Use Apple USB-A camera adaptors with USB-A devices

Learn how to use Apple USB-A Camera Adaptors with USB-A devices.

Use USB-A Adaptors to connect your devices

You can use Apple USB-A Camera Adaptors to import photos from your digital camera or connect other USB-A devices to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.


You can use these devices with Apple USB-A Camera Adaptors:

  • Audio/MIDI interfaces and devices
  • Hubs
  • Ethernet adaptors
  • SD card readers
  • Barcode scanners

Use USB 3 Adaptor for more power

Some devices need more power than your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch can provide. If you connect one of these devices, you may see an alert that says “attached accessory uses too much power". Try one of these steps: 


The Lightning to USB 3 Camera Adaptor has a built-in Lightning port, which you can connect to a USB-A power adaptor. This provides power to your iOS device and connected device.


Supported ethernet adaptors

These are some of the USB-A ethernet adaptors that you can use with Apple USB 3 Camera Adaptor:

  • Apple USB Ethernet Adaptor
  • Buffalo LUA-U2-GT
  • Linksys USB200M
  • Linksys USB1000
  • IO-Data ETG-US2
  • Belkin F5D5055

To use the Apple USB 3 Camera Adaptor, you need an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch with iOS 9.3 or later.

Get help

If you can't connect a supported device, try these steps:

  1. Disconnect the Apple USB Camera Adaptor from your iOS device.
  2. Disconnect any devices connected to the Apple USB Camera Adaptor.
  3. Restart your iOS device.
  4. Plug in the Apple USB Camera Adaptor and try to connect the USB device again.

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