how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

Since its inception, iOS has had a bad reputation for file management. It was difficult to access, download, and even save supported files. There was no native option to change a file extension; you had to first transfer the file to a PC or Mac, tweak the file extension and push the file back to your iPhone. Fortunately, with the latest iOS 16 update, things have improved – you can edit the file extension in the Files app itself. However, if you haven’t upgraded to the iOS 16 beta, a couple of workarounds are available. This tutorial shows you how to change file extensions on iPhone using all three methods.

Content

  • With the Files App (iOS 16 Only)
  • Using Third-Party Software
  • Frequently Asked Questions

With the Files App (iOS 16 Only)

  1. Navigate to the folder containing the file for which you want to change the extension.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Press and hold on to the file until a pop-up menu appears. Select “Rename” from this menu.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Replace the existing file extension with a new compatible one.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Tap the “Done” button on the keyboard and confirm the change in the pop-up that appears.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. The file name now appears with the new extension.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

How to Change a File Extension When It Is Not Displayed

iOS does not display the file extensions for the most common file types like JPEG, PNG, AVI, MP4 and DOC by default. So when you try to rename them, you can only change the file name but not the extension.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

To fix this and to change the file extension of such files, you need to change a few settings.

  1. Click on the three-dot icon at the top right of the screen.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. In the drop-down menu that appears, click on “View Options.”

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Click on “Show All Extensions.”

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

Now you should see all files with their extensions.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Press and hold the file now, and this time when you tap on “Rename,” you will also be able to edit the file extension.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

Using Third-Party Software

We recommend using iFiles for simplicity, but you can use alternatives such as File Master or My File Organizer.

  1. Head to the Apple App Store, search for iFiles and download it.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Launch the app and deny the request to track your data.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Select the cloud storage service where your files are stored.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Navigate to your file and open it.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Now go back to the home screen of the application and tap on the Files folder.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Once you see the file you selected listed here, click on the “i” button next to the file’s name.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. From the pop-up menu that appears, click on “Edit File Name.”

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Rename the file to change its extension to whatever you want and tap “Done” to save the change.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Tap on the “i” button next to the file name again.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Tap on “Open In … “

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Select the “Save to Files” option.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Select the destination where you want to save your file.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Now you can access the file with the changed extension from the Files app.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

Using an Online File Converter

Use this method only if your files and documents are not confidential.

  1. Go to FreeConvert.
  2. Click on “Choose Files” to upload the file for which you want to change the extension.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Select the relevant directory and upload your desired file.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Click on the drop-down menu next to “Output” to open a pop-up of available file formats.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. Select the file type to which you want to convert your file.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. After selecting your desired file type, click on the “Convert to” button to start converting.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

  1. After converting the file, click on the Download button to save the file to your iPhone.

how to, how to change file extensions on iphone

If you’re looking for alternatives to FreeConvert, try one of these websites:

  • Zamzar
  • TinyWow
  • Smallpdf
  • Convertio
  • ConvertFiles

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use any file extension?

While you can certainly rename a file to insert any extension, the results are less than ideal if you use an incompatible extension – the file will not open as expected. For instance, if you use an image file extension for an audio file, you will encounter an error when you try to open the file.

Even with a compatible file extension, expect to see a few errors occasionally if you simply rename the extension. Your best bet is to use a file converter for flawless conversion.

What is the file format of iPhone apps?

iOS application files use the .ipa file extension, while iOS software firmware update files for the iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch use the .ipsw file extension.

When will iOS 16 be released?

While iOS releases are usually slated for September every year, the release of iOS 16 is rumored to be delayed. iOS 16’s first public beta was made available on July 11, 2022. We’ll receive more Developer and Public betas over the coming weeks as iOS 16 nears its official public release.

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