Getting At My Files on iPad

When you’re working on the iPad, there comes a time where you might want to save your work somewhere, for access later on or on a different device (i.e a PC).

Since the iPad doesn’t have any place to plug in a USB, or include a file system, it can be difficult because you’re basically forced to store your work online. It is confusing at first but now I’ve begun to store my files in 3 places.

iCloud Drive


I like the simplicity of Page for iPad because of its feature rich design and it works flawlessly via iCloud. With iCloud Drive, my Pages documents are uploaded to iCloud and available to me on any PC when I sign in to

From there, I can continue to work on them OR download them as Word files and save them to my USB.

One thing I didn’t like about this was that it was difficult to access my files from a different iOS device as it works through your Apple ID. I have a uni Apple ID and personal one and so keeping them separate is a main priority. It was not easy to sign in to my personal one, and sign in separately into iCloud Drive to get my files. You have to sign in to the whole iOS device to get to your files – which is annoying, but if you just use the FST iPads, then its perfect.



Word is another app that I have recently started using – primarily because I’m entitled to Office 365 as a student. Its working great so far and I can install OneDrive on my iPad and sign in separately from my Apple ID. Again, all my notes sync across my devices and I can view them at home on my PC later on.

Since its Microsoft Word, all my docs are in a standard .docx format and compatible with nearly all my devices. Plus, the 1TB of space is plenty!

Google Drive


I use Google Drive for everything else such as uploading images and files that I don’t want to mix up with my uni work in the above.

I found that using 3 apps works best for me, but I noticed that many people have solely been using Google Drive for all their storage-on-iPad needs.




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