Files

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:

How to organize your files on your iPhone or iPad

Organize iOS Folders App

The Files app was introduced in iOS 11 as a replacement to iCloud Drive app. It allows you to browse, search, and organize all your files stored on your device, in iCloud Drive or in other supported third-party apps, like Google Drive or Dropbox. You can organize your files by Name, Date or Tags, but first lets look at how to add third-party apps so all your files will be displayed.

How to change the default save location for iOS Files

iOS 11 Files app

One of the great features of iOS 11 and later is the Files app. Saving and browsing files directly on an iPhone, iPad or iPod touch now has native support. Not only can files be stored locally on the device, but iOS can take advantage of cloud-based storage solutions such as iCloud or Dropbox. Individual apps can even be configured to use different locations for file storage by default.

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