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Connect External Resources to Apple iPad

You can use the Files app to access files stored on file servers, other cloud storage providers like Box and Dropbox, and external devices, such as USB drives and SD cards, after you connect them to your iPad.

Connect to a computer or file server

  1. Tap The more button  at the top of the Browse sidebar.

If you don’t see the Browse sidebar, tap Browse at the bottom of the screen.

  • Tap Connect to Server.
  • Enter a local hostname or a network address, then tap Connect.

Tip: After you connect to a computer or file server, it appears in the Recent Servers list on the Connect to Server screen. To connect to a recent server, tap its name.

  • Select how you want to connect:
    • Guest: You can connect as a Guest user if the shared computer permits guest access.
    • Registered User: If you select Registered User, enter your user name and password.
  • Tap Next, then select the server volume or shared folder in the Browse sidebar (below Shared).

To disconnect from the file server, tap the eject button next to the server in the Browse sidebar.