Best file manager for iPhone and iPad

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  1. max2 macrumors 68020

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  2. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    There are many apps for file management.
    Tip: try the free Documents app by Readdle. Despite its name, it has good file management capacities which rival many (paid) file manager apps.
     
  3. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks how is it compared to iFile ?
     
  4. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    Difficult to say, there are several apps named or where the name starts with "iFile" :)
    But from what I read in the app store I think Documents is just as good.
     
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    Sorry I meant the Cydia app called iFile.
     
  6. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    OK, no problem :)
    Sorry, I don't know the Cydia iFile app.
     
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    Thanks no problem.
     
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    iFiles 2

    And yea, I tried Documents by Readdle, FileBrowser from Stratospherix and GoodReader.
     
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    What do you find better in iFiles 2 than Stratospherix?
    I am just curious. I don't know iFiles 2 and I only have tried the free version of Stratospherix.
     
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    iFiles 2 is better, because:

    - it can mount as network device and you can transfer files directly from Mac to iFiles by drag-n-drop and vice versa, like on another disk

    - full iCloud Access

    - document provider works with all files, in FileBrowser you have to move files to special folder to be accessible for other apps. And then move it back.

    - better downloader

    - if you in some another app (like built-in Photos) use share sheet (because full featured "Open with..." isn't available everywhere), you can still save to iFiles (this works, for example, with Dropbox too)

    - tabs - very useful if you are switching between lot of folders or even network services like iCloud, Dropbox, FTP server, other clouds...

    - clouds, FTP servers etc in iFiles 2 can be password-protected, so even if you are already in iFiles, you will need to type passcode to access remote servers and clouds

    - multitasking does not makes graphics glitches (in FileBrowser it can be repaired by refresh button, it's annoying)

    - document picker (do not confuse with document provider) works perfect. FileBrowser did not get it.

    - built-in support for many, many cloud services

    - more intuitive and customizable GUI
     
  11. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    Thank you!
    When I tried the free version of Stratospherix I noticed #3 too, very annoying.

    I didn't know about #1 (mount as network device) and support for document picker sounds great too.

    Anyway, I saw iFiles 2 is on sale so I just bought it. I'm going to try it out now :)
     
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    Yep only 99 cents here normally $4.99!
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    I can't connect to iFiles 2 on my computer. What am I doing wrong?
     
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    I can't connect to iFiles 2 on my computer. What am I doing wrong?

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    You need to enable sharing in iFiles 2

    I can send you screenshots, if you cannot find it
     
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    Thanks!
     
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    Hmmm, I tried iFiles 2 for a few days now, but thusfar I have mixed feelings.

    First, iFiles 2 is fast connecting to services and browsing through directories.

    But yesterday it wouldn't work with document picker. Today it suddenly started working. I turned my iPad off and on in between, maybe that helped. EDIT: I found out that this is probably an iOS problem and not a bug in iFiles 2 as it happens in other apps too.

    And iFiles 2 is very slow copying a file between services. In my case I try to copy a file from iCloud (Numbers) to a SMB service. After several minutes it was still saying "downloading" but nothing seems to happen. In the end I stopped the transfer. I tried another file but no dice. It seems that iFiles 2 can't copy directly from iCloud to SMB.

    I managed to copy a file by first copying it to the local storage and then to my SMB share. But then the file turned into a directory which I couldn't open. I tried to copy the same file via Webdav but the same problem. It looks like iFiles isn't handling iWork files very well.

    I can open a WebDav share from within iFiles. However, when I try it via the document picker it doesn't work. SMB is working OK though.
     
  17. max2 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Thanks! So what do you suggest then ?
     
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    On Twitter of iFiles 2 developer said he is working on SMB. Just wait before deleting iFiles 2 :)
     
  19. lexvo macrumors 65816

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    Difficult to say. I think each file manager has its pro and cons.
    I have read good reviews about Transmit. It has a great feature that you can open and save files directly from shares (for example webdav) in an app through Transmit. I know of no other file manager which can do that (iFiles 2 can open which is great but not save as I noticed). Unfortunately Transmit is not cheap (something like $9) and does not support a lot of cloud services.
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    Fair enough. I will watch how iFiles 2 improves with newer versions :)
     
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    I just found out that iFiles 2 is having trouble copying iWork files from iCloud. I e-mailed the developer.

    By the way, a few posts ago I said that iFiles 2 has problems with the file picker. This is an iOS problem I think as it happened with other apps too. So not a iFiles 2 bug :)
     
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    I use on my iPad Documents by Riddle, its free. I've also heard good things about iFiles and Files App. Good luck!

     
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    This also works for getting files from and saving back to shares. It works perfectly with SFTP. This is a great feature! As far as I know, Transmit is the only other app which has this.

    I had a bit mixed feelings about iFiles 2, but this is a big plus :)
     
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    Hello, I guess this video demo gonna be another choice to get the best file manager for iPhone.

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    Can you post AppStore link for ifile 2 as I can't find despite of search. Thank you .
     

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