I have an iPhone 7 and I’m considering buying the Lightning SD Card reader that Apple makes. Is it possible to access the SD card’s files using apps other than Photos—for example, Dropbox?

(My specific use case is that I’m going to be traveling and I want to back up my photos to my phone. I’d like to back them up somewhere online, too, but I don’t use Apple’s photo-syncing offerings and I’d prefer not to turn them on just for this situation.)

  • There doesn't appear to be any developer documentation on accessing the reader, so it's looking like it's not possible for 3rd party apps to use it.
    – ecnepsnai
    Commented Oct 7, 2016 at 15:45
  • Not related, but Google Photos may be an option.
    – bret7600
    Commented Oct 10, 2016 at 2:26

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Apple's camera-connection hardware only interfaces with the Photos app, unfortunately. However, you should be able to transfer the photos from the photos app to Dropbox or a similar app after the import using the "send to" feature (I know it works with OneDrive and Google Drive).

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