iPad Files app. Bug or by design

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  1. Pagemakers, Feb 10, 2018
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    If you have Dropbox or Google Drive installed can you test the following on an iPad...

    Turn off wifi and cellular if you have it.

    Go to the Files App and browse to Dropbox or Google Drive.

    What happens? On my iPad it says access is unavailable. Doesn’t even show files I’ve downloaded.

    If I do the same on my iPhone both Dropbox or Google Drive display their cached contents.

    Is this another iOS 11 bug on the iPad or is it be design (not sure why it would be).
     

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    I'd not be so hard to blame Apple at this juncture - from what I can tell, the Files app is simply a centralized helper app that brings other sources together. For example, the view when looking at items on Google Drive is a lot different from something like Calibre Companion.

    This being the case, it would not surprise me if Files doesn't simply call the requisite API's and say 'tell me what you got' - if the API is configured to require a remote connection to first validate your account then I could see that blocking you from seeing the 'local' files.

    Not saying this is it, just that that's a plausible explanation from my use of the app.
     
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    For me it shows cached files on my iphone but not my iPad.

    I’m sure it worked a few week ago...
     
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    Both on iPhone and iPad, Dropbox says unavailable when in airplane mode.
     
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