One of the biggest iOS drawbacks (or blessings, depending on your view) compared to other mobile operating systems is that users cannot mess with the file system directly. That Apple doesn’t provide an app to pull all your documents together in one place doesn’t help either. Enter Files, a new app German developer Sonico Mobile created with the very specific purpose of tackling this issue.

It’s available now at a special introductory price of 99 cents, optimized for all your iThings, including the original iPad. I’ve been playing with the software for the past couple of days and will be posting a thorough review over the weekend. In the meantime, here’s how Files makes your mobile computing easier…

You can import your stuff from third-party services like Dropbox, Google Drive and Box. Additionally, Files can pull documents from your computer, open attachments from email messages and download any file from a custom URL.

Files 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 005)
You can import files from popular cloud storage service.

Once your documents are inside the app, you can rename items, organize them into folders and view supported file types via built-in viewers. These support the usual suspects – audio files, videos (including AVIs), photos, iWork and Microsoft Office documents – but also a bunch of source code filetypes (with syntax highlighting).

All told, Files can work with more than 35 different file types.

Files 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 004)
It also has a nicely designed built-in music player that does AirPlay.

The software sports a beautiful user interface base on a nice file manager reminiscent of iWork apps, down to the line background and folders. It lets you explore your content in either list or thumbnail view. What’s interesting is that Files also allows you to nest sub-folders inside folders for better organization.

Files 1.0 for iOS (iPAd screenshot 001)
Managing your files is a lot like browsing iCloud documents in iWork apps.

Files 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 003)
Files has a basic photo viewer.

Files 1.0 for iOS (iPad screenshot 002)
The app understands a bunch of document types.

Files downloaded to your device can be shared with others or exported to cloud services or your computer. In addition to iTunes sharing, the program features a built-in web server so all you need to do in order to wirelessly transfer items between Files and your computer is navigate to a special web page on your Mac or Windows PC which mimics the Files interface, allowing you to import or export files with ease.

Files 1.0 for iOS (teaser 001)

Files can also open and create ZIP archives.

Here’s a list of key features:

● read PDF and Office files
● lightning fast viewer for Photos & Videos
● listen to Music, complete with playlists, shuffle, artwork and Airplay
● drag & drop files from your Mac or PC right into Files using your web browser
● get files from Dropbox, Google Drive or Box
● from AVI to ZIP: Support for many popular file formats
● organize your files using simple touch gestures

For a 1.0 release, Files is an awesome release.

It should prove indispensable to folks who keep a lot of files scattered around several devices and different cloud service. With the files app, you can cherry-pick the items you need and import them in one central location to organize, view, share and more.

While plenty of alternatives exist, in my personal opinion Files is the best.

It’s definitely an app Apple itself should have created in the first place.

  • Sounds promising. I’ll be checking it out. Thanks!

  • Damian W

    love it. I keep looking for ultimate file reader. So far the best is GoodReader but it does not handle powerpoints well. I mean there is no editing options.

    • wadjj

      smartoffice2 or keynote, all others are a waste of time, I bought all the famous ones, stay away from quickoffice, it’s trash

      • Damian W

        keynote i think does not cooperate with dropbox and etc. Whereas SmartOffice2 just looks quirky. I saw there is huge functionality in it, but it just looks unorganized. After all, most the files i have are in PDF and GoodReader seems to be perfect for it.

        I did a trial on QuickOffice HD and it has good powerpoint functions but it is a memory hog and very slow. Not reliable overall.

  • RarestName

    iFile FTW

  • FlamingOzone

    This is like an official ifile

    • pegger1

      Not really, This doesn’t let you touch system files, only your own documents.

      • FlamingOzone

        K, an officially designed ifile for public display

      • Damian W

        not really. But we all wish it was like this.

      • Chuck Finley

        That’s the definition of an official version of iFile, if you consider official to mean Apple then they wouldn’t ever want you touching those delicate system files would they?

  • wadjj

    Documents from readdle does a better job for free, if you’d like to pay for something better functionality(but poorer ui), go with goodreader

  • What they need to do is figure out how to see iCloud.

  • batongxue

    Open the door! Apple!

  • This is amazing. The only thing good from android that was left to have in ios for me was root manager (iFile) and it’s own built in My Files app, which now can be downloaded. Definitly purchasing this! Thanks devs and iDB.

  • this is very limited.. ifile is 1000000time better

  • Damian W

    Well the app looks pretty but it is gonna need some significant upgrades. PDF viewer is super fast and smooth…..but it does not let you edit or highlight anything. Basically all you can do on this app is reading, no highlighting or adding notes to pdf.

    Downloading whole folder from clouds services is not possible, you can only download separate files. In my case I would need to download 100 of them separately.

    Basically GoodReader remains the king on the throne because it offers much deeper/better options.

    • have you tried readdledocs? I’m looking at these types of apps, and wonder how they compare. thanks.

      • Damian W

        yes I do have readdledocs and it seems to be similar to Files App.
        I believe readdledocs change the name to iDocuments or something like this.

        I can only recommend you to use GoodReader if you want something more than just reading pdf. GoodReader receives regular updates and is very stable with best options so far.

      • Litchy

        Same impression here. For now: Goodreader

  • how does this compare to goodreader or readdledocs?

    • Litchy

      Easier to import, nicer and can handle quite a lot different types of files. Would stick with Goodreader until a few updates come. Bought it right away and it is cool.. but very buggy

  • This is like Dropbox, kind of. Does it work offline? Can you manage all the files even if you don’t have Internet connection? I use Dropbox a lot, but in school signal sucks and sometimes the Internet does not work fine in some areas.

    • Litchy

      Thats why I bought it. Have everything on Dropbox but don’t have WiFi everywhere. This App can handle everything offline once downloaded 😉
      But btw. If you give files a star within the Dropbox app, its there for offline use too 😉

  • Not every computer have a wifi card or network conection, we need something to use iphone as a USB drive, like android, then we can go to every place and transfer files.

    • Dude how old is your computer?

      • You must be a kid, those pampered, using Internet to just talk trash…

        As you demonstrated lack of knowledge, I inform you that there are local companies that have computers without Internet (dont need). Also if you just find someone in a local place and want to transfer a file not everyone has the ability to do that because of the Apple “little” world.

        Also, open your mind and see that there are dudes that dont have the possibility/dont care to/in buying everything and really have old computers (do what they need).

        ALSO there are companies that block WIFI network access by MAC Address and without the administrators allowing your MAC Adress there’s no way to transfer files and i’m not going (like others) to use 3G for this. And not every person wants to have Itunes/itools/Apple Mobile Device driver installed or can install it (work).

        When you get out of your bubble you will understand this.

      • Man your computer is so old it has hieroglyphs as keys. Get it together and update your tech:)

      • Great reply, congrats

      • regkilla


      • Literally everything you just mentioned can be done without this app or an internet connection, its called a USB flash drive. I think thats what you actually need, in which case there are many stores that sell them and they relatively inexpensive.
        Also, you are apparently using the Internet to talk trash as well. Have a nice day sir.

      • I talk trash to kids that dont understand that this limitation in IOS is just stupid. IOS is great and dosent need widgets and stuff like that but we always need an app to transfer something to it, thats just stupid.

      • Kurt

        He got his feelings hurt when you pointed out another feature android has that we don’t have on our iDevices.

      • Guest


    • EpicFacepalm


      • Kurt

        Featureless iOS needs a jailbreak to do basic things besides checking your email and opening/downloading apps

    • PwnTunes also allows you to do this. Keep all your files in /var/mobile/media.

  • Litchy

    It’s really very cool but unfortunately it’s still very buggy. When I copy things from PC to iPad over IP it all works but suddenly all kinds of things are there twice.

    Would recommend to wait for a few updates until buying it.

  • Alex Gonzalez

    Just purchased it. Hope it comes in handy.

  • sadaN

    Its a shame that still cant make apps open files outside their sandbox, not even with jb 🙁
    Having all files in this app for organisation’s sake but being able to access them from our favourite apps would be a blessing.
    Yeah theres iFile, but apps still cant see anything unless we move/copy things into them with iFile.



    Just not all of them.

  • shinratdr

    FileExplorer is far better. The combination of it and iFile leaves little I can’t do on my phone.

    FileExplorer does everything this does, as well as supporting SMB, SkyDrive, CIFS & iCloud. It also lets you set a password for the app, manipulate SMB/CIFS shares, unpack 7zip files & rar files, playback any video under the sun (it even has RVMB support) and it supports all iWork and Office formats.

    This has a nice interface and is 99c. Those are great selling points and I’ll check it out, but FileExplorer covers far more. Although its $6 so this is a great 99c option.

  • jatenk

    iTunes sharing… Does that mean I can access my iPhone music and playlists on iTunes on my computer?

  • Alex Janko

    can anyone check the min iOS version?
    *crosses fingers* 4.2.1?

  • Michael

    Does the app have the ability to share files via Wi-Fi?

  • Michael

    How does Files compare to iFiles and does it have the ability to share files via Wi-Fi?