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"After purchasing an 11'' iPad Pro and a USB-C to USB adapter, I tried to use my Sandisk flash drive to put my photos on iPad Pro. I connected it all up, but nothing happened at all. So thought I could connect iPad Pro to my Acer PC to download that way. Will this work? I am trying to do away with a computer but struggling to transfer my stuff to iPad Pro. Please advise."

- Excerpted from Apple Discussions Community

Want to transfer photos from a flash drive to an iPhone for easy reading or usage? As Apple provides no way to make the switch, you may wonder whether it is possible. The answer is yes. Just follow this guide to learn more about getting photos from USB to iPhone in trouble-free ways.

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Part 1. How to Move Pictures from Flash Drive to iPhone with a Computer
Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from USB to iPhone without Computer via iXpand Drive

Part 1. How to Move Pictures from Flash Drive to iPhone with a Computer

When migrating pictures from a flash drive to iPhone, you may first consider using a computer. Yes. A computer does help you transfer pictures from USB to iPhone. But you will also need other auxiliary tools. This part will show you four practical solutions to get the job done.

1.1 How to Move Photos from USB to iPhone via iPhone Photo Transfer (Recommended)

Tired of using iTunes to transfer or manage media files on iPhone? iPhone Photo Transfer makes it easier to transfer photos from a flash drive to iPhone without iTunes. Moreover, it also allows you to preview and copy only the wanted data to your iPhone.

The highlights of iPhone Photo Transfer:

* Selectively transfer photos, music, and other files from a flash drive to iPhone on PC or Mac.

* Create photo albums on the computer to organize your pictures.

* Delete unwanted photos in batches.

* Move photos between albums without difficulties.

* View and check the specific photo information.

* Open and view iPhone HEIC images on a PC directly.

* Work with most USB drives and iPhone models (iOS 15 supported), such as iPhone 13 Pro Max/13 Pro/13/13 mini/12 Pro Max/12 Pro/12/12 mini/SE/11 Pro Max/11 Pro/11/XS Max/XS/XR/X/8, etc.

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Warm tips:

  1. As Apple has strengthened the data security system for iOS devices with iOS 13 and above versions, you may need to enter the iPhone passcode to confirm the operation if your iPhone runs a higher iOS version. And during the whole process, you may need to enter the password twice.
  2. If you have encrypted a backup file using iTunes and moved it to your flash drive, you will need to unlock it with the iTunes encryption password and enter the iPhone password on your iPhone to confirm that before proceeding.

How to transfer data from USB to iPhone directly?

1. Above all, install and run iPhone Photo Transfer on your computer. Then plug into your flash drive and your iPhone to the computer simultaneously and wait for the program to recognize your devices.

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2. Click Photos on the left panel, tap the Add (or +) button on the top menu, and open the USB drive from the window to import photos. Next, select the pictures you wish to move and hit the Open icon to import them to your iPhone.

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1.2 How to Transfer Photos from Thumb Drive to iPhone Using iTunes

If you can accept data loss on your iPhone after syncing with iTunes, you can use this traditional way. Before starting with the following steps, ensure that you have turned off the iCloud Photos Library on your iPhone. Note that it will also erase all the iCloud photos on your iPhone.

To transfer from a flash drive to iPhone via iTunes:

1. Make sure that the latest version of iTunes is installed on your computer and connect your iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.

2. Launch iTunes if it doesn't open automatically. When the computer recognizes your iPhone, tap the iPhone icon under Devices and choose Photos on the left panel. (See how to fix iTunes could not connect to this iPhone if the problem occurs.)

3. Check Sync Photos and select your USB drive next to the Copy photos from option. Finally, hit Apply below to start the syncing process.

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1.3 How to Transfer Videos from Flash Drive to iPhone with iCloud

You can also transfer pictures and videos from USB to iPhone via iCloud. The whole process is easy. First, you need to upload USB photos or videos to iCloud from a computer. Then sync the iCloud photos to your iPhone.

Let's see how it works.

1. Plug the thumb drive into your computer.

2. How to transfer photos from USB to iCloud. Open iCloud.com from a computer browser and sign in with the same Apple ID you use on your iPhone. After that, tap Photos > Upload photos > select the photos you want to upload from the USB > tap Upload.

3. How to sync iCloud photos to your iPhone. Open the iPhone's Settings > tap your name > select iCloud > tap Photos > enable iCloud Photos. It will take a while to finish syncing photos. Once finished, you will access the photos in the Photos app.

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1.4 How to Move Pictures from USB to iPhone via Email

This way is similar to iCloud. All you need is to attach the photos you want to transfer to an email and download them on your iPhone. However, as most email services limit the file size, generally, your email provider may not support photos larger than 25MB. In that case, you can try other methods listed above.

Refer to the steps below to transfer photos from a flash drive to iPhone.

1. Connect the flash drive to your computer and sign in to the email address you often use from a browser, like Gmail, Foxmail, etc.

2. Click the Compose button to draft a new email, fill in the To field with your other email address, and tap the paperclip icon to attach the photos you want to transfer as attachments. After picking the desired photos on USB, hit the Send button to send the email to yourself.

3. On your iPhone, tap the Mail app and log in with the same email address. Once done, find the email you just sent and download the attachment to your iPhone.

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Part 2. How to Transfer Photos from USB to iPhone without Computer via iXpand Drive

If you don't have a computer at hand, you may want to transfer pictures from USB to iPhone without a computer. Also, assume that your flash drive has a Type-C hub, which means the USB drive is compatible with iPhone. Now, download and install a data sharing app that supports your iPhone to move photos to your iPhone without a computer directly.

For example, a SanDisk iXpand flash drive user can install the iXpand Drive app on the iPhone to switch files wirelessly.

Here's how.

1. Install iXpand Drive from App Store on your iPhone.

2. Connect the flash drive to your iPhone directly and select the copy files from the USB option when you see the options to move data.

3. Choose Photos, select wanted pictures, and touch the Copy to iPhone option to migrate USB photos to the iPhone.

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Words in the End

After reading the five available solutions, which way will you adopt to transfer photos from a flash drive to iPhone? Known for the simplicity, security, and user-friendly features, iPhone Photo Transfer stands on the top of our recommendation list. Of course, if you trust more Apple products, iTunes or iCloud are also nice choices. Anyway, select one way from this article and accomplish the task.

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