How to use your Crucial External SSD with your iPad Pro

While iPads® are useful, handy, and often required for work, they don’t offer much in terms of storage. With the release of iPadOS™, users can now attach external storage drives, allowing for saving and accessing more files and making iPads® function a little more like laptops. When paired with a Crucial external SSD , your iPad Pro® can be used to transfer photos, videos, apps, and other data. You can even use third-party apps to import directly to your iPad from your SSD without having to use proprietary Apple® apps.

Expand iPad Pro storage with a portable SSD

Step 1. Plug your portable SSD into your iPad Pro

The first step is to plug your Crucial portable SSD into your iPad Pro through the UCB-C port or through an adapter if using the Lightning® connector on pre-2018 iPad models. First, plug one end of the USB-C cable into the drive. Next, plug the other end into either the USB-C port or Lightning connector with a Lightning adapter into your iPad Pro.

Note: Make sure when using the USB-A adapter that the alignment marks on the adapter match up with the alignment mark on the cable. If these marks are not aligned, read and write performance of the drive is reduced.

Step 2. Open and browse the files app

Locate and open your files app. Once opened, locate your Crucial portable SSD in the sidebar and open it.

Step 3. Moving files from your Crucial External SSD to your iPad Pro

Click on any of the files in your Crucial portable SSD you want to transfer to your iPad Pro. Next, select “Move,” then select a save destination on your iPad. Next, select “Copy.”

Step 4. Moving files from your iPad Pro to your Crucial External SSD

Go into your files app and select your Crucial drive in the sidebar. Select the folder you want to move files to. You can then select all of the files you want moved, such as audio, video, or photos. Lastly, select “Copy” to move the files to your Crucial portable SSD.


The iPad Pro is more useful than ever before, thanks to iPad OS and the ability to connect to an external storage device. Paired with a Crucial portable SSD, your iPad Pro will have all of the storage you need for whatever you want to do.