iOS 11 Files - Transfer files over USB?

Discussion in 'iOS 11' started by user-22, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. user-22 macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2017
    Hi, for iOS 11 Files, would I be able to copy files from a desktop to an iOS device over USB cable? In other words, can I copy files over like on an Android device.

  2. Erdbeertorte Suspended

    May 20, 2015

    as far as I know it has OS X Server support and maybe also works with other servers too already or later. But I don't know if a cable connection to the server is supported. I never set up an own server.

    Copying pictures and videos from the Camera Roll over USB worked since "forever" in Windows Explorer and besides the Photos App/iPhoto also with the Image Capture application in macOS/OS X if you just want to copy them over to a Mac. For Linux it might be the same as Windows with a file manager. It's the same like attaching a camera. But you may know this already.

    At least on my Mac with High Sierra nothing has changed when connecting an iOS 11 device until now. But who knows, it's far from being finished yet.

    Also I did not test the Files app very much because I have nothing in there besides my iCloud Drive what is on my Mac too.

    Someone else surely knows better.

  3. slenpree macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2010
    The iPad is a post PC device so it does not support memory sticks in order to avoid any of the issues memory sticks present - such as spreading virus’, file system compatibility issues between systems, lack of backup and data loss, version control issues when copying files between systems, physical loss of memory stick that’s not encrypted and revealing private information, etc etc. iOS will never support it natively because it’s not the ethos of a post PC device. Third party apps can add support, if they use the document provider API Dropbox and others use, they might be able to make the memory stick appear in the files app that way, I wouldn’t count on it though. The iPad is a cloud/wire-free device, it only provides mass storage access for importing photos from a digital camera or SD card, because this does not present any of the issues mentioned above. To share files without the internet, you can use airdrop locally or to share files across the internet you can use email with automatic maildrop for large files.
  4. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    or wait for iOS12 and USB drive support!
    Straight answer for the OP without the propaganda:
    iOS11 doesn’t change anything compared to previous versions, in terms of transferring files via USB.
  5. Feenician macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2016
    It absolutely can and I expect it will. The companies that today produce their own apps for their lightning flash drives can instead (or as well as) integrate in the Files app. IOS will not know, or need to know, anything more about those drives than it does today.
  6. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    I guess so...still this is limited to those lightning flash drives...which are generally super expansive for what they are AND limited to USB2 speeds (the ones I tried are actually slower than USB2)...
    I hate lightning :(
  7. Feenician macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2016
    I’ll be honest, I don’t have one and have no desire for one. I’m not arrogant enough (not quite, at least ;)) to assume no-one else does, however. Those people will be in a much better place in iOS 11.
  8. canesalato macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2010
    You are right. Not what I was hoping for but good for the users of these devices. =)

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