This is how the new iOS 11 Files app works

Since its inception, iOS has not had a file management application of any kind. Although at the time of the launch of the first iPhone was something easy to understand, it has reached the point where you can use an iOS device like the iPad Pro or iPhone as if it were a computer. That makes the need to have an app like Files for iOS 11 so important in these times.

What makes the iOS 11 app Files , or the Files app, as it is called in Castilian, is to have all your files in one application. And not only the iPad, also those in apps, your other iOS devices, iCloud Drive and other services like Box or Google Drive. Here's a review of the features of Apple's application.

The first file application on iOS 11

Files can not be created directly in the iOS Files application. What you can do instead is to save the files to the storage of the device through other applications that support it. And the iOS 11 app Files supports storage and local storage in the cloud as Google Drive, iCloud Drive and OneDrive (Dropbox is not yet compatible). You can create and save files through applications in the iWork suite, but once you release iOS 11 in a stable way, there are probably many more applications that can save files to the device that you can access through the Files application .

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Saving files

You can save files in the iOS 11 Files application easily from the browser or from your email application. To save a file, you must first open it in an application and then use the share menu to have the "Save to Files" option appear.

You can save files to the local device through the iWork productivity suite or you can move files from a cloud storage service to your iCloud account.

Add / Remove Locations

You can enable or disable cloud locations from the iOS 11 Files app . Displays the location options and moves the switch to the On or Off position to logically turn it on or off.


The Files application lets you tag your files to keep them neat. Labels, based on the MacOS Finder, can be configured with color tags and three labels: "Work", "Start" and "Important". You can add other tags, although for now and waiting for the release of the final version of iOS 11 is a really complex process.

To add a new tag, open a file and click the share button. At the top of the menu, where you will see the file name, there is a '+ label' button. Tap on it and select one of the tags to add to the file, or add a new tag.


As it could not be otherwise, in the iOS 11 Files app you can also create folders in the iCloud unit within the Files application in iOS 11. At the moment you can not create them in local.


As you can see, compared to other file management apps, at this point iOS 11 Files application leaves a lot to be desired. Since we only have access to the beta version of the application it is expected that most of the errors found in the use of the app will be solved. We also hope that essential features that have been left out will be added in the final version of the iOS 11 app Files that we will see there for the month of September or October.