Files is a convenient app on apple devices that gives you access to every file you have stored in the different apps on your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. There is a new Downloads folder in iOS 13,which will be the location for any web downloads and attachments from Mail. In addition, there is an ability to share a entire iCloud Drive folder with friends and family in iOS 13. moreover, they will be able to add their own files to it.
In case a file is too huge to share users will be able to zip it if they are running iOS 13 – and they will be able to unzip files as well.
Files can manage files saved in iCloud, locally on your iPhone or iPad,￼ in other online services, tags, and it allows for real collaboration via iCloud Drive.
The following are some tips for using it:
- Copy or move a file or folder: You can touch, hold, and drag a file or folder to move it. Another way to do it is to touch and hold a file or folder until
the popover comes up,tap copy or move, and then choose which folder you want to copy or move the item to.
- Enable third-party services: From the Browse screen (on the iPhone, tap the back button until you reach it) or sidebar, tap the ellipsis button, tap
Edit, and enable the switch for the desired app. It appears under Locations—tap it to view files from that service. If the service you want isn’t listed,
you’ll need to install the associated app, like
- Connect to a server: On the Browse screen or in the sidebar, tap the ellipsis button and then Connect to Server. Enter the SMB server address and tap
Connect, followed by the username and password, if required.
Tip: On a Mac, you can turn on file sharing in System Preferences > Sharing. The SMB address is also listed there as well.
- Use tags: Tagging is a way to organize files and folders, even if they’re not all in the same folder. On the iPad, tags are displayed on the left-hand
side of the Browse screen. On the iPhone, tags are listed on the Browse screen. If you have files in iCloud Drive that have already been tagged on macOS,
those tags are there when you first open Files.
To tag a file or folder, touch and hold on it until the popover appears, and then tap Tags. Tap the tags you want to select, or tap Add New Tag to create
a new one. Tap Done when you’re finished, or just tap outside the popover on the iPad.
You can also tag a file by opening it, tapping the Share icon, and then tapping Add Tags on the activity view.
- Create a folder: Touch and hold an empty spot on the screen and choose New Folder from the popover.
- Operate on multiple files: Tap Select in the upper-right corner. Tap each item you want to act upon—a checkmark appears on it—and then tap either Share,
Duplicate, Move, or Delete at the bottom of the screen. On the iPad, you can tap More to see options to copy or compress files.
- Mark up images and PDF: Tapping an image or PDF lets you mark up that file, with the tools described in
- Scan documents: You can use your device’s
to scan documents into Files. Start by tapping the ellipsis button on the Browse screen or in the sidebar
and choosing Scan Documents. That opens a viewfinder into which you can position documents. If the paper is flat and your room well lit, it should scan
automatically. You can keep scanning pages that will be added to the resulting PDF document until you tap Save.
- Collaborate on files: Files lets you collaborate with others on documents stored in iCloud. To begin, you must pull up the activity view for a file or
There are three ways to do that:
- As mentioned above, tap Select in the upper-right corner, select the files or folders you want to share, and then tap Share at the bottom of the screen.
- Touch and hold a file or folder and tap Share in the popover.
- Tap a file to open it and tap the Share icon.
- Tap Add People on the activity view. You can tap Share Options to choose who can access or modify the file.
- Tap a sharing method, such as Message or Mail, enter the contact information for the recipient, and send the invitation.
The recipient receives a message with a link to the file. Users of iOS 11 and later who tap the link open it in the Files app. Users running older versions
of iOS can view the shared file, but not act upon it.