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Find the iOS file man­ager’s hid­den fea­tures and ex­tend its pow­ers

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Adam Banks

Files is iOS ’s equiv­a­lent of Fin­der in macOS and en­ables you to browse files stored on your de­vice or in iCloud Drive. You can add other cloud ser­vices too and — with the help of a third–party app — ac­cess files on Macs, PCs and net­work– at­tached stor­age (NAS) drives.

By de­fault, the only lo­ca­tions in Files’ side­bar are iCloud Drive (as­sum­ing you’ve signed in to iCloud) and On My iPhone/ iPad. These two lo­ca­tions work a lit­tle dif­fer­ently from each other — as fold­ers on your de­vice’s stor­age are cre­ated and con­trolled by apps; you can’t move or delete them your­self, or add new ones. You can cre­ate fold­ers in iCloud Drive.

The large pane on the right is where you browse within stor­age lo­ca­tions. Sim­ply tap to open a folder or file. By de­fault, this pane isn’t scrolled all the way to the top. Swipe down on it to re­veal some ex­tra op­tions. Tap one of the at­tributes listed there — name, date, size or tags — to sort the pane’s con­tents by it. Tap the list icon to the right to switch be­tween icon and list views, and the folder icon to the left to cre­ate a new folder (on iCloud Drive). Tap a folder to look in­side it. The pre­vi­ous folder’s name ap­pears top left. Tap it to go back there.

You can add third–party cloud ser­vices, such as Google Drive and Drop­box, un­der Lo­ca­tions in the side­bar. By de­fault, you can’t add non–cloud stor­age, such as shared fold­ers on your Mac or NAS, but we’ll show you a way around that.

To re­veal op­tions for an in­di­vid­ual file, long–press it. A con­tex­tual menu will ap­pear. For mul­ti­ple files, tap Se­lect, then tap the files you want to use. Op­tions will ap­pear at the bot­tom of the screen.

When brows­ing your iCloud Drive, you can delete fold­ers cre­ated by apps, but you can’t move them. All the other op­tions are sim­i­lar.

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