iOS 11: How to Share Documents from the Files App

The Files app in iOS 11 does more than let you see and organize documents with your iPhone or iPad. It lets you share files, too, although not all sharing is created equal.

To share documents with other people from your iPhone or iPad running iOS 11, first launch the Files app. Next, choose the cloud service where your file is stored from the Locations bar on the left. Now tap and hold the file you want to share and tap Share in the pop-up menu

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Sharing documents from Apple’s Files app in iOS 11

If you’re sharing multiple files tap Select in the upper right corner, tap the documents you want to include, and then tap Share in the bottom left corner. This is one of those sloppy interface elements that gets Bryan Chaffin and John Kheit all worked up for a NSFW rant on Pop.0.

Now you can use the pop-up Share pane to choose how you’ll deliver the files you’re sharing. You can send files via Mail, Messages, and AirDrop, plus you can send them to other apps. If you share with Slack, for example, you’ll send the document to the channel you specify. If you choose an app like Notability or Evernote, the files will open in those apps.

Basically, you need to know how an app interacts with files to know what’ll happen when you share something.

That’s what happens when you use the Share feature with documents stored on services such as Dropbox, Google Drive, and Microsoft OneDrive. When you select files from iCloud Drive, however, you can send them to other people, or invite people to collaborate Pages, Numbers, and Keynote documents.

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Sharing a document for collaboration in iOS 11 Files app

To share a Keynote file for collaboration, for example, tap and hold a file, choose Share from the pop-up menu, then tap Add People in the Share pane. Now you can select who you want to collaborate with, and how you’ll get the invitation to them. The recipient will get a link to the file instead of an Mail or Messages attachment.

Now you can team up with people on your iWork projects, or just send someone a document—whichever works for you.

How to Add or Remove Email Accounts from Mail in iOS 11

The Mail app keeps you notified of new emails as soon as they arrive and allows you to respond and compose new emails directly from your iPhone. The biggest advantage is the range of email services that it supports, such as Outlook, Gmail, Yahoo, AOL, as well as custom email domains.

Adding email accounts to the Mail app is a relatively easy and straightforward process. In iOS 10, you can add new email accounts from the Mail settings, but the process is a little different in iOS 11. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to add or remove email accounts from the Mail app in iOS 11 on iPhone or iPad.

How to Add Email Accounts to Mail in iOS 11

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Go to Accounts & Passwords.

  3. Tap on Add Account, then choose the email service to sign into.

  4. Enter your email address and password to sign into the service that you selected.

  5. Once you sign into your email account successfully, a number of settings are displayed that allow you to choose the apps that can access and sync with your account, such as Contacts, Calendar, Mail, and Notes. Turn on the toggle for Mail so that it can access your email account, then tap on Save in the top right corner to save your settings.

    Now that you’ve added your email account, open the Mail app to refresh your inbox and fetch all of your emails.

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Ulysses and Chrome updated with Drag and Drop, other iOS 11 enhancements

A month after the public release of iOS 11, apps continue to be updated with support for the new features in Apple’s latest operating system. Today, popular writing app Ulysses and Google Chrome were both updated with support for new iOS 11 functionality…

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Ulysses has added a host of new capabilities, including optimization for iOS 11. The app’s interface has been “revamped” to better support the iOS 11 design, while there’s also support for Drag and Drop both within the app and from outside applications. Drag and Drop allows you to reorder sheets and move them between groups, rearrange images and text, move text from Ulysses to other apps like Pages, and much more.

Version 12 also introduces a new Unified Library functionality. With this, you can view all of your documents directly from the library and quickly switch between iCloud, local, and Dropbox.

The update also brings iPad enhancements, a few new user-requested features, and more. See the full change log below:

Fully Optimized for iOS 11

  • Revamped interface to fit iOS 11 look & feel
  • Support for Drag and Drop throughout the app
  • Support for Drag and Drop into and out of Ulysses
  • Updated the way Ulysses behaves in various split view scenarios on iPad
  • Added sheet list swipe actions for keywords and favorites

Drag and Drop

  • Reorder sheets
  • Move sheets between groups
  • Drop images and text into the editor
  • Move text around the editor
  • Drag text from Ulysses to Pages etc.
  • Drag links from Safari into Ulysses
  • And. So. On.

Unified Library

  • All sections are now available in the library
  • Quickly switch between iCloud, On My iPhone/iPad and Dropbox
  • Sections can be collapsed and/or hidden
  • Focus on single/nested groups in the library

Reworked interaction between all views on iPad

  • You can now keep attachments open while writing in the editor
  • You can now keep the sheet list open while writing in the editor
  • You can now keep both the library and sheet list open while writing on iPad Pro 12.9″

User Requests

  • Added support for inline image previews in editor
  • Added shortcuts to move lines up or down (currently requires external keyboard, sorry)
  • Added ability to filter sheets for “any keyword” or “no keyword”


  • Login passwords for WordPress can now be auto-filled from the system keychain
  • Marked tags are now correctly exported to HTML or ePub
  • VoiceOver: Added custom accessibility rotor to navigate between headings and misspelled words
  • Fixed bugs and improved overall stability of the app

Google Chrome has added two new Today widgets for quickly accessing information directly from the homepage. For iOS 11 on the iPad, there’s also support for Drag and Drop, allowing you to drag a URL from another app directly into the address bar or tab strip, and vice versa.

Here’s the full change log for today’s Chrome update:

  • Check out Chrome’s two new Today widgets. You will need to add them by tapping the Edit button at the bottom of the iOS Search screen
  • On iOS 11 iPads, you can now drag a URL from another app and drop it into Chrome’s omnibox or the tab strip, or from Chrome’s content area to another app

Google Chrome is available for free on the App Store, as is Ulysses. Ulysses, however, requires a subscription of $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year.

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Can’t wait to update to iOS 11? Backup your data first!

Admit it: it’s hard to manage, let alone back up and recover, all the data stored across your iOS devices.

Your iPhone and iPad can hold a lot of your data, from photos to apps to messages. So, if you’ve ever updated your iOS device and then abruptly experienced a full-blown system crash, the you’ve also faced the daunting task of having to recover your data. That’s why you should always back up your data before updating your device, even if it’s to iOS 11, which recently started rolling out to iOS devices.

Thankfully, Dr Fone Toolkit’s full iOS suite can do all the heavy-lifting for you, ensuring that not only is your iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch good to go for iOS 11, but that, for whatever reason, like if you’ve forgotten your passcode or caught a virus or damaged your iOS device or had your iOS device stolen, you can still recover your data either from the device itself or from iTunes and iCloud backups.

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Dr Fone Toolkit is an app you can download to a Windows or Mac machine. It is described as an iPhone and iPad data recovery software, though you can use it to manage iOS data as well, whether that be backing up data, erasing data, or a full system recovery.

You can use ToolKit to backup and recover lost data on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, including contacts, messages, call history, notes, photos, videos, calendar information, reminders, messenger chats, voice memos, voice mails, Safari bookmarks, apps’ photos, apps’ videos, and apps’ documents, as well as WhatsApp messages, Line messages, Viber messages, and Kik messages.

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First, make sure you have a compatible iOS device and Mac or Windows PC to run the Toolkit software.

  • iPhone: iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone SE, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C, iPhone 5, iPhone 4S, and iPhone 4 (must be running iOS 11, iOS 10, or iOS 9 and former).
    All models of iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad mini, and iPad (must be running iOS 11, iOS 10, or iOS 9 and former).
  • iPod Touch: iPod Touch 5, iPod Touch 4 (must be running iOS 11, iOS 10, or iOS 9 and former).
  • Mac: A Mac running Mac OS X 10.11(El Captain), 10.10(Yosemite), 10.9(Mavericks), 10.8, 10.7, or 10.6 with at least 1GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, and 200MB of free hard disk space.
  • Windows PC: A PC running Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP with at least 1GHz CPU, 256MB of RAM, and 200MB of free hard disk space.

Second, go to the Dr Fone Toolkit site to download the Toolkit app to your Mac or Windows PC.

Third, once you’ve downloaded the app, determine which features you need to use to get the job done. Maybe you just want to back it up, or maybe you’ve lost data after a factory restore or iOS update, or maybe your device is not responding or unable to sync backups, or maybe you’ve just forgotten your passcode. Luckily, Toolkit is useful in many of these scenarios and so much more.

Toolkit offers several backup and data recovery features. In fact, it has three specific recovery methods: Scan iPhone lets you can scan your entire iPhone and selectively recover data from it, while Extract iTunes second lets you preview and selectively recover data from iTunes backup files, and Download iCloud lets you download and selectively extract data from your iCloud backup files.

Finally, you’re ready to start backing up or recovering your data. Plug your iOS device into your computer with a USB-to-lightning cable and open ToolKit. Next, choose a data management option listed on the main screen (we’ve detailed each one, below) and then follow the on-screen prompts. If you need a detailed guide on how to use any of these options, see Dr Fone’s help guides here.

  • Data recovery: Recover deleted contacts, text messages, photos, notes, etc, from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, iTunes, and iCloud backup files
  • System recovery: Fix iOS devices stuck at Apple logo or recovery mode loop; getting black screen, white screen, or others.
  • Data backup and restore: Selectively back up your data to computer, including contacts, messages, photos, notes, WhatsApp, and more.
  • WhatsApp Transfer, backup, and restore: Transfer WhatsApp chat messages and history to from iOS to iOS, iOS to Android, and also backup and restore on your iPhone.
  • Full data eraser: Permanently erase all personal information from the device to make your device like brand new.
  • Private data eraser: Permanently and selectively erase private data on your iPhone, including deleted ones, to protect your personal information.
  • Line backup and restore: Backup and restore Line chat history and attachments on your iPhone.
  • Viber backup and restore: Backup and restore Viber chat history and attachments on your iPhone.
  • Kick backup and restore: Backup and restore Kick chat history and attachments on your iPhone.

Toolkit will let you check and preview any deleted data for free, download and view iCloud backup content for free, read your iTunes backup files for free, preview and print your data with one click, recover up to 18 files types, and selectively recover what you want. However, to access the app’s entire iOS suite or feature-set, you will need to buy the lifetime license.

  • Dr fone Toolkit (Mac) iOS suite – Lifetime license: $159.95
  • Dr fone Toolkit (Windows) iOS suite – Lifetime license: $139.95

How to Share Notes from iBooks in iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

It’s easy to take and share notes in iBooks for both iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. Easy, that is, if you know how. So, let me show you how!

Firstly, I love taking notes in iBooks. I’d never desecrate a printed book with highlights, but I’ll do it all day long on an ebook. And Apple’s iBooks has the best ebook note-taking features that I’ve used.

Sharing iBooks Notes in iOS 11

iBooks started in iOS, and the ability to share or expert notes is a little better on iOS than it is in macOS High Sierra. Still, it’s not as intuitive or obvious as it should be, because you have to tap on “Edit Notes” before you can share. That is—in a word—frakking stupid. Make that two words.

Start with a note. Years before the Game of Thrones TV show, I figured out who John Snow was, and I did it, in part, thanks to the ability to take notes in iBooks. Every time I came across a reference to Rhaegar, Lyanna, the birthing bed, the bed of blood (hey, I didn’t write this stuff), and other references to Ned Stark’s early years and his sister, I highlighted them. The notes shown below are from Dance of Dragon, and deal mostly with Rhaegar and Lyanna.

To view all my notes in the book, I tap the table to contents icon, then the Notes tab at the top. That gives me a view like this:

Bryan's Notes from A Dance with Dragons

Bryan’s Notes from A Dance with Dragons

Now, tap the Share icon in the upper left.

Tapping the Share Icon in iBooks Notes

Tapping the Share Icon in iBooks Notes

You might think this would be how you share or export your notes. And it is, but there’s the stupid step to get through. You have to Tap Edit Notes > Select All, as shown below.

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Edit > Select All in iBooks

All of my notes get a check mark from being selected, and the Share button lights up. When you tap Share, you get a new menu with one option by default, Mail, as shown below.

Share Options in iBooks Notes

Share Options in iBooks Notes

Tap the Mail icon, and an email sheet will open where you can decide where to send it.

Exported iBooks Notes in Mail in iOS 11

Exported iBooks Notes in Mail in iOS 11

That’s it!

Sharing iBooks Notes in macOS High Sierra

You can share notes from iBooks in macOS High Sierra, too, but it’s even less obvious. First, get to your notes by tapping the Notes icon. Click on a note to select it. If you then right click on the note (you can also just right-click to select in the first place), you get the option to Copy, or to share via Mail, Messages, Notes, Twitter, or Facebook, as shown below.

Sharing a Note in iBooks on macOS High Sierra

Sharing a Note in iBooks on macOS High Sierra

Here’s the bad news. You can only export/share one note at a time. While you can shift-click or option-slick to select multiple notes at one time, rick clicking on any of them deselects all but the one you’re right-clicking on. You’d have to share one note at a time and then copy-paste each of them into an email or other app to share them all at once.

Which is—in a word—frakking stupid. Make that two words.

But, at least you can share them.

Macworld’s November digital magazine: iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra

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Every day, Macworld brings you the essential daily news and other info about all things Apple. But staying on top of that torrent of information can be a constant challenge. One solution: the Macworld magazine.

In the November issue

We have the lowdown on Apple’s two big software releases with reviews of iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra.  Find out everything you need to know about Face ID on the soon-to-be-realeased iPhone X. We spotlight 10 older (but awesome) iOS games that you can still play on iOS 11. Also, learn how to stop spam emails from reaching your inbox.

Also in this month’s issue:

• MacUser: Everything you need to know about AppleCare+

• MacUser Reviews: WD My Cloud Duo, Nonda USB-C HDMI

• iOS Central: How Control Center works in iOS 11

• iOS Central Reviews: Lego Boost, Bezalel Omnia

• Working Mac: Microsoft announces Office 2019

iOS 11 Photos Bug Gives Anyone Access To Pics When Device Is Locked

This is not good news for Apple or anyone who owns an iPhone running the latest version of iOS 11 including the iOS 11.1 beta. An iOS 11 Photos bug has been discovered that can give strangers access to your most intimate, private, and personal photos – even while your iPhone is locked.

iOS 11 Photos Bug

The iOS 11 Photos bug was discovered by a YouTube user, iDeviceHelp. He says he has made Apple aware of the bug so hopefully they are working on a patch to fix this bug ASAP. He also made a video showing how he is able to gain access to the photos on a locked iOS 11 device. Check it out:

Obviously there are a number of steps you have to take in order to exploit this bug so it’s not like someone can sneakily do it if your iPhone is sitting on the table next to you. However, if you misplace your iPhone then someone with a second device to help them exploit the bug has all the time in the world to gain access to your private photos. If you just take photos of your pets and your meals then maybe this isn’t super alarming. However, if you have personal, intimate photos that are not meant for the eyes of strangers then this could be downright scary. We have seen cyber criminals use hacked photos to blackmail people or bully them online.

What can you do to protect yourself? Right now… Not much. The best step to take until Apple releases a fix would be to remove any photos from your device that you would not want others to see without your permission. This is just in case you misplace your iPhone or have it stolen. Once Apple does release a fix for the iOS 11 Photos bug you will want to go ahead and download that new update immediately.

Yes, there are a lot of steps to exploit this bug but it is possible for anyone to do. Hopefully Apple is able to release update before too many people are able to take advantage of this bug.

This is just another in the growing list of iOS 11 problems for Apple and its customers. We have seen issues with Garageband, messaging, the home button, WiFi, and, of course, battery life. Obviously no piece of software is perfect and users will always look for exploits but does this latest iOS 11 Photos bug make you concerned about what other iOS 11 bugs may be lurking, undiscovered? Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. And, don’t forget to take step to protect yourself and your private photos until Apple is able to release a fix.

iOS 11 is the buggiest release in years, at least according to the users – BGR

Since being released about a month ago, there are already more devices running iOS 11 than iOS 10. According to the latest data from Mixpanel, the installed base of iOS 11 devices currently stands at 52.3% compared to 40.75% for iOS 10. As tends to be the case, most iPhone and iPad users upgraded to Apple’s next-gen mobile OS rather quickly, especially when compared to Android where most users are running variants that are two years old or more. What’s unusual about iOS 11, though, is that it seems to be unusually and exceedingly buggy. While new iOS releases often have a few wrinkles to be ironed out, the problems users are seeing with iOS 11 are more pervasive and troubling than any iOS release in recent memory.

In the build-up to the official iOS 11 release, Apple rolled out a number of iOS 11 betas that were themselves a bit fidgety. It was assumed, though, that many of the more problematic issues would be fixed for the official launch. Alas, that doesn’t appear to be the case. Speaking to the varied problems many iOS 11 users are encountering, a Reddit thread titled “iOS 11 is the buggiest i have ever seen any of my iphones” has already garnered hundreds of comments from iOS 11 users all too eager to share their own experiences, or in this case, tales of woe.

The author of the Reddit thread relays a few worrisome issues that arose only after upgrading his iPhone to iOS 11, including being unable to hear other people on phone calls, the temperamental behavior of the music control widget on the homescreen, and last but not least, the poster adds that his iPhone periodically freezes up for minutes at a time periodically throughout the day. The only way to work around the above issues is to reset the device.

Hardly an isolated experience, a number of commenters chimed in with similar tales of woe and frustration, some of which involve keyboard malfunctions and a noticeable decline in battery life.

A representative comment can be seen below:

I’m seeing all sorts of issues as well on my SE. Third party iMessage apps will just re-populate out of nowhere, forcing me to go back into the edit menu and disable them at least once every few days. The media player widget problem – if I’m playing something in a number of apps (HBO Now, TED, Netflix, Podcasts, Spotify), especially if I’m Casting something, that media won’t show up in the CC widget or the lock screen which forces me to return to the app itself to control playback.

Where iOS 10 was juggling an impressive amount of apps in RAM I’m getting half that performance in iOS 11, re-loading apps I had open 10 minutes ago.

I’m not sure I’ve ever actually seen the volume slider. I press the buttons, nothing happens on-screen (I have “buttons control volume” turned on). If I have Control Center open and I drag it down from a little too high it’ll pull the notification shade / lock screen over the Control Center…not to mention the lock screen shade has its own identity crisis. What are you, exactly? Can I pull you down and wait a few seconds for the phone to lock? Are you just for notifications?

The whole thing is very, very sloppy.

Apple this week released its third beta for iOS 11.1, so hopefully the official update will help rectify at least a few of the problems many users are dealing with.

How to personalize Siri’s voice response settings in iOS 11

There’s a good chance that if you own an iPhone or an iPad, you’ve probably still using Siri’s default voice settings —but as AppleInsider can show, there are a few ways to personalize Siri’s sound and functions in iOS 11 [now with video].

Most of these options can be found under Siri & Search in the iOS Settings app. On a basic level, users can dictate how Siri is triggered —mainly whether to use the Home button or the “Hey Siri” voice command, the latter of which requires devices from the iPhone 6s onwards if you’re not plugged into power.

Note that toggling both options off will prompt whether to turn off Siri altogether, and that enabling (or re-enabling) “Hey Siri” will require you to train iOS on your voice.

You can also choose whether or not to allow Siri when a device is locked. It’s most convenient to leave it on, especially since Siri will usually prompt for authentication with anything sensitive, but there are exceptions.

Smart locks, for example, may need nothing more than “Hey Siri, unlock the front door” to let someone into your home if you’ve chosen to allow Siri access when an iPhone is locked, assuming of course they’ve successfully stolen it from you.

iOS 11 offers many different language options to choose from, including nine variants of English alone. Any language will work on any device, regardless of region settings, but it’s probably best to stick to the default unless you have a non-native accent or dialect.

That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re stuck with a single response voice. There are generally male and female options for all available languages, and in some cases Apple will let you choose alternate accents for those genders. For U.S. English, you can choose from American, Australian, and British accents —iOS will need to download the appropriate voice pack whenever you switch.

An often overlooked feature is the ability to control when Siri speaks. The standard setting is “Always,” but there are also two others, “Control with Ring Switch” and “Hands-Free Only.” The first of those mutes Siri whenever the ring switch is off, with several exceptions: using CarPlay, “Hey Siri,” headphones, or a Bluetooth speaker. The second ignores the ring switch, but limits voice feedback to the exceptions above.

On an iPhone, you can also have Siri announce incoming calls. This is normally off, since it’s redundant for most people, but it exists nevertheless. Under the Settings app’s Phone menu, select Announce Calls, and you’ll be presented with “Always,” “Headphones & Car,” and “Headphones Only” options. By “Car,” Apple means any Bluetooth-equipped vehicle.

Of course, a Siri voice you like is only part of setting up Apple’s voice assistant. While Siri does learn about how you talk with time, you can speed this along a little by choosing what you say to it, and how you say it. We’ll be talking about that shortly.

Apple Continues Rolling Out Indoor Maps of Airports in iOS 11

Apple Maps now provides indoor maps of six additional airports in the United States, as the new feature continues to roll out in iOS 11.

The recently added airports include O’Hare International and Midway International in Chicago, McCarran International in Las Vegas, Miami International, Minneapolis–Saint Paul International, and Oakland International.

The feature has also been available for Philadelphia International Airport and San Jose International Airport since iOS 11 was in beta.

When searching for these airports, Apple Maps users can tap “look inside” or simply zoom in to view terminals, boarding gates, security checkpoints, airline check-in desks, baggage claim carousels, information kiosks, restrooms, stores, restaurants, parking garages, and even escalators, elevators, and stairs.

It is even possible to browse by floor, or search for shops, food, drinks, or restrooms in a specific terminal. Tapping on a restaurant, for example, brings up a detailed place card with photos, hours, and additional information.

Apple software engineering chief Craig Federighi previewed Apple’s indoor maps at its Worldwide Developers Conference in June. Skip to around the 1:07:50 mark of Apple’s WWDC 2017 keynote video to watch.

Apple said indoor maps will also be available at several other major airports, including Los Angeles International, JFK and LaGuardia in New York, San Diego International, Toronto Pearson International, Vancouver International, Heathrow and Gatwick in London, and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Apple is also adding indoor maps to shopping malls, making it easier to find the exact location of stores, restaurants, restrooms, escalators, elevators, and stairs on each floor. Users can also filter stores by categories such as clothes, shoes, accessories, beauty, food, and drinks, with detailed place cards for each.

A few shopping malls currently supported include Westfield’s Valley Fair in San Jose and the San Francisco Centre.

(Thanks, Abel La O Fernandez!)