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Apr 12, 2001

Apple in iPadOS 15 has added the ability to access NTFS-formatted media from within the Files app. The additional support for the Windows-related format, first discovered by YouTuber Steven Fjordstrøm, is read-only, so like on macOS you can't modify files stored on NTFS devices, but you can at least copy any data on them for working on elsewhere on your iPad.


The Files app has also gotten a new circular progress indicator to indicate the transfer of data when moving or copying files. Tapping the graphic opens a larger progress bar showing further details on the data transferred/remaining, the estimated time remaining, and the ability to cancel the transfer.

In another notable addition to the Files app, if you're using a mouse or trackpad, it's now possible to click-hold and drag a selection box over multiple files and folders to perform batch actions, such as compress, move, copy, and so on. Lastly, you can also now use Groups as a view option, so that files and folders are arranged on the screen in separate sections according to kind.

What do you think about the new additions to the Files app? Let us know in the comments. iPadOS 15 is currently going through beta testing with developers, with a public beta due out next month and an official release in the fall.

Article Link: iPadOS 15: Files App Gains NTFS Support, Progress Indicator, and More


macrumors 6502
Jul 29, 2009
Compared to FileBrowser Pro, Transmit 5 or Forklift, the Files app is still far behind although these new improvements will probably be welcomed by some here.
I didn‘t know those are available for IpadOS/iOS? Can`t seem to finde them on App Store


Sep 21, 2012
In the middle of several books.
I didn‘t know those are available for IpadOS/iOS? Can`t seem to finde them on App Store
Sorry about that. When I made my comment I was thinking Mac even though the article is about iOS. FileBrowser Pro is iOS as well as Mac.


macrumors 65816
Oct 23, 2005
Manchester, UK
First of all, I know it’s developer beta 1. I’m aware it’s unfinished and I’m aware that there will, inevitably be bugs. I don’t need reminding.

I just wanted to point out that the Files app has some serious bugs at the moment. I’ve done several things which have caused it to hang (e.g. copying files by using the buttons.) but the most serious thing was data loss. I had a number of large files (4-12GB) on an externally connected ExFAT-formatted USB SSD. I was able to open and read them all just fine. After a few minutes, I received a connection error and afterwards, all the files were corrupted and only a megabyte or two in size. Morale of the story is that it’s probably not wise to use the files app with removable devices at the moment - at least for anything for which you don’t have a backup.

There are no issues with the drive and there was no physical disconnection

I’ve filed a bug report already and haven’t had a repeat issue since I formatted the drive as APFS.

Other than that it seems to be working quite well. A couple of issues connecting to SMB shares which hung the app but nothing major I’ve come across.
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macrumors 68020
Apr 13, 2010
If the iPad wants to be taken seriously it needs a fully functioning operating system. iPadOS just doesn’t cut it.
Not fully functioning implies broken, however it’s not broken, it functions perfectly well.

Perhaps what you meant to say is that untill iPadOS does what you feel it should do, then you will take it seriously.


macrumors 65816
Sep 18, 2007
New Mexico
The other day I hooked my iPad to my MacBook, dragged a folder of TV show episodes to Files in the file sharing section of iPad-iTunes-Finder-whateveritis, opened VLC on the iPad, navigated to the Files section and to the show I wanted to watch, double tapped on the episode I wanted and started watching. Then I woke up. They have a long way to go.
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