SanDisk iXpand Base

SanDisk iXpand Base

There are many options to backup your photos and contacts. But nearly all require an Internet connection or offloading your data somewhere else. With high profile hacks of personal data, it isn’t surprising that many people don’t want to upload their photos to iCloud or Google Photos.

It is especially useful for those that don’t have or want a laptop or PC and are simply satisfied with their smart devices. More often than not, services such as iCloud or Google Photos only allow you to back up a certain amount of data free of charge.

Internet connection can also eat up cellular data, which is at somewhat of a premium these days. The iXpand Base can help in any of these scenarios.

Simply plug the iPhone in and leave it on the rubberised surface while charging. Data is backed up automatically and can be restored via a dedicated app. This works with previously set up iPhones, but also brand new devices, making it a useful option for data transfer when you’re upgrading to a new iPhone model.

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Plugging an iPhone or iPad into this accessory will automatically cause it to copy all images, videos, and contacts from the iOS device onto the SD card. This requires a free application from SanDisk, but the user will be prompted to install this the first time the tablet or phone is connected to the accessory.

As the SanDisk iXpand Base really only does one thing, setting it up is a snap. It doesn’t ask if you want to backup your photos and contacts, because if you don’t then you shouldn’t buy this accessory in the first place. The application–logically called iXpand Base–does have to ask for permission to access these items on the iOS device, though.

It’s possible to use the SanDisk iXpand Base to backup the contents of both an iPhone and an iPad, or any combination of phones or tablets. The images and data are stored in separate folders on the SD card.

Sandisk-iXpand-Base-ProfileThe SanDisk iXpand Base app can work in the background to back up your iPhone as soon as it’s plugged into the Base at night, which is a useful feature. Once it’s been installed and an initial backup has been completed, subsequent backups will happen with no interaction on your part.

Just plug it in at night and the app starts the backup process. You’ll see a banner on your iPhone letting you know it’s in progress.

Everyone needs a backup of their device in some way, shape, or form. The last thing someone wants is for their phone to get damaged, and to lose all their contacts and pictures. Manually setting up your backup, or relying on just cloud applications can be fickle, requires internet, and sometimes don’t run.

The iXpand Base really is a simple, no-thinking method of backing up all of this data, just while you charge your phone. You plug your phone in each night anyway as you go to bed, so why not back it up at the same time?

Coming soon.


    • Hi Nigel,

      Thanks for getting in touch and apologies for the late reply.

      The iXpand is, as far as I’m aware, for Apple products only. There are myriad products that would work for non-apple and Android users however most of these devices come with microSD card slots so it is a lot easier to back up non-apple devices that way.

      Thank you,

  1. Looks good, but what if you want to be able increase your phones storage and so get the device to store more than the phone ? 128gb is max storage I understand…..?

    • Hi Mat,

      There is an SD card slot embedded into the iXpand which would allow you to expand the storage to a capacity that best suits you. The two storage options are the capacities the SD cards hold when you purchase the base.


  2. Hello! Does the Ixpand have a USB socket? As I would be interested to back up photos from my Olympus OMD camera when away from home.Also some idea of price too!

    • Hi John,

      The iXpand comes with both an SD card slot (which I assume is for backing up) and a USB port, yes.

      I’ve checked on the SanDisk website for compatibility and it only lists Apple products so I’m not sure if it will allow you to back up your camera. If you email SanDisk they should get back to you and let you know if you can back up other devices other than Apple ones… They’re pretty good at getting back to their customers.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help!

      Kind regards,


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