If you’re a long time iPhone user, or even if you’ve just switched from an Android device to the iOS ecosystem, you must have noticed the lack of a file manager on the iPhone. This is because iPhones, and iPads don’t allow access to the internal file system, unless you jailbreak iOS. However, there are file manager apps that you can use to manage files on your iPhone, or iPad, without jailbreak. So, here are the 7 best file managers for iOS devices:
1. Documents 5
Documents 5, is a file manager app for iOS devices, that will let you manage almost everything on your iPhone. The app comes with a variety of useful features, that will make managing files on your iOS devices a breeze. With Documents 5, you’ll be able to access your entire Apple Music/iCloud Music Library, along with your Photos, iCloud files, and much more. The app also supports .ZIP files, so you can easily extract ZIP files on your iPhone.
Documents 5 will also let you listen to audio files, view images, and read PDF files, directly inside the app itself. The app also comes with a number of services, such as the ability to integrate with cloud services like Dropbox, OneDrive, and Google Drive. It will also let you create FTP servers on your iPhone, that you can connect to, using any FTP client of your choice. Plus, the app comes with a web browser built right in, so you can directly download files into the app, or simply browse the web, without leaving the app, if you want.
Download Documents 5 (Free)
FileApp is another very good file manager app for iPhones, or iPads. The app comes with a great interface, and organizes files automatically by type, date, and even displays the recent files that you have accessed on the app. You can even create new images, audio recordings, or text files directly from within the app. Not just that, FileApp will also let you view images, play back media files, and read PDFs, directly inside the app.
FileApp can also be used to transfer files from your iPhone to a PC, or Mac. The app offers various options to do this, including transfer over HTTP, FTP, and using the FileApp desktop app. Sharing is turned off, by default, but you can turn it on, and even set a custom username, and password, to keep your files protected from unauthorized access. If you want, you can enable passcode protection from the app’s settings, which will require a passcode to unlock access to the file, and by extension, all of your files.
Download FileApp (Free)
3. File Hub
File Hub is a great file manager for iOS devices. The app offers a plethora of features, such as the ability to create folders to organize files, create blank files, or even create a new file from the clipboard. You can even import files directly from iCloud Drive, as well. The sorting options in the app really make it stand out, and you can sort files by name, kind, etc. The app will also allow you to share files from your iPhone to a Mac or PC via WiFi transfer, or Bluetooth transfer.
In the settings page, you can enable secure WiFi transfer, to protect your phone from unauthorized access. You can also enable file extensions, if you want, and change the slideshow settings for photos. The app also supports a passcode lock to prevent access without a passcode. Unfortunately, the app doesn’t support Touch ID, which is something I hope the developer adds soon. All in all, the app is definitely a good option for managing files on an iPhone, or iPad; and to share files between an iPhone, and a Mac or PC.
Download File Hub ($4.99)
4. File Manager
File Manager is a free, ad-supported app that can very well fit your needs for a file manager on iOS devices. The app comes with a clean interface, where you can easily create files, and folders. You can also add various cloud services to the app, so you can easily manage all your cloud accounts from one place. The app supports services like Dropbox, WebDAV, Google Drive, One Drive, and many more.
File Manager also includes its very own web browser, that you can use to download files directly to the app, or just to browse the web. It also supports passcode locking, so you can secure your files with ease, and not have to worry about unauthorized access. Talking about security, the app also supports Touch ID for devices that come with Touch ID capability. You can share files from your iPhone to the cloud, using WiFi Sync, or through iTunes. If you get annoyed by the ads in the app, you can remove them with an in-app purchase, as well.
Download File Manager (Free, with in-app purchases)
5. File Master
Another option that you have for a file explorer on iPhone, is File Master. The app is very well rounded, and offers a lot of the features offered by other apps. The interface of the app is a little dated, but the features are very well baked in. The app will let you easily create folders, text files, import photos, and do a lot more, very easily. It also comes with a web browser built right in, so you can easily download files into the app.
As far as security goes, the app doesn’t leave any stone unturned. You get options to secure the app with a pin, and it even supports Touch ID – something I wasn’t expecting from an app that looks rather dated. You can even hide files, and folders in the app, to keep any personal data from being viewed by anyone else. Once you get past the rather weird folder designs, you might just prefer this app to the others.
Download File Master (Free, with in-app purchases)
6. iExplorer Mobile
iExplorer Mobile is an iOS file manager, from the developers of the well-known iExplorer desktop app. The app offers features comparable to most of the other file managers I have mentioned in this article. You can easily create text files, record audio, and create folders to organise the files on your iPhone. The app also comes with a webpage downloader, that you can actually use to browse the web as well. You can also import pictures from your camera roll into the app, or take a new picture from within the app itself.
The app supports cloud services like Dropbox, and Google Drive, with iCloud and Box support coming soon. If you have a SMB, or WebDAV server, you can easily access it from the iExplorer app as well. Also, if you keep sensitive information on your iPhone, you can lock the iExplorer app, with a passcode. Unfortunately, the app does not support Touch ID to unlock, yet.
Download iExplorer Mobile (Free)
7. Pocket Drive
Pocket Drive is an iPhone, and iPad file manager, that doesn’t look like anything too special, at first. However, the app packs in a plethora of features, and is not far behind most of the other apps on this list. With the app, you can easily create text files, take photos, and videos, and create folders to keep your iPhone organised. The app also includes a web browser that you can use to download files directly to the app.
The settings page for the app packs in a number of features, such as WiFi file transfer, settings for the web browser, and for the audio playback. The app doesn’t skimp on security, either. You can set a password lock on the app, and even enable/disable Touch ID for granting access to the app. Once you get past the app’s interface (which looks rather lacklustre), it’s actually good enough to be used as a file manager.
Download Pocket Drive (Free, with in-app purchases)
Use the Best iOS File Manager Apps to Manage Files Easily
These were, in my opinion, the 7 best file manager apps for iPhone, and iPad. You can use any of these apps to manage files on your iOS device. These files managers make it incredibly easy to manage, search through, hide, and even protect your files with passwords, and Touch ID. While the features differ between various apps, the basic feature set that is required in a file manager is fulfilled by each one of these apps.
Do you use file managers on your iPhone? If so, which one is your favorite? Do share your thoughts with us, and if you know of any other great file managers for iPhone, and iPad, do let us know about them in the comments section below.