How to Change File Extensions on iPhone on iOS 16

iOS has had a notorious reputation for file management since the early days. Previously accessing, downloading, and even storing supported files was a chore, to say the least, but thankfully this has improved in the past few years.

You can now manage your local files, move them around and even share them on other local storage devices. Apple seems to be keen on improving this functionality as you can now rename file extensions in iOS 16.

This has been a dream for many users, and here’s how you can make the most of it on your iOS or iPadOS device.

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How to change file extensions on iPhone

  • Required: iOS 16 update

Open the Files app on your device and navigate to the directory with the concerned file. 

Tap and hold on to the file for which you wish to change the file extension.

Tap Rename.

You should now have the ability to delete and add a new file extension to the file. Add your new file extension as needed.

Tap Done on your keyboard.

Confirm your choice by tapping Use “.ext” where .ext is your new file extension.

And that’s it!

You will now have changed the file extension on iOS 16 using the Files app.

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Why can’t I change file extensions for supported files on iOS 16?

Supported file types like .mp4, .jpg, .png, .pdf and more are originally hidden on iOS 16. This is why you don’t get the option to replace the existing extension with a new one when renaming the file in the Files app. You can however easily circumvent this, using the steps below. 

Open the Files app and navigate to the concerned supported file.

Tap the 3-dot (More) icon.

Select View Options.

Tap and enable Show All Extensions.

And that’s it! You should now be able to view all file extensions in the current folder.

You can now rename and change the file extensions for supported file types in iOS as we did in the guide above.

We hope this post helped you easily change file extensions on iOS 16. If you face any issues or have any more questions, feel free to reach out using the comments section below.


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