Apple did the unthinkable and made iCloud Drive files and folders visible within the Mac’s Finder. That makes it easy to view and open files and folders on a Mac, but not so easy on the iPhone or iPad, which doesn’t have a Finder app. If you want to view every file on your iCloud Drive, here’s how. It’s simple, elegant, useful, and while not a Finder for iOS on the order of GoodReader, it’s worthy of a trial.
The app is called Cloud Opener and it does one thing. It opens up the files and folders stored in Apple’s new iCloud Drive storage. I’ve tried a dozen such utilities and this is the one that is easiest, simplest, fastest.
Tap to open Cloud Opener. Then tap the cloud icon.
What you’ll see is a list of all the folders from your iCloud Drive account, viewed either as folders or list items (which makes it easier to read longer file or folder names). Tap a folder to reveal the contents inside. Tap the file to bring up the iOS navigation menu which gives you options to view in specific apps, or print, or share, and more.
Cloud Opener works very well on iPhone or iPad. It also supports most of the standard iOS and Mac file formats, including PDF, PNG, JPG, .move, .m4v, .mp3, .txt, .html, plus, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, and others.
The free version displays an advertisement to help pay the freight, but the full version is a mere 99-cents, removes the ads, gives both landscape and portrait modes, and has options to upload files, move and delete files. Cloud Opener isn’t the Mac’s Finder on iOS. It doesn’t have all the somewhat convoluted features you’ll find in the more complex, more expensive, and popular GoodReader, but it’s sweet, simple, elegant and just works.
Think of Cloud Opener as a mini-Finder for your iPhone or iPad.