iWork for iOS: Using a WebDAV service
WebDAV (Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning) allows you to edit and manage files stored on remote servers. By linking to a WebDAV location from Pages, Numbers, or Keynote for iOS, you can easily copy documents to and from a remote WebDAV 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. Follow the steps below to do so.
Set up a WebDAV server in your iWork for iOS app
- In the document manager, tap + in the toolbar.
- Tap "Copy from WebDAV," then type the server address (web address or URL).
- Enter your user name and password.
- Tap Sign In.
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 remain signed in to the server until you tap Sign Out in the upper-right corner of this same window.
To sign in to a different WebDAV server, sign out of the current server and set up another one.
Send a document to a WebDAV server
- Open the iWork for iOS app on your device and then do one of the following:
- If the document is open:
- On iPad: Tap (or tap if the document is shared on iCloud). Then, tap "Send a Copy."
- On iPhone or iPod touch: Tap and then tap "Share and Print." Finally, tap "Send a Copy."
- If the document is closed: Tap in the document manager, tap "Send a Copy," then tap the document you want to send.
- If the document is open:
- Tap WebDAV, then tap a document format. If your WebDAV server isn’t already set up in Pages, enter the required information and sign in.
- Tap the folder where you want to save the document.
- Tap Send at the top right.
Download a document from a WebDAV server
- In the document manager, tap + in the toolbar
- Tap "Copy from WebDAV." If your WebDAV server isn’t already set up, enter the required information and sign in.
- Find the document you want to copy by tapping the folder it's in. If no files or folders are listed, the server is empty.
- Tap the document you want to copy. The document is downloaded and appears in the document manager.
Supported file types and encryption
- iWork for iOS apps can open documents saved using some types of file encryption available in Microsoft Office 97 or later. If you can’t open an encrypted Microsoft document, try changing the type of encryption or the encryption options. Then, save the document again before opening it in an iWork app.
- For a list of file types that iWork for iOS apps can import, see:
Delete a file from your WebDAV server
- In the document manager, tap + and then tap "Copy from WebDAV." If your WebDAV server isn’t already set up in Numbers, enter the required information and sign in.
- Find the file you want to delete by tapping the folder it's in.
- Swipe your finger left across the name of the file, then tap the Delete button that appears. You can only delete files this way, not folders. This action can’t be undone.
You can find more information about using WebDAV on a Mac in the Help Center on your Mac. Choose Help > Mac Help > Help Center, then search for WebDAV.
Learn more about backing up your iWork for iOS files.