Can I use a 30 pin to USB adapter to connect a USB flash drive to an iPad and transfer arbitrary files back and forth?

please address specifically:

  1. Can ANY file be transferred? Not just Image or Music files?
  2. This can be done WITHOUT any modification (jail-breaking)

Please provide references to adapter device specifications and references from reliable sources addressing the above specific points.


1 Answer 1


No, you can't do this without jailbreaking.


No, you cannot transfer any arbitrary files. you cannot transfer documents, txt, source, etc; you can only transfer images and videos.

  • Can you rename the arbitrary files to have an image file extension? I know this works to fool Gmail into sending executable files. Perhaps it works here too.
    – Samuel
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 23:03
  • <www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5f1VmjjczQ> video shows how use an alternate extension to transfer arbitrary files from USB to iPad. but you cannot transfer files from the iPad to the USB drive using this method.
    – Andyz Smith
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 23:22
  • Well, it's good to have solid reasons for not owning any Apple products. If you can call that ownership...
    – Samuel
    Commented Sep 25, 2013 at 23:51
  • @Passerby these articles and the separation of the SD and USB components doesn't seem to offer any additional capabilites. see the question, please.
    – Andyz Smith
    Commented Sep 26, 2013 at 2:41

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