Looking for a decent file manager for iPhone 5SE

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iphonefreak450, Aug 21, 2016.

  1. iphonefreak450 macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    I just got an email with an mp3 file in it and I cannot save it.
    Now I searched online on how to possibly save it directly to my phone, I need to connect to iTunes with my computer. This is very annoying.

    I seriously want to switch to a Android phone due to one these annoying limited things on what I can or not do on an iPhone.

    So what is the best free file manager out there for an iPhone?

    But getting an Android phone is on my wish list as well.

    Just feel that the iPhone is not for multitasking at all. I want to able to download ZIP files, read XML files, but I have to convert these files into PDFs first on my PC before I can out them on my phone....This is very annoying.

    Android phones at least have a native file manager that can open literally all files.
  2. Channan macrumors 68030


    Mar 7, 2012
    New Orleans
    iOS doesn't have a user-accessible file system.
  3. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    You are absolutely correct about these limitations. That's the way it is with the Music app and iOS in general. You didn't missed anything, and there are no magic solutions. Feel free to buy that android phone as you wish.
  4. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Sounds like you did not homework before going to Apple.
  5. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    The main reason I bought an iPhone is that it's more secure than Android. But to have that extra security, things are more restrictive like the iPhone in this case.

    iPhone is more cloud based than Android.

    Don't get me wrong, I hate to abandon the iPhone because I do like the form factor and it's not full of bloat, but I sure I miss the file manager.

    And plus, jail breaking the iPhone is required anyways to have a file manager.
  6. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    The one mentioned by TommyA6 looks good as well, but this one is my favorite:


    You can store stuff locally in the phone and you can also log into cloud services with it and save files to them.

    Also, I've never tried it, but Google found me this for Zip files:


    The way iOS works now, most of these apps should be able to send files back and forth amongst themselves. If they can't, look for other apps that have been updated more recently.

    The one big limitation is that there's no way to get MP3s in and out of the music app without iTunes on a computer. You can listen to the MP3 in these apps we're showing you, but the 'Music' app kind of lives off on its own island.
  7. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    OP, this is one of the reasons jailbreaking is still popular. Your 5s, by the way, because it's 64-bit can be jailbroken on 9.3.3 or less.

    In any case, iFunbox on PC and Phoneview on Mac will give some limited file system access.

    But if you jailbreak, iFile will let you have access to the entire filesystem - on the device itself.

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    I believe Bridge is still working on the latest jailbreaks. Let's you import ringtones and music directly on the device.
  8. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
  9. iosuser macrumors 6502a

    Mar 12, 2012
    How did I miss this app?! Thanks for posting.

    I have Scanner Pro and the PDF apps by Readdle. Scanner Pro is probably the most useful app to me out of everything. It is amazingly fast and easy scanning multi page documents with it. Readdle makes some great apps.
  10. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It is the price we pay for not having things like a file manager and SD card slot. It has to go through iTunes.

    I am just as unhappy as anyone else when you see what you have to do to just put a few new ringtones on my iPhone but the bonus is security.
  11. animalx macrumors 6502

    Apr 1, 2013
    How do you figure that?
  12. jafingi macrumors 65816


    Apr 3, 2009
    I use Documents 5 for all my file management.
  13. iphonefreak450 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 14, 2014
    Thanks to all here for your support, but no worries. I don't even download music at all. But I had wanted to record a presentation through Audacity on my PC and save it as an MP3 and wanted to put that on my phone. But oh well.

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