iPhone.

    An iPhone is considered as an independent computer
    Documentation on external devices or servers: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guid...h8d8f0f1a0/ios
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    01-21-2021 10:07 PM
  3. ulnek's Avatar
    Direct storage access is not possible with iPhone or iPad devices.

    Nowadays, you have services like iCloud Drive (native to iOS), OneDrive, and others that allow the use of cloud synchronization between devices.
    It might also be possible to copy files to a compatible USB thumb drive or SD card with an adapter. Also, you can use an SMBv2 or SMBv3 file server directly from the iPhone.

    An iPhone is considered as an independent computer
    Documentation on external devices or servers: https://support.apple.com/en-ca/guid...h8d8f0f1a0/ios
    does that mean it's still a pain to transfer files? or is it easier. i'm just used to plugging in my phone and dragging files to whichever folder i wish.
    01-21-2021 10:12 PM
  4. Ed7789's Avatar
    I find it fairly easy.

    I save the file to iCloud Drive or OneDrive, and moments later (if it's a fairly small file), I can open it on my iPhone or iPad.
    The only downside, it uses my Internet connection.

    As for USB thumb drives/SD cards, I have no experience with those, so I can't speak for it.

    By the way, I completely forgot AirDrop that allows send files from and to wirelessly, provided you have a compatible AirDrop device. ç
    Those are all Apple devices. It's not compatible with non-Apple devices as far as I know.
    01-21-2021 10:16 PM
  5. ulnek's Avatar
    I find it fairly easy.

    I save the file to iCloud Drive or OneDrive, and moments later (if it's a fairly small file), I can open it on my iPhone or iPad.
    The only downside, it uses my Internet connection.

    As for USB thumb drives/SD cards, I have no experience with those, so I can't speak for it.

    By the way, I completely forgot AirDrop that allows send files from and to wirelessly, provided you have a compatible AirDrop device. ç
    Those are all Apple devices. It's not compatible with non-Apple devices as far as I know.
    is there a way to do airdrop on pc? i usually transfer pictures/screenshots from pc to my phone as well as music from pc to my phone.
    01-21-2021 10:32 PM
  6. Ed7789's Avatar
    No AirDrop there…
    01-22-2021 07:59 AM
  7. ulnek's Avatar
    No AirDrop there…
    T_T
    01-22-2021 10:59 PM
  8. scruffypig's Avatar
    If you have a shared network drive you can save files via the Files app to your shared network drive. That way my files are available to all my devices on the network.

    Also, iOS does support Ethernet, so you can use a USB Ethernet adapter with the Lightning USB dongle, so no Wi-Fi needed. If you have the Lightning USB dongle, you can just use a USB thumb drive. The Files app will recognize it.
    Last edited by scruffypig; 01-24-2021 at 10:40 AM.
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    01-24-2021 10:24 AM
  9. Lee_Bo's Avatar
    As a photographer, I picked up the SanDisk 256GB IXpand Flash Drive for IPhone and IPad from Amazon:

    SanDisk 256GB IXpand Flash Drive for IPhone and IPad

    I got this to back up photos when I'm in areas with no LTE signal. It may work for you and it's pretty much plug-n-play.
    Just_Me_D and scruffypig like this.
    01-25-2021 09:28 AM

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