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With a new Files app added to iOS 11 devices, it’s finally a little easier to manage documents, photos, and other files that are in all the different places on your phone. The Files app also gives iPhone users another way to back up their iOS photos and files.
When you first open the app, you’ll be see folders for the various apps you already have installed that have some sort of file management in place. This includes iCloud Drive, Dropbox, and Google Drive.
Thanks to the Files app, you can now selectively save photos from your camera roll to your cloud drives without ever leaving the photo app.
Before you get started, if you want to save the photos to a particular folder, you can create a new folder in the Files app or in your cloud storage app of choice. iOS 11 doesn’t give you the option to create a new folder while saving images.
Once you have the location sorted out, here’s what you need to do to save your photos:
- Open the photo you want to save and tap the Share button. (If you want to save multiple photos in one go, just tap the photos to select them.)
- In the menu of native Apple options, tap Save to Files.
- You’ll be prompted to choose the location where you want to save the photo. (If you want to create a folder to save all your photos in one place, you’ll want to do that before trying to save the photos to the Files app.)
- Tap Add to save the photo(s) to your chosen location in the Files app.
This may not be the most streamlined way to save iOS photos to the cloud. After all, there are plenty of ways to get photos of your phone and into cloud storage, including automatically backing up your iOS photos using IFTTT, iCloud or Google Drive.
But it is a convenient way to easily save one or two photos, or even upload photos to a shared drive for others to view — provided you have that app already installed on your phone.
What’s your favorite way to get photos of your phone and into cloud storage? Let us know in the comments.
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