Preview and Edit iOS Files

In the FileCloud iOS app, you can preview files in your FileCloud account. You can edit some types of files in your FileCloud account; other file types have to be downloaded and edited in a third-party application.

You can:

  • Preview .pdf and .txt files and edit them in the FileCloud iOS application. No third-party app is required.
  • Open Office files such as .docx, .xlsx, .pptx etc. for edit by opening them in the appropriate app or open them directly from the MS Office app.
  • Open other file types by opening the file in the appropriate app.
  • Stream music and video files. 

Previewing and editing PDFs and text files

Tap the name or icon for a .pdf or .txt file, and it opens for preview in the FileCloud iOS app.
The preview screen for pdfs lets you open your document for edit using the Edit icon.
You are prompted to save your changes when you exit the file.  


The preview screen for text files also lets you open files for edit using an Edit icon. Tap the Save icon when you're done.

All changes to PDFs and text files are saved in FileCloud.

Previewing and editing Office files

The recommended method of editing Office files in FileCloud is to open them from the Office app and make changes there. The changes are automatically saved to FileCloud.
You can also open the file in the FileCloud app and choose a third-party app to edit it with. In this case, the changes are also saved to FileCloud

To open an Office file for edit from the Office app:

  1. If you do not have the Microsoft Office app installed, go to the Apps store and install it.
  2. Open the Office app on your iOS device, and log in with the Office account you use with FileCloud.
  3. Tap the folder icon to browse your locations.
  4. Tap the Files App folder to access FileCloud (and other apps where files are stored).
    If FileCloud was the last file app you accessed, the FileCloud location opens. Otherwise, you may have to click Browse and choose FileCloud.
  5. Tap the FileCloud folder to open it.

    Now you should see your FileCloud folders:

  6. Navigate to the file that you want to open in an Office application and tap it.

    The file opens in the Office application:

  7. Changes you make to the file are automatically saved in FileCloud.

To open an Office file for edit from the FileCloud app:

  1. Open the FileCloud app and navigate to the file.
  2. Tap the more (three dot) icon to the right of the file.
  3. Tap Open with.

  4. Choose the Office app.

    The file opens for edit in the corresponding Office app.

    The updates to the file are saved to FileCloud. 

Previewing and editing other file types

File types other than .pdf, .txt, and Office file types may be opened from FileCloud into a third-party application to edit, but they are actually being downloaded, and the edits are not automatically saved in FileCloud. To add the edits to your FileCloud copy of the file, you must manually upload the edited copy of the file into FileCloud.

  1. Open the FileCloud app, and navigate to the file that you want to edit.
  2. Tap the more (three dot) icon to the right of the file.

    A list of options opens.
  3. Tap Open with.

    The screen displays apps available for opening the file either for viewing or editing:
  4. Select one of the apps.
    The file is downloaded from FileCloud and opened in the app.
    After you edit and save the file, you must upload it to FileCloud to view the changes in FileCloud.