With the introduction of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, Apple finally offers external disk support for its devices. Next, we offer you a look at the use of an external unit and what you can expect.
Apple finally brings one of the most requested features for iPhone and iPad later this year. External storage connectivity support (finally) reaches both mobile devices with the introduction of iOS 13 and iPadOS 13, respectively. Especially in iPad Pro, this support could help many get rid of their tablet computers for the first time.
With external storage support, you can connect SD cards, USB memory drives and other portable devices to your iPhone or iPad. To start, all you have to do is connect the external device to your handheld or tablet with the necessary cable. From there, you can read your documents through the Apple Embedded Files application. You can then move or copy your files to other connected drives (if they are also connected to your mobile device through an external hub) or to the mobile device's own hard drive.
This functionality works best with the iPad Pro of the current generation. models because they have USB-C and are Apple's most powerful and complete mobile devices to date. However, the operation is also performed in most cases with devices that have a Lightning port, including iPhones and most iPads, using Apple Lightning-to-USB or Lightning-to-USB camera adapters .
We are focusing on the iPad Pro in the following examples.
What is compatible?
Apple has not yet confirmed what type of drives will support external storage connectivity. However, support is likely to include ExFAT, FAT32, HSF + and APFS. With support, you can compress and unzip files without the need for third-party applications on your devices. You can also use completely new Quick Actions as you would on your Mac. For example, you can rotate images stored on an external hard drive on your mobile device.
Using external drives with your mobile device
Here are the steps to connect an external storage device to your mobile device:
- Connect your external drive to your iPhone or iPad using the port Lightning or USB-C.
- Tap the application Files on your mobile device. On the iPhone, you must press Browse in the application.
- Select the name of your unit on the left side of the application.
Before and after:
Move files from your external storage to the mobile device  To move files from your external drive to your iPhone or iPad:
- Touch the external storage device on the left side of the Files application on your mobile device.
- Choose Select in the upper right of the Files application.
- Touch the file (s) that you want to move.
- Select Move at the bottom of the application.
- Touch On my iPad .
- Choose Copy in the upper right.
The files are now found on the hard drive of your mobile device.
What about Mobile Safari?
An area where external storage support will provide an immediate benefit is when using Mobile Safari. Instead of saving sometimes heavy Internet downloads as images on the hard drive of your iPad Pro, you can now save those files externally, saving precious space on your mobile device.
On your iOS 13 or iPadOS 13 device:
- Tap the Settings application on your iPhone or iPad.
- Select Safari on the left side of the application.
- Touch Downloads on the right.
- ] Touch Other … in Store downloaded files.
- Choose your external hard drive .
- Touch Done .
From now on, files downloaded from Safari are automatically sent to your external hard drive (when connected).
More about the Files application  External storage media is not the only new feature which comes to the Files app on iPadOS. Apple is also introducing a multi window tool. With this, you can have two File windows open next to each other, allowing you to move folders and files more easily by drag-and-drop. There is also a new column view that will remind many of Finder on Mac.
Other new features of the application Files include:
- Local storage: Create folders on the local disk and add your favorite files.
- Rich metadata: column The view shows a large set of metadata, so you can see the details of each file while browsing.
- iCloud Drive folder sharing: Share folders with friends, family and colleagues on iCloud Drive. You can even give them access to add your own files.
- File servers: connect to a file server at work or to a home PC using SMB from files.
- Search suggestions, which facilitates the search for what you are looking for. searching. Simply tap the suggestion to quickly filter your results.
- Document scanner: create digital copies of physical documents and place them directly in the location where you want to store them.
- Keyboard shortcuts: a lot of new keyboard shortcuts make browsing files even easier.
It's great to see Apple finally add external storage support to iOS and iPadOS. Even with the advent of cloud-based computing, external disk drives still have a place in our daily lives. Apple has finally recognized this after many, many years. Cupertino is likely to launch iOS 13 and iPadOS to the general public along with the new mobile devices for 2019.