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How Do I Transfer Files To/from iPad (iPadOS)?

I tried transferring a file from a thumb drive using a lightning to USB adapter, but I keep getting a message that the thumb drive uses to much power and can’t transfer. If I use the (powered) Apple lightning to USB 3, will I be able to transfer files (pdf, Word, Numbers, etc) to/ from a thumb drive to my iPad (iPadOS). Or maybe using a powered USB hub?
Dick Cournoyer

Comments: 2 Responses to “How Do I Transfer Files To/from iPad (iPadOS)?”

    4 years ago

    The powered hub may work. Give that a try. The Lightning port just doesn't carry enough power to run a typical thumb drive or any drive for that matter. I can't guess whether the newer adapter will work. It may still not provide power backward to the drive.

    You can also go back a step. Are you transferring from a Mac? Just use AirDrop then. Or, iCloud Drive, of course.

    Douglas Brace
    4 years ago

    I think I heard that using Apple’s “Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adapter” will work for this IF you also use a lightning cable to provide additional power.

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