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Flacbox Guide: Local Files

The Local Files section serves as a central hub for overseeing files located in the app's "Documents" folder and those added from your device, which are accessible for offline playback.


This built-in file manager provides you with the tools to edit files and offers various methods for importing audio files into the app:

Downloading from Cloud Services: You can seamlessly add audio files to the app by downloading them from connected cloud services, as explained [here].

Importing from Your Device: Effortlessly import files from your device or attached USB drive.

iTunes File Sharing: Transfer files via cable connection as detailed in this [how-to].

Wi-Fi Drive: Wirelessly transfer files, as outlined [here].

Local Files Screen

In the top left corner of the navigation bar, you'll find a 'Transfers' button. Tapping it grants access to the transfers queue, where you can monitor and manage all your downloads and uploads. Furthermore, you have the flexibility to adjust transfer queue speed and network type in the app settings.

File Transfers Screen

Quick Access Section

At the top of the "Local files" screen, a quick access section offers convenient links to your recent and favorite files and folders:

Recents: This section showcases all recently opened files or folders.

Favorites: You can designate files or folders as favorites and access them in this section. Additionally, you can add a folder from your device to your favorites by opening the favorites section, tapping the three dots in the top right corner, and selecting the "Add folder" menu item. Follow the prompts to swiftly add a folder to your favorites for easy access.

Favorite Files Add Folder From My Device

Top Toolbar

Situated beneath the navigation bar, the top toolbar provides several actions:

Search: Conduct a search within the current folder.

Continue Playback: If enabled in the application settings, this feature restores the audio player queue and the last media position for the current folder, allowing you to resume playback from where you left off.

Play all: Scan the current folder and its subfolders, adding files to the player queue based on the current sort order.

Shuffle All: Similar to "Play all," but shuffles files before adding them to the audio player queue. You can show or hide the top toolbar using a swipe-to-bottom gesture.

Top Toolbar For Current Folder

Special Folders

Within the "Local files" screen, you'll encounter several special folders:

Downloads: By default, all files downloaded from cloud services appear here. You can customize this behavior in the application settings.

Audio Player: This folder serves as the audio player cache. By default, the audio player downloads some songs in the audio player queue to apply crossfade and optimize playback. You can disable the audio player cache in app settings or simply remove the folder from "Local files."

iCloud: Files placed in this folder sync across all devices connected to the same iCloud account.

Offline Folders: When you make a playlist, album, artist, or online remote available for offline use, all those files will be downloaded to this folder. If you need to disable offline mode for specific items, you can use the more actions menu or remove the corresponding folder located in "Offline folders."

Special Folders In Local Files

Two Distinct Sections

In the "Local Files" section, the screen is organized into two distinct sections:

Files in this Application: Displays folders located within the current application.

Files on this iPhone/iPad/Mac: Shows files located on your device. You can import them into the application using the system file picker. To activate the picker, choose "Open files..." to select files or "Open folders..." to select folders. Detailed instructions on how to import local music stored on your iPhone or Mac are available [here].

Import Files From My Device

Importing Files from Connected USB Flashcards

Detailed instructions on how to connect a USB flashcard to your iPhone and listen to music or manage files located on it are available [here].


More Actions

Located in the top right corner of the "Local Files" screen, the more actions button "..." provides access to various actions:

Select: Switch to selection mode for files and folders.

New Folder: Create a new folder within the current folder.

Search: Activate the search function to find a specific file or folder.

Sort: Organize files by name, size, date, or using metadata information.

List/Grid: Change the content presentation from a table to a grid view.

Help: Access help instructions.

more actions for current folder

File Editing For efficient file editing, activate selection mode by tapping the more actions button "..." on the navigation bar in the top right corner and then select the "Select" menu item. This displays checkboxes near each file, allowing you to perform various actions on the selected files:

Play next: Add selected files or folders to the top of the player queue with the current sort order.

Play later: Add selected files or folders to the bottom of the player queue with the current sort order.

Add to Music Library: Include selected files or folders in the music library.

Add to a Playlist: Add selected files or folders to a playlist.

Copy: Create a copy of the selected file or folder.

Upload: Upload the selected file or folder to remote storage.

Move: Relocate the selected file or folder to a different location on the device.

Rename: Change the name of the selected file or folder.

Delete: Remove the selected file or folder from the device. Please note that this action is irreversible.

local files editing

Options Menu For every file or folder in the app, several actions are available, accessible by tapping the more button "..." If you don't see all actions, scroll down to view them. :

Play all: Replace the player queue with items from the selected folder.

Play next: Add the file or folder to the top of the player queue.

Play later: Add the file or folder to the bottom of the player queue.

Add to Music Library: Include selected files or folders in the music library.

Add to a Playlist: Add the file or folder to a playlist. If you create a playlist from a folder, a playlist name will be automatically assigned.

Add to Favorites: Mark selected files or folders as favorites.

Edit Audio Tags: Open the built-in tags editor to change audio tags for the selected file.

Rename: Modify the name of the selected file or folder.

Move: Relocate the selected file or folder to a different location on the device.

Copy: Create a copy of the selected file or folder.

Upload: Upload the selected file or folder to remote storage.

Show in Finder: For files imported from your Mac, this action reveals the directory in Finder containing the file.

Open in: Export the file to another app.

Delete: Delete the file or folder from the device. Please note that this action is irreversible.

options menu for local file

Offline Folders

Offline mode is like having a superpower for your music. It lets you listen to your favorite tunes even when you're not connected to the internet. Here's how it works:

When you turn on offline mode for any album, artist, playlist, genre, or remote folder, all the songs in that collection magically download to your device. It's like having a secret stash of music ready to go whenever you want, even if you're in a Wi-Fi dead zone.


But here's the really cool part: Let's say you add new songs to the remote server in the folder you've marked for offline use. Those new songs will automatically appear on your device too. It's like your music collection is always up to date without you having to do anything.

options menu for offline folder

Now, what if you want to make absolutely sure you've got the latest tracks from your cloud service? No problem. Just tap the three dots in the top-right corner of the app and choose "Synchronize." This fancy word just means you're telling the app to check for any new songs and grab them for you. Easy, right?


And for those of you who like to tweak things to your liking, you can adjust the synchronization timeout settings in the app's settings. This is like fine-tuning a musical instrument to play exactly the way you want it. With these settings, you can control when and how your offline music collection gets updated. So, no matter where you are, you'll always have your favorite songs with you, even if the internet is nowhere in sight.

file manager settings

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