For a while now, one of the most used iOS file managers was Readdle’s app Documents. I am sure you’ve seen it (if not tested it by now) if you browsed the App Store in the past, since Apple decided to showcase it on many occasion which means that it was present on the front page. This app can be used to organize and view all kinds of files, and it’s completely free to download and use which made it so popular worldwide. The good news is that Documents is updated to its 5.0 version, which we’ll be looking into right in this article.
If you never used Readdle’s Documents before, let me say a few words about it. For quite some time, this has been one of the most comprehensive solutions for storing, editing, and organizing files on your iOS devices. This is something that many users need on a daily basis, and this was one of the main reasons why many opted to jailbreak their iOS devices. The reason for this is that there were some incredibly useful file managers, but only available to jailbroken iPhones. Luckily, Apple decided to approve a number of apps in order to prevent people from breaking into the iOS system, which resulted in several incredibly popular file managers, including the original Documents by Readdle.
Today we’ll be taking a look at Documents’ 5.0, which was upgraded to work with iOS7 but also brought some enhancements as well. The biggest change you’ll notice is the completely redesigned interface, which is now very modern and flat. I was pleased to see that this app adopted flat design principles by not going into minimalism, which is something we often see today. There are all the features and icons that you’re used to, but they are slimmer and very elegant now.
The main view of Documents 5 is very clean and offers a quick view of your folders and files. You can drag-and-drop items to reorganize them, and sort them by their names, date, or file size. Since this app is compatible with iPhones and iPad as well, it implements iCloud and allows you to choose which files you’d like to keep synced. Naturally, there’s the search feature as well.
One of the most useful features that I’ve found is ability to add external cloud storage solution, and there are a lot to choose from. These include Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, and many more. There’s even a Wi-Fi drive, which enables ad-hoc connection to your computer and opens up ability to directly transfer files.
It’s actually amazing and astonishing to see what this app is capable of. Since there’s no built-in file manager on iOS, I use Documents 5 as my default one. I strongly believe that every iOS users could benefit from this app, and there’s no reason not to try it. It’s also interesting to note that you can download it free of charge, and there are no hidden fees, subscriptions, or in-app purchases.
Very clean and well organized UI. Incredibly powerful, lots of amazing features.
No cons really.