Use the Files app on your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

Keep all of your files in one convenient app that you can view and manage from any iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Then it's simple to find what you're looking for, no matter where you saved it or what device you're using.

Mac showing iCloud Drive, and iPhone showing Browse screen


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The Files app brings all of your files together in iOS 11 or later. You can easily browse, search, and organize all your files in one place. Not just the ones on the device you're using, but also those in apps, on your other iOS devices, in iCloud Drive, and across other cloud services.

Get started

If you don't want to access your iCloud Drive files in the Files app, you can choose to download and add only third-party cloud services instead.

Add third-party apps

The Files app lets you add your third-party cloud services—like Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, Adobe Creative Cloud, Google Drive, and more—so that you can access all of your files on all of your devices. The files you keep in iCloud Drive automatically appear in the Files app, but you need to set up your other cloud services to access them in the Files app too.

iPhone showing Browse screen with iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and Box turned on

Follow these steps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch with iOS 11 or later:

  1. Download and set up the third-party cloud app.
  2. Open the Files app.
  3. Tap Locations > Edit. 
  4. Slide to turn on the third-party apps that you want to use in the Files app. 
  5. Tap Done.

If you don't see one of your third-party cloud services in the Files app, check with your cloud provider.

Find your files

To access your files, just open the Files app and choose the location of the file you're looking for.

iPhone showing Chocolate Chip Cookies file, with note that item will be copied to Pages on My iPhone

If you don't see On My [device] in your choices, that means you don't have files saved locally in your Keynote, Numbers, or Pages apps. Use these steps to make a copy of your file and save it directly to your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch:

  1. Go to the file that you want to store on your device.
  2. Tap the file and choose Move.
  3. Under On My [device], choose Numbers, Keynote, or Pages.
  4. Tap Copy.

Looking for your files on your other devices? Follow the steps for your device.

  • On your Mac, go to Finder > iCloud Drive.
  • On, go to the iCloud Drive app.
  • On your PC with iCloud for Windows, go to File Explorer > iCloud Drive.

Keep your files organized

It’s easy to find and organize all of the files stored in iCloud Drive—including Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents. When you make changes on one device, your edits are automatically updated on every device using iCloud Drive.

Enjoy the freedom to move files from iCloud Drive to other locations in the Files app. On your iPad, simply drag files into the On My iPad folder. Follow these steps on your iPhone and iPod touch.

Move iCloud Drive files

  1. Go to Select.
  2. Tap the file that you want to move.
  3. Tap Move or .
  4. Choose the folder where you want to move your file.
  5. Tap Move.

Move third-party cloud files

  1. Open the file that you want to move.
  2. Tap Share or  > Copy.
  3. Open the folder where you want to move your file.
  4. Firm press the screen.
  5. Choose Paste.

View your files by name, date, size, or the tags that you add. With colorful and custom labels, you can assign tags to your files any way that you like. That means you'll quickly find just the project or document you need. You can also make your own folders. Or rename the files and folders you already have when you press firmly on them.

Add a tag

  1. Go to Select.
  2. Tap the file that you want to tag.
  3. Tap Share or  > 
  4. Choose the tag that you want to add.

Manage your tags

  1. Go to Locations > Edit.
  2. Tap the name of an existing tag.
  3. Enter the name of your new tag.
  4. Tap Done.

Create new folders

  1. Go to Locations.
  2. Tap iCloud Drive, On My [device], or the name of a third-party cloud service where you want to keep your new folder.
  3. If you choose On My [device], tap an existing Pages, Numbers, or Keynote folder.
  4. Swipe down on the screen.
  5. Tap .
  6. Enter the name of your new folder. Then tap Done.

If you don't see  or it's gray, then the third-party cloud service doesn't support new folders.

Share and work on files with your friends

Mac with iCloud Drive selected and file showing suggested contacts to share with AirDrop

Want to share a document with a friend or colleague? Send them a link to any file stored in iCloud Drive directly from the Files app. Select the file and tap Share or . Then send your file through AirDrop, Messages, Mail, a shared note, and more.

Or maybe you want to collaborate on a project in real time. The Files app lets you do that too with your Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents. Select the file and tap Share or  > Add People. You can invite them to collaborate through Messages, Mail, or copy and paste a link. Your participants are color-coded. And you can see when they're online, actively working on your shared document.

Delete files from the Files app

Select the files that you don't want anymore and tap Delete or . If you delete files from the iCloud Drive folder on one device, they delete on your other devices too. iCloud Drive removes the files from every device that you're signed in to with the same Apple ID.

When you delete a file from iCloud Drive or On My [device], it goes into your Recently Deleted folder. If you change your mind or accidentally delete a file, you have 30 days to get it back. Go to Locations > Recently Deleted. Select the file that you want to keep and tap Recover. After 30 days, your files are removed from Recently Deleted.

You can also sign into from your Mac or PC, then go to iCloud Drive and check Recently Deleted. Or go to Settings > Restore Files.

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