Just two weeks ago (on March 31) was World Backup Day, and with more people at home due to stay-at-home orders, now is the perfect time to organize your travel photos and videos to free up room on other devices.

That’s where the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go from Western Digital can come in handy. This easy to use and convenient flash drive is small enough to fit into your pocket making it great for travel (remember that?) and for using at home, too.

It comes in two sizes 128GB and 256 GB giving you lots of room to download and organize your favorite travel memories. If you have used one of these in the past, you will notice that this version is smaller than previous models.

How to use it      

Plug the flash drive into your iPhone or iPad, and it does all the work for you via the SanDisk iXpand app. First, you will need to download the app and set up the drive, but that is a simple process. As someone who is not particularly tech-savvy, I found that it only took a few minutes.

Once complete, it will begin to automatically download any photos or videos from your phone that have not already been stored on the flash drive (to avoid duplicates).

A unique feature is that if you have the drive plugged into your phone while recording a video, it automatically downloads to the flash drive keeping large videos from taking up space on your mobile device.

When you are finished transferring data from your mobile device to the flash drive, you can then flip around the drive to the USB side so that it can plug into a computer. The photo and video upload onto your computer is rather speedy, too.

Who can benefit from this?

This is the ideal gift for someone that likes to take lots of photos or keep things organized. It works well for both personal or professional use especially since you can decide to protect your content via a password on the app.

You can keep it handy in a briefcase or purse pocket, or you can choose to clip it onto a key chain thanks to the convenient ring on one end of the drive. Since it has a protective cover on both sides, there is no need to worry about it being damaged when in a pocket or overstuffed bag.

I am one of those people that simply emails myself important documents whether to keep as a backup or to transfer between devices. This works with small files, but the SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go from Western Digital makes things so much easier when moving a large amount of files and videos. It has saved me quite a bit of time as a result.

In addition, I used to pay for extra space “in the cloud” to store photos and files, but now that I can move them off of my iPhone and iPad and onto my computer, I can save some extra cash otherwise spent in the Apple store.

Plus, when you have some extra time on your hands (we’re looking at you, quarantine or stay at home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic), this could be a great project to tackle.

The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Go from Western Digital retails for $45 for the 128GB version and for $70 for the larger 256GB model. This could be a great gift to those that find more time on their hands these days and are looking for an easy way to back up and organize their favorite photos and documents.

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