Gladys is a drag-and-drop shelf that holds things you want to set aside, such as links, text snippets, map locations, contacts, images, photos, emails, messages and much more (even if the application that the information came from is removed)

It works with any app that supports drag-and-drop, and helps keep you focused by letting you quickly set something aside, without having to consider where it needs to be dropped, or having to constantly switch between apps.

• Works with any app that supports drag-and-drop, but also provides an extension for apps that don't yet support it, as well as the ability to paste items to & from the clipboard.
• Quickly search for items inside the app or via Spotlight. Access your top items from the home screen / Today widget, your Apple Watch, and even iMessage.
• Annotate items with notes, custom titles, and tag items with labels that allow you to easily categorise, browse, and sort your collection.
• Take your collection with you on your iPhone, and keep it updated by turning on automatic iCloud syncing.
• Invite friends to keep items from your own collection in their own collections, and, if you give permission, even collaboratively annotate and edit them.
• Import/export/merge collection archives simply by dragging.
• Ideal for bookmarking between apps: For example you can quickly return to dropped email items by selecting 'Open' in their info view, quickly share links between different browsers, or use Siri shortcuts to copy often-used items to and from your clipboard.
• Experienced users can get details on dropped items and extract or modify specific data components (e.g. extract the URL of an image link, instead of the whole item, add a new image, or edit the title).
• Power users can use Gladys' Files extension to view/edit items in-place from other apps, as well as exporting all items in a ZIP file for sharing.
• Technical users can inspect binary data using the in-built hex viewer, download items pointed to by web links, and even archive web pages.
• Contains no analytics, ratings prompts, or noise.

Gladys is free for casual use (up to 10 simultaneous items). Power users with larger libraries can expand Gladys to hold unlimited items with a 99 cent in-app-purchase.

What’s New

Version 1.2.21

∙ Option to determine what action Gladys takes when an item is tapped: Info, Quick Look, Open, or Copy to Clipboard.
∙ Option to make label selection exclusive, rather than inclusive.
∙ Option to automatically archive web links when dropped into Gladys (don’t use if you have limited data!)
∙ New action to create items by using data components from inside Web-Archive property lists.
∙ Fix for a sync issue which could end up not adding labels and notes from the “Keep In Gladys” extension while importing an item. May also correct some rare occasions where a duplicate object is created when using the share extension.
∙ Compensates for Safari behaviour that could add two URLs when using the share extension.
∙ Ability to add raw data items via the URL mechanism - instead of “text” or “url”, use “base64data”. For example: gladys://x-callback-url/create-item?title=example.txt&base64data=RXhhbXBsZSB0ZXh0IGZpbGUuCg==
∙ Better support for text snippets encoded via other app extensions.
∙ File provider extension will now work correctly for very large collections, and is more performant.
∙ For very large collections, the Watch App will limit itself to showing the first 100 items to avoid burning battery and being a hog.
∙ Fixes to image preview support on future iOS versions.
∙ Built with the latest toolchain for performance and stability.
∙ Slightly faster launch speed, and general performance optimisations.
∙ Minor UI fixes and various bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
95 Ratings

95 Ratings

Ziggytrade ,

Amazing app and equally awesome support!

This app blows the several others I tried out of the water. And for $0.99 nonetheless! Yes, unlimited usage for 99 cents, most other apps with the ability to do what Gladys does costs far more and works far worse than Gladys. Better yet, I was having an issue restoring my purchase and Support got back to me within minutes with the commitment to work with me to get the problem fixed and a list of steps to troubleshoot with. And problem solved minutes after!

Very rare to find a great app, for 99 cents, with great support, and still be low-key enough to not be a popular app in the App Store.

I don’t write reviews on many apps (I’ve written like 2), but this one is warranted.

Get Gladys!

Mr Caution ,

Modified review

ORIGINAL: Not sure what the use case is for an external shelf app that doesn’t provide enhanced accessibility to files. You can’t do anything “extra” with this app—old limitations still exist.

EDIT: The developer’s response to my original concern is appropriate. I’m probably trying to place square pegs into round holes with my specific use case. Rather than rate the app one star because it doesn’t solve my needs, I am modifying the rating to the app’s current average score to avoid unfairly penalizing the developer.

Developer Response ,

Hi! Gladys has no limitations on what apps it will accept or provide data to. It's far more likely that the apps you mention do not support drag and drop, or at least not for the functionality you are trying to access. However, you can still transfer data from other apps using the share extension and the good old-fashioned cut-and-paste clipboard! Hope this helps. Also, I'm always open to suggestions and how to improve the app, just email me at the address provided in the about view.

reedrobertson ,

An Essential Productivity App

After less than a week of use, Gladys is already one of my *all-time favorite* iOS productivity apps. The app is deceptively simple; the potential use cases in the era of iOS drag-and-drop are immeasurable. On my iPad, the functionality of Gladys already “feels” like a “natural extension” of iOS multitasking. IMHO, Apple should acquire this app.


Pavlos Tsochantaris
42.4 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© (c) 2017-2019 Paul Tsochantaris
In-App Purchases
  1. Unlimited Items $0.99


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