Files

How to access downloaded files on iPhone and iPad

Downloads Folder in Files in iCloud Drive

If you download files to your device from the internet often, then you’re used to the routine. You may have even changed your downloads location to a specific spot. But if you’ve never downloaded a file on iOS, then you’re probably wondering where those files went!

Here, we’ll show you how to access downloaded files on iPhone and iPad.

How to change the default apps for opening files in Firefox

Firefox Default Apps Actions

If you’re a Firefox fan and prefer it over or in addition to Safari, you may want to take a few minutes to adjust the settings. After all, you want your web browsing experience to be as good as possible.

One such setting is the apps Firefox uses to compose an email, open a file, or view an image. Luckily, Firefox offers this setting in the app itself. So you don’t have to make any changes to your Mac’s settings. Here, we’ll show you how to change the default apps and actions for opening files and downloads in Firefox on your Mac.

This tweak upgrades Safari’s download manager with media importing & more

When Apple released iOS & iPadOS 13 last Summer, one of the exciting new features that the company added to the iPhone and iPad experience for the very first time was a built-in download manager for the native Safari web browser. As necessary as this was to make Apple’s platforms both usable and competitive with the rest of the mobile device market, it still left quite a bit to be desired — par for the course when it comes to Apple.

Jailbreakers have significantly more options to choose from when it comes to augmenting this user experience, and with the help of a recently-updated jailbreak tweak dubbed Safari Downloader+ by iOS developer Jalal Ouraigua, jailbreakers can both expect more and get it, especially in terms of the Safari file-downloading experience. The all-new version 5.0 of the Safari Downloader+ adds full support for iOS & iPadOS 13 for the first time.

How to use the redesigned sidebar in Files app

Redesigned Files on iPadOS 14

If you’re a fan of Files and use it on your iPad, you’re going to love the update with iPadOS 14. The revamped sidebar gives you a centralized location for navigating all of your items. And, removal of the toolbars at the top and bottom give you more room for your items.

Here, we’ll show you what’s been added, removed, and improved with the redesigned Files app on iPad.

How to reduce the file size of a Pages, Numbers or Keynote document

Reduce File Size Settings Keynote Mac

When you’re composing basic documents that are mostly made up of text, the size of the file isn’t usually too large to send or share. But if you’re using images and including videos, those file sizes can become quite large.

In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to quickly and easily reduce the file size of a document in Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on your Mac. This will give you a simpler way send or share your file.

How to merge folders on your Mac

Merge Folders on Mac

Have you ever created a folder, forgot you did it, and created another one with the same name in another spot? Maybe you did it for work files, tax documents, or school assignments. Now you end up with two different folders in two different locations that have the same name.

On the other hand, maybe you created those folders with slightly different names. But, you still have the same problem, right? You still have two separate folders that should really be only one.

You can merge folders on Mac that have the same name, of course there are some caveats. And for those folders you want to merge with different names, you can “merge” them manually by simply moving the contents.

We’ll show you how to do both of these so you can clean up your Mac by merging folders.

How to use the dynamic Finder file inspector to display summary info about multiple Mac items

You can quickly get information about an item on your Mac by selecting a file, folder or disk and choosing Get Info from the contextual menu. But did you know that you can make the Get Info command display a summary of information about multiple items in a consolidated floating palette window which automatically refreshes as you select different files, folders or disks in the Finder? Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to learn how to browse information about your Mac files more efficiently with this dynamic Finder file inspector.

How to instantly preview items in the Files app

iOS 13 and iPadOS make it easy to look at the contents of a file with Quick Look, a quick preview feature which debuted on the Mac in October 2007 as part of the Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard software update. iOS's version of Quick Look functionality isn't without pitfalls though. For instance, the native Quick Look button is unavailable in column view or via share sheets. Worse, tapping a file seems to be a hit-and-miss affair because sometimes Files launches a quick preview of the selection and sometimes opens it. Follow along with us to learn how to create a custom Quick Look button that does everything like the native version but more consistently, without launching fullscreen and accessible from more places vs. Apple's version.

How to hide files and folders on Mac with Terminal

Hidden Folder Visible Mac

If you have some top-secret files on your Mac that you want to hide from Finder, there’s no switch or setting. However, there is a Terminal command you can use that lets you hide files or folders.

Once you hide them, they won’t display in Finder, but you can still get to them using their direct path. This keeps those items you want tucked away from plain view nice and safe.

Follow this tutorial to hide files or folders on your Mac.

How to use AirDrop to send files on iPhone, iPad and Mac

AirDrop Window Mac

If you’re a new iPhone or Mac user, then AirDrop may be completely new to you. This handy service lets you transfer items like photos and files to nearby Apple devices wirelessly. So you can quickly send a photo to your friend or file to your family member.

In order to use AirDrop, you’ll need to make sure you’re within range, using Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, and that your recipient can receive your item.

To help you out, this tutorial shows you what you need to do and how to use AirDrop on your iPhone, iPad, or Mac.