FilebrowserGO and the iOS Files app

FileBrowserGO and the iOS Files app

Your iPad or iPhone already comes with the Files app. Here's why FileBrowser is a great compliment and replacement for the Files app.

a replacement for the Files app

What does the Files app connect to?

One of the main differences between FileBrowserGO and the Files app is that any cloud storage you want access to in the Files app has to be installed as separate apps. So if you want GoogleDrive and Dropbox then you need to install their apps to make them available in the Files app. FileBrowserGO doesn't require these additional apps to be installed and comes with a library of connections to get you started.

Files app taking up too much space

761MB VS 55MB Install

Installing all these additional cloud storage apps can eat up valuable storage space on your iPad or iPhone. For example installing the following apps GoogleDrive, Box, Dropbox, OneDrive, pCloud and Backblaze takes up 761mb of space. FileBrowserGO connects to all of the above and also to FTP / FTPS / SFTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3 and Backblaze B2. It even allows you to copy files between your iOS devices. With an install size of 55MB saving you over 700mb of space on your device.

And what's even better is you can use the advanced views of FileBrowser or even use the files app to open your FileBrowser locations.

Easier Tabbed Navigation

FileBrowserGo has a simple tabbed navigation exactly like a web browser. Create multiple tabs, each with their own breadcrumb trail for fast navigation. Easily copy files files between your tabs.

Adjustable View Size

Unlike the Files app you can easily adjust the size of your documents or image thumbnails using the pinch gesture.

The Files app doesnt display file types so you cant search for all .pptx

Search Sub Folders

The Files app only does whole word searching so a search for "presentation" would return no results if the file is called "salespresentation". The Files app also doesn't display the file type so you can't search for all ".pptx" (Powerpoint) files for example. FileBrowser's search is more advanced.

Easily bookmark your PDF pages on your iPad

Bookmark your page

Reading a good book or a technical manual? Bookmark a page in a PDF and have it update to your reading position. Or make multiple bookmarks for well used sections.

Sync documents to your iPad


Create Sync tasks with FileBrowserGo to make folders on any remote cloud or computers always available, even when you're offline.

Backup files from your iPad to any computer or cloud storage


Create Backup tasks with FileBrowserGo to copy your photos to any remote storage. Set up multiple backup tasks or even back up your PC to cloud storage or vice-versa.

Easily see whats taking up space on your iPad or computer or cloud storage

Get Folder Info

Easily see what's taking up space on your iPad or computer or cloud storage. FileBrowserGO also gives you a breakdown of the file types and counts up folders and sub folders too.

Bulk Rename

Rename hundreds of files with our Bulk Rename feature. With its advanced options you can add text to the beginning or end of the name, replace text or add a date or index number to all of the filenames.

Convert Multiple images to PDF

Convert multiple images into a single PDF. Great for creating presentations or for capturing expenses. Capture from camera straight to multi page PDF too.

Airplay or Chromecast images, music or movies from your iPad

Airplay and Chromecast Images, Music and Movies

Easily Airplay your Music, Movies and images to your TV or computer. Any Airplay compatible device will work. Unlike the Files app you can also Chromecast your Music, Movies and images to Chromecast compatible devices. You can also choose another app to stream your movie files to such as VLC or Infuse and set the app as your default video player.

You can also stream your music to your Amazon Echo devices, see our guide here.

If you are looking for a dedicated Music Streaming app try our MusicStreamer app for free.

Edit Office documents

Browse to your computer or cloud storage to open Office documents and edit them directly in Word, Powerpoint or Excel. Once done the changes are saved to the file's original location.

Access your TimeCapsule from your iPad


Unlike the Files app, FileBrowserGO can easily connect and browse your TimeCapsule's disk.

Integration with the Files app

Our FileBrowser apps also enhance the Files app. To use our Files app integration just open the Files, app tap on "FileBrowserGO" and "Network Folders" to access all your remote connections without having to install any additional apps.

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extend the Files app
Easy access to documents on your corporate file servers and cloud storage A Professional File Manager for your iPad or iPhone

A Professional File Manager for Professional Needs...

FileBrowser Professional is built with Corporate or Enterprise use in mind.

For Compliance

Do you need to provide file access for controlled situations? FileBrowser Professional has lockdown features such as:

  • Read only access
  • Block users adding new machines or locations
  • Kiosk Mode

The files app is not a managed app and cannot be tailored to your needs like this.

For Secure Remote Access

Using your MDM you can setup a per-app VPN for FileBrowser Professional. The Files app cannot be managed by an MDM system.

Data Leak Prevention

Push updated configurations out to your devices running FileBrowser Professional. Using a Mobile Device Management system with FileBrowser can ensure all users get the correct level of access and prevent users from sending documents via insecure channels or apps.

For Automated Setup

If you have 30 or 3000 iPads and want employees to have file access limited to company servers, use FileBrowser Professional's MDM settings to configure this. Your employees can log in using company credentials. The Files app does not offer this level of functionality.

MDM features are not included in FileBrowserGo. Our FileBrowser Professional or Enterprise Files apps contain our MDM features.