How to Use the Files App on iOS 11 Beta

Apple device users are in an excited frenzy for the coming iOS 11. The lucky few who have already tested the beta builds agree that the software will change the way iPhones and iPads work. But perhaps one of the most important aspect of iOS 11 is the new Files App. Meant to bring all your files in one place, the files app is the epitome of organization while allowing you to see all your recent file from all locations including other apps, iCloud Drive and other services like Dropbox.

It is definitely exciting to contemplate, but many people wonder how it works. Here, we will take a closer look at the Files app and how you can use it with the utmost efficiency. This way you will be ready to dive in when iOS 11 goes public in September.

How to Use the New Files App in iOS 11

Before we begin, it is worth noting that the Files App is particularly revolutionary because in the past, you would need to connect the iPhone or iPad to the computer and launch iTunes to copy local files to your device. With the Files App, you can get them from any cloud based storage service as easily as simply dragging and dropping. That said, here’s how you move files in the Files App.

How to Move Documents in Files App

The new drag and drop feature also coming with the iOS 11 update is at the center of how we move files in the files app. You can move them manually, using the keys on the screen but it easier to drag and drop them. Here’s how.

Step 1: Tap and hold on a document or file you wish to move. It will appear as a translucent copy under your finger. You can add more documents by tapping each one and adding them to the stack with a different finger.

Step 2: Use another finger (while still holding the stack) to move to the destination folder and then simply release the finger holding the stack to drop the files in place.

How to Move Documents Manually in Files

While the manual method is a lot more cumbersome, it may be a good method if you don’t want to drag and drop the files or have too many files to move. Here’s how to do it.

Step 1: Begin by putting the app into “Select” mode. You can do this by tapping on “Select” at the top right corner of the screen.

Step 2: A circle will appear next to each document. Tap on the circle to select a document. Do this for all the documents you want to move. A check mark will appear inside the circle. If you want to move the whole folder simply select the folder itself.

Step 3: You will see a bunch of options including Delete, Move and Share. Tap on “Move” to bring up a menu where you can choose the destination.

How to Tag a File

You can further organize the files using tags. There are color-coded tags and specialized tags that include items like work, home and important. You can tag a document using the drag and drop feature by dragging the document or stack of documents to a certain tag. Tagging doesn’t however move the file. You can bring up files tagged the same way by tapping on the tag.