July 12, 2024

How to Use the Files App to Connect to a Network Server from Your iPhone or iPad

How to Use the Files App to Connect to a Network Server from Your iPhone or iPad

If you work on your computer and want to access your files from your iPhone or iPad, it can be difficult to do so if you’re not using the same operating system on both devices. With the Files app, which comes pre-installed on all iOS 11 and later devices, you can access network servers just as easily as you would access a file that’s stored locally on your device. This guide will show you how to get started with this new feature in just three steps.

 Step 1: Set Up iTunes File Sharing

Follow these steps if you want to connect your device to your server via iTunes File Sharing:

  1. Select Apps and tap on Files 2. Tap on More at the bottom of the screen, then select iTunes File Sharing. 3. On iTunes, choose where you want your iOS device’s content stored and then tap on Options. Check the box next to Enable file sharing, which is located under General Preferences.


Step 2: Select All Devices

Open the Files app on your device. On an iPhone, tap All Devices at the bottom of the screen. On an iPad, tap My Library at the bottom of the screen. Touch another device that you want to use as your home directory and scroll up until you see Choose as Home Directory . Tap Choose .


Step 3: Enter Password and Save

To login, click Credentials in the toolbar at the top of your screen. Enter your username and password when prompted and tap Save. The app will remember this for you for future access.


Step 4: Download Selected Apps

Tap on More and you will be prompted with a list of all apps that your iPad has pre-installed. Scroll through and tap on Files which will give you an option for selecting one of two different versions of this app.

Tap on whichever version suits your needs, whether it be iCloud Drive or Dropbox, then enter in your credentials if needed and press next.

Press Done and there you have it!

You should now see that the selected app is installed in your iOS home screen.


Step 5: Confirm New Apps Installed

Now that you have successfully sideloaded your app to your device, it is time to delete the downloaded .ipa file from your Downloads folder. -First, open the Share Sheet. -Select File Sharing, and then tap on Apps. -Select Favorites and tap on your desired app. -Now, simply swipe up on the icon for your newly sideloaded app and select Delete For good measure, be sure to close File Sharing in order for any pending changes to take effect immediately by tapping Done at the top of your screen.


Step 6: Verify Transfer Complete by Opening Files App on Home Screen

  • Now that you have your IPA file ready, go to iTunes and connect your device. It may ask you if you want to copy this backup onto your device; say no, and click Transfer instead. This will initiate the transfer of data from one machine (your computer) to another (your device). The transfer may take some time. Be patient, because the server might take time responding as well.
  • Once all files are transferred, disconnect your device from iTunes by clicking Eject. You’re now free to delete .ipa file in Finder by holding down Control + Shift + Delete on your keyboard and navigating to it on Desktop; just make sure there’s nothing else in that folder before deleting!

 Step 7: Delete Extracted .ipa File From Downloads Folder

After extraction, you will find a .ipa file in your Downloads folder. To delete this file, go to your computer and navigate through the downloads folder.

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