Connect USB Flash Drive to iPad

How to Connect a USB Flash Drive to iPad

After successfully mounting external hard drive on iPad via Camera connection kit, here comes another hack to connect a USB flash drive to iPad. Yes, you can connect a USB flash drive to your iPad via camera connection kit and browse its contents using iFile.

connect flash drive ipadYour iPad must be jailbroken. You can jailbreak iPad with Spirit jailbreak and iPad camera connection kit accessory is also required. Install the iFile, a file browser, from Cydia.

When you connect a USB drive to your iPad via camera connection kit, iPad gives an error that the device is not supported. Avoid it. Open the iFile on your iPad and you can browse all the contents available in the USB flash drive.

Checkout the video demonstration below:

via [ipadevice]

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23 comments… add one
tekninjoe May 11, 2010, 2:23 am

Impressive… I would really like to see Apps running off a flash drive… Possible?

Gabrielp07 May 11, 2010, 4:46 am

does it work whit iphone too?

MissCaprice August 6, 2010, 11:01 pm

I’m thinking about buying an iPad, and flashdrive connection is really important to me. So great article.
Is it possible to edit documents on iPad and than save them on your flashdrive?

SM October 27, 2010, 6:32 pm

When i connected my flashdrive on my ipad. First time it detected after that its not. No message appears that the device is not supported. Tried with two flashdrives. Any idea?

iRizal November 29, 2010, 2:12 pm

device is not supported still can be explore using iFile. but, if come to not enough power, you cannot do anything. as ios 4.2.1 possible to mount any flashdrive. if below ios 4.1, it can easily explore using iFile if the message show device not supported.

Nubie February 27, 2011, 8:40 pm

I have need for an iPad or other tablet for use on the road but accessing a USB drive is critical and although I’m glad there is a “work-around”, I will not purchase a crippled product for my mission critical work. If iPad 2 resolves this issue then I’ll be there on day one.

LimonP August 15, 2011, 1:19 pm

When i connect the camera connection and my flash drive(4gb Scandisk) I get an error saying something like it uses to much power. Is there a model numbers of flash drives that someone has got working I would prefer an 8GB.


Charlie August 21, 2011, 7:51 am

I’m getting the same error message, uses too much power – but have used the same USB stick a few months ago with no problem. Does anyone have any suggestions?

NSS December 23, 2011, 1:04 pm

Will this work on a jail broken iPhone 4?

jojobi July 7, 2012, 5:21 am

will not work on ipad3 , not enough power

trek November 2, 2012, 10:25 am

how do i get USB flash drive to Ipad2??? pls let me know. my ipad2 was full 13.0 GB that suck

Shukri April 16, 2014, 6:44 pm

When I mount USB it is not working on my ipad1 ios 5.1.1

Shukri April 16, 2014, 6:48 pm

I didnt get a error message

Steve August 21, 2014, 11:38 am

Use a non powered USB hub and it seems to work every time . I was also getting The USB requires too much power message. The non powered USB hub made it work. It must make the USB drive draw less power.

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