Apple, with iPadOS 16, released to the public last month, introduced a number of new features to the Files app – which allow users to manage their files just as they would on a PC.
The update brings more advanced options like the ability to change file extensions, view folder sizes, and more. Learn how to take advantage of the new Files app in iPadOS 16.
Updating the Files App on iPad with iPadOS 16
The Files app on the iPad gets long-awaited features with iPadOS 16, for example, the interface has been updated with navigation buttons, just like in the Finder on macOS, it’s now easy to navigate between folders using the new Forward and Back buttons next to the folder name at the top of the screen.
Once you click the arrow next to a folder’s name, the Files app displays a list of that folder’s size, quick access to previous folders, and options to rename, copy, or move it.
There is also a Get Info button that now displays more details about the folder you chose.
The menu that appears when you click (or right-click) a file has gained new options as well. This includes easy access to quick actions to encode, rotate, convert images to PDF, and remove image background. Of course, quick actions vary depending on the selected file format.
How to change file extensions in iPadOS 16
One of the biggest changes to the Files app with iPadOS 16 is the option to change file extensions, as previously, the only way to do that was to use third-party apps. To change the file extension in iPadOS 16 using the Apple Files app:
Open the Files app on your iPad
Click the Organize folders button (between New Folder and Select buttons)
Click on View Options
Enable Show All Extensions option.
Press and hold (or right-click) on a file to rename and change its extension.
In addition to improvements to the Files app, iPadOS 16 comes with a host of other new features, such as Stage Manager, iCloud Shared Photo LibrarY, Focus Filters, the new Weather app, and camera translations. .