iWork for iOS: Using a WebDAV service

WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) is a method that allows you to edit and manage files stored on remote servers. By linking to a WebDAV location from your iWork for iOS app, you can easily copy documents to and from a remote server or web service.

Mac OS X Server and some web-based file hosting services include support for WebDAV. Check with a server administrator or web service provider for availability and configuration of a WebDAV server.

How to transfer iWork for iOS documents using a WebDAV server

If you have access to a WebDAV server, you can transfer your iWork for iOS documents from your iOS device by copying them to and from a WebDAV server.

Link to a WebDAV server in your iWork for iOS app:

  1. With your document open, in the toolbar tap the Tools icon. 
  2. From the list of options, tap Share and Print.
  3. From the Share and Print window, tap the Copy to WebDAV option.
  4. When the WebDAV Sign In window appears, enter the server address (web address or URL), your user name, and password into the appropriate fields.
  5. Tap Sign In in the upper-right corner of the window.

After you’ve signed in to a WebDAV server, you can copy documents to and from the server without signing in again (see the instructions below for details). You’ll remain signed in to the server until you tap Sign Out in the upper-right corner of this same window. 

You can sign in to a different WebDAV server by signing out of the current server and linking to another one.

Copy a document to a WebDAV server:  

        1. Open the document you want sent to your WebDAV server, then tap the Tools icon in the toolbar.
        2. Tap Share and Print, then tap Copy to WebDAV.
        3. Tap the document format you want to export to: iWork for iOS document, Microsoft Office, or PDF.
        4. In the list of folders, tap the one in which you want to save the document. Tap Copy in the upper-right corner of the window.

Copy a document from a WebDAV server:

  1. With all your iWork for iOS documents closed, click the "+" icon at the top left of the display.
  2. If necessary, navigate to the presentation you want to copy by tapping the folder in which it’s located. If no files or folders are listed, the server is empty.
  3. Tap the name of the document you want to copy. The document downloads and opens in your iWork for iOS app.

Additional Information

To learn about transferring documents between your iWork for iOS app and your computer through iTunes, see “Transfer documents by connecting to your computer” in your app’s built-in help. To learn about sending documents through email, see “Send and receive documents in email messages” in your app’s built-in help.

You can also post documents on to be viewed or downloaded by yourself or a wider group. See “Share documents on public beta” in your app’s built-in help.

For a list of file types that iWork for iOS apps can import, see:


Last Modified: Jun 19, 2014
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