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HT4094: iOS: About File Sharing

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HT4094 How do I enable file sharing?

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TNTajB Calculating status...
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Jan 10, 2013 10:26 AM

My iphone's default setting is "file sharing is off". How do I enable it?

iPhone 4, iOS 6.0.2
  • AstroRon Calculating status...
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:13 AM (in response to TNTajB)

    Same here - trying to file share an iPad - Says "File Sharing is off"


    Windows 8

  • Rudegar Level 6 Level 6 (18,550 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:16 AM (in response to AstroRon)

    ipads don't support sharing files with computers over the network

    with ipads you don't really have access to a filesystem so the concept don't make sense

  • AstroRon Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to Rudegar)

    I'm a little confused, How can iPad users transfer files to and from the device such as; AwesomeNote restore files, Keynote.


    Literally this site has an image of an iPad connected to iTunes that shows how to share files with apps - this is the how to instructions and it has an iPad.


    I am able to access that screen and see the apps that will allow sharing, but there are no files and it says "File Sharing is off"


    Pro Tip: Any area of an application that notifies a user of Enabled/Disabled On/Off for a feature - please have a link to the setting to change it.

  • PudriK Calculating status...
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    Mar 19, 2013 6:03 AM (in response to TNTajB)

    File Sharing doesn't work over Wifi, so I ejected the iPad in iTunes (it was connected over WiFi), and connected it with a cable.  It worked, give it a shot.

  • mcovill Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 24, 2013 12:43 AM (in response to TNTajB)

    I was trying to add a Keynote presentation from my iMac and couldn't seem to get it on the iPad.  I "Add..."ed the presentation in the File Sharing section to the Keynote app and synced the iPad. It didn't show up in Keynote.  Like you - in iTunes - it also said File sharing is off.  After syncing the iPad several times (plugging and un-plugging the USB cable) the File Sharing finally stayed active - but the presentation still wasn't on the iPad.  I removed it from the list, then added it again.  Still, it didn't show up.


    Then I finally figured out that even though it is in the list of shared documents in iTunes for Keynote, you still have to go to the Keynote app on your iOS device and press the "+" button in the top left of the "Presentations" page and choose "Copy from iTunes" - it's not automatic like I had become used to with the way documents are automatically shared between devices through iCloud.


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