The iPad is a device so versatile and rich of features that we almost always end up filling his memory with films, high-resolution photos, games and music of all kinds. If you have one, you know what I’m talking about, and I bet you also die by the desire to know how to expand the memory of the iPad.
Well, I’m sorry to give you a big disappointment but it is physically impossible to perform such an operation. The Apple iPad does not support any USB storage devices or MicroSD memory cards, so you have to settle for the capacity of the internal memory. Although there is a little something you could do by bringing into play the so-called cloud storage services.
The cloud storage services are those solutions, like iCloud and Dropbox, which allow you to have an hard disk online on which you can store your files for free and then easily access them from iPad, computer, smartphone and any other device that can connect to the Internet. They are not exactly the same thing as an expansion of the physical memory of the Apple tablet, but given the situation, they can be very useful.
Here’s a list of some cloud solutions to expand the memory of the iPad. Choose one that suits your taste for saving documents and files that you do not use often and you can then remove from the physical memory of the tablet.
- iCloud: it’s the cloud service natively supported by Apple’s iPad and many applications for the latter. It does not work like a real online hard drive, that is you do not have a folder in which to place all the files you want, but you can save in the “cloud” and keep synced all the settings and documents of many apps available on iOS and Mac OS X. The basic version – 5GB – is free, but there are also paid plans available: 15GB (20 $ / year), 25GB (40 $ / year) and 55GB (100 $ / year).
- Dropbox – this is probably the most famous cloud storage service in the world. Available for Windows, Mac, Linux, iPad, iPhone, Android and other mobile platforms, allows you to store and synchronize any file freely between all the devices on which it is installed. The basic version offers 2GB of free space plus additional 3GB if you choose to upload photos from your smartphone / tablet online. The paid plans amount to $ 9.99 / month or $ 99 / year for 100GB of space, $ 19.99 / month or $ 199 / year for 200GB of space and $ 49.99 / month or $ 499 / year for 500GB of space.
These 2 are the most famous – and reliable – ones: obviously, there are more, but I suggest sticking to these two for mainly 2 reasons (2 seems to be the number today): first of all, they’re backed up by big companies, so you’ll always get assistance; the second reason is that they’re widely used, so you are going to get help not only by the companies, but also by the big community created behind them.