How to Get Started With Files App on iOS 11

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How to Get Started With Files App on iOS 11
How to Get Started With Files App on iOS 11

The Files app is one of the most significant changes in iOS 11. The iCloud Drive app no longer exists and instead we have an app called Files. With this, all of your files will be in one place — files from cloud storage apps such as Dropbox, and from other apps that expose documents such as PDF Expert 6, and even files on your local device.

Here’s what you need to do to get started with the Files app on iOS 11.

  1. Open the Files app on your iOS device.
  2. If you are signed in to an iCloud account, you will see all your iCloud Drive files here.
  3. You need to install apps such as Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive to access these services via Files.
  4. Once you install these apps, open Files and hit the Edit button at the top.
  5. Now toggle the switch next to each app whose files you want to see in the iOS 11 Files app. The switch turns green if it’s on.

On our iPad, the Files app opened iCloud Drive files in the right pane, but all other apps opened in a pop-up. Files app lets you search for files inside other services such as Dropbox, but you can’t add tags to them, mark them as favourite, or add other metadata.

Can I create new folders inside Files?
At the moment, you can do that in iCloud Drive, but not on its local storage. We’re hoping that future updates will allow people to create folders in the “On My iPhone” or “On My iPad” folder.

Can I plug in a Lightning port-based pen drive and open it in Files?
No, at the moment you can’t do that. Lots of people have tried but the pen drive doesn’t show up in the Files app.

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