When it comes to accessing all your important files on your iPhone, solutions like iCloud and various other third-party apps let you import data from numerous sources. However, most such services lack the simplicity and convenience that would keep users coming back to them repeatedly. If you have to spend a lot of time just trying to learn using a file viewer, then there is definitely something wrong with it. Files App is a new iOS app that is perfect for everyday use, and can import files from just about any location or service you can think of. It also has viewers for most of the popular file formats including music, photos and videos. If you are feeling lazy, the app even offers the option to transfer files wirelessly via any desktop web browser.
To view a complete list of all the sources supported by Files App, hit the ‘+’ icon located in the top-left corner of the main screen. You can get a taste of the app’s full potential and import a few sample files by using the first option in the ‘Add File’ menu. To start accumulating your personal data in the app, you can load images from the stock Photos app, any file from your emails (using the ‘Open in’ option) or even download a document simply by providing Files App with its URL. Another option is to use USB file transfer via iTunes.
It is also possible to connect cloud services like Dropbox, Box and Google Drive with the app. These external services integrate seamlessly with Files App and you get to import files from them just like you can from the camera roll or your emails.
To transfer files between your iDevice and computer, Files App offers a very convenient Wi-Fi connection feature. Just enter the provided IP address into your web browser, and you’ll be presented with a web interface where you can simply drag and drop files to access them in the app on your device. You can also use the ‘Add’ button located in the top-right corner for the purpose.
Once you have filled your Files App home page with your required files, it is possible to rearrange them simply by long-pressing and dragging any icon. To create a folder, just drag one file over another like you do when creating folders on the Home screen. The sharing options for imported files allow you to save images to your Camera Roll, email files to anyone, or export them to an external cloud service like Dropbox, Box or Google Drive.
Files App can handle images, videos, audio, documents, PDFs and even ZIP archives. It is also possible to create a ZIP archive within the app simply by selecting multiple files and then choosing the ‘ZIP File’ option from the ‘More’ menu.
Files App costs $0.99, and is optimized for all iOS devices. The price is nothing when you take a look at the number of file formats and source services the app supports. If you are looking for an easy-to-use and uncomplicated file manager for your iPhone or iPad, you can’t go wrong with this one.