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Show file extensions in the Files app on iPhone and iPad

The Files app has been made available to iPhone and iPad users with the release of iOS 11. While there are many cool features of the Files app, the ability to view file extensions in the app has arrived with the release of iOS 16. With that , you can view the file extensions for files in iCloud and third-party services such as Google Drive and OneDrive.

This post will show you two ways to show file extensions in Files app. These steps apply to iPhone and iPad users. Make sure your devices are running at least iOS 16 and iPadOS 16 or later.

Here’s how to check for a software update to install the latest version on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Scroll down and tap General.

Step 3: Tap Software Update.

Step 4: If an update is available, download and install it.

Enable file extension for a single file

First, let’s show you the steps to display the file extension for a single file in the Files app. Checking the file extension helps, especially during file transfers. For example, if you want to transfer a file between your iPhone and Windows PC, you can check the file extension and see if it is compatible with the Windows operating system.

Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Select the location or open the folder where your file is saved.

Step 3: Long press the file icon to display options.

Step 4: Tap Get Info in the list of options.

The file extension appears right next to the file name and in the Type field.

You can also tap Show More to display more information depending on the file type, such as Version, Pages, Security, and Resolution.

Permanently enable file extensions

If you want to enable the file extensions for all your files stored in multiple locations and folders, here’s how to do it in the File app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Select a file location of your choice.

Step 3: Tap the three dots in the top right corner.

Step 4: At the bottom, tap View options.

Step 5: Select Show all extensions.

After that, you will see the file extensions enabled for all your files in any location of the Files app. The change also applies to files from external storage services stored in cloud storage apps such as Google Drive and OneDrive.

How to change the file extension

The Files app allows you to change the file extension for a particular file on your iPhone and iPad. Here’s how you can do it.

Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Select a file from a folder location.

Step 3: Long press the file icon and select Rename from the list of options.

Step 4: Change the file extension to your choice and tap Done on the keyboard.

Step 5: Tap Use “file extension name” to confirm your choice.

The file extension for your selected file has been changed.

How to disable file extensions in Files app

Here’s how to disable file extensions for a single file or for all files in a folder. The steps are the same for both iPhone and iPad users.

Step 1: Open the Files app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step 2: Select the file or folder where you want to disable the extensions.

Step 3: Tap the three dots in the top right corner.

Step 4: At the bottom, tap View options.

Step 5: Tap Show all extensions to disable the feature.

All file extensions in all storage locations in the Files app are disabled on your iPhone or iPad.

Show file extensions

It’s great that Apple has finally added the ability to view file extensions in the Files app for iPhone and iPad users. You don’t need to install any third-party file manager app to use this feature. Check out our guide on the best ways to fix your iPhone when it won’t back up to iCloud if that’s what you’re dealing with right now. In addition, check out our guide when the Files app is not working on your iPhone.

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