iOS is a beautiful mobile operating system but it does not come without its issues and annoyances. Limited access to the file system prevents users from directly handling and managing their files as easily as they should be able to. For example, on Android, users can simply plug their devices into a computer and search for the file they wish to work with. iOS users typically have to resort to more roundabout methods in order to access and work with many different file types.
Note: File manager apps on iOS take advantage of the operating system’s file sharing feature to allow users the ability to gather their important files together as well as the ability to access and manage them both on their computer and on their devices. Basically, the app offers a central location from which you can manage your files. The file manager apps on iOS don’t, however, negate the security of iOS.
Without further ado, let’s get started.
1. File Manager
File manager has multiple features which make it a handy app to use.
There are various options for sharing files with the app, instead of just being limited to using iTunes. Of course, if you have an iOS device, you will probably have to use iTunes at some point so let’s cover that first.
In iTunes within Apps, select File Sharing and then File Master. From there you will be able to add files to the app as well as to download any files that you want to.
File Master also allows for wireless uploading to and downloading from your iOS device using Wi-Fi file sharing. Both devices should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network. To determine the IP address you need to enter in order to use this feature select Upload by Wi-fi Sync in the app’s settings.
Enter this on your web browser and then upload/download away.
It is also possible to receive files via Bluetooth. The sender of the file(s) must, however, be sending the file from an iOS device running File Manager. To receive files via Bluetooth, select Receive File under the Bluetooth category in settings.
Users can create folders for better organization, photos, and videos which already exist on the device can be added, you can paste from the clipboard, add a voice memo or even add a file from the web using a built-in browser. This app gives you tons of options.
A passcode can be set to secure sensitive files. This option is in Passcode Settings under the General Settings section of this app’s settings.
File Master offers users an effective file management solution with some useful features for maximizing on the experience.
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2. File Manager App
File Manager App is quite the nice looking app. It lets users manage their files quite easily. It is not as feature rich as File Manager but it works.
In addition to downloading/uploading files with iTunes, File Manager app allows users to connect a Dropbox account, in order to facilitate this process.
Users can also add images to the app from the image gallery.
Files can also be downloaded from the web using the built-in web browser.
Users can also set a PIN, password or even utilize TouchID for security if their device supports it.
File Manager App is simple and it works well.
3. File Master
File Master is a very well laid out app with great functionality. On top of that using it is a breeze.
Managing files with iTunes is a given. Users have a variety of other options for the downloading and uploading of files.
WiFi Transfer, similar to that found in File Manager is one of the available options.
Users can also receive files via Bluetooth. For this process to work, files can only be received from other iOS devices running the File Master app.
Photos can also be imported into the app from the existing photo gallery.
The app has its own built-in music, player and browser. In addition, photos can be taken directly from within the app and saved within the app.
Not only is this a beautiful app, it is packed with functionality. I urge you to check this one out.
5. File App (File Manager & Document Reader)
File App is simple to use and has an attractive user interface. It even allows for the creation of media from directly within the app.
In terms of file sharing, users have multiple options, in addition to using iTunes. For starters, files can be shared with the app from the existing photo gallery. Users have the option of connecting using a web browser, connecting using the corresponding File App desktop software or connecting using an FTP server application. These processes are outlined in the screenshot below.
Users can take photos, record voice notes or make notes from directly within the app and save them there.
It’s always nice to see password protection offered in an app like this and File App does not disappoint.
Finally, as the name suggests, the app comes with a built-in document viewer.
File App offers users an all in one package where they can do may things, including listen to music from directly within the app.
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