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How To Use SD Cards With Your iPhone – Expand iPhone storage

Even though Apple has increased the storage space on starter iPhones from 16GB to 32GB, for most people it still is not enough space. While other manufacturers allow inserting SD cards into the provided slots to easily expand the storage space, you will search in vain for this slot on an iPhone. However, there is a way to use SD cards with your iPhone and we want to present this to you.

SD card for more space

As mentioned before, the iPhone has no SD slot and offers no way to expand the integrated space by default. However, there are SD card readers for iOS devices with matching SD cards, which can expand your iPhone space.

Below we will present you some SD card readers that cost between $25 and $50. This is followed by some links to matching SD cards. In combination it will definitely cost less money than a new iPhone with more storage space.

SD card readers

Before you choose a card reader for your iPhone, you should know, what type of SD card you want to use. They vary in the physical size, which causes the different names – SD, miniSD and microSD.

The product names in this article are linked to the respective product pages on Amazon.com. All products have top reviews.

RAVPower Flash Drive & Memory Stick with  SD Card Reader: The internal storage of 64GB is extendable with a SD card. Thanks to the SD card reader you can expand the internal storage with another 256GB. It is working with microSDs and uses a USB 3.0 to connect it to a computer.

RAVPower Flash Drive with SD card reader

Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader: This product has no internal storage space, but it is compatible with microSD cards, which makes it very handy. The reader has no USB connector. So you cannot connect the reader itself to the computer. Hence, you have to insert the microSD into your computer and back into the reader for exchanging data between iPhone and computer.

Lexar microSD To Lightning Reader

RAVPower Wireless SD Card ReaderThis wireless card reader can be connected to up to 5 devices at the same time. Hence, you can use this product as a storage expansion for multiple iOS devices. It also has an extra battery, so that you can charge your iPhone as well. In addition you can use this SD card reader as a Wi-Fi router or repeater. The necessary ports are available. It supports reading USB hard drives up to 4TB and SD cards up to 256GB.

RAVPower wireless SD card reader

SD cards

As mentioned before, the SD card has to match the SD card reader. Compatible SD and microSD cards are available on Amazon. The different prices are in relation to the variable storage space (up to 256GB) and to the transmission speed.

The product names are linked to the respective product pages on Amazon.

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