Have you ever wanted to connect a shared SMB server to your iPhone or iPad? If you work with servers, you can make your life easier, because now you can connect them directly to the Files application on iPhone and iPad.

This is one of the new features of iOS 13 and PadOS 13. It will definitely be appreciated by those who work with servers from a Mac, PC with Windows or Linux. When you connect the server, you can open its files and save them.

Connect SMB server to iPhone or iPad

For the function to work, you need iOS 13 or iPadOS 13.1 and later and do the following:

  • Open the standard Files application on your iPhone or iPad;
  • Select the “Browse” tab at the bottom of the iPhone screen or in the iPad side menu;
  • Click the icon in the form of three dots (…) in the upper right corner of the screen;
  • Select “Connect to Server”;
  • Now you need to enter the address of your shared server;
  • When entered the address, click “Connect”;
  • The server appears in the list on the Overview tab;
  • Select it to view its files.

Read more: How to Run FTP or SFTP Server in macOS?

Browse Files on iPad or iPhone

You can connect any shared servers, whether they are from a Mac or a PC with Windows. The new feature is very useful and convenient. Moreover, it helps save memory on iPhone and iPad. Now even large files will always be available from a small smartphone or tablet


That’s all. Having configured the server once, you can view it at any time. You can even browse files from the server through other applications on your iPad or iPhone.

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Hi there! My Name is Vincent Lago! My goal is to share insightful reviews, guides, and manuals for people looking to know more about current solutions for Apple hardware and OS. I have years of technological background knowledge including owning a custom iMacs & PCs which was using for different types of business. And now, I want to share my experience with you.

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