Use USB 2.0 Flash Drive with iPad Air?

Discussion in 'iPad Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by johnchart, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. johnchart macrumors member

    Nov 8, 2010
    Is there a way I can copy Numbers & Pages files from my iMac 10.7.5 loaded on to a USB 2.0 Flash Drive to my iPad Air? Looks like it would take some kind of conversion cable.

    Thanks for help.

  2. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    No, you can't. You'd need a jailbroken iPad for that to work, and even then, it was iffy, because iPad's USB port doesn't provide enough power to drive most USB peripherals.

    If the files originated on your iMac, why not just use iCloud?
  3. xshawn macrumors newbie

    Dec 6, 2013
    Second this.

  4. mscriv, Dec 17, 2013
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2013

    mscriv macrumors 601


    Aug 14, 2008
    Dallas, Texas
    You can get files onto your iPad in various ways:

    1. Use a cloud based service like iCloud, Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.

    2. Transfer the files directly thorugh iTunes. Keep in mind with this method not all file types are supported. iTunes is only used to transfer media like music, videos, ebooks, ringtones, etc.

    3. There are 3rd party apps out there that you put on your computer that will enable you to tranfer or remove files from your iOS device. I've mainly only used these types of program for iPods and iPhones, but I assume they will work with an iPad the same way.

    4. You can transfer files with a portable drive that has built in wireless/streaming connectivity. Companies like Kingston and Seagate make these drives. Some are basic hard drives while others are media drives that take portable flash media.

    In your case, it sounds like you are simply wanting to transfer the files onto the iPad and not actually store them permanently on external media, like a USB drive. Since the files you are wanting to transfer are native mac application files, Numbers & Pages, then the easist solution is through iCloud or Dropbox. Of course, to work on these files on your iPad you will have to install the Numbers and Pages iOS apps on your iPad as well.

    I hope this info helps. Let us know how things work out for you.
  5. Aspasia macrumors 65816

    Jun 9, 2011
    Halfway between the Equator and North Pole

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