The 10 Things You Can Do with the Documents App for iOS
Document for iPad and iPhone is a versatile app that can be used as a document viewer, file manager, file downloader and more.
Readdle’s Documents 5 is one of my favorite iOS apps. It’s completely free, without any advertising or in-app purchase, and the app is universal, it means it’s optimized for both iPhone and iPad.
The document app is extremely popular on the iTunes Apps Store but you really know about the various things you can do with this versatile app. For starters, the document is a document viewer but if you are just using the app to read your pdf, you can only scratch the surface. Here’s a list of things you can do with documents on your iPad or iPhone.
Document viewer and media player
You can use the Docs app to open a variety of files on your iOS device. It supports PDF, Image, Common Audio and Video Format, Microsoft Office Document, EPUB Ebook, and even HTML Web Page.
To transfer files between computers and iOS
If your computer and IOS device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you can quickly transfer files between computers and iOS devices in any type of wireless way without any restriction. Open the Documents app, enable Wi-Fi Drive under Settings and enter the IP address (or Bonjour name) given in your computer’s browser.
Access your Cloud Storage
Documents can connect to your Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and other online storage accounts. In this way you can easily access all your files stored in the cloud from one place. Single-tap single file and it will be downloaded to your iOS device for offline access. You can also download and store entire folders from the cloud inside your document application with a tap.
Upload and sync files
You can upload files of any kind by drag and drop from the Docs app on your Dropbox or Google Drive. Long press a file inside the document and leave it on any connected cloud account available in the sidebar. You can also enable 2-way sync so that a folder inside the document will always remain in sync with the folder specified in your cloud storage (or an FTP folder).
Save web page as PDF
Download Internet Files on Your iOS Device
The web browser on your iPhone or iPad does not allow direct file downloads. So if you try to open a link that indicates a .wmv video or .RAR archive file, then the browser will not be able to handle the file nor will you give the option to save that file. Although you can use the browser inside the documents to download any file from the Internet – just paste the file URL into the address URL and it will prompt you to save the file locally.
Mail more than 5 photos
Apple has put a strange limit on their mail app, and this does not allow you to select and email more than 5 images from the camera roll in the same message. Although you can get around this limit with the help of documents.
- Either allow documents to access your camera roll, now tap and select any number of pictures and use the mail option to send selected images through the mail app.
- Alternatively, you can import images into a folder inside the documents, select them all and choose the zip option to create a single archive, which you can attach to your email.
8.Move files between iPad and iPhone
If you have to move several iOS devices, you can use the documents to move files from one device to another. Open the app on both devices, go to the network and connect to another device. It will be listed under available devices when both your iPhone and iPad are on the same network. Now select the files and folders you want to send to another iOS device and tap Upload.
As a text editor
While you’re in the Documents App, tap on the Edit button and select “Text file” under the Create New menu. You get access to Notes Editor which supports both plain text as well as rich text formatting. You can create a text file as well as edit existing ones as well.
Mimic your browser
Some websites may refuse to open on your iOS because they do not support Safari. You can easily solve this problem by opening the site inside the browser of the document and changing the user agent in a supported browser.