Need to move files from an iPhone to a Mac or PC? Keep track of how to transfer files between your iPhone and Mac with a USB memory stick, as well as a few other options.
There are many ways to transfer files between an iPhone and Mac. If you just need to share a single file or even a handful, use the split button (square with arrow up) and send them via Messaging, Mail, or another app is the easiest option.
Another way to go is to use iCloud Run via the File app on the iPhone. Any Mac you are signed in with the same Apple ID / iCloud account will sync the files stored in the Files app on the iPhone.
But if you need to transfer large files or a large number of them, especially to a Mac or PC that is not yours, you do with a USB flash drive. It may be your best bet.
How to transfer files between iPhone and Mac with a USB drive
- Record a lightning flash to USB flash drive if you don't already have a
- Insert it into your iPhone (you need to download one similar app)
- Open the app that works with your specific flash drive on iPhone
- Save your files with the app, then disconnect it from the iPhone
- Connect the flash drive to your Mac or PC
- On Mac, open Finds and clicks the drive on the sidebar to the left, or you can see it coming up on the desktop
There are a variety of lights for USB flash drives on the market. SanDisk makes a trustworthy for around $ 25. However, it seems to be most of the branded companies that make flash drives that include Lightning, USB-C and USB all in one.
No matter which one you choose, you must use an associated iOS app to save files to the flash drive with the iPhone.
How to view the process with SanDisk's iXpand:
After saving your files to the flash drive, unplug it from your iPhone and connect it to your Mac or PC which you want to transfer the files as well.
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