• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Here's how to get your non-Camera image/video files to import properly

    • Written by George H from Orlando

    The product description warns that this device may only work for images and videos generated by a digital camera. It goes on to say that any random image/video you have on your computer may not import. That's true, but there's a way to fix it. Here's how:
    1. Update iOS device to iOS9.2 or later.
    2. Using your computer, create a folder called "DCIM" to the root of your SD card (or microSD).
    3. Copy the images/videos into the DCIM folder.
    4. Rename each image/video file like this "GOPRXXXX", where XXXX is a unique and incrementing number.
    For example, if you had one JPG file and one .MOV file, name them GOPR0001.JPG and GOPR0002.MOV.
    Incrementing numbers may not be required, but "GOPR" + 4 numeric characters are.
    5. Safely eject SD card from computer, plug Reader into the iOS device, place SD card into the Reader, and Photos app should open. If you're file naming is acceptable, Import will remain open and allow you to view/import the files. Import and you're done!

    Note #1: Other common digital-camera file naming conventions will most likely work.

    Note #2: I've successfully imported several image filetypes: .jpg, .png, .raw. And these video types: .mov, .m4v, .MP4. I am sure many more will work. Also, you can have a mix of filetypes on the SD card simultaneously, and the import will work. For example, import will work with .jpg and .png and .m4v files on the card at the same time.

    This reader itself deserves 4 or 5 stars. It worked for me with several microSDHC cards of various levels of quality, each using a different SD adapter. However, it's the Photos app I find problematic. The Photos->Import feature requires a strict file structure like the one given above. A file named wookie_wants_cookie.jpg won't import. Why can't it be intelligent enough to accept any filename?

    678 of 774 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works great with iPhone 6s

    • Written by Irfan A from Santa Clara

    I just bought this SD card reader to transfer the photos from my Nikon D3100 to my iPhone 6s and it works flawlessly. I was a bit apprehensive as most of the reviews on Amazon about this product stated that it works only with the iPad. However I have tested the same and it does work with iPhone 6s.

    423 of 458 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Great device, pity about the software

    • Written by Anthony S from Colchester

    This card reader works fast and reliably. I used it for many hundred photos on a recent cruise. But Photos import facility is so limited. The thumbnails are so small you cannot see any blurring or other faults. You have to import all the photos first before you can see them full screen. Only then can you see any misfocus or other problems. But by then you have two copies, one on the iPad and one on the card. Yes I know you can delete all photos from the card after importing, but then you have only one copy of your photos on one device. And no serious photographer would tolerate that. On a cruise ship or elsewhere, backing up to iCloud is not an option. So the only option is to delete individually all the bad ones both from iPad and from the card now back in the camera and leave the good ones. This is a very slow, boring and error prone process, especially as Photos does not display even file names, let alone metadata.
    What is needed is a facility to see the photos full screen BEFORE importing, with just 2 buttons, Import and Delete. New updated version PLEASE!

    372 of 413 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    tested, works with iPad Pro, iPhone 6 Plus, iOS 9.2

    • Written by Steven O from Flagstaff

    The adapter works to import image files to the iOS Photos app. I'm running iOS 9.2 on an iPhone 6 Plus and iPad Pro. The transfer speed on the iPad Pro is faster, rated at USB 3.0 speeds as opposed to the iPhone's USB 2.0 speed. I transferred a Nikon D800 RAW file, which are huge 36 megapixel files, in about 2 seconds on the iPad and roughly 5 seconds on the iPhone.

    If you're working with RAW files, make sure your camera model is supported by iOS. Once the files are transferred to your Photos app, you will still need an app to convert the RAW files to file types compatible with the photo editor apps you use. Most will convert to JPG at this time. I'm using the piRAWnha app but there are others. Even the current Adobe apps for iOS will only work with JPG files—Lightroom and Photoshop Fix are the two I tested.

    293 of 330 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by marjory C from galashiels

    It's fine for uploading photos from an SD card, but doesn't upload videos from SD cards which is the main reason I bought it for and all that after checking the apple website to make sure it did.

    246 of 267 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    SD reader no longer compatible

    • Written by Rebecca B from Pickerington

    I have used this product for at least 3 years with no problem. Then, all of the sudden, it’s not compatible to this iPad? My camera is the same, my SD card is the same, I haven’t done anything different. Clearly, this is a fail on Apple’s side

    67 of 67 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by Bradley W from Bracknell

    Does exactly as it says on the box. 100% love this!
    I do photography and now it's so much easier to share my photos on all my apple devices! I literally take all my photo so on my camera then plug it straight into my iPad and done! Then my cloud puts them everywhere I need them!
    Highly recommend*

    76 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What happened to Apple

    • Written by Roman Z from Näfels

    I used the SD card adapter for years and was very happy with it. Since the upgrade to iOS 11 it simply does not work anymore. I tried the work around but also that did not work. I cannot recommend buying this item anymore.

    57 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Device not compatible with latest 10.3.2 update

    • Written by Rohan V from Windlesham

    If you've already uploaded 10.3.2 then you are too late! This device won't work. Nice one Apple! I have been using this device successfully for the past 2 months whilst travelling the world to backup all my photos to my iPad (then via the cloud). But on updating the software to 10.3.2 it's stopped working, saying it doesn't recognise the device. Apple please fix this bug asap. Get a tech guy on this pronto.

    58 of 60 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple should be ashamed

    • Written by Ali A from Alliston

    I have been an apple iPad user for years and the attraction to apple was due to the fact that all of their accessories worked well with all apple devices. I was very disappointed on my trip to Antarctica to find that I couldn’t transfer my photos from my SD card to my iPad because I received an error message stating accessory not supported by this iPad. When I investigated this error message online, I saw a plethora of posts dating back to October of 2017 that the update to ios11 has made this accessory useless. Apple has had 5 months since the update to rectify this issue but has chosen not to. Are they going to introduce a new SD card reader so that everyone can rush to the store and buy it so that it is compatible with ios11? Shame on you, Apple.

    63 of 72 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I can’t rate it 0

    • Written by Greg J from Launceston

    I have been a semi-professional photographer for many years now, when I travel one of the things I love to do is load my images onto my iPad and share on social media. That hasn’t been a problem until the version 11 update, now all I get is “this accessory is not supported by this iPad”
    I have been scouring the net for months for a solution with no luck. In the words of Jeremy Clarkson “HOW HARD COULD IT BE”
    Seriously Apple fix it. Lots of disappointed people, not good for sales or don’t you care

    55 of 57 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Does not work after ios 11 update

    • Written by Diego C from São Paulo

    Have been using my connector for years, working flawlessly... but after I have updated to iOS 11 it just keeps saying “accessory not supported”.

    54 of 58 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ♦WARNING♦ Does not import photos or videos from all cameras or drones

    • Written by Doug A from Greenville

    This device imports photos and/or videos from the SD card if the photos and videos are stored in a folder named DCIM. The problem is not all cameras put photos and videos in this folder.

    I have a Hubsan H501S / H501C camera quad-copter drone. My drone takes photos and videos and stores them in a removable micro SD card in folders named JPG and VIDEO.

    The ONLY reason I purchased this device was to move photos and video I took with my drones from the micro-SD card to my iPhone and/or iPad. Now Apple has my money and I have a adapter that does not work for me.

    The only way I can get this device to work is to first insert my SD card into my Windows laptop, copy the photos and videos then paste the media into a folder named DCIM. Then it works. But to do that, I need to bring my Windoes laptop with me so then I did not need this device.

    The thing is Apple could fix this issue with a software update. Here is hoping they do.

    Until Apple corrects this issue, I do not recommend this product.

    51 of 53 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    So disappointed

    • Written by Amaya H from Laurel

    So I bought this as because I am a traveler and I like to vlog. I take pictures and videos of the many places I go and this worked for the first few times I used it. All of the sudden it would load an image all the way until I saw a green check them say "This accessory is not supported by this iPhone/iPad". How so apple? I am using an apple product to an apple device. this is very upsetting.

    47 of 49 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not for me...

    • Written by John T from Sachse

    I recently purchased an iPad "Pro" and wanted a way to view my videos while out in the field. Enter the SD Card reader. I immediately found it will not work for my use. In order to read the files on the card the capture device must store the files in a way Apple likes. My Blackmagic Pocket doesn't do this. My GH4 doesn't do it either. Apple doesn't allow you to view all files on a card so I was out of luck. For fun I tried a sd card that I stored files the way Apple likes. The Ipad "Pro" did see the files but now I can't preview them. I have to download the files to the iPad "Pro" first. It's a 256gb card with <120gb Ipad. So what's the point of the SD Card reader? I don't think it's the SD Card reader's issue but limitations in iOS. This is disappointing for a device that has "Pro" in its title.

    65 of 86 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    My Apple purchased Lighting to SD reader not working

    • Written by LeRoy C from Southgate

    I have been using this unit to read the SD cards I’m pulling out of my trail cameras all of a sudden I can not get my pictures to import just a blank screen that say import, then all of a sudden my phone or iPad switches to the collection folder. Can we please FIX this error that came with 11.1.at least this is when I have started to have this issue since 11/13/17 I use this reader almost daily with my work photos assignments. Thanks for your time in advance. I will not rate this properly until the System has it working again

    43 of 44 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Stopped working with 10.3.2 update

    • Written by Kenneth H from Stone Harbor

    In the spirit of your creator, please fix the update that made my camera SD card reader useless. Steve would not be pleased with his company attitude. ��

    43 of 46 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Buyer Beware

    • Written by Matthew F from Glendale

    If you are a professional photographer and you were drawn to the reader because of all the "unbiased" reviews you saw online; think again. I bought this a few months ago and it has never worked completely. JPEGs will usually all get transferred to the iPad. However, if you are shooting RAW and hoping to import them to your iPad, and sync them with Lightroom mobile so you have a raw back up. It would be better to pass on the iPad and adapter and just get a laptop. Sometimes my RAW files never show up on the iPad and sometimes some of them show up. It is NOT A RELIABLE BACKUP. I have been on the phone with Apple support numerous times and I keep getting sent to "higher up" tech that can not offer a solution other than wipe your iPad clean and reinstall everything and see it that works... if not, we will address it in a future update. I will like I wasted $1000 on the iPad pro and another $29 for the adapter since I bought it specifically to backup and edit in the field.... Currently using a 2017 12inch iPad Pro with the 11.2.5 firmware update

    40 of 41 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Can't Import More than 150 JPEGs

    • Written by Simon C from El Cerrito

    As a working professional photographer, I would like to rely on my iPad 10.5" and SD card reader for on-the-go shoots. However, this piece of junk cannot import more than 150 photos without crashing. Every time.

    I took the product to the apple store and they recreated the issue with two brand new iPads, with three different SD card readers, and with two different SD cards.

    Fix your product Apple, this thing would be so useful if it did not crash every time I used it.

    43 of 48 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    ¡It stopped working!

    • Written by Diego P from Morelia

    It's simply not possible. I bought this device at the beginning of this month and now, thanks to the 10.3.2 update, I cannot use it. PLEASE FIX THIS.

    40 of 42 people found this useful