Yes, OneDrive is Coming to the iOS 11 Files App

Posted on June 6, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in iOS, Mobile, OneDrive with 13 Comments

Yes, OneDrive is Coming to the iOS 11 Files App

When Apple announced that it would finally provide iPad users with access to the file system via a new Files app, I had one immediate question: Would Microsoft make OneDrive available via this new interface?

The answer is yes.

“We are excited to announce support for the new Files app and its file management capabilities,” a short announcement from the OneDrive team reads. “OneDrive integration with the Files app will make it easier for you to access your content from any Apple device and will provide a better file management experience on iOS for your personal and work OneDrive and SharePoint sites. We will share more details when iOS 11 releases.”

As that announcement also notes, Microsoft already integrates OneDrive into iOS where possible. For example, you can use the iOS Share interface to share content to (or from) OneDrive, and you can integrate the service into Apple’s Messages app.

But the Files app is, of course, of particular interest since this interface is so core to interfacing apps with your own files. Adding OneDrive to Files will make it a first class citizen on iOS devices, and the iPad in particular, where productivity scenarios, including split screen views, are more likely.

I’ve installed the iOS 11 Beta on my iPhone and iPad mini and assumed that it was extensible. Out of the box, Files provides the user with access to the local file system and Apple’s iCloud storage. But you can actually disable iCloud, which led me to believe that you will someday, in turn, be able to enable third party services too. Not just OneDrive, but Box, Dropbox, Google Drive, whatever.

Anyway, that appears to be happening. Which is fantastic.

 

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Yes, OneDrive is Coming to the iOS 11 Files App”

  1. RobertJasiek

    Does the Files app give access to ALL file types of the user? Does it have a select all feature? How to use it for LOCAL file transfer with a Windows device? In one word - is it, or is it not, productive?

  2. scribz

    It looks from the comments from developers who have installed this already that it's a glorified GoodReader or Readle Documents. Nice to have baked in, but not really useful, without the ability to connect external drives (or even download from Safari). Any thoughts on we seeing something like that in the future?

    • Brett Barbier

      In reply to scribz:

      From Safari, you can long-press on a link and choose "Save to Dropbox" (or "Add to iCloud Drive", etc.). This new Files app will be a central interface to things you've saved, and allow you to drag and drop to and from it. I think it'll be very helpful and useful.

    • Jeffsters

      In reply to scribz: I have the beta and a long time user and lover of Good Reader and can say this is VERY different and unlike Good Reader will be standard and ubiquitous anything else is "not really useful".


  3. Atoqir

    It's funny to see how all major companies usually throw themselves on new iOS features the second they are announced. Yet other platforms need 2 years or OEM intervention to use new OS/API features; even Android.

    • chaad_losan

      In reply to Atoqir:

      because that is where the money is.

      • Chris_Kez

        In reply to chaad_losan:

        Yep. And within a few weeks of release iOS 11 will be on tens if not hundreds of millions of devices. And it will be more widely covered than anything Android or Windows related. Every local and national news outlet will have one or more segments.

      • Jeffsters

        In reply to chaad_losan: and the easy to access API's, the updated and ready dev tools, and a user base that adopts these new releases quickly making the addressable market much larger much faster. The latest version of Android runs on about 8% of devices negating the larger installed base advantage.


    • Darmok N Jalad

      In reply to Atoqir:

      It's because of the way Apple does updates. On the day they release iOS11, every device from iPhone 5S and up can download and install it, and pretty much everyone with an iOS device will install it soon after. Because of that, developers can adopt new features with little risk of wasted effort, as millions of people will immediately be ready to use it. People slap at Apple for being slow to innovate, but when they do make a change, it's ready to use and they are committed to it.

  4. wolters

    I think I may fire up my iPhone 7+ which is collecting dust as I use my Pixel XL as my main phone, and try iOS 11 and see what it offers.

  5. EnterMegatron99

    So...here's the interesting thing...they never actually stated it would work on the iPhone...they always stated it was an iPad feature. (Never said it was an iPhone feature too.) Is it actually available on the iPhone as well?

  6. helix2301

    Will it be onedrive, one drive for business or both?

  7. t.linn

    Wake me up when you can connect an external SSD to an iPad. Until then, I have no use for it.

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