Using a dongle, SD card or USB drive and the Files app?

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  1. kat.hayes macrumors 65816

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    Now that iPads have a Files app, can you plug in a dongle, and use either an SD card or a USB drive and navigate within the SD or USB drive to access files, and copy files to the Files app? If so, then it is no different than my MacBook, which also needs a dongle to access SD and USB drives....
     
  2. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    No. But generally any such card readers come with an app that you can use to access the storage.
     
  3. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

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    When they first announced the files system I got all excited but after reading more . . . .it is sad!
     
  4. JPIndustrie macrumors 6502a

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    Yea Files is just bringing iOS on par with the Finder type setup already on MacOS. You will need to respective hardware builder’s specific apps to access memory cards on those devices.
     
  5. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502

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    So, there are products tied to apps that allow SD or MicroSD cards to be used with iPads? On which movies, documents etc can be stored and accessed?
     
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  7. akash.nu macrumors 604

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    Indeed there are.
     
  8. whokuni macrumors member

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    I use an I-Dash-i with a 256 gb microSD to store my movies, tutorials, etc. I have tried other products but found this the best for me
     
  9. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502

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    Thanks all!!! This is a big thing for me! So, let me understand this correctly. Buy this or similar device. It will have a dedicated app with which I can locate and open let’s say a PDF document. When I tap on the documents may be an in app reader will open it. But since I use PDF Expert I can use the Share sheet to do the needful. Is this correct? Also, like I usually do, I make annotations to the document, will the changes be reflected in the original version on such a device?
     
  10. whokuni macrumors member

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    Everything up to the sharing of PDF files is *yes*. Not sure about the sharing bit. Maybe others have had some experience with this feature.
     
  11. whokuni macrumors member

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    Was just checking on my Dash-i and a PDF file and I have Readdles PDF expert so there was no problem opening the file. Also could do some editing but it looks like you would need their PDF professional editor upgrade to do any really serious editing. So it would seem that that answers all your questions. Good luck
     
  12. sparksd macrumors 68020

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    Same here. I tried another product but found the Dash-i to be superior. Also bought one for my wife.
     
  13. Newtons Apple, Sep 24, 2017
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    Would have still rathered Apple gave us a “real” file manager.
     
  14. kristalsoldier macrumors 6502

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    Thanks very much! I am sorry, I meant annotating on the PDF with the Pencil. But from what you mention, it sure seems possible. This is really great! Thanks very much!
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    Well, yes of course. Maybe in due course? The Files app is a start, if nothing else.
     

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