Files

How to scan documents from the Files app on iPhone

How to scan documents from the Files app on iPhone and iPad.

Notes was the first app to feature a scan document option, which debuted with iOS 11. iOS 13 has added that feature to both Mail and Files. It makes the most sense for Files to have a scanner, since you can attach documents from Files to both Notes and Mail, and it gives you a place to store the scanned document if it is something you'll want to access again in the future.

Here's how to scan a document from the Files app on your iPhone:

How to zip and unzip files on iPhone and iPad

How to zip and unzip compressed files on iPhone and iPad.

iOS 13 finally adds support for zipping files and unzipping compressed files. You could do this before with third party apps but it's about time native support was added, especially since they introduced a file management system (Files) in iOS 11. Here's how to open and extract zipped files and how to compress your own files and folders on iPhone or iPad running iOS 13 or better:

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How to save documents locally to your iPhone instead of on your iCloud

How to save downloads, documents and files locally on your iPhone or iPad instead of iCloud.

iPhones and iPads these days have quite a bit of storage, so you may have plenty of room to save documents on your device rather than spending money to upgrade your iCloud storage to the next tier. To do this you will want to set your internet downloads to automatically save locally, which is easy to do with Safari's new download manager and you will want to make sure you save email attachments locally. Also, anything you have stored in iCloud you can always move to a local folder in the Files app.

How to quickly extract zip files on your iPhone

How to unzip compressed files on iPhone and iPad with a shortcut.

If you have ever received a zipped or compressed archive as an email attachment and tried to open it on your iPhone, you've seen that you can view the contents but can't edit the individual files, or share them individually. Surprisingly, as of iOS 12, there is no built in option to extract zipped files. You can, however, easily create a shortcut that will do it for you. Here's how to do it on iPhone and iPad:

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