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Use the iOS 11 Files App to Back Up Your iPhone Photos

Nancy Messieh 05-10-2017

With a new Files app How to Use iOS 11's New Files App on iPhone and iPad iOS has a new new Files app that finally lets you manage your files on the iPhone and iPad, and in true Apple style it's done without exposing any kind of system functionality. Read More added to iOS 11 devices What's New in iOS 11? The New Features Coming to Your iPhone Here's everything coming to your iPhone and iPad with the arrival of iOS 11 later in 2017. Read More , 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 You Can Now Download iOS 11 on Your iPhone or iPad Apple is finally releasing iOS 11 to the general public. And all you need to download iOS 11 is a compatible Apple device. Read More 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:

  1. 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.)
  2. In the menu of native Apple options, tap Save to Files.
  3. 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.)
  4. Tap Add to save the photo(s) to your chosen location in the Files app.

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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 8 iPhone IFTTT Recipes You Can't Live Without When IFTTT launched an iPhone app in July, it opened up a whole slew of new possibilities about how to put the incredibly handy service to even better use than ever. Read More , iCloud or Google Drive Should You Be Using Google Photos on Your iPhone? Free storage space, Google Lens, and a suite of helpful tools might just make you switch over to Google Photos for your iPhone media management. Read More .

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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Related topics: iOS 11, Smartphone Photography.

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  1. Roy
    January 29, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    This function has been broken for me since the ios 11 release. I'm now on 11.2.2 on 3 devices. Very occasionally the contents of drive will show. 99% of the time "Select" and "Browse" do nothing. All that shows is an empty iCloud Drive.

    I suppose what I'm getting used to with Apple software.