How to Use Files – a File Manager App on iPhone iOS 11

Posted October 11, 2017 by Leomar Umpad in Apple iPhone

Use the Files App on iOS 11

With the advent of iOS 11, Apple has introduced a useful file management app on iPhone. The Files app is the only file manager and storage application that you will ever need. You can use the Files app to browse, open, and organize your files. You can manage files on your device, on iCloud, and even from third-party cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Adobe Creative Cloud, and other similar apps. You can access files across different devices as long as you are logged in to the same iCloud account. This article will discuss all the things, features, and functionalities about this fantastic file manager app on iPhone iOS 11.

How to Open and Documents in the Files App

To open documents and files in the Files app, do these:

1.Open the Files app from your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Files App
2.In the Files app, tap on the Browse tab.iPhone Files App Browse Tab
3.Tap on the location where your files are located. For this tutorial’s purposes, tap on the iCloud Drive.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive
4.The files under the selected location are displayed. Tap on the file that you want to open.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive Choose File
5.The selected file is now open. You can start viewing and editing the file. You are done.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive Choose File Open

 

How to Create a Folder on the Files App

You can organize files into folders in your Files app. Here’s how to do it:

1.Open the Files app from your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Files App
2.In the Files app, tap on the Browse tab.iPhone Files App Browse Tab
3.Tap on the location where your files are located. For this tutorial’s purposes, tap on the iCloud Drive.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive
4.Tap on the Add New Folder icon in the upper-left part of the screen.iPhone Files App Add New Folder
5.Enter a folder name and tap on the Done button to save changes.iPhone Files App Touch and Change Folder Name
6.The newly created folder now appears in the iCloud Drive folder. You are done.iPhone Files Folder Name Changed

 

How to Rename Files and Folders on the Files App

To rename files and folders, do these:

1.Open the Files app from your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Files App
2.In the Files app, tap on the Browse tab.iPhone Files App Browse Tab
3.Tap on the location where your files are located. For this tutorial’s purposes, tap on the iCloud Drive.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive
4.Touch and hold on the folder or file that you want to rename.iPhone Files App Add New Folder Done
5.From the options that pop up, tap on Rename.iPhone Files App Touch and Hold Folder Rename
6.Edit the name of the file or the folder and tap on Done to save changes.iPhone Files App Touch and Change Folder Name
7.The newly renamed folder now appears in the iCloud Drive folder. You are done.iPhone Files Folder Name Changed

 

How to Move iCloud Drive and iPhone Files

To move iCloud Drive files from one folder to another, do these:

1.Open the Files app from your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Files App
2.In the Files app, tap on the Browse tab.iPhone Files App Browse Tab
3.Tap on the location where your files are located. For this tutorial’s purposes, tap on the iCloud Drive.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive
4.Tap the Select button in the upper-right part of your iPhone’s screen.iPhone Files Select button
5.Tap on the file you want to move.iPhone Files Select button Choose File
6.Tap on the folder icon in the lower part of the screen.iPhone Files Select button Choose File Folder icon
7.Select the folder where you want to move the file.iPhone Files Select button Choose File Selecct Folder
8.Tap on the Move button in the upper-right part of your iPhone’s screen.iPhone Files Select button Choose File Selecct Folder Move
9.The file has moved to the selected folder. The folder now has a file on it. You are done.iPhone Files File Moved

 

How to Add and Edit Tags on the Files App

To add tags to your files, do these:

1.Open the Files app from your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Files App
2.In the Files app, tap on the Browse tab.iPhone Files App Browse Tab
3.Tap on the location where your files are located. For this tutorial’s purposes, tap on the iCloud Drive.iPhone Files App Browse Tab iCloud Drive
4.Touch and hold on the folder or icon that you want to add a tag.iPhone Files File Moved
5.From the pop-up options, tap on the right arrow button to view more options.iPhone Files Select button
6.Tap on the Tags option.iPhone Files Touch and Hold Right Arrow Tags option
7.Select from the list of available tags or tap on Add New Tag to make a new one.iPhone Files Choose New Tag Name
8.Enter the new tag name and tap on Done to save changes.iPhone Files Choose New Tag Name - DOne
9.Tap on the Done button in the upper-right part of the screen once you are done with tagging the selected file or folder. You can select more than one tag.iPhone Files Touch and Hold Right Arrow Tags option Done Button
10.The file or folder has been tagged. You can go to the Info option to see the tags on a certain file or folder. You are done.
 

How to Add Third-Party Apps to the Files App

What makes Files a good file manager app on iPhone is its ability to add other third-party cloud storage services like Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive, Box, Adobe Creative Cloud, and other similar apps. To add a third-party app on the Files app, do these:

1.Download and install your preferred third-party app. For this tutorials’ purposes, download and install Google Drive.iPhone Files View Folder file TagiPhone Apps Google Drive
2.Open the Files app from your iPhone’s Home screen.iPhone Files App
3.In the Files app, tap on the Browse tab.iPhone Files App Browse Tab
4.Expand the Locations section by tapping on it.iPhone File Apps Locations
5.Tap on the Edit button.iPhone File Apps Locations Edit
6.Tap on the slider for the third-party cloud storage app, so it switches to green. A green switch means that the cloud storage is accessible through the Files app.iPhone File Apps Locations Edit Choose App
7.Tap on the Done button in the upper-right part of the screen. The third-party cloud storage, for this case Google Drive, is now on Files’ storage locations.iPhone File Apps Locations Edit Choose App Done Button
8.Tap on the Google Drive icon to view the files on your Google Drive account. You are done.iPhone File Apps Locations Google Drive

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What devices support the Files app?
A: iPhones and iPads running iOS 11 can use the Files app.

Q: I still want to use the iCloud Drive. Is it still available in the iOS 11?
A: In iOS 11, the iCloud Drive is integrated into the Files app. You need to open your Files app to have access to the iCloud Drive.

Q: What files can I store in the Files app?
A: You can store all common file types- document files, presentations, zip files, music and multimedia files, and others.

You just learned how to use Files – a file manager app on iPhone. If you have questions with any of the information provided in this article, let us know through the comments section.

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About Leomar Umpad

A supply chain operations manager by profession. A technology-lover and a writer by heart. I have the passion to teach and inform.
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