Wouldn't it be good if you could use a flash drive with your iPhone? You can access all your documents on request without worrying about internet connection and excessive data costs.
It is possible to use USB storage on an iPhone, despite some restrictions imposed by Apple's iOS operating system. Continue reading to learn about the best flash drive for iPhones.
iPhone USB Stick vs. Normal USB Stick
In theory, it is possible to connect a regular USB drive to your iPhone by using Apple's internal lightning adapter to USB adapter. It works with a variety of USB devices, such as microphones and digital cameras.
However, if you try to connect a regular USB drive to the port, there is a high chance that you will receive a "This device is not supported" message. This means that either the drive has not been certified as "Made for iPhone" (MFi) and there are compatibility issues, or the drive is trying to get more power than the Lyn port can provide.
A flash drive made for an iPhone will have a regular USB connector on one end of the pin and a lightning plug on the other.
Before buying a thumb for iPhone
Please wait a moment. Before deciding which iPhone thumb drive you want, there are a few points to consider:
- Charging: Because all iPhone flash drives use the Lightning port, you cannot charge your device while a thumb drive is in use. This means that especially large file transfers, such as backing up the entire camera roll, may not be completed until the battery runs out.
- Third-party apps: iOS flash drives rely on proprietary third-party apps to interface between the phone and the USB device. If the developer stops updating the app, you may experience compatibility issues with your drive and future versions of iOS.
- There are also problems around usability. As you might expect, the quality of third-party apps varies considerably. Some don't even let you export files to other apps on the iPhone, thus limiting the drive's utility.
- DRM content: If you purchased content on iTunes, then transfer it to a flash drive, it will not work.
The best flash drives for iPhone
With the above considerations, take a look at these iOS flash drives to get the best experience.
. SanDisk iXpand
SanDisk iXpand is undoubtedly the best thumb drive for iPhone X and iPhone 8.
The device is available in four different capacities: 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. It can transfer data to your phone at 13Mbps and supports USB 3.0 when connected to a computer.
iXpand also has the most feature-rich app; It can back up all your photos every time you connect to the flash drive. It even has a camera in the app that can store your photos and videos directly on the drive, rather than in the camera's camera roll.
SanDisk has also come up with one of the most intelligent designs you can find. The Lightning connector on the stick is in a flexible, rubberized sheath that can bend to fit most iPhone cases.
( Note: SanDisk iXpand is also compatible with iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7, iPad Air, iPad mini, iPad mini 4, and iPad Pro.)
2. Live iBridge
Not all USB flash drives for iPhones use the dongle approach; Some have a curved design and thus sit out of sight at the back of the phone. This is a preferred solution if you find that you need to use the flash drive for extended periods. By using this form, the drive is less likely to come loose during use.
If you prefer an iPhone USB drive behind the phone, check Live iBridge. It is available in a version of 16 GB, 32 GB, 64 GB, 128 GB and 256 GB. Password protection is particularly impressive; it connects the drive to the phone's credentials, which means that no one else can see the contents of the drive, even if it is lost or stolen.
3. OLALA ID200
You will be forgiven for thinking that the highly flexible OLALA ID200 flash drive looks more like a charging cable than external storage of the iPhone.
There is good reason – in addition to providing either 32 GB or 64 GB storage, the device also functions as a power cable. You can connect one end to the Mac and the other to the Lightning port to give yourself a boost while on the go.
The standard USB connector supports USB 3.0 connections. That means you get 10 Mbps write speed and 30 Mbps read speed when connected to your computer.
4. JOHAKU Card Reader
One of the frustrating aspects of using external storage is all the different contacts you have to deal with. USB-A, micro-USB, USB-C, lightning and SD card connections are all common. (We have explained the different types of USB cablesif you need some help with this.)
For iPhone users, the JOHAKU card reader is the solution. Shaped as a cross, it has four connectors, so you can always access different flash drives. Impressively, the USB port works like a microSD card slot. You can use it to extract files from digital cameras and video recorders.
You can even use this card reader to connect an Android device to your iOS device and transfer data between them. JOHAKU Card Reader is compatible with iPhone X, iPhone 8, iPhone 7, iPhone 6, iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, iPad Mini and more.
5. EATOP iPhone Flash Drive
EATOP iPhone Flash Drive is one of the best flash drives for iPhones.
Like the JOHAKU model, the EATOP device has come up with a brilliant design solution to give you as many connectivity options as possible. You can scroll up the USB connector to reveal both a microSD card slot and a micro USB connector.
The USB connector is USB 3.0 compatible. It has read speeds of 85 Mbps and write speeds of 35 MBps. However, only one version is available with a capacity of 32 GB.
Need an iOS Flash Drive?
The concept of using a flash drive with iOS is an interesting idea, and one that certain people will find incredibly useful. However, for fast file transfer, AirDrop between iOS devices and macOS is usually sufficient.
To learn more, read about the best USB 3.0 flash drives and how to manage storage on iPhone.