iPad Can’t connect to Time Capsule from Files app in iOS 13

ahwman

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Has anyone been successful in connecting to an Apple Time Capsule via the files app in iOS 13? I’m able to create the SMB connection, however when I try to browse the drive it says “Loading” but never displays files or folders...
 

casperes1996

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Has anyone been successful in connecting to an Apple Time Capsule via the files app in iOS 13? I’m able to create the SMB connection, however when I try to browse the drive it says “Loading” but never displays files or folders...
I've done it with no issues. But it's been a bit hit and miss from beta to beta. Haven't tested any of the more recent
 

casperes1996

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Thanks for the info. I’m on iOS 13.1 beta 3. I’ll test again with beta 4...

For what it's worth I just tested on the latest 13.1 on my iPad as of writing. "Operation not supported". I'll add that my Time Capsule uses the Apple File Protocol, so maybe it's not meant to work, and it wasn't meant to be an end-product feature when it did work in a previous beta.
 

Carlos51

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For what it's worth I just tested on the latest 13.1 on my iPad as of writing. "Operation not supported". I'll add that my Time Capsule uses the Apple File Protocol, so maybe it's not meant to work, and it wasn't meant to be an end-product feature when it did work in a previous beta.
Hi,
I have an Airport Extreme to which my Mac Mini is connected.
All the apps I have on my iPhone can connect to both using smb protocol, except for the files app bundled with IOS 13 GM.
Airport Extreme seems to be a no go with Files app but I could succeed connecting to my Mac mini.
smb://Mac-mini-de-XXXXX.local is the server address (My language is Spanish so your Mac's name might differ. XXXX is my name).
The login credentials were those of my Mac Mini.
So I can browse all my Mac Mini using the Files app on my iPhone.
With Airport Extreme I have tried all syntaxes getting all type of error messages. The closest I got was using smb://10.0.1.1 but upon login I cannot see the shares (empty screen).
Regards,
Carlos
 
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casperes1996

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I have an Airport Extreme to which my Mac Mini is connected.
All the apps I have can connect to both using smb protocol, except for my iPhone with IOS 13 GM.
Airport Extreme seems to be a no go with Files app but I could succeed connecting to my Mac mini.
smb://Mac-mini-de-Carlos.local is the server address (My language is Spanish so your Mac's name might differ).
The login credentials were those of my Mac Mini.
So I can browse all my Mac Mini using the Files app on my iPhone.
With Airport Extreme I have tried all syntaxes getting all type of error messages. The closest I got was using smb://10.0.1.1 but upon login I cannot see the shares (empty screen).
Regards,
Carlos

Hm. No matter what I try, I get the exact same error message, trying to connect to the AirPort Time Capsule. "Operation Not Supported". But thanks for your input.

Works on all other devices of course.
 

kerouack

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Same problem, with apps like Infuse or Documents by reedle I can connect to my shared hd in the airport, but I can not with the files app in iOS 13.
 

Klatti

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Same problem, with apps like Infuse or Documents by reedle I can connect to my shared hd in the airport, but I can not with the files app in iOS 13.
What a bummer. I was really looking forward to access my data on the TimeCapsule with the native files app
 

Carlos51

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Hi,
I gave iPadOS 13.1 beta 4 a try. Same problem remains.
I can access my Mac mini but connection to shared drives in my AirPort Extreme is a no go.
All my other file manager apps, like FileExplorer/FileBrowser Biz/Documents/Infuse, work fine with my home network.
Apple should copy/paste de code used by them. It should not be that hard.
Carlos
 

RMLPSP

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Even after the release of IOS 13.1.2 I am still having problems with this issue. I have an Time Capsule and can access the files on the disk via Reddle, but not the Files app. I have tried everything. Any updates?
 

The Man

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Even after the release of IOS 13.1.2 I am still having problems with this issue. I have an Time Capsule and can access the files on the disk via Reddle, but not the Files app. I have tried everything. Any updates?
iPadOS can only connect to SMB v2. Time Capsule uses earlier protocol. Bummer. Was also looking forward to it.
 

slenpree

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trouble with the files app?

i'm still surprised Apple actually added a files app to iOS, it's not co-incidence it wasn't there to begin with, Steve Jobs commonly said things like "the file system? who wants a file system? blah" and then this interview about it:

But it's still true today. We gravitate towards the file system, especially pro's, but often the applications themselves are better at managing files than people are (think huge windows desktop of PDFs and word files).

Regarding the OPs question, i couldn't get my iPad to even connect to a shared folder on my mac and gave up. If you well and truly need the file system, go down the mac/linux/PC route, iOS just wasn't built for it, it's not like once you've connected to the SMB share you can use git or do an "ls -l" and get a nice detailed view or tree view, or then use the mv command to bulk move files etc.

I personally prefer the file system because i'm that generation and the app managed approach is just a paradigm shift. But the good thing in macOS is you get a bit of both with iTunes and Photos app's as an example one can always right click and press "show in finder" to see the files, whilst at the same time those app's will put files into folders by date, location or artist, album etc...

iOS is better locked down as it was designed for consumers.
 
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