How to connect SSD to iPhone 15 Pro

Accept it or not, the inclusion of USB-C in the latest iPhone 15 Pro series has opened the door to a plethora of opportunities for different users to get creative.

The buzz around the inclusion of USB-C turned into reality at 2023’s Apple Event. Although it feels like Apple was forced to include this feature, it finally made its way to the expensive yet desirable smartphone lineup from the Silicon giants.

Not only users are breathing a sigh of relief as they don’t have to fiddle around with multiple cables at the same time, but it also gives them the freedom to do a lot of things which wasn’t the case till the iPhone 14.

One of the new opportunities includes the support for SSDs directly to your iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, using the power of the same but much faster USB-C port.

So, if you are wondering how to connect an SSD to your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max to shoot ProRes photos and videos without breaking a sweat when it comes to storage restrictions, here’s a handy guide for you.

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How to connect an SSD to an iPhone 15 Pro

Connecting an SSD to your latest iPhone 15 Pro lineup is very simple. Here are all the things you need:

  • A male-to-male USB-C cable
  • Your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max
  • An APFS or exFAT formatted SSD (of at least 220 MBps write speed)

Once you have gathered all the things mentioned above, all you need to do is connect one end of the USB-C cable to your iPhone 15 Pro and the other end to the SSD.

That’s it! Now both the devices are connected and you may go ahead and shoot ProRes photos and videos at will.

The best thing about this feature is that the footage you record gets saved directly to your SSD. Thanks to the support of USB 3.0 speeds on the iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, the process has never been so seamless!

How to record and save iPhone 15 Pro ProRes videos directly on SSDs

As we’ve mentioned earlier, you don’t need to follow any extra steps after connecting your devices together. Here’s how you can record and save ProRes videos from your iPhone 15 Pro directly on an SSD:

  • Connect the SSD using a USB-C cable
  • Choose ProRes mode
  • Start recording

Your iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max will automatically detect the SSD as a superior storage option, allowing you to record ProRes photos and videos flawlessly.

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Does recording on SSDs overheat the iPhone 15 Pro?

If you continue recording for a prolonged period, then any smartphone will start heating up a bit, and it’s no different for the new iPhone 15 Pro or iPhone 15 Pro Max.

You may pause from time to time to prevent your smartphone from overheating. This will further allow you to keep the phone’s battery healthy.

However, if you notice your iPhone is overheating unnaturally, then you may follow our guide here to bring it back to a normal state.

Can you connect an SSD to iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus?

No, you cannot connect an SSD to iPhone 15 or iPhone 15 Plus.

This is primarily because the nonPro models have a USB 2 Type-C connection, which is not fast enough for high-speed data transfers, unlike the more expensive Pro models.

And that’s everything about connecting SSDs to the new iPhone 15 Pro. We will make sure to update this page with more info as soon as we find them.

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