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How do I copy files from my PC to the root directory of the "On My iPad" section of the Files app using a USB cable?

I would like to copy files from my Windows PC to the root directory of the "On My iPad" section of the Files app via USB cable. I am using Windows 11 and iPadOS 15.8.2. What I mean by "...
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Is it possible to prevent Files app to rename files in a folder when copying?

I often need to copy files, (later edit 1:) grouped as folders, between an app and OneDrive. I would wish to write the data straight to OneDrive so I can access it remotely, but that's not possible ...
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Moving a edited video out of Photos and back in, returns video to original state, not edited state

On iPhone, I took a video in portrait mode and edited it (rotated it) to be in landscape mode. It played in landscape mode. I used Image Capture to copy this video to my Mac. Two files showed up in ...
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How to read PDF on iPhone in narrower columns?

How can I read the text of a PDF on my iPhone redrawn to fit narrower columns? So that the words on screen can be bigger and I won't need to scroll sideways to read a line. The best I've found so far ...
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How to make background of Files dark in iOS 17?

When reading PDFs in Files in iOS 17, the background color (behind/around the PDF) is light gray, at least for white-page PDFs. I mean the app's background, not the background of the pages of the PDF ...
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Generic method to export app data?

Is there currently a simple way to just access/export all data from an iPhone app to a MacBook computer? I have been using a third part app for 5+ years in which I created a lot of data, mostly audio ...
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Do iOS backups include Files' trash?

If I temporarily have large downloaded files on my phone, can I accelerate iOS (16) backups by simply moving them to the trash, thereby excluding them from iTunes backup altogether? On macOS I know I ...
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Why can't I AirDrop a folder or .zip of files to iPhone's Files app?

I have files on a Mac that I want to copy via AirDrop to the ‘Files’ app on my iPhone for backup purposes. They are .html, .css, .js, and similar web formats. I do not need to modify these files on my ...
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Hard copy photos to image files using Files iphone app?

I have a large collection of old family photos (1000s of them). I need to get these into individual image files for a portrait project. I have an iphone and a mac, nothing else available to me. I ...
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Unknown apps proposed when sharing files

I have a music project that's been going since last week and I want to share one of the Garage Band files with my group. It works just fine but when I see the options to share the project as a ...
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Does deleting a file in Safari downloads also deletes it in Files app?

This morning (Sat Mar 18 2023), I downloaded a very important file to Safari downloads (shows an circle with a down arrow in it in the toolbar next to the address bar). I have read it (it's a .docx) ...
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Does files in Files app resyncing consume more battery?

I am worried it might consume more battery because the files in Files app keep unsyncing and I need to sync them again almost each time I open them. I noticed that whenever there's a cloud with an ...
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Prevent Files from opening files with their parent apps

In iOS 16 Files opens the app whose file you tap, when browsing the app's folder. For example, if I tap a video file in my downloads folder then Files will play the video in-app, but if I move that ...
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Hidden files on memory card

I recently checked one of my memory card for space to add some video footage. The card had 11+GB of space, and is using 4.6 GB, but the video footage was 13GB. I was disappointed, as I was running low ...
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How to point to a file in a different folder on iOS/iPadOS?

On my iPad, I use iCloud Drive and the Files app. My files are organized in folders in iCloud Drive so that I can access them on all of my devices. I frequently want to point to a file that is stored ...
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iCloud Drive favorites and tag items have been disappearing frequently from the sidebar in the Files app on iPad and iPhone

iCloud Drive favorites have been disappearing frequently from the sidebar in the Files app on iPad and iPhone. After a while, they reappear, then they disappear again. When this happens, tag items are ...
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Limitations to file path and filename lengths in macOS and/or iOS / iPadOS?

Are there any limitations to the lengths of file names, and file paths, in MacOS? What about iOS and iPadOS?
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Make a folder on an iPad not visible on macOS

I have created a "Photos" folder on the "On My iPad" in Files.app on the iPad. If I then connect to the iPad and look under Files on my Mac, I can't see this folder. Is there a way ...
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iOS Files.app vs. Samba again: "attribute not found"

I don't use the Files.app often, but, when I do, there is usually some problem to deal with first. My server runs Samba (4.13.17) with the following settings in the [global] section: [global] client ...
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How can I get the iOS Files app present in the MacOS Finder's iPhone Files tab?

When navigating to my iPhone from the MacOS Finder sidebar I only see various apps being displayed. I know I have many more files on my iPhone from files downloaded off Safari that I've placed in the &...
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Shortcuts on iPadOS/iOS: How to view untyped text files in Mobile Safari?

On my iPad/iPhone, I have been searching for a solution for viewing text files from websites that do not offer a .txt extension when clicking to view a document. A filename is provided, but without ...
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What kind of server can we connect to from iPhone Files app?

If I remember correctly, in the past I was able to connect to smb and/or webdav servers from the iPhone Files app. I tried to connect to my webdav server today but it now doesn't work. It actually ...
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How to change a file extension on an iPad [duplicate]

I’m just starting to use an iPad for work, and I often need to change file extensions. For example, I might need to rename example.txt to example.md. It seems like the way to do this should be to long-...
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iPad - Transferring files from the "Files" app to the "Photos" app

I would like to transfer all the files in a particular album from the "Files" app to the "Photos" app on my iPad. I used Airdrop from my MacBook to transfer several video and image ...
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How do I make Files app show hidden files on iOS?

I'm on iOS 15 and have some files with names that start with ., how do I view them in the Files app?
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iOS Files.app doesn't connect to SMB share "connection to the server has failed"

I can't connect to an SMB share using my iPhone (iOS 15.3.1); when I try to connect to the same hostname, same port, same credentials on my Mac it works fine (I copy-pasted so there's no possibility ...
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In List view, can the Files prog on iOS 15.2 list files without showing icons and without showing dates and sizes on the same line as each file name?

When I run the Files program on iOS 15.2 and choose "List view", it lists files with each file name having a small icon to the left of it and with the date and file size shown below it. ...
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Add a Directory on a SMB Share (Files.app) to Photos.app on iPad

On iPad I have a Samba share (SMB) mounted with Files app. Now how do I bring a directory from this Samba share into the Photos app? I have in a directory videos and pictures and now want to view them ...
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What compressed file formats does the Files.app support?

What compressed file formats does the Files.app support extracting from? I can't seem to find any official documentation to this effect. Any trial-and-error tales?
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How to solve iOS Files.app failure to connect to SMB server? "Operation not supported" / "a file with the same name already exists"

I've encountered at least two frustrating issues upon trying to connect to a new SMB server with the iOS files.app (main menu (...) -> connect to server). This is with iOS 15.3 (latest as of ...
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Files-app stopped working with Samba-server again

This used to work for me, but now trying to browse the same server (smb://servername) throws an "Unknown Error" popup first, then shows a blank list. The smb.conf hasn't changed in months, ...
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How to connect to a machine on another network with Files’ “Connect to Server”

I just discovered this feature on my iPhone. I managed to connect to my Mac and another Windows computer when I’m connected to the same wifi. Is it possible to setup a connection when I’m using ...
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Possible causes for files in the files app to suddenly stop displaying file previews?

Hello I hope this is the correct place to post this question though I actually may have a few questions in this post. I am not a developer by any means, I am a graphic designer and I am dealing with a ...
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Transfer videos over Wifi to NAS

Today on my Android phone, I take videos of my kids, 5-10GB weekly, and then move them with xPlore application to the NAS (synology) over the 5G Wifi internal network. I have a new iPhone XR iOS 14.6 ...
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How to clear iPadOS Files cache for files in third-party cloud storages?

I'm currently running iPadOS 14.6 and I don't understand how Files app integration with cloud storages works. I have Yandex.Disk application (think of it as Google Drive alternative) which does have ...
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How to add arbitrary images to the "Photos" app on iPad?

I'm using the 6th generation iPad, software version 14.5.1 I have used the iPad's camera to take several photos. These photos appeared in the "Photos" app. Within this app I can create an ...
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Any sane way to log iCloud Drive file activity?

I have been trying to use tools like FileMonitor which uses Apples Endpoint Security Framework (ESF) to capture filesystem events. The goal is to track down an elusive bug with 0-byte files (files ...
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Is there a way to reverse changes done to a txt file in Documents by Readdle?

I wanted to open a txt file on my iPhone/iOS. When I clicked the file in iOS file app, it opened up in Documents app automatically. I then before I knew it managed to overwrite some codes/passwords I ...
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Why does Files create such large scans?

I scanned 24 pages on latest iOS, creating a 200 MB pdf. With Ghostscript and QPDF with default-like flags, I compressed it to 11 MB. Is there a way to remove bloat from the PDF created from scanned ...
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How do I move mp4 files from fotos to files on an ipad

I airdropped 3 movies from my laptop to the ipad. Since they were mp4's they ended up in fotos, but I'd rather watch them with VLC. How do I get these files "moved" from fotos to files so ...
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Why I can add folder to `On My iPad` location but I cannot add folder to `On My iPhone` location?

On my iPad I can create folders wherever I'm in, but on my iPhone I cannot create folder in the location On My iPhone but I can create folders in side the apps' folders like Acrobat. iPadOS: 14.2 and ...
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Is there a way to upload a folder from the Files app into a computer on the local network?

Is there a way to upload a folder from the Files app into a computer on the local network? The only solution I have found is to start an SFTP server on the computer, and use the app Secure Shellfish ...
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How can I view finder file comments on iOS?

Ideally, I'd like to see these comments in the iOS files app.
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How to stream videos from icloud to iphone

My Documents and Desktop folders from my Mac have been backed up to iCloud. I would like to watch some videos from iCloud, via my iPhone without downloading. But when I open Files app from iPhone, it ...
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iPadOS: Creating files on SMB share

A new issue has cropped up for me—possibly since iPadOS 14 was released (last week as of this writing), but I’m not sure it hasn’t been around longer since it’s been some weeks since I last tried ...
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How to stop folder save location suggestion in ipadOS - Save to Files?

Attempting to save a file to icloud drive via the Save to Files option. On save to files option, I get presented with a small box in the middle of the screen. It takes me to a folder, presumably apple ...
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How to transfer documents from iPhone to my Mac

This is a beginner question. I have some files (Photos, Documents, etc in various folders) in the Files.app in iPhone I can connect my iPhone to my Mac using USB cable. How do I transfer files from ...
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How to copy pdf file to Books using File manager?

I have many pdf books in iCloud, now I wanna read it with Books application, according to https://support.apple.com/en-qa/HT205751, It said can Tap the share button and Tap copy to Books. But When I ...
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What features have been added to the Files app since it was introduced with iOS 11?

As far as I'm aware, the Files app was introduced in iOS 11 and replaced the iCloud Drive app - what I can't seem to find, however, is how functionality of the app has evolved from iOS 11 to 13. Could ...
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Understanding Files on iOS / iPadOS: Accessing stored files

iOS 13 and the new iPadOS offer the Files app as a Finder replacement. I do not quite understand the integration with the rest of the system, however. I have copied a set of image files into the "On ...
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