Can’t Change File Extensions in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad? Here’s Fix!

By default, file extensions are originally hidden in the Apple files app. As a result, it becomes difficult to check the format of a file and also change the extension. But bother not, there is a pretty quick way to fix this issue. That said, let me show you how to fix can’t change file extensions in the Apple Files app in iOS 16 on iPhone and iPad issue.

Unable to Change File Extensions in iOS 16/iPadOS 16? Fix It!

The ability to show the file extensions is a bit under the wraps in the Apple Files app. As a result, many either get completely confused or are left wondering whether or not the stock file manager app has the ability to show the extension of files. The good thing is it’s easy to unravel this hidden feature. And when you activate it, the problem is resolved immediately.

Step 1. To get started, open the Apple Files app on your iPhone/ iPad running iOS 16 or iPadOS 16 or later. 

Step 2. Now, head over to a folder or file.

Step 3. Next, tap on the triple-dot aka ellipsis icon located at the upper right corner of the screen.

Step 4. Next up, a contextual menu will show up on the screen with multiple options.  Select View Options.

Step 5. Up next, select Show All Extensions option that appears at the bottom of the menu.

Show File extensions in Apple Files app in iOS 16

Voila! The change will come into effect immediately and all the files will start showing extensions. As a result, you can now easily change the extensions depending on your needs.

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Simply find the specific file > long-press on it to reveal a popup menu. Then, tap on Rename and then edit the file extensions. Do not forget to tap on Done at the bottom right corner of the screen to confirm the action.

How to change file extensions in iOS 16 and iPadOS 16

Hide File Extensions in Apple Files App on iPhone and iPad 

If you ever wish to keep the file extensions hidden in the Apple Files app, you can do so without any hassle.

Step 1. Launch the Apple Files app > open folder or file > triple-dot icon at the upper right corner of the screen.

Step 2. Now, tap on View Options and then deselect Show All Extensions.

Signing off…

That’s all there is to it! Hopefully, you have got the answer to your question. However, if you still have any doubts, make sure to let us know them via the comments section below. 

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