Files app iPad iPadOS 16

How to take advantage of the new Files app features in iPadOS 16

With iPadOS 16, which was released to the public in October, Apple introduced a number of new features to the Files app – which allow users to manage their files just as they would on a PC. The update brings more advanced options such as the ability to change file extensions, view folder sizes, and more. Read on as we detail how to take advantage of the new Files app in iPadOS 16.

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Summary

With iPadOS 16, the Files app on the iPad gets long-awaited features. For example, the interface has been updated with navigation buttons, just like in Finder on macOS. It’s now easy to navigate folders with the new Forward and Back buttons next to the folder name at the top of the screen.

Once you click the arrow next to the folder name, the Files app displays a list of that folder’s size, quick access to previous folders, and options to rename, copy, or move it. There is also a Get Info button that now displays more details about the folder you chose.

The menu that appears when you press (or right-click) a file has gained new options as well. This includes easy access to quick actions to encode, rotate, convert images to PDF, and remove image background. Of course, quick actions vary depending on the selected file format.

Change file extensions with the Files app in iPadOS 16

Certainly one of the biggest changes to the Files app with iPadOS 16 is the option to change file extensions. Previously, the only way to do this was to use third-party apps. Here’s how to change the file extension in iPadOS 16 using the Apple Files app:

  1. Open the Files app on your iPad.
  2. Click the Organize Folders button (between New Folder and Select buttons).
  3. Click on display options.
  4. Enable Show All Extensions option.
  5. Press and hold (or right-click) on a file to rename and change its extension.

More about iPadOS 16

In addition to improvements to the Files app, iPadOS 16 comes with a host of other new features, such as Stage Manager, iCloud Shared Photo Library, Focus Filters, a new Weather app, and camera translations.

Check out the other 9to5Mac Instructions on how to take advantage of iPadOS 16:

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