With iOS 11 Apple released the "Files" app as the official file manager. However saving files locally on your device somehow is not possible - using some cloud service is your only option.

Local Storage attempts to fix this. After installation it provides a non-syncing storage space for files of any kind in "Files".

You can now also transfer files and folders via iTunes "File Sharing". Local Storage shows up here as an option to save into as well.

Local Storage provides some general infos and several beautiful visualisations for the files you saved into it.

Another useful thing that is included is a share extension to extract compressed archives: zip, tar and 7zip files.

Finally Local Storage comes with an action extension that allows you to hash any file, video or image using the CRC32, MD2, MD4, MD5, SHA1, SHA224, SHA256, SHA384 and SHA512 algorithms.


Local Storage is not a file manager - and doesn't want to be one. Apple's "Files" app is a very capable and stable solution for copying/moving/renaming/etc.


Local Storage is Open Source, developed publicly at


What features are you missing from "Files"? Tweet @eberl_se or email and I'll look into what else I can add to this app.

It you like Local Storage, please tweet about it or review it on the App Store.

Thank you!

What’s New

Version 1.4.0

- Introduced an invisible placeholder file, so that Local Storage always shows up in the Files app
- Some UI fixes (scrolling lists in landscape) courtesy of Femi Lamptey
- Updated libraries for (un)zipping und displaying the type chart and treemap
- Support for HEIF/HEIC image files
- Converted from Swift 4.1 to Swift 4.2 (and Xcode 9.x to Xcode 10.0)

If you enjoy the app, please rate it. Or post about it on social. Spread the word.

Until next time,

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
32 Ratings
32 Ratings
nathanhelms ,


I’ve been looking for something like this for so long. I even sold my iPad Pro because of difficulties with local storage. And I love that the folder is right in the ‘On my iPhone’ section rather than in the app. Thank you so much!!! I hope this app is around for years to come!!

Is there anywhere I can leave a tip??

- Nate

Developer Response ,

Thanks, I’m happy this app helps you. There is a “tip jar” in the settings screen if you’re feeling generous :)

JCash718 ,

Most useful app on my phone.. and it's open source!

Big thank you for the developer for your effort in making this app. Was unbelievable looking for zip extractors on the App Store. Every privacy policy contained tons of unnecessary data collection.

Lightsout565 ,


Had an issue before where on iOS 12 the folder with your files didn’t show up in “On My iPad” but the developer thankful fixed that quickly!

Developer Response ,

When no file has been saved to it iOS hides the app in Files. So this was not an error. However I introduced an invisible placeholder file in v1.4.0, so Local Storage always shows up now. Hopefully this curbs all those negative reviews lately.


Guenther Eberl
11.6 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.


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Age Rating
Rated 4+
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