2 Ways to Connect a USB to an iPad

How to Connect a USB to an iPad

As mobile computing growing fast, the number of tablet user reported increasing significantly in the past decade. The apps are becoming more responsive to accommodate tablet users, and accessories device is not the exception. The USB devices are getting more popular, but only several tablets come with a USB port. Hence, for Apple iPad user, how to connect a USB to an iPad?

All iPad families, including iPad Pro and iPad Mini, don’t have a USB port. Instead, the company using their proprietary connector that also used by the iPhone. The standard USB-A size is too big for a thin tablet, so you need an additional converter to connect USB devices to your iPad.

Here are the methods.

#1 Connecting a USB to a modern iPad

How to Connect a USB to an iPad

For newer iPad that has a Lightning port which easier to attach USB devices onto it. All you need is a Lightning to USB-A Female Adapter. This cable let you connect the iPad witan h intended USB peripheral.

The adapter like this commonly sells as much as $10-$20 per unit depending on brand, features, performance, warranty, durability, and quality. It doesn’t require a third-party app to communicate with the iPad; just plug and play. It also works for the most iPhone handset.


#2 Connecting a USB to an older iPad

How to Connect a USB to an iPad

For older iPad, the method still same but you need a specific connector. Early iPad and iPhone devices adopt a 30-pin dock connector for charging and transferring data.

This type of connector no longer in use and replaced by the Lightning connector as I mentioned before. However, there are many 30-pin dock to a female USB port still available today.

Yet, this adapter is pretty rare in the mainstream online commerce. So, in case the adapter is out of stock, you can try 30-pin dock to the Lightning port, and then the Lightning connector to the female USB port.

It sounds tricky, but it probably the most feasible way we have.


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