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Clear Memory on Your Smartphone with the OLALA iPhone Flash Drive

/ Aug 30th, 2016 2 Comments

OLALA iPhone Flash Drive Review

“This is the greatest day of my life,” you think to yourself. “I have to take a picture of this moment!” You take out your smartphone and open up the camera app to capture a moment in time you want to remember forever, then your phone displays “Cannot Take Photo – There is not enough available storage to take a photo. You can manage your storage in Settings.”

This has happened to just about everyone who has ever owned a smartphone, and the only resolution is to frantically clear valuable memory on your phone. One way to do that is by going through your camera roll and deleting photos — or you could pop a portable flash drive into your iPhone and save your memories forever.

That is exactly what is possible with the OLALA iPhone flash drive.

Manual Flash

When you think of a flash drive, you probably think of a device that you can use on your computer or laptop to transport files. The OLALA iPhone flash drive is essentially the same thing, but it can switch between a USB and 8-pin lightning connector.

iPhone Flash Drive

Switch between a USB and lightning connector.

On one side of the flash drive is the USB connection, and the other side has the lightning connector. In the middle is a switch that can be used to retract either side into the body of the drive for use of the other side. A small plastic covering goes over the lightning connector to protect it when not in use.

The drive comes in 32 GB or 64 GB models. It can be used with an iPhone or on a computer as a regular flash drive to save and transfer files.

Storage Wars

So, since this is a flash drive, you should know how to use it without any trouble, right? Well, this is mostly true but we did experience some initial confusion while trying to use the OLALA flash drive.

First of all, there are no real instructions. The packaging includes a very brief explanation of how to plug the flash drive into electronic devices, but there is little beyond that. We proceeded to stick the flash drive into an iPhone using the lightning connector and nothing happened until a prompt came up asking us to install the app.

The OLALA 64 GB iPhone Flash Drive

The OLALA 64 GB iPhone flash drive

In order to use the flash drive with your iPhone, you need to download the iDisk app. This free app allows you to transfer photos, videos, and files from your iPhone to the flash drive. Again, there is little instruction for using the app, but it is mostly self explanatory.

Transferring files is relatively quick, depending om the amount and size of the files. Then, you can easily use the flash drive with a computer or laptop to view and save files. It can also be used to transfer files between iOS devices.

The one down side is that the flash drive could not be fully inserted into my iPhone because of the phone case I have. I had to remove my cover in order to use it. Since the whole point of a device like this is to make saving files easier and faster, this hurts. However, the drive was able to plug in while I had a thinner wallet case installed.


In the age of online drives, it may seem pointless to carry around a flash drive, but the OLALA iPhone flash drive is very useful. You can easily clear storage on your iPhone when you need it without having to wait for files to upload or sorting through hundreds of pictures to determine which ones you want to delete.

Additionally, the iPhone flash drive can be used just like any other flash drive, so you could just add some extra storage to your hard drive as well.

There is almost no instruction and it doesn’t fit with most iPhone covers installed, but it makes saving and transferring photos and files easy and simple, and that may just allow you to capture a magical moment you would’ve lost forever.

The OLALA iPhone flash drive can be purchased on Amazon.


Ryan Bloom

Ryan Bloom

Chief Editor at Gaming Illustrated
Ryan Bloom is a writer and avid gamer from Orange County. He received a B.A. in Communications with a minor in American Studies from California State University, Fullerton in 2010. Follow him on Twitter @BloomsTweets.
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  • AaronT

    Where to buy it?

    • Ryan Bloom

      I added a link to where you can buy it on Amazon at the end of the post. Thanks!

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