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How do you expand the memory of an Apple iPhone?

You can't expand the memory of your iPhone with a memory card. Still, there are a number of ways to provide space for all your music, photos, and videos. With iCloud, you can access your files and save backups both at home and on the go. In this article, we'll give you 3 tips to expand your iPhone memory.

Expand the memory of your iPhone

Expand iPhone memory

There are a number of options to expand the memory of your iPhone:

  • Use extra memory with iCloud
  • Stream wirelessly with a NAS
  • Use a USB flash drive

Tip 1: use extra memory with iCloud

iCloud iPhone

With your iPhone, you're always connected to the internet via WiFi or your mobile data. This also means access to iCloud. You store files, apps, and music online via iCloud so you can find them anywhere in the world on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop. iCloud also offers the option to share storage with 6 family members. Very easy if you want to share holiday photos. On top of that, your iPhone automatically creates a backup when it's connected to the power adapter and WiFi.  

  • You have access to your files both on the go and at home.
  • Your files are encrypted, so they're accessible only to you.
  • Free storage is limited. For more storage, you have to pay a monthly subscription fee.
  • You need an internet connection to access data.

Tip 2: stream wirelessly with a NAS

NAS iPhone

Are you using a NAS (Networked Attached Storage) at home? You can also use it as extra storage for your iPhone. NAS manufacturers often have their own app for smartphones. This means you're always connected to the NAS network, whether you're at home or on the go. For example, you can watch a movie on your iPhone when you're on the train if the movie is stored on your NAS. The app also automatically backs up your data as soon as you're connected to a WiFi network. This way, you always have a backup and this is useful if your iPhone breaks or in case you've lost it.

  • You have offline and online access to all your files.
  • You keep a NAS at home and manage it yourself entirely.
  • You can't use it to store apps.
  • A NAS has a high purchase price.

Tip 3: use a USB flash drive

USB flash drive iPhone

There are special USB flash drives for the Apple iPhone. They have a Lightning connector for your iPhone on one side. On the other side, you'll find a USB port for your computer. This way, you can easily exchange files, photos, and videos between your iPhone and your computer. A USB flash drive for the iPhone includes an app. Install it on your iPhone so you can easily access the files.

  • You operate the USB flash drive with an app.
  • You can't use it to store apps.
  • To be able to use your extra storage, you need to have the USB flash drive with you.
  • The USB flash drive is only suitable for an iPhone and a computer with a USB port.


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