How to Connect to FTP / FTPS / SFTP from your iPhone or iPad

FTP is not currently supported by the iOS FIles app, however you can access FTP, SFTP and FTPS with FileBrowser on iPhone and iPad, download the free trial of FileBrowserGO here and connect to your FTP servers today.

Step 1

In FileBrowser from the homescreen tap the "Add Location" button then select either "FTP/FTPS" or "SFTP" from the connection dialog.

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Step 2

Enter either "ftp://" or "ftps://" then your IP address or server name into the "Computer Name" field.
For example:

  • ftp://10.11.110.84
  • ftp://10.11.110.84:2121
  • ftps://mywebsite.com

Enter your ftp User Name either by tapping "Edit" and entering it here or set it to "On Demand" and enter it each time you want to connect.

Enter your ftp Password either by tapping "Edit" and entering it here or set it to "On Demand" and enter it each time you want to connect.

Create a Display Name for your connection that appears on the FileBrowser homescreen.

Scroll down and tap "Save"

Now tap on the new ftp location you just created on FileBrowser's homescreen to connect to your FTP server.

If you need more advanced options see section below.

FTP FTPS Advanced Options

Encoding: The default option of UTF-8 should be ok for most Unix based FTP servers, but for Windows servers you may need to switch to the Windows Latin 1 character set.

Passive Mode switch:

  • In Active mode: the FTP server creates the data connection back to the app after the app opens the control connection.
  • In Passive mode: the app opens both the control connection and the the data connection to a port specified by the server.

Verify Certificate: If ftps:// is specified in the connection address, the app will ensure that the connection uses TLS. Setting this switch enforces the TLS certificate check and the connection will not proceed unless it passes.

Ignore PASV Address: In Passive Mode, ignore the IP address in the PASV response and use the control connection IP instead. This avoids NAT problems.

Auto Disconnect: Enabling "Auto Disconnect" will ensure that this remote server is automatically disconnected when FileBrowser is closed.

SFTP Advanced Options

Certificate Login: If you have a public/private key file for this connection:

  1. Set the password to the key file password.
  2. Copy the key file to My Private Files.
  3. Rename the key file to: '<username>.<host>.<port>.sftp'

Auto Disconnect: Enabling "Auto Disconnect" will ensure that this remote server is automatically disconnected when FileBrowser is closed.

Estimated Time: 2 minutes
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