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I'm curious if I can connect an iPhone to the network to view my computer's files through the IOS Files app or if there's another application I could use. I just want to be able to view the folder's like I could if I was connecting from a PC.

To clarify I'm using the default Media Sharing option from settings and I can connect to it fine from other machines, I just want to know if it's possible from an iPhone.

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Here's a quick little step-by-step to accomplish your goal. Feel free to skip the items you've already done.

1. Set Up Your Shared Directories

The first order of business will be to create some shared directories on the Ubuntu machine. For this example, I'll be using an Ubuntu Desktop 20.04 system and performing every step via the GUI.

  1. Open Nautilus
    Nautilus & Downloads

  2. Select the directory you would like to share, right click, and choose "Properties"

  3. In the Properties window, select the "Local Network Share" tab and fill in the settings accordingly:
    Local Network Share Settings

  4. Press "Create Share"

  5. Close the Properties window and confirm that you have a little share icon next to the directory you have just configured for sharing:
    Sharing Downloads

2. Determine Your IP Address

There are a couple of ways to determine your computer's IP address. One is using ip a via the terminal, which will give you something like this:

1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN group default qlen 1000
link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
inet scope host lo
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
inet6 ::1/128 scope host
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
2: enp0s3: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UP group default qlen 1000
link/ether 08:00:27:85:1a:af brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet brd scope global dynamic enp0s3
valid_lft 76045sec preferred_lft 76045sec
inet6 2402:6b00:3ed9:f300:a00:27ff:fe85:1aaf/64 scope global dynamic mngtmpaddr noprefixroute
valid_lft 266sec preferred_lft 266sec
inet6 fe80::a00:27ff:fe85:1aaf/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever
3: enp0s8: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc fq_codel state UP group default qlen 1000
link/ether 08:00:27:fd:77:ad brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
inet brd scope global dynamic enp0s8
valid_lft 446sec preferred_lft 446sec
inet6 fe80::a00:27ff:fefd:77ad/64 scope link
valid_lft forever preferred_lft forever

Here I can see I have,, and assigned. The first address is localhost and the third is a VirtualBox host address. The IP that other computers on my home network need to use will be

If you prefer to use the GUI, then:

  1. Click on the network icon in the upper-right corner of your desktop

  2. If you are using a wired connection, choose "Wired Settings". If you are using WiFi, choose "Wi-Fi Settings".

  3. From the settings page, click on the gear next to the connection:
    Network Settings

  4. Note your IP address:
    Wired Values

3. Configure Your Phone/Tablet

For the sake of this example, I'll be using an iPhone running iOS 14.6. The same steps can be used on an iPad with a similar iOS version.

  1. Open the Files application

  2. Tap the circle with the ellipsis in the upper right corner, then choose "Connect to Server":
    Files - Connect to Server

  3. Enter the IP address and the name of the share that you wish to connect to and press "Next":
    IP and Name

  4. Enter your credentials and press "Next":
    Credentials, Please

  5. Browse your files:

Apologies for the larger-than-necessary images.

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