If there was something missing from iOS users, it was a file explorer that allowed them to access the data stored in the internal memory of the device without having to depend on each application to do so. Due to the limitations of iOS, where each application was executed in a totally isolated way from the others, this was not possible. However, iOS 11 has been a revolution and has opened, a bit, the limitations of the sandbox, now the applications can share certain data between them, which has also enabled an official File Explorer to work, which is included by default in iOS 11
Archivos is the new Apple app designed to work as a file explorer similar to macOS, or, for example, Android. From this application we can access the data stored in the internal memory of our device, and we can also connect different storage servers in the cloud so we can centralize the data we have in iCloud, Google Drive, DropBox and other storage servers in Cloud.
In addition to allowing us to browse our data, Archives has also been designed to allow us to organize our data and sort them, both locally and in the cloud. However, Apple does not explain in detail how this app works, and it also seems that this browser is not completely complete, and is that users encounter many problems when trying to sort their data in the internal memory of the iPhone or iPad, where Apple continues to apply a lot of restriction and does not allow, for example, to create folders freely at the root.
In the following manual we explain how we can create new folders, and organize our data, thanks to the new File Explorer included by default in iOS 11, both in the cloud storage systems and locally, in the internal memory of the iPhone or iPad.
Would it be better to use iOS 11 files or a third-party app to access our data?
File explorers are not new to iOS. For some time we can find several third-party apps in the App Store that give us more or less similar possibilities . However, due to the isolation of resources, these applications should work in isolation, that is, we should save the data within them (for example, from iTunes) and load the data within their space, being able to open these files only from these applications.
Although Apple is still very closed in this regard, the new iOS 11 Files app is much more manageable for this task. Thanks to it we can have more control over files that, although they have to be arranged in folders (in internal storage), will allow us to work much better with these files, especially when opening them with other apps.
In case of having a device prior to iOS 11, if we have done Jailbreak, then we can make the most of the file explorers that we can find in Cydia, since having root rights we can access absolutely all the storage space , directory by directory from the root.