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After a long wait, iPhone has finally got its native file manager which makes it a lot convenient to handle documents. Hence, whether you want to comfortably edit your files or share your favorite documents with your friends in the Files app for iOS 11, you can get it done with ease.

What's more, you've got the option to invite your friends as well to make changes in a shared document. Just in case, you would like to have more control over the things you share, you have the option to prevent people from making any changes to the shared doc. No longer want people to access your shared file? You can completely stop them from accessing it–whenever you want.

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How to Share Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPhone and iPad

How to Share Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. First off, launch Files app on your iOS device.

Open Files App on iPhone

Step #2. Next, tap on Browse tab at the bottom.

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Tap on Browse Button in Files App on iPhone

Step #3. Now under Locations, you need to select the cloud service where you have saved your file. In this test, I'm going to select iCloud Drive.

Tap on iCloud Drive in iOS 11 Files App

Step #4. Now, tap on the Folder.

Open Folder from iCloud Drive in iOS 11 Files App

Step #5. Next up, touch and hold the file. Then, tap on the Share button in the popup.

Note: if you don't see Share button in the popup window, then tap on the arrow button at the far right. Now, Share button will show up in the menu.

Tap on Share in File in iOS 11 Files App

Alternately, you can tap on the document and once it opens, tap on the Share button.

Step #6. Now, you have to select the medium through which you wish to share the file. You can share it via email, Facebook, and other apps. I'm going to select Message.

Select Medium to Share File in iOS 11 Files App

Step #7. Enter the name of the receiver and send it as usual.

Share Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPhone and iPad

How to Invite People to Make Changes to Documents in Files app on iPhone and iPad

Want to collaborate with your friends in editing any document in Files app? No problem. Send an invitation to them!

Step #1. Open Files app on your iOS device → Browse tab → tap on iCloud Drive under Location → tap on the folder → touch and hold on the document you want to share. Then, tap on the Share button in the popup window.

Tap on Share in File in iOS 11 Files App

Or just tap on the doc and then tap the Share button.

Step #2. Next, you need to select Add People in the share sheet.

Tap on Add People in iOS 11 Files App Sharing Options

Step #3. If you want to have more control over the doc you share, tap on the Share Options at the bottom of the screen.

Tap on Document Sharing Options in Files App

Step #4. Now, choose who can access your doc:

  • Only people you invite
  • Anyone with the link

Under Permission, you have two options—

  • Can make changes
  • View only

You can choose the appropriate option as per your need. I'm going to select Only people you invite and Can make changes.

Once you are done, tap on the back button at the top left corner to go back.

Change Sharing Options in iOS 11 Files App

Step #5. Select the medium through which you want to send an invitation. In this test, I'm going to select Messages. Tap on it → Enter the recipient name and send it as usual.

Invite People to Edit Document in Files App

Now, your friend will receive the doc and be able to view/make changes in the doc.

How to Add More People to the Shared Document in Files App

Step #1. Open Files app → Browse tabiCloud DriveFolder → the shared document and tap on it → tap on the Share button.

Tap on Share in File in iOS 11 Files App

Step #2. Select Show People.

Tap on Show People in Files App on iPhone

Step #3. Tap on Add People.

Tap Add People in iOS 11 Files App

Tap on Share Options and select the preferred option → to choose the medium through which you want to share the file and send it as usual.

Add More People to View Document in Files App

How to Remove Individual People from Accessing Your Shared Document in Files App

Step #1. Open Files app → Browse tab → iCloud DriveFolder → the shared document and tap on it → tap on the Share button.

Tap on Share in File in iOS 11 Files App

Step #2. Next, you need to select Show People.

Tap on Show People in Files App on iPhone

Step #3. Now, tap on the name of the person you don't want to access this doc.

Remove People from Accessing Shared Document in Files App

Step #4. Next up, tap on Remove Access → Tap on OK in the popup to confirm.

Remove People from Document Access in Files App

How to Completely Stop Sharing Any Document with Your Friends in Files App

Don't want to share the document with your friend anymore? You can easily prevent him/her to access the shared file.

Step #1. Launch Files app → Browse tab → iCloud DriveFolder → the shared document and tap on it → tap on the Share button.

Tap on Share in File in iOS 11 Files App

Step #2. Select Show People.

Tap on Show People in Files App on iPhone

Step #3. Next, you need to on Stop Sharing → Tap on OK in the popup to confirm.

Stop Document Sharing in iOS 11 Files App

Wrapping up

The new file manager is very effective as far as functionality is concerned. I find it up to the mark in living up to the expectation. But if you aren't quite impressed with it, check out these best file managers for iPhone and iPad.

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