Also note, that there is a prerequisite. You need to make app directory “public” so it shows on its own in the “On my iPhone” section in Files app. This requires Info.plist modification, and you can find documentation about this here. Check it out to enable this for your app.

How to open Files app

Once you have enabled the public Documents folder, you need to construct a particular URL and use the UIApplication shared object to open it.

To get path to the app documents folder you can use .NET API, in a shared code for example:

var documentsPath = Environment.GetFolderPath(Environment.SpecialFolder.LocalApplicationData);

documentsUrl = /var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/DDC2D6E0-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-D73463E1BA12/Documents

That is an analog of pretty standard way in the iOS development world:

var documentsUrl = NSFileManager.DefaultManager.GetUrls(NSSearchPathDirectory.DocumentDirectory, NSSearchPathDomain.User).FirstOrDefault();

documentsUrl = /var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/DDC2D6E0-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-D73463E1BA12/Documents

Now just open it:


The Files app can be opened with the URL scheme shareddocuments://. The function below can open the Files app, assuming the user hasn’t deleted it:

private void OpenPathInFiles(string path)
    var sharedUrl = NSUrl.FromString($"shareddocuments://{path}");
    if (sharedUrl != null && UIApplication.SharedApplication.CanOpenUrl(sharedUrl))

Using this approach, you can also navigate to folders inside your app’s Documents folder:

var downloadsPath = Path.Combine(documentsPath, "Downloads");


downloadsPath = /var/mobile/Containers/Data/Application/DDC2D6E0-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-D73463E1BA12/Documents/Downloads


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