If you have ever been chagrined that you cannot use a USB memory stick storage with your iPad or iPhone, this tutorial will help you alleviate your annoyance. Although you will not be able to use a physical memory stick, Dropbox can help provide the storage you need accessible from any device completely free, effectively replacing the need for USB sticks. Dropbox gives you an offline storage area that can be used to upload, download, or share publicly (if you desire) any files you could place on a normal USB memory stick device. It can be used with the iPad, iPhone, Android tablets, & other phones. It also works with desktop and laptop computers such as the Macintosh, Linux computers, and Windows PCs.
To start using this free offline storage service first register for a free Dropbox account (Read the full post for the benefits of using referral links):
Download the free Dropbox application for the iPad and iPhone from the App Store:
Move the Photo Quality slider all the way to the right if you desire your photo uploads to be the highest quality possible. The same also applies for the Video Quality setting. Although these settings consume more storage space, they keep photo and video at a state better suited for sharing and archival uses.
Local Storage settings allow you to specify the amount of “memory space” you wish to devote on your iPad or iPhone to Dropbox. A higher amount makes accessing recently viewed content faster, reducing the need for downloads. I selected the 1 GB local storage option, which is suitable for my needs:
To see an example of using Dropbox for photo storage, return to Home by tapping the Settings and Home buttons located on the top left corner of the screen. On the Home screen, tap the My Dropbox option:
The Dropbox site also offers helpful information to new users. You may earn 250MB of storage for completing five items in a checklist, and an additional 250MB for you and each new user if they install Dropbox from a referral link (see image below).
For purposes of full disclosure and as an example, if you sign up using the Dropbox account link I placed above and installed Dropbox we both receive an additional 250MB added to our accounts gratis (max size 8GB). NOTE: I do not receive money for this, nor am I employed by Dropbox. Dropbox gives this option to everyone.