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How to tag files in iOS 11 Files app

Organize files by adding tags.

iOS 11 comes with the brand new Files app, allowing you to manage your files across the iPad or iCloud storage. But you want to organize your files without moving them to different folders or renaming them, there is another option in Files. You can simply add tags to your files.

For example, if you want to group all your pictures of sunsets, you can just create a Sunset tag. Removing the tag won’t affect or delete the files, it just removes the grouping.

The good thing is that all tags in iOS 11 Files app are automatically synchronized between iOS and Mac, ensuring that your collections of files are always up to date.

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Here is how you can attach tags in iOS:

  • Long-tap on a file and select Tags
  • Drag a file to the Tags sidebar
  • Select multiple files and tap Share then +tag to bring up a new window.
  • In Files’ quick look, tap the Share arrow and then tap +tag

You can easily display all files with a tag by tapping on the tag in the sidebar. Files will be opened and displayed as if you open them in a folder.

Tip: You can reorder the tags in the sidebar by long-tapping and dragging them up or down in the list.

Currently the tags are limited to the Files app in iOS for iPads, but Apple may expand this functionality to the Mail app and Notes in the future.