Access and organize your files no matter where they’re located — on your device, in the cloud, on an external drive or file server— with Files. The Recents view displays the files you’ve been working on lately in high-resolution thumbnails. Use the powerful Browse view to navigate folders, organize your files with tags, move files between folders, and search. Files also makes it easy to access iCloud Drive and third-party cloud storage services such as Dropbox, Box, and OneDrive.


• Press the Files icon in the Dock or Home screen to quickly open a file from anywhere

• Connect an external drive or SD card to your device to access the files

• Connect to a file server at work or a home PC using SMB from Files

• Use tags to organize files stored with different cloud providers and across different apps.

• Pin your favorite folders in Browse view for quick access to the ones you use most.

• Give people access to any file stored in iCloud Drive by sharing a link from the Files app

• Drag and drop to select files and organize them into folders

Ratings and Reviews

3.2 out of 5
861 Ratings

861 Ratings

MattMcAdams ,

Missing features and performance

I’d love to stick to the default file manager over some third party app, but in its current state its extremely limited.

On performance, it would be good to have a syncing indicator and a way to manually sync files - especially for third party storage like google drive. File previews are touch and go, sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t or they take forever to load - even on good internet.

Features seem lacking as well, especially for power users. I’d like a similar experience to finder on Mac. Being able to see file extensions, hidden files, etc would be nice too. File management feels pretty clunky, but I suspect that’s a side effect of being on iOS rather than the files app itself, but it would be helpful if it were a bit more intuitive and snappy.

CaptainEffort ,

Works but Very Limited

While this app is perfectly serviceable on an iphone, it’s far too barebones for an ipad. Considering that Apple has been trying to show off the ipad as a stand-in for a laptop, this app is too limiting to replace finder in any capacity. There are still tasks that are literally impossible to execute without an actual computer, which is a shame.

It’s close, but the iPad files app desperately needs to be upgraded to be on par with finder. At least if Apple is going to continue pushing for the iPad to be a laptop substitute.

Wags McDads ,

Dismal Performance at Best

To preface, I have dedicated fiber internet with 1bps up and down, with a Wi-Fi 6 mesh system that gives me consistent 650mbps speed test results.

That being said, why is it an absolute nightmare to download ANYTHING from my iCloud Drive through the Files app? Just a vicious cycle of never-ending spinning circles and irretrievable files. It’s taking me at least 5 minutes to download a 25MB file, which it totally unacceptable. Unless it exists on local storage, there’s no chance that I’m able to access them in a reasonable amount of time. The issue is on both my iPad Pro (2020) and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

I’m glad that Apple finally began allowing reviews on their native apps, because hopefully it’ll light a fire under them to work towards actually improving their services instead of doling out the same half-baked, not well-thought out apps year after year.

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  • Usage Data
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  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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