Is there a way to copy pictures from the photos album on iPhone to a USB drive?

Lee_Bo

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Even though I have iCloud Photos enabled (with 200 gig storage), I have one of these for those times I don’t have cell signal and want to make sure my photos are safe.

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I would really like to save all the photos I’ve got, and delete most of them off of the phone itself.

You can select the pictures in your Photo library, and then save to the Files app. That app should, in theory, be able to see your USB thumb drive (if you have the correct adapter connected).

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Yes, you definitely can. The tough part is that most thumb drives will not get enough power from the iPhone is order to work, so you need a specific dongle to get this to work.

https://forums.imore.com/e?link=htt...htning-to-usb-3-camera-adapter&token=qD3Uvz9w

That part will allow you to connect to the iPhone, connect a separate lightning cable to get power to the adapter, and then you can plug the USB drive to the adapter. As listed above, you can then export photos to the Files app, which will see the USB drive.

Alternately you could use the same process to copy to an SD card with one of these: https://forums.imore.com/e?link=htt...tning-to-sd-card-camera-reader&token=U_wtccE9

I have done both of these in the past. I used the SD card reader just a couple of weeks ago when I was on a trip to Europe and was without internet connectivity for a while to make sure I didn't lose any photos. (Well, I had internet, but they blocked connectivity to iCloud Photos, so they wouldn't upload.)
 

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Yes, you can get flash drives that have a lightning connector. They typically have an app that goes with them and will allow you to copy pictures (and probably other files) to and from your iPhone.
 

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Yes, you can get flash drives that have a lightning connector. They typically have an app that goes with them and will allow you to copy pictures (and probably other files) to and from your iPhone.

Right, I used to have one of those, too. It had two connectors, lightning and USB-A (for plugging in to a computer.) Pricey, though, and dependent on the app that goes with it - and it could only copy photos, not other content.
 

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I would really like to save all the photos I’ve got, and delete most of them off of the phone itself.

Like others have said iCloud would work, but I like to save all photos to Microsoft OneDrive if you’re a Microsoft user. Very easy to do just select the he photos you want to save than select OneDrive and folder you want them saved in, first you have a OneDrive account, load the OneDrive app on your phone, once you’ve saved the photos you can use a regular usb thumb drive on your computer or laptop to save them to.
 

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