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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

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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Create PDF order in iPad Files App

I am fairly confident that when previously (iPadOS14) the Create PDF option created a new PDF in page order of the respective filenames. In my example, it was be the page order of the created (...
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”Ghost files” on my iPad in files app

In my files app on my ipad I have these ”ghosts files” on my google drive. These failes doesn’t exist on google drive, I cannot either see them from my iphone. They only exist on my ipad. Also, the ...
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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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Can I download all the files under File app without copying them on iPhone?

I want to download locally all the files under a directory in the File app on iPhone, but there seems to be no option but selecting all the files and copy them. However, I want to just download all ...
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Shortcuts - Saving a file to specific folder that is NOT ‘/shortcuts/‘

I’m trying to create a shortcut from the sharesheet to save a file to particular iCloud Drive/Files folder. However within the options for the ‘save file’ action in shortcuts only allows me to save ...
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Can I delete a file from being shown in the 'recents' area of the Files iOS app?

I am trying to remove some files out of the 'recents' view of the files iOS app without actually deleting the file. My 'recents' list is currently too long, for this view to be of any help for me at ...
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How can I save videos from iCloud Drive or Google Drive to photos on my iPhone?

in the past I’ve been able to click a video in iCloud drive, and the option to ‘save to camera roll’ has been there. From there, I can use the instagram app and it will find the video stored in my ...
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Can't save all photos to iPad air from photostream

It might sound strange but trying to save the photo portfolios to my iPad using photostream to transfer from iMac, noticed that in one of the folders not all the photos were saved. Repeated several ...
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Save multiple photos from Mail on iPhone

I send a lot of emails to myself from my Mac to my iPhone containing logos that I am designing, normal pictures or otherwise. However, I have a problem with the Mail app. Whenever I send too many ...
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