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iOS 11 And iOS 12 Files App: How To Use This Feature On iPhone And iPad

If you have your iPhone or iPad operating on the new iOS from Apple, you should know how to use iOS 11 and iOS 12 Files app. The Files app on iOS 12 or iOS 11 has basically removed the iCloud app and works something similar to Finder on Mac OS X.

This means within the iOS 11 or iOS 12 Files app you can make changes to files by managing them, editing them and even sharing them easier. This article will provide some guidance on how to use Files app on iOS 12 or iOS 11 for iPad and iPhone.


How To Use Files On iOS 12 And iOS 11

The first thing you need to do is browse and select on the Files app on iPhone and iPad. The app logo for this looks like a light blue folder and can be found on the home screen. Select this to open the app to have access to all your files saved on your iPad or iPhone.

Once here, you have the ability to browse files or view the most recent files you’ve worked on. You can also make changes by editing the name of a file, tagging them or add them as a favorite.

For things like PDFs and images, you’ll be able to make edits fast and effortlessly. If you select on a file that needs to be opened on an app like Pages, Numbers or Keynote, you’ll automatically be switched over to the needed app to start working on the file. One great thing is that if you would rather use another app like Microsoft Excel, Word or Powerpoint you can make these changes within the Files app.

A cool thing about the iOS 11 and iOS 12 Files app is that you can create separate folders to keep things more organized. In addition, you can also sort these folders and files by Date, Size, Name and Tags; some of the same things that you can do on Mac OS X.


Favorite Features Of Files App On iOS 12 And iOS 11

  • Preview ZIP files.
  • Preview a picture, use the markup tools to make edits.
  • Preview movies in MOV or AVI format.
  • Preview files that you have not yet installed the native app for it yet.


The Files app in iOS 12 and iOS 11 for iPhone and iPad is a great new addition that many people have been waiting for. Many of these features allows users to use their iPhone or iPhone more like a computer to be more productive. Apple is headed in the correct direction and maybe one day the smartphone and tablet will be a real computer replacement.

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