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Thanks to several impressive third-party file manager apps, I could comfortably handle all of my files on my iOS device before. But a native file manager was always on my wishlist. And with the latest iOS version, that long carving has become real. Considering how user-friendly it is to keep all of your docs perfectly organized, I thought it would be better to create a complete guide about how to use Files app in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad.

Talking about the functionality, the file manager is very easy-to-use. It may not have the best UI as compared to many feature-rich rivals, but it's quite effective in getting the job done. Ready to get started with it? Let me walk along with you!

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How to Use Files App on iPad in iOS 11

How to Use Files App in iOS 11 on iPhone and iPad

Quick Actions

Recent: Check out all of your recently tagged, shared and created docs. Files app → Recent tab.

Access Recent Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPad Pro

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Create folder: Files app → Browse tab → tap on the tiny folder button → enter the name of the folder → tap on Done.

Create New Folder in iOS 11 Files App

Search docs by Name/Date/Size and Tags: FilesBrowse tab → now you can search your files by selecting Name, Date, Size or Tags.

Search Documents in Files App in iOS 11 on iPad

How to Use Drag and Drop in Files App on iPhone and iPad

With the use of drag and drop functionality, you can move files with utmost ease. It makes the entire process incredibly smooth-sailing. Check out this thorough guide about how to use Drag and Drop in iOS 11 on iPad

You can also use Drag and Drop on your iPhone running iOS 11. Head over here to know how it works.

How to Move Multiple Docs at Once in Files App Manually

You can move documents manually as well. It would be more helpful than dragging and dropping files, especially on iPhone due to the smaller screen size.

Step #1. First off, open Files app → tap on Browse tab at the bottom → select location where you have saved the document.

Tap on Browse and Select Folder in iOS 11 on iPad

Step #2. Next, tap on Select button at the top-right corner.

Tap on Select Button in Files App in iOS 11 on iPad

Then, you need to select the file by tapping on the small circle which appears next to the file/folder icon. You will see the check mark on the selected item.

Select Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPhone

Step #3. Now, you have to tap on Move button to access the in-app file system. Next up, select the location where you want to move your files.

Move Docs in iOS 11 Files App on iPad

How to Duplicate Multiple Docs at Once in Files App

Step #1. Open Files app → BrowseLocation → tap on Select → choose the docs you want to duplicate.

Select Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Duplicate button.

Create Duplicate Documents in Files App on iPad in iOS 11

How to Delete Multiple Docs At Once in Files App on iPhone and iPad

Step #1. Launch Files app → BrowseLocation → tap on Select → choose the docs you want to delete.

Select Documents in iOS 11 Files App on iPhone

Step #2. Tap on Delete button.

Delete Docuemts from Files App on iPad

How to Move, Duplicate, or Delete Individual Doc in Files App

Step #1. Launch Files app → BrowseLocation → head over to the folder in question.

Tap on Browse and Select Folder in iOS 11 on iPad

Step #2. Touch and hold on the doc/folder → A popup window will appear with multiple options including Move, Duplicate and Delete. Get your work done by selecting the preferred option.

Move, Duplicate, or Delete Individual Doc in Files App in iOS 11 on iPad

Note: On your iPhone, you need to tap on the arrow button in the popup to reveal more options.

How to Share Docs in Files App on iPhone and iPad

Sharing docs from Files app is super convenient. You can also invite your friends to make changes in the shared doc and collaborate with them. Check this post to read more.

How to Recover Deleted Docs in Files App on iPhone and iPad

Accidentally deleted any docs in the Files app? No issue at all! You can retrieve the recently deleted files with ease. Read more.

How to Customize Tags in Files App on iPhone and iPad

Based on your convenience, you can customize tags in the Files app. For instance, you can add a new one, remove the one you don't like anymore and even rearrange them. Refer this post for more information.

How to Tag Documents in Files App on iPhone and iPad

You can tag docs to quickly find them. It's a smart way to access your favorite files without spending too much time. Here is more on that.

How to Add Dropbox to Files App in iOS 11

You can add your favorite cloud service including Dropbox to Files app to quickly access all the saved files and manage them easily. Check out this post for more information.

How to Use Keyboard Shortcuts in iOS 11's Files App

Using keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly carry out your tasks if you have paired your device with a physical keyboard. Check out this post for more information.

Wrap up

Files app has provided the essential convenience to manage your docs on iOS device. Moreover, it's quite effective in letting you handle your files and keeping them fully organized. What's your take on it?

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